A HISTORY OF THE 45's
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'part two'

Tragedy struck in 1980 when their equipment was stolen and the guys were left with just four men, two acoustic guitars and a tambourine! Not to be defeated they started busking on the streets of London and were amazingly earning a small fortune in no time at all! Rumour has it they even did a busking session with the one and only Rolf Harris, although this could well be a story devised after a few beers by Paul & Phil for a Capital Radio interview! It was also during this time that they met future part-time saxophone player in the form of Welshman Johnny Hooper.

Within a year the band were fully equipped again and back in the pubs and clubs playing hundreds of gigs a year while still doing the occasional busking trip to Covent Garden for a bit of extra beer money.

John, Paul, Chris & Phil

During their time busking The 45's had found a new front man in Paul whose sweet voice, good looks and stage presence made him the ideal candidate for joint lead vocalist. Nicko Hellawell, a friend of Phil's, was brought in on drums just in time for a self-financed single called "Secrets and Whispers" b/w the Beach Boys cover "Little Honda" and stage favourite "Drivin."

Jamie left the band in 1982 and moved to France to be replaced on bass by established Scottish guitarist Chris Marra. The band continued to sell out pubs and clubs across London but frustration was setting in and discontent was taking its toll amongst the ranks. At a meeting mid-1983, Phil (who was the main songwriter) stated his intention to leave the band, as did Paul, John and Chris leaving just Nicko!

Realising that a band is not really a band with just a drummer a 'farewell tour' was organised taking in Croydon, Chelsea, Fulham and a final show at the Half Moon in Putney. Amidst sweaty, drunk, wild, dancing fans the band bid a sad farewell to the pub and club circuit that they had served, and that had served them, so well for many years!


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