If you think that all Jasper Carrott had to do with music was to wander on stage with a guitar before bringing an act on stage, think again.
Jasper has been deeply involved in music all his life, and has some interesting views on the music business, artists' fees, the record industry, performance and audience reaction, gained from deep experience at his gigs and venues.
I've talked several times with Jasper about his career. We do go back a bit, which is actually part of the point of the Lives in Music series. I was in radio at the old BRMB when Jasper had his hit. I wound up playing (rather badly) in charity football matches with him back in the day. But he seems to have had a very interesting ride. Music and musicians have been key, much more than you might think. He's even sharing a vocalist with Robert Plant's current band - there's a pub quiz question for you.
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Links - music clips and artist websites
Music clips are mostly from the late 70s, John Martyn excepted.
Jasper Carrott - Magic Roundabout Jasper Carrott - Funky Moped (a vintage TOTP clip) Simon and Garfunkel - The Sun Is Burning (Ian Campbell composition) Al Stewart - Old Compton Street Blues Johnny Coppin Decameron - Journey's End Harvey Andrews Mike Silver Jake Thackray Joe Brown John Martin - Small Hours with some background details. I may have embroidered the story...
Links - present day and ancient history
Jasper Carott's website Jasper Carrott on wikipedia The Boggery Folk Club Ian Campbell on Birmingham Music Archive
Lives in Music
The Lives in Music series celebrates people who have spent a lifetime in music. They may be famous; they may be people who have spent their lives working in the background for the love of it. They all have stories.
The theme music for this series is by Big Q Fish. 'Boksburg Jive Toon' was written by Brian Neil, and recorded at the Jam House, Birmingham, in 2017.
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