Yardbirds Remember Carlo
Carlo's widow Iris was a guest of the Yardbirds at the Ultimate Rhythm & Blues 50th Anniversary in Gateshead. Top Topham and Jim McCarty, pictured below, reminisced about Carlo and spoke highly of him.
Blue Plaque event at Ealing Club
Months of campaigning and fundraising by British Blues enthusiasts finally paid off when a Blue Plaque to commemorate the beginnings of British Rhythm and Blues was unveiled in Ealing, West London, on Saturday 17th March 2012 by Alexis Korner's widow Bobbie. The club was London's first regular R&B venue and was opened by Cyril Davies and Alexis Korner in 1962. It was notable for being the place where the Rolling Stones first came together, and regular musicians who played there included The Who, Eric Clapton and Rod Stewart. Carlo was there in 1962/63 with the Cyril Davies All Stars and, in the interval, The Rolling Stones who were then without a permanent drummer. Carlo's family accepted an invitation to the plaque unveiling ceremony on his behalf, and his widow Iris chatted fondly to fellow-guest Charlie Watts about his time with Carlo on the 60s club scene. Other VIP guests included musician Tom Robinson and BBC presenter 'Whispering' Bob Harris. Read more on the Ealing Club site or read a blog about the event here.
Blue Plaque for Screaming Lord Sutch
After recent negotiations between the Loony Party and The Heritage Foundation, a Blue Plaque was unveiled at the Ace Cafe in North-West London on Sunday 11th November 2012. Carlo's family were in attendance at the event.
Carlo is inspiration for new audio book
Johnny Remember Me was originally commissioned by Brighton's literary loogster Jay Clifton, in which authors were requested to pick a movie and spin off a character or situation from the film into an original short story. Based on Edmond T Gréville's Beat Girl author Cathi Unsworth takes inspiration from Carlo's early career and transforms him into fictional drummer Fredo Long, set around a swinging beat cellar club in 50's Soho London and Berwick Street. Buy the book or read more .
Keith Moon: The Real Me - New Play
KEITH MOON: THE REAL ME is a one-man original play about the legendary drummer for The Who. The World Premiere took place in San Francisco at the Eureka Theatre in July 2013. As Keith's drum teacher, a photo of Carlo was featured in the set.
Telstar The Movie now on DVD
Carlo was involved with the research of this movie about 60s record producer Joe Meek. Directed by Nick Moran and stars Kevin Spacey and James Corden, with cameos from Carlo's peers Clem Cattini and Chas Hodges. Screaming Lord Sutch is played by Justin Hawkins (The Darkness). Carlo played drums on the early Savages singles produced by Joe Meek and was offered a cameo role before he died. A must-see.
Neil Christian, 1943-2010
We are very sad to report the death of Carlo's long-time friend, Chris Tidmarsh, better known as 60s pop star singer Neil Christian. We wish his wife Sandra all our love at this sad time.
Micky Waller, 1941-2008
We are sad to report the death of another legendary drummer, Micky Waller. He replaced Carlo in the Cyril Davies All Stars in 1963 and went on to become one of the UK's most famous session musicians, backing Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Micky and Carlo mixed in the same circles, and Micky admired Carlo's drumming.
Cyril Davies Tribute Day, Saturday March 1 2008
Upstairs at THE BOSTON @ THE DOME (entrance on Dartmouth Park Hill Road by the taxi office). Venue opposite TUFNELL PARK tube exit (Northern Line, High Barnet Branch).
Tickets will be admitting entrants for shows in the evening, doors open 7.30 for 8.00.
Organisers will be screening CYRIL DAVIES ALL STARS as seen on TV featuring LONG JOHN BALDRY from 1962/63: 10 unseen songs from UK TV archives plus a rare screening of SIMON HEYWORTH’s documentary LIVING WITH THE BLUES about Cyril and his many line-ups, which has not been seen since 1983 anywhere. This features many of the people that Cyril Davies played with, and includes many admirers in captured in performance, and in session, alongside former ALL STARS bandmates. This will take place in the afternoon.
Then featured is DAVE BALL’s BAND - BALLBREAKERS which consists of SAM KELLY on drums (www.sam-kelly.com) Spy on bass, Richard Simmons ..boards and Dave Ball on guitar. Also PETE BROWN (Cream, etc) makes an appearance with MANY yet to be announced special guests, including top UK Harmonica players.
'Night of Honour' funds donated
Carlo's widow Iris Little has presented South Tyneside Hospital with a cheque for over £4000, funds that were raised and generously donated at Carlo's 'Night Of Honour'. You can read more about how the money was spent by clicking below.
Tony Dangerfield, 1944-2007
We would like to extend our sympathies to the family of Tony Dangerfield who was found dead on 21st July 2007. Carlo and Tony worked together in the 1960's and remained in each other's lives from there on. Tony looked up to Carlo and had said some fantastic things to the press when he died in 2005.
Musical Tribute to the late Art Wood
The Eel Pie Club in Twickenham, London has organised a tribute to Art Wood. It will be at Clarendon Hall, York House, Twickenham on Sunday 25 March, from 6pm to 10:30pm and all proceeds will benefit The Prostate Cancer Charity. It will be called 'ART - A Musical Tribute to Art Wood and Celebration of his Life', and it will be a very special night. There will be a host of musical celebrities and performers, including a special line-up of 'The Art Wood All-Stars'. Ronnie Wood is donating a signed print of one of his paintings to auction and the RFU is donating tickets for both Rod Stewart and Genesis for raffle or auction.
2i's Coffee Bar Recognised
Carlo's widow Iris was invited by Westminster City Council to represent Carlo and Screaming Lord Sutch at a ceremony to unveil a Green Plaque in London at the site of the famous 2i's coffee bar, the Old Compton Street venue where many UK rock and rollers first started out, on Monday 18th Sept 2006.
She was among attendees including Sir Cliff Richard, and other Shadows Bruce Welch and Brian Bennett, Chas McDevitt, Wee Willie Harris, Big Jim Sullivan, Neil Christian, John Repsch, Vince Eager, Russ Sainty, Clem Clattini, Danny Rivers, Rick Hardy, Tex Makins, drummer Bobby Woodman, other members of the Tornados, Vipers, Wildcats and Playboys, and many other British music legends. Iris was also delighted to meet Buddy Britten whose band Carlo drummed with in 1964.
Iris and legendary drummer Clem Cattini. Clem was sad to hear of Carlo's death. Clem has played on over 40 UK number one singles!
Long John Baldry dies, 1941-2005
We are sad to report that Carlo's friend and fellow All Star Long John Baldry died of chest complications in July 2005, just 3 weeks before Carlo died. Much sympathies to his family. Hopefully they're up there together having a gig of a lifetime.
Famous London rock venue burns down
The famous Railway Hotel in Harrow, NW London, was destroyed by fire on Sunday, 28 Feb 2000 by vandals. The venue was a key landmark in rock history, having played host to many British rock and blues bands of the 1960s - it was known that The Who played their first gig there and Pete Townshend had made a hole in the ceiling with his guitar antics. Carlo Little played there with Screaming Lord Sutch & The Savages and Cyril Davies R&B All Stars.
Carlo mentioned on The Tonight Show
Carlo Little was informed in August 1999 that he was mentioned in Jay Leno's monologue in the 'Tonight Show'. Fortunately, the show is broadcast on European satellite channel CNBC, and he got to see the clip. Here's the extract from the show:
"Boy, here's a sad story. A man by the name of Carlo Little quit the Rolling Stones 36 years ago, quit the band. He is now selling hot dogs at the same stadium the Rolling Stones are performing at this weekend, Wembley Stadium. He's a hot dog vendor. Think he's bitter? You should talk to his room mate, Pete Best!"
Hardly the joke of the year, but Carlo was chuffed that he got a mention on national US TV!
Carlo made Honorary Member of Brian Jones Fan Club
Brian Jones died 30 years ago on the 3rd of July 1999. Carlo and his wife were invited to a special ceremony in Cheltenham, Gloucester (Brian's home town and place of burial) organised by Spirit, the Brian Jones Fan Club and Pat Andrews, the mother of Brian's son. At a reception after the service Carlo was invited to become an honorary member of the fan club, which he gratefully accepted. He signed fans autographs and posed for pictures. Back in the 1960's when Brian was poor Carlo had bought his Johnny Cash albums from him to help him out with cash.
Carlo included in World's Biggest Drumsticks Collection
Carlo was approached by Peter Lavinger, owner of the world's biggest drumsticks collection, to submit his sticks. The collection was on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1995 to 2002. The collection is also featured on the Guinness World Records website.
Ged Peck, 1947-2015
All of us here at CarloLittle.com would like to pass on our condolences to all who knew guitarist Ged Peck, who sadly passed away on 10 January 2015. Ged provided us with some wonderful memories and he will be greatly missed.
London's Historic Music Landmarks Under Threat
Help stop the gentrification of London. Sign the petition to help save historic Denmark Street, aka Tin Pan Alley, the mecca for British musicians of the 50s, 60s and beyond. Also in trouble is the Ealing Club, where British Blues first flourished in 1962. Have you say on the area's redevelopment plans. The Soho area of London is also under threat, as is the Starlite Club in Sudbury, Middx.
Keith Moon comic novel
Carlo has been immortalised as a comic book character in a new graphic book illustrating the wild tale of The Who drummer Keith Moon: Who Are You? The Life & Death of Keith Moon. BBC interview with the author here.
Exhibitionism: Carlo mentioned in Keith's diary
'Exhibitionism', the first international exhibition on The Rolling Stones, opened in London and features the diary of Keith Richards. Visitors are able to see Keith's entries for January 1963, when Carlo and fellow Savage Rick Brown performed with the band:
JANUARY 1963, Thursday 17 - "Not at Marquee for a month. Get somewhere? Can Carlo make Sat? Hope so!!!!"
JANUARY 1963, Thursday 24 - "No Marquee. Cyril's scared of the applause we get according to Carlo & Rick."