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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Willie Payne remembered

This was posted as a  comment on an earlier  post but I felt the sincerity expressed by Colin deserved more. (Lance.)
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"I'm pleased to see that Willie Payne is so well respected and remembered.
I first watched Willie on TTT where he used to sit in the canteen with his guitar until an announcement said “willie to Studio?” 
He would go to the studio and play solo jazz as long as needed. This was in the days of unedited TV.
The saddest thing I heard him say was, when he was in the resident band at the Sands Club, Whitley Bay he was thinking of swopping his jazz guitar for “one of those electric things” so he could fit into the band better. Hope he never did.
My other local hero was Charlie Smith. I took over studio guitar after Charlie (with Ken Maddison}.
Charlie told me he was a banjo player but got a gig on guitar so he pawned his banjo and tuned the guitar like his banjo. He thought afterwards, there must be more to the guitar than this and a long term love started."
Colin Woodland.

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

I played at The Beach Club every Friday night night. Willie Payne played Guitar with a trio he was resident. We became friends he was a tremendous musician we lost touch over the years a really lovely person.

Lance said...

What instrument did you play in the trio?

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