Dave Solomon was the very best lead guitarist that I ever played with. I have a recording of a rehersal with him playing songs such as Killing Floor, Need your love so bad,and others of that ilk. I think they would hold their own played at any gig today. Knockout Dave. I heard that in later years he learned to play left handed.
No mean feat that.
Mark Solomon - a singer with a great blues voice and who knew how to use it. A singer who actually had great timing for once. Always coming in on time, with the ability to ad lib and fill in with those little extras so naturally that makes all the differnce.
He was also very good on the harmonica that added so much to the overall sound. he once learned to play the saxaphone in about 24 hours. Sitting in corner parping away (if you will excuse the expression). He sounded so good we recorded him playing that as well on Stop messing around girl. His sax playing was soon heard on lots of other songs. Brilliant.
The other member of Proud Paws was a guy called Keith who had a big Hammond M100 organ in white. Great sound from his huge lesley. Once heard never forgotten, fantastic.
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Just adding on to what colin wrote, this band played at Rawtenstall Astoria with Joe Cocker god rest his soul. As I remember, he turned up off his head on whatever. We were asked to keep on playing, and as the crowd got more restless I kept looking ... Read More
Just adding on to what colin wrote, this band played at Rawtenstall Astoria with Joe Cocker god rest his soul. As I remember, he turned up off his head on whatever. We were asked to keep on playing, and as the crowd got more restless I kept looking behind and the Astoria manager kept on saying keep going boys he's here but horizontal play on. It was like that scene from the blues brothers bottles started to fly as they chanted "Where is Cocker, where is Cocker?" We ran out of tunes and beat a hasty retreat from the stage. Joe never made it to the stage that night, at the end of the gig the manager said who is Mark Solomon, thats me I retorted mark there is a call for you in the office, it was our agent, he said 'tell the band to pack up all the gear you going to do a tour of France' 'what when I enquired? tomorrow man, make yo way down to dover and i'll give you the rest of the insructions tomorrow. well what happened next is a long story it was a nine day tour taking in le mont dor in the alps, grenoble the draq quest anyone played there? in that club is where i first heard ina gada davida iron butterfly , blew my heeed right off , and then paris , but that nine day tour in france ended up something else, a year later we returned to the uk, when we docked in at dover for that years work we had just a five pound note between us all, just enough to fill the salford ambulance make it to may sis in st albans who gave us enough dosh to get back to manchester. the story of the tear in france i will write anon. if colin the drummer of that band would mail me email@example.com it would be great mark solomon
Hi Mark. good to hear from you and read your comments. It has been a long time. Hope you are well.I see Jo now and then. I have photos from france and a recording from the practise session 1968 ish. One glaring mistake i made was that your Mark ... Read More
Hi Mark. good to hear from you and read your comments. It has been a long time. Hope you are well.I see Jo now and then. I have photos from france and a recording from the practise session 1968 ish. One glaring mistake i made was that your Mark played left handed as my photo shows in Grenoble. You wereboth very talented guys. Mad days, sad days, GREAT MEMORIES. Take care. kind regards and best wishes. Colin.
Hi Nathan. Good heavens, this message gave me a bit of a shock, as i have never thought that i might be contacted by anyone other than a member of the band. However i am quite happy to tell you what i can remember about your dad as well as i can. I ... Read More
Hi Nathan. Good heavens, this message gave me a bit of a shock, as i have never thought that i might be contacted by anyone other than a member of the band. However i am quite happy to tell you what i can remember about your dad as well as i can.I was sorry to hear that your dad, who i always knew as Dave, had passed away soon after i had put my comment on the band on this website about 5 years ago.We only played in the same band,for about 12 months tops. If a band did not gel or make some swift progress, then guys would soon be off looking to join a better band. Someone as tallented as your dad could soon find a place in another band. The comment i made about your dad being the best lead guitarist i ever played with was heartfelt and genuine and i would love to know what he did after our band split up. It was due to a lot of crazy circumstances and stress after we had done the tour of france, which was a shame as we had practised a lot while in Paris and were a very tight band when we returned home.The tour was a mix of very high and low experiences and was a steep learning curve for me.I have met up with Mark which was really great and hope to meet again soon as there is so much to talk about.So i will just touch base with you now and send more info later. I have a friend who is going to try and put my recording onto a disc which i will gladly pass on to you and Mark. I think the only photo i have of Dave is the one i sent to Mark and it was taken from a balcony by the dj of the club and does not show your dads face but you can tell it is him. Yes playing left handed.Kind regards. Colin.