|Pete could make you laugh. He said to me one morning "Did you hear the racket out on the street last night?" He said he was in bed and someone was banging on the front door. "I jumped out of bed, ran down and opened the door and there was a copper standing there!"
"The copper started smirking then I realised I was stark naked. Anyway the copper told me to go back to bed as it was the wrong door he had knocked on".
Pete had me in stitches. Pete is really missed - he gave us all very happy memories of the years he spent on the island.
Pete was a true legend who I had first met in the early 60s when he was with the Country Gents and I was fronting The Emperors of Rhythm.
When I returned from Australia in 1980 to my roots in Rochdale, I reformed the Emperors,with Leo Laherty on drums, Brian from Rhodes on bass,and the excellent Steve Jones (ex Civvy Street) on lead,and we packed the Lancashire Lass on Edenfield Road, Cutgate,every Tuesday for several months.
After I had moved to Southport in 1981, I had some gigs at Rochdale Football Club to raise money for my struggling team and recruited Bernie Byrnes on drums, Maurice (MO) Critchlow on bass,and Pete Cowap on lead, who I used to pick up on the way and take home after.
Packed houses to really enthusiastic and appreciative crowds followed with Pete opening up with his beloved MATCHBOX (Carl Perkins) and then backing me on my favourite Cochran and Vincent numbers.Heaven!!
Knowing that I had supported Gene Vincent and that I was a big fan of his, Pete really enjoyed my renditions of SAY MAMA, WILDCAT and SHE LITTLE SHEILA and the biggest compliment that I have ever received was Pete telling me that he just wanted to stand behind me and be my Cliff Gallup (BLUE CAPS lead guitarist),WOW!!
We then added Sparkie on keyboards and the band was really cooking, featuring numbers by Jerry Lee Lewis and The Band. Great times, fond and happy memories and after being backed by some excellent guitarists,such as Pete Bantoft (Javelins), Vic Farrell (Emperors), Les Hilton and Alan Doyle (Opposition), Frank (Corvettes )and Steve Jones, this was the culmination and the crowning glory of my Rock n Roll career in Manchester,and even though I went on to sing with Jimmy Paige, Big Jim Sullivan and Vic Flick at Decca Recordings with The Gibsons and then Tommy Emannuel in Australia, Pete Cowap will always be high on my list.
Please let me know of any celebrations and reunions, regards to anyone who may remember me.
I knew Pete nearly all my life and I first saw him in a group was when he was one of the supporting groups along with the Hollies when the Beatles came to Middleton at the CO-OP Hall.
I joined a group in Manchester, The Good Guys as a singer and I asked Pete what equipment should I buy and he told me while we were watching a show in Manchester where Chuck Berry was the main act and the Swinging Blue Jeans were one of the supporting groups He told me to get a T.V.M. amplifier with Marshall speakers and a Shure Microphone.
I used to see Peter regularly in the Jolly Butcher at Bowlee and we used to have a nice chat about everyday things. One of the best days I had with Pete was outside the Minders Arms in Middleton Junction when he did a jam session with Frank Boardman who was one of Karl Denver's backing group in the past.
My dad was a friend of Petes for years and used to go on a lot of his local gigs with him and got him some gigs also in prestwich and surrounding areas. The featured picture from Paul Sutton was taken by my dad, we have the original.
We also have the tape of Rambling Mad Jack, have had for years! If anyone wants to hear it, I am going to try and get it onto a disc and share it with the world, so no one forgets him :)
My dad Allen Foster (born 1938 in Liverpool,
moved to the Isle of Man 30 years ago with his guitar)
sadly died yesterday after a long illness.
He always told us stories about Pete Cowap
who was his "friend who could play the guitar
like you've never seen", he worshipped the man!
I just found this page, scrolled down to the bottom,
and found a photo of four people sitting,
dad wearing a brown jacket.
So pleased to find this and he would have
absolutely loved it. Thank you x