Proud Paw
Circa 1968-69

Line-up included  
Mark Solomon vocals
Dave Solomon lead
Joe Olenski bass
Colin drums
Keith organ



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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Topic: Proud Paws
Mark Solomon says...
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
14th January 2015 10:42pm
colin says...
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
6th February 2015 9:00am
Nathan Solomon says...
Hi Colin

I'm David Solomon's son, sadly my dad is no longer with us, any stories or experiences please share. A really lovely comment about being the best lead guitarist you've played with.
13th March 2015 10:06pm
Colin Halman says...
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
15th March 2015 8:41am

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