Good morning my lovelies!! The promo today is for the next book on my TBR – I’m Nearly Famous (The Tales of a Likely Lad), the autobiography of Tony Rivers (a little bit different for me but I’m excited to read it!)
A large section of the book is focused on the crazy Cliff Richard era. We worked not only with Cliff, but many other artists from Elton and George Michael on Live Aid to making hits including a number One with Shaky, plus studio time with Pink Floyd, Year Of The Cat album with Al Stewart, Lulu, Linda Ronstadt, INXS, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, recorded two albums with The Shadows, another with Gerard Kenny, others were with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The London Symphony Orchestra, Barbara Dixon, Sheena Easton (in Caribou Ranch Studio), toured the World several times, made the US top ten with Devil Woman, oh and I sang The Likely Lads TV Theme (and for a lad from Shildon, Co. Durham that’s great).
Where to buy: https://www.tonyriversbook.com/i-m-nearly-famous
about the author
Tony Rivers began way back in 1961 as leader of Tony Rivers And The Castaways, a very fine harmony pop group who travelled the country amid the beat boom with all the usual suspects. A series of near-miss releases led to a name change to Harmony Grass. That did the trick, bringing them that elusive hit – which, sadly, they were unable to properly follow up.
Tony then took work producing and releasing records under various names until he hitched up with Cliff Richard’s band, initially arranging the harmonies on Miss You Nights, arguably the most sublime moment in UK harmony recordings. Staying with Cliff recording and on the road for over a decade, and also working with Shakin’ Stevens, Elton John and George Michael cemented his reputation for vocal work.
Tony tells his story in a personal and engaging style, with him maintaining a delightful, at times almost starstruck, attitude of a musician who always loved to meet and work with stars. He remained at pop’s epicentre for years, so this is a genuine insider’s view of 50-plus years of music-making, enhanced by dozens of photos from Tony’s collection.
Massive thanks to Lorraine Duncan for inviting me to read the book and to Tony for providing me with a copy, and with their patience! I’m looking forward to reading this – I’m sure there will be lots of interesting tales in there!
If you’ve read it…..let me know what you think!