It started by accident in 1974. I was in the right place at the right time. The place was Dover, Kent, England and I was in HM Forces. Our resident DJ was being asked for some new reggae and soul tunes. Of course he didn’t have any. My mate said I had some new music and volunteered me to bring some and spin a few. The night went well. My friends started to go to other clubs and this led to us getting what they called the “quiet night” for a little reggae to be played. I played in clubs throughout Folkestone, England.
I was posted to Hong Kong in 1978. This was great fun. A group of us got together and had house parties. I went on to play at “The China Fleet Club” spinning a wide range of music but always ending up playing reggae & soul. Glen T played a big part by sending me music. Sometimes I ordered from shops in England. On my return to the UK, I played in a few places in Hounslow, London.
On leaving HM Forces I joined Glen T and we have played music all over the UK (Glen can tell you more about this). The sound system was called “The Mighty Challenger”. We discovered that another sound started to use the same name, so we changed ours to “LOVE TKO” (yes, you’re right – a Teddy Pendergras tune). In 1992 I moved from London to Reading, approximately forty miles from London. I didn’t start playing music straight away, but once you have the bug you just can’t leave it alone.
I started a sound system called Family Connection Road Show, which has grown in popularity over the last ten years with a reputation of playing all types of music. We regularly play for all Hounslow, London, the local Caribbean Associations and have taken part in Reading Community Carnival for a number of years.
I was a presenter for a number of radio stations that applied for a high profile local radio license. Sadly, the winning station doesn’t play reggae. When Glen called, I was only too glad to have a show on the station. Music must be in the blood – I love playing black music (old & new). This will be reflected in Mix & Blend every Saturday from 12 pm to 3 pm GMT. Why not send me an email?