This whole trip started with a phone call from Les Vogt. He asked if I'd be interested in opening for Larry Branson's Roy Orbison concert tour of England. Les, who is Larry's manager, had seen one of my shows and thought Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison music would make a good fit. The tour was being promoted by two of England's top promoters: Mark Howes and Alan Clayton. I had been wanting to perform in England for awhile and here was an outstanding opportunity presented to me. I couldn't resist!
When I arrived in England on February 22nd, I found out that my father had passed away. Indeed, it was the hardest time in my life. Although my instinct was to turn around and go back to the states to be with my family, it was my father's wish that I come to England and do this tour. In fact he had given me some humorous fatherly advice about the big city of London in our last conversation. So, with my family's urging and in honor of my father, I made the very difficult decision to stay and do the tour. My family was good enough to postpone the memorial service until I returned.
I would like to dedicate this to the memory of my father whose spirit was with me the on this tour and always will be.
A special thanks to everyone involved with the tour for their support and understanding. Also thanks to the hospitality of Dave and June Williams, The Revell family, my distant cousins the Gibsons, and Michael Delf for making me feel right at home.
Here's but a mere sampling of some of my photos and memories. Cheers!