Born in Sheffield 31st August 1943 I was about 13-
I made a git from a cigar box with nylon strings from necklaces. tea chest for a bass and a tambourine for drums.
We wailed through Lonnie Donegan in the front room it must have been awful ‘cause I didn´t know any chords, made them up.
At 15 I worked as a Tool-
I made a nylon acoustic git and started with the usual Bert Weedon “Play in a day” book (his boogies later formed the basis for the bass.) I started writing songs as I wanted to be on the creative side of music.
Mum saw I was really into music and that Tool-
I auditioned for a top Sheffield band Shaun Dean & The Ramblers and worked with them until I was 19.
Now I was fully convinced music was for me and with the money I´d saved and my parents approval, I got on a train to London (about as far away as Tokyo is today). I joined the Downliners Sect at that time not known about April 1963 as part of the new line up, I cannot remember the names. Left them 4 months later as it was not my kind of music.
1970 I was accused of embezzling money from the company, which O´farim (lucky for me) later found out it was somebody else. 2 years later he was broke.
At the same time Keith Forsey and Paul Vincent asked me to play bass on a session, and I became a full time session musician. That was the start of success:-
1973 I wrote “Hello herr Nachbarn” for artists Cindy and Bert.This came 2nd in a German song competion from 800 songs and went to No 12 in the charts.
One year there was a musicians strike in Los Angeles. and the producer and arranger for the Dallas and Denver TV themes music came to Munchen to record. I was on the session.
Another time Andrew Lloyd Webber came with his arranger and recorded 2 songs. Don´t ask me what
1978 Wrote and produced “Automatic Lover” with singer D.D. Jackson, which reached No4 in the British charts receiving a Silver disc. The disco era in Munchen petered out end of 1981. Computers took over the drums and moog the bass.
During this time I was married to Patti with 2 children. Marc. Now a New York DJ and Carly is running her own website in Spain.
1980 got divorced. I needed something to take my mind off music. So I started sailing (a lifelong dream) and later found a job on a cruiser ship which took me half way round the world.
1984 back in Munchen played on a tour for a top German artist. Howard Carpendale
1985 Got married again to my best friend Timmy Touchton (a lyric writer), built a small recording studio in Munchen. We wrote and recorded a couple of artists but nothing really took off.
1991 I got divorced again.
The Melody Maker was the connection for musicians, you wrote a letter to a box number, got a job!!!
My time in London was not swinging! sometimes not enough money to pay the rent for a bedroom. I was just surviving in different bands, one of them was Sony Childe & The ******* We did a short tour backing Clarence Frogman Henry. Then I joined The PackaBeats replacing Ted Harvey in 1963 (who left to join The Hi-
The following year 64, I joined The Hi-
We did a 10 day tour of Scotland in February 1964 (The Beatles All My Loving was just released) I remember one night, travelling to the next gig, the van broke down!! It was cold and sitting in the van Mick Douglas had his head on my lap, I decided to look for another place to sleep. An outside toilet of a hotel did the job. Another night I recall we were the supporting group for The Hollies. It could have been the Hammersmith Odeon,(now The Apollo).
After 3 successful years in Germany I left the band in 1967, we were running out of steam and there were marriages and kids involved.
All this time I was writing songs, some of them got used on The Hi-
Went to visit friends in Mönchengladbach, and got a connection to the Musical Hair and joined it for a year in a Hamburg Theatre, which led on to working for a producer Abbie O´Farim as his co-
1992 met a woman painter Eva Mayr living in Italy, so quit the studio and moved to the “Marce”. Opened a small recording studio again, recording local artists, also a theatre piece. All the time writing songs and sending them to different record companies and artists. A few were recorded but no chart success.
In 2006 decided to quit the music business, fortunately my song writing brought in enough to live on. I sold the studio and bought a 34 foot Gib Sea 105, which gives me great pleasure sailing around Kroatia.
I am now writing songs for myself and hope in the near future to record a CD.
Recently on U-
So that’s my story so far, watch this space for the next episode.
Dee Dee Jackson -
Produced by Gary
Silver Convention -
Gary playing Bass
Dee D. Jackson -
Boney M -
Gary performs on this
DEE D. JACKSON -
Originally wrote and produced by Gary
Gary Unwin. The Hi-