The First Twenty One Years 1979 to 2000 - A Brief History
by Andy Jago (Thank you Andy for this marathon effort)
On Thursday February 22nd, 1979 Roger Chapman walked onto the stage at the Oxford Student Union to the opening bars of Moth to a Flame dressed in a red boiler suit from the Otis Training School Montrose. He was to join Clem Clemson (guitar), Jerome Rimson (bass), Tim Hinkley (keyboards), Raf Ravenscroft (sax), Stretch (drums) and backing vocalists Helen Hardy and Kathy O’Donoghue. A fine assembly of musicians gathered together under the banner ‘The Shortlist’, a name taken from Mickey Jupp’s song of the same title from his 1978 album Juppanese. It was a song adopted by Chappo that soon became the band’s anthem. “I was down at the office listening to the tape and liked the stuff a lot - it was my type of music. We started playing Shortlist, then the agency wanted a name for the band so it seemed like a good idea”.
Oxford was the first of a twenty three-day British Tour to promote the 36 year olds long awaited solo album Chappo. The tour, consisting of sixteen concerts, a combination of clubs and universities throughout England and Scotland, ended on March 16th at Birmingham’s Barbarellas.
The band had been put together with the help of Chapman’s long time friend and keyboard player, Tim Hinkley, the pioneer of Hinkley’s Heroes. Together they pieced the band together. Clem Clemson of Humble Pie fame was asked after Mick Grabham of Procol Harum was unavailable. Jerome Rimson had played with Van Morrison and Detroit Emeralds as well as producing the debut album of the Real Thing. Raf Ravenscroft was with Gerry Rafferty and is best known for the sax solo on Baker Street. Stretch had been touring with Marvin Gaye. Helen Hardy and Kathy O’Donoghue were drafted in when Joy Yates and Vicky Brown, who both appeared on the Chappo album, were unavailable to tour. Chappo later said of this band “Raf and Clem live were tremendous; doubling lines on Midnite Child was a particular delight and the rest lived up to their professional reputations. I obviously wanted to do the gigs but there was nothing permanent as far as the band went”. It has remained that way ever since.
After the debut tour they performed at The Venue in Victoria, London twice at the end of April, the first being broadcast on the BBC Radio programme ‘John Peel Session’, and again at the end of June. Already the line-up of the band had changed with Geoff Whitehorn replacing Bobby Tench who had replaced Clem Clemson for the June dates, and Mel Collins replacing Raf Ravenscroft.
On August 28th and 29th the band played two concerts at The Markthalle in Hamburg. The first was recorded for the Live in Hamburg album, the second, with Nick Pentelow replacing Mel Collins on tenor saxophone, was filmed by ‘Rockpalast’ and later screened on German TV. Chappo’s version of the Rolling Stones Let’s Spend The Night Together was then released as a single and received much air play in the UK and on the continent.
Promoting the launch of his solo career had been hard work but a monumental success, with much praise and back slapping along the way. Not happy to sit back and soak up the plaudits, Chappo and the band were back on the road once again in the November. Starting at The Venue in London on November 10th the band went on to play fourteen universities up and down the country, including three in Scotland, finishing at Leicester University on December 4th. On January 5th, 1980 The Shortlist appeared at The Paris Studio’s in London to record ‘In Concert’ for BBC Radio. A feat they repeated later that year on December 19th when Helen Hardy and Kathy O’Donoghue made their last appearance together with the band. The following night Chappo appeared at The Venue with Hinkley’s Heroes and a ten piece backing band - Tim Hinkley (keyboards), Geoff Whitehorn (guitar), Steve Simpson (guitar and vocals), Henry McCullough (guitar and vocals), Jerome Rimson (bass guitar), Poli Palmer (vibes), Mel Collins (saxophone), Mitch Mitchell (drums), John Halsey (drums and vocals) and Duncan Kinnel (percussion). This mind-blowing assembly then played the Rock City in Nottingham on December 23rd. Merry Christmas!
But 1980 had not been a happy year for Chappo. After the initial euphoria things had started to turn a little sour. Chris Youle’s record label, Acrobat, which had released Chappo and Live in Hamburg, folded during the making of Mail Order Magic. It left Chappo high and dry as no record label in England showed willing to complete the album. He turned to Germany where he received support and backing from Line Records which enabled the album to be completed and released. The experience and circumstances understandably left Chappo hurt, disillusioned and bitter towards the music business back home. “I’d been battering my brains out for years in the UK but musicians like me get slagged to death and I didn’t need that. When I got the chance to have a go on the continent, where people actually admire what I do, I went over there to make my living”.
Mail Order Magic was released at the end of 1980 with a promotional tour of Germany organised for the first two months of 1981. He invited Steve Simpson, Boz Burrell and Poli Palmer, from Hinkley’s Heroes, to team up with Geoff Whitehorn, Tim Hinkley, Nick Pentelow and Stretch. On October 17th, 1981 this band also appeared at the Grughalle, Essen at 4.00am, a concert again screened by Germany’s top music show ‘Rockpalast’. The show was shown in fourteen countries to a viewing audience of over 25 million. Chappo, looking fit and slim, was at his very best. It was a memorable concert that was to launch him to the heights he had worked so long and hard for. If these guys had been together ten years earlier, instead of at a time when Britain was indulging itself in the aftermath of Punk and New Romanticism, they would unquestionably have generated a huge following in England.
To build on this new found success, the November / December tour of Germany was recorded and released in 1982 as a double live album He Was She Was You Was We Was which stands as being one of the best live albums of that period. For the first time in his life Roger Chapman was receiving the recognition and acclaim he justly deserved, confirmed when he was voted Germany’s overseas number one vocalist and the album Hyena’s Only Laugh For Fun International Album of the Year.
During 1982 and 1983 Roger Chapman and The Shortlist also performed under the pseudonym The Riffburglers, each member taking false names, Chappo being Sonny Spider. Primarily performing cover versions of artists from their musical roots the band recorded two albums. In 1981 The Legendary Funny Cider Sessions (or Riff Burgler) and in 1983 Swag. The former includes a Chapman / Seals penned country influenced number (Get Out Your) Big Roll Daddy which was later recorded in 1991 by Jerry Lee Lewis on his Honky Tonk Rock ‘n Roll Piano album. A deed Chappo regards as a highlight of his recording career.
The line-up of The Shortlist had changed by the time Mango Crazy was released in 1983. Tim Hinkley, Poli Palmer and Stretch had moved on, leaving Geoff Whitehorn, Steve Simpson, Boz Burrell, Nick Pentelow and Alan Coulter on drums. After the European tour to promote the album, which began on April 19th at the Regal Theatre, Hitchin and concluded on June 26th at Spuugh in Valls, Steve Simpson and Boz Burrell also went their separate ways. Chappo, meanwhile, strengthened his popularity further by recording Shadow On The Wall for Mike Oldfield’s Crisis album. The first single taken from the album, Moonlight Shadow, stayed in the German Top 20 charts for 19 weeks, peaking at number 2. The follow up, Shadow On The Wall, entered the charts in October 1983 and remained for 14 weeks, reaching number 3 in early December. “This was a good period for me, things were blossoming, even seriously booming away, especially in Germany” explained Chappo proudly.
Chapman had also earlier appeared on Mike Batts 1979 rock musical Tarot Suite, singing Imbecile and Run Like The Wind. Colin Blunstone also appeared as vocalist on Losing Your Way In The Rain. In 1986 Chappo also recorded with The Box Of Frogs, a band featuring several members of The Yardbirds, including Jimmy Page, on the Strange Land album. Chappo featured on the songs Strange Land and Heartful Of Soul.
By 1984 The Shortlist had a completely new look built around Geoff Whitehorn and Nick Pentelow. Tony Stevens (bass), ex-Streetwalker Brian Johnstone (keyboards) and Sam Kelly (drums) were drafted in and toured extensively throughout the year. In the July German television broadcast ‘Lieder im Park’ (Songs in the Park) which was filmed at the FSV Stadion in Frankfurt, with Chappo sporting a new bleached hairstyle. ‘The Busted Loose Tour’ of Germany, Austria and Denmark to promote The Shadow Knows album and the new single Leader Of Men began on the 12th October in Bremen and finished on 9th December in Berlin. The concerts at the Metropol, West Berlin on December 8th and the Metropol, East Berlin on December 9th were recorded and released five years later in 1989 as Live in Berlin.
The next time the band assembled was at the Glastonbury Festival on June 21st, 1985 when The Shortlist was made up of Geoff Whitehorn, Bobby Tench, Tony Stevens, Brian Johnstone, Nick Pentelow and John Lingwood (drums). This line-up appeared at various European festivals throughout the summer opening the set with Dancing In The Street.
The next few years saw a period of transition and experimentation in the studio as Chappo changed direction somewhat with the release of Zipper in 1985 and Techno-Prisoners in 1987. Zipper had been the third successive studio album co-produced by Chapman and Whitehorn, but as it happens the last. At his own admittance in an interview with Pete Feenstra in 1992 Chappo declared “I hate producing, I’ve not got the patience for it. I ended up leaving it to others when I’m supposed to be in charge. I’m not blaming Geoff for anything, but I’m more into the R&B, even Country end of things, but not the heavier side of Rock ‘n’ Roll”. Techno-Prisoners was produced by the Dutch brothers, Rob and Ferdi Bolland of Rock Me Adameus fame with drum machines and the like. Although an album of many fine songs, Chappo confessed “The biz came to mistrust me, because I was a folk hero in a sense, playing real music etc, and I quickly came to realise that I’d shit on somebody’s doorstep seriously”.
Still he continued to play regularly in Germany to full houses maintaining his reputation as a fine live performer. At the Werner Festival, Hartenholm on September 3rd, 1988 the band performed in front of an estimated audience of 300,000. The Shortlist by now was Geoff Whitehorn, Steve Simpson, Peter Stroud (bass), Tim Hinkley, Poli Palmer, Nick Pentelow and John Lingwood. This concert was filmed for future video release but sadly, despite rave reviews, Summerhaze Music Ltd. didn’t pursue it. Within a couple of months, on November 10th, this line-up played together for the last time at the Melibokushalle, Zwingenberg when Geoff Whitehorn, Tim Hinkley and Poli Palmer split. Not so much Zwingenberg but sling your hook! It was the end of an era.
In the aftermath of this break up, Chappo reverted back to his more familiar R&B ground and recorded three fine albums over a two-year period. In 1989 he released the quite superb Walking The Cat, produced by Byron Byrd, and Live In Berlin, which had been recorded in 1984. Walking The Cat remained in the German album charts for three months. The following year Hybrid & Lowdown, produced by David Courtney, who had previously produced Chappo, was released together with a Best Of Roger Chapman CD entitled Strong Songs. 1991 saw the release of Under No Obligation, produced by Mike Vernon, and Kick It Back, a compilation of Walking The Cat and Hybrid and Lowdown for the UK market. Each CD was accompanied by extensive tours of Germany to rebuild his damaged reputation. For the 1989 ‘Walking The Cat Tour’ Chappo called on stalwarts Steve Simpson, Bobby Tench, Peter Stroud, Nick Pentelow and John Lingwood and introduced Ian Gibbons, the former Kinks keyboard player. This line-up remained until the ‘Hybrid & Lowdown Tour’, which began on October 11th,1990 in Oldenburg and lasted nearly two months until December 8th in Dortmund. The new line-up saw Micky Moody (guitar), of Whitesnake fame, Henry Spinetti (drums), and Mick Weaver (organ) teaming up with Peter Stroud and Ian Gibbons.
Under No Obligation saw the return of Geoff Whitehorn on Just A Child U.N.O. and Dance Hall Years and the CD cover carried the note ‘Nice to see Big George Heartburn, Suede Soupspoon and Sonny Spider together again, for Auld Lang Syne etc’ but the reunion was short lived. The 1992 ‘Under No Obligation Tour’, which coincided with Chappo’s fiftieth birthday, saw Laurie Wisefield, of Wishbone Ash, and John Lingwood replacing Micky Moody and Henry Spinetti respectively to team up with Peter Stroud, Mick Weaver and Ian Gibbons. Two fabulous female backing singers, Gina Brown and Debbie Sharp, were also introduced to the band.
Since 1979 Chappo had played very few dates in England, but in the November of 1992 Chappo undertook a six day tour of Wales and England - Swansea, London, Leeds, Cleethorpes and Derby - with Steve Simpson, Anthony Glynne (guitar), Gary Twigg (bass guitar), Ian Gibbons, Mick Weaver and John Lingwood. Encouraged by the reception he received he decided to tour Britain with this line-up extensively in 1993 to promote the Kick It Back compilation album, playing thirty concerts at various venues around the country, including a seven date pre-Christmas tour. Playing to packed audiences, Chappo was back on home territory, and how the fans enjoyed and appreciated it. The Riffburglers also played at The County Arms, Isleworth, London on 29th December to celebrate their 10th anniversary. Thankfully, Chappo continued to play selected venues in England after this.
In 1994 Polydor released the non-complimentary titled CHAPPO King Of The Shouters - The Best Of Roger Chapman 1979-1992, the seventh CD to be marketed in five years. By the time Kiss My Soul, produced by Dieter Falk, was released in 1996 The Shortlist had a familiar and settled look about it. Steve Simpson and Laurie Wisefield on guitar, Gary Twigg bass guitar, Ian Gibbons keyboards, Pat Crumly sax, John Lingwood drums and Helen Hardy backing vocals. This CD stands as being one of Chappo’s finest and contains songs co-written by Chapman with Steve Simpson, Jim Cregan, John Wetton, Laurie Wisefield and Micky Moody.
This band played the Frankfurt Seile Set (Sound of Frankfurt) in July, 1997 and the Easter Blues Festival at the Bisquithalle, Bonn in April, 1998 which were both televised by German TV. Together with Anthony Glynne and Mick Weaver they also appear on the In My Own Time (Live) double CD. This was a CD released in 1999 that contained several tracks from the Tour De Force Live album which had originally been planned for release in 1993 but never saw the light of day.
This remained the stable line-up of The Shortlist throughout most of the second half of the decade and together they recorded A Turn Unstoned? in 1998. A double CD, Anthology 1979-1998, containing 33 tracks, was also released later the same year. After the Gosport Summer Festival on August Bank Holiday Sunday, 2000 Chappo reduced the size of the band from seven to four as he moved away from the big band sound to a more acoustic, country feel combined with the Rock and R&B.
The four piece he assembled for the unplugged December 2000 tour, a fore runner of the Spring 2001 tour to promote the Rollin’ & Tumblin’ CD, was Steve Simpson, Gary Twigg, Ian Gibbons and Geoff Dunn on drums. At Christmas 2000 a CD, Un-Stuffed, was made available exclusively to members of The Appreciation Society to celebrate the Society’s 21st Year.
As The Shortlist moves into its twenty-third year one can look back on an array of fine musicians that have stood and shared the same stage with Roger Chapman. This in itself is testimony to his status and his music, and the high regard held by his musical contemporaries. On stage he is still as exuberant as ever and remains one of the finest live performers of his generation. Of those who saw him back in his early days with ‘Family’, how many would have predicted that he would have the talent and resilience to survive so long? For here was a singer who on stage, although visually stunning, portrayed an idiot dancing, tambourine trashing, mic-stand throwing wild man with a vibrato like a ewe in lamming season. But he is a perfectionist serious about his music and a character of strength that is confident of his own ability. A performer who strives always to give his best and a proven survivor. As a teenager in his hometown of Leicester he had a reputation of being a hard nut with his LOVE HATE finger tattoos and only changed his ways following a serious car accident at 18 when he suffered a broken neck. He still has a forceful and unpredictable personality but behind the image lies a good natured, friendly and modest individual. He has been his own man throughout the whole of his career, which is commendable, but such an insular attitude often closes doors rather than opens them. At his own confession his approach to the people in the music business has been, to say the least, circumspect and in the past he has, and rightly so, resisted pressure to change his image. His unique voice, which at times is harsh enough to cut and grate the senses like a cheese wire, is not instantly appealing to the impartial listener, but the sheer power and energy of his delivery engages the senses and emotions when you see him live on stage. You may not find Roger Chapman & The Shortlist listed in any rock encyclopaedia, although you may find a reference at the end of the entry for ‘Family’. This is simply because his music as a solo artist has never charted here in Britain despite recording 14 fine studio albums (including two with The Riffburglers), 5 live albums and 4 compilation albums. A remarkable feat. He may not be a mainstream artist or a household name in Britain but he is held in high esteem in the British R&B music scene where he is regarded as being one of this country’s finest vocalists and musical innovators. Over the years he has generated a loyal following that appreciates that he is one of the most conscientious and hard working people in the music business. This has earned him the title ‘Prolekunstler’ (the Working Class Artist) in his adopted Germany. However, it’s only the elite and the steadfast that earn sufficient money to spend the whole of their working life doing something they excel and enjoy. As a singer-songwriter and performer Roger Chapman has been doing that professionally for 35 years now, and he’s not finished yet - still drawing his admirers to concerts like a Moth to a Flame.
Note: Roger Chapman’s quotes that appear in the above passage have been extracted from published articles.
The Feeder Bands
CHAPMAN & WHITNEY STREETWALKERS
In May, 1974 Roger Chapman and Charlie Whitney assembled a stable line-up for live shows to promote their new album Streetwalkers. The make up of the band was Roger Chapman (vocals), Charlie Whitney (guitar), Bobby Tench (guitar & vocals), Tim Hinkley (keyboards), Mel Collins (sax), Phil Chen (bass) and Ian Wallace (drums).
Formed in July 1976 by Tim Hinkley comprising friends and band mates who reformed from time to time with different line-ups. Although the rhythm section of Hinkley (keyboards), Boz Burrell (bass) and John Halsey and Mitch Mitchell on drums always remained the same the rest of the band contained guest musicians and vocalists. These included Roger Chapman, Eric Burdon, Joe Cocker, Maggie Bell, Kiki Dee and Linda Ronstadt. Some of the musicians who performed with this band and The Shortlist were Tim Hinkley, Boz Burrell, Bobby Tench (guitar & vocals), Geoff Whitehorn (guitar), Steve Simpson (guitar), Jerome Rimson (bass guitar), Poli Palmer (electric vibes) and Mel Collins (sax). Charlie Whitney and Jim Cregan, of Family fame, also performed with Hinkley’s Heroes, as too did Mitch Mitchell, the drummer in Jimmy Hendrix Experience, who appeared on Mail Order Magic. John Halsey also appears on this album. Roger Chapman pays tribute to ‘The Heroes’ on the Chappo LP sleeve stating ‘Lots of love to The Heroes whose help and influences made much of this album possible’.
A Country-Rock band founded by former Meal Ticket members, Steve Simpson and drummer Alan Coulter, which played its first gig on March 16th, 1980 at The Red Lion pub (now demolished), in Brentford, West London. Over the years musicians, besides Steve and Alan, who have performed with both Chuck Farley (the name is a spoonerism) and The Shortlist were Sam Kelly (drums), Mick Clewes (drums), Poli Palmer (electric vibes), Geoff Whitehorn (guitar), Bobby Tench (guitar), Boz Burrell (bass), Peter Stroud (bass), Pat Crumly (sax) and Nick Pentelow (sax). In 1983 the band released its eponymous debut album featuring Steve Simpson, Geoff Whitehorn, Boz Burrell, Nick Pentelow, Poli Palmer and Alan Coulter. Disbanded in 1989.
A four piece band formed by Steve Simpson in the early 1990’s playing occasionally the London pub scene, primarily comprising The Shortlist members Steve Simpson (guitar and vocals), Peter Stroud (bass), Ian Gibbons (keyboards) and John Lingwood (drums) with Chappo often making a guest appearance. Gary Twigg replaced Peter Stroud in 1993. Around this time Steve also gigged with Micky Moody and Malcolm Hoskins, the bass player from Little Sister.
In chronological order, the following forty three musicians have, at some time or another, appeared in concert with Roger Chapman and The Shortlist.
Born September 5, 1949 in Tamworth. Exquisite guitarist, as well as skilled keyboardist, Dave ‘Clem’ Clemson joined Colosseum in October 1969 playing with Chris Farlowe and Dave Greenslade before moving on to Humble Pie in October 1971 where he replaced Peter Frampton who went on to pursue a very successful solo career. In 1975 he joined Strange Brew with Cozy Powell before joining Deep Purple. In 1978 joined SNAFU when Micky Moody left to join Whitesnake, a band formed by former Procol Harum drummer Bobby Harrison that included Tim Hinkley on keyboards. In February 1979 Clem was invited to tour with The Shortlist to promote the Chappo album when Mick Grabham of Procol Harum was unavailable. Played his last gig with Chappo at The Venue, London on April 27th, 1979. Since then he has played with bands assembled by Cozy Powell, Ken Hensley, Jack Bruce, Jon Anderson, Bob Dylan, Barry Venn (which also included Tim Hinkley) and Chris De Burgh. Produced Chris Farlowe’s The Voice CD in 1998. In 1999 Clem rejoined Colosseum and later toured with their saxophone player, Dick Heckstall-Smith and his R&B All Stars.
Born September 21, 1944. In 1970 formed Gass playing guitar and vocals. Their eponymous album has the special collaboration of Peter Green on guitar and Mel Collins producing. In July 1971 he joined the Jeff Beck Group as lead vocalist replacing Rod Stewart. The band also included Max Middleton on piano (appears on Chapman Whitney Streetwalkers) and Cozy Powell on drums. While Powell was ill his place was taken for a short time by Mitch Mitchell who appears on Mail Order Magic. Joined Roger Chapman & Charlie Whitney’s stage band to promote the 1974 Streetwalkers album and in 1975 joined the band permanently until disbanded in 1977. During this period he alternates between Streetwalkers, his own band Hummingbird, and Hinkley’s Heroes. With the demise of Streetwalkers he joins Van Morrison with fellow Streetwalker, bassist Micky Feat, and both appear on the Live in Ireland video. At the beginning of 1980 he joins the Eric Burdon Band that includes Mick Weaver and later that year Steve Marriot’s Humble Pie. In the mid-eighties he forms a live soul outfit Heart and Soul with Steve Simpson and Tim Hinkley. First joined The Shortlist in March 1979 when he teamed up with the original members, playing just 4 gigs. Rejoined in 1985 for the summer festivals, including Glastonbury, and again in March 1989 until his departure in July 1990. In 1998 he formed The Bobby Tench Band with Peter Rees (bass) and Vic Martin (keyboards) plus various guests. With his involvement in other projects he agreed to lend his band to Gary Moore for his UK and European tour 1999/2000.
During his Shortlist days Geoff Whitehorn was the longhaired guy on the stage who made the Strat shaped guitar painted as a Union Jack stand up and talk. A rock guitarist right up there with the very best of them. Key member of The Shortlist from its conception in 1979 until 1988, appearing on ten albums, the last of which being Under No Obligation in 1992 where he appears on Just A Child U.N.O. and Dance Hall Years. Co-produced four albums with Chapman, Mango Crazy, The Shadow Knows, Zipper and Live in Berlin and co-wrote numerous songs. Played his first gig with The Shortlist on June 22nd, 1979 at The Venue, Victoria, London as replacement for Bobby Tench, and remained a permanent member until his last appearance at Zwingenberg on November 10th, 1988. Started his career with IF before moving on to Filthy McNasty, Back Street Crawler, Eric Burdon Band and the Maggie Bell Band. While with Chappo he also performed with Chuck Farley and the Elkie Brooks Band, with whom he was the musical director from 1981 to 1983. Also recorded with Kevin Ayres, Jimmy Hibbert, Manfred Mann’s Earthband, Paul McCartney (Pipes of Peace) and Billy Ocean (Suddenly) during the early 1980’s. Since leaving The Shortlist he has worked with Bad Company, where for 10 months he was stand-in for Mick Ralphs (a member of Hinkley’s Heroes also), Procol Harum, Roger Waters, The Paul Rodgers Band and The Roger Daltrey Band. In December 1998 he was invited to play some charity gigs with Gary Brooker and Friends which also featured Nick Pentelow and Henry Spinetti. Geoff has released four solo albums, Whitehorn in 1974, Geoff Who? 1992, Big in Gravesend 1994, and Jam with Geoff Whitehorn’s Blues Trax 1998. Known as Big George Heartburn in the Riffburglers.
Born August 30, 1950 in Birmingham. A great all-round guitarist especially on slide. Spent the late 70’s playing and recording with Mickey Jupp, Frankie Miller and Gerry Rafferty (with Henry Spinetti and Raf Ravenscroft on City to City). Joined Whitesnake in 1978 with Bernie Marsden and David Coverdale which also featured former Streetwalkers, Brian Johnston (keyboards) and Dave Dowle (drums), but left in 1981. Rejoined in 1983 but left again soon afterwards. Marsden and Moody later formed Moody Marsden Band before forming in 1998 Company of Snakes which drummer John Lingwood joined in 2000. Made a guest appearance on stage with The Shortlist on April 30th, 1980 at Rheingoldhalle, Mainz but didn’t play again until October 1990 when he joined the band for the ‘Hybrid and Lowdown Tour’. Recorded with Roger Chapman on Chappo, Walking The Cat and Hybrid & Lowdown. Released a solo CD I Eat Them For Breakfast in 2000.
Multi-instrumentalist having played guitar & slide guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, accordion, harmonica and providing backing vocals with The Shortlist. Has even been known to play harp. A session player through the 1970’s & 80’s, he has worked with Ronnie Lane, Frankie Miller, Meal Ticket, Hinkley’s Heroes, Bobby Tench’s band Heart & Soul, Micky Moody and a host of others. In recent years has also worked with Banjomania, Coyotes, The Mertons, Chris Farlowe, Eric Bibb Band as well as leading his own bands, Chuck Farley and Sparring Partners. Steve first met Roger Chapman when they played at The Venue in Victoria, London in July 1980 for Hinkley’s Heroes. Has been collaborating with Chappo ever since, making his first appearance with The Shortlist at The Markthalle, Hamburg on January 14th, 1981. Has served three periods with the band - 1981 to 1983, 1987 to 1990, and 1992 to the present day. Appears on seven studio albums and three live albums with Chappo from Hyena’s Only Laugh For Fun right up to Rollin’ and Tumblin’, co-writing several of the songs. An essential part of Chappo’s stage band. One of music’s most genial and charming gentlemen. In 1998 released a superb live blues orientated CD Steve Simpson Alive and Well with Malcolm Hoskins (bass), Mick Clewes (drums) and Andy Cooper (keyboards). Known as Suede Soupspoon in the Riffburglers.
Never the showman but an extremely competent and technically brilliant lead and slide guitarist. Began his professional career with Home in 1971 before joining Wishbone Ash in 1974 as replacement for Ted Turner after Andy Powell had spotted him playing in Al Stewart’s (he of The Year Of The Cat) backing band. Recorded ten albums with Wishbone Ash. Toured with Tina Turner and appears on the Tina Live In Europe album released in 1988 playing guitar and banjo. Joined The Shortlist in August 1991 and stayed until 1999. Appeared on two studio albums, Under No Obligation and A Turn Unstoned? and the In My Own Time (Live) CD.
A brilliant young rock guitarist who joined The Shortlist for the short November 1992 tour of Wales and England from Asia, minus John Wetton, with whom he recorded Aqua (1992). Stayed for two years until October 1994, making his last appearance at the Oktoberfest at Wildenrath. Rejoined Asia to record Archiva (1996) and Archives (1997). Teamed up again with Roger Chapman & The Shortlist for Chappo’s Birthday Bash at The Brook, Southampton on April 8th, 2000 and the following tour of Germany. Appears on In My Own Time (Live) CD 1999. A member of Maggie Bell’s backing band Midnight Flyer in 1979 that also included Tony Stevens (bass), Chris Parren (keyboards) and David Dowle (drums), ex-Streetwalkers. Also appears on Mark Glynne & Bart Zwier’s Home Comfort in 1995, playing guitar and vocals.
Appeared seven times with The Shortlist for the Austria and German tour in May 1993 with Steve Simpson, Gary Twigg, Ian Gibbons and John Lingwood. Also recorded with Ian Gibbons with Dr. Feelgood on Down At The Doctors (1995) and Chess Masters (2000).
Born April 12, 1945 in Houston near St.Johnstone, Glasgow, Scotland. A brilliant blues vocalist and guitarist in the styles of Celtic Rock, Folk Rock and Blues Rock. Invited to play with Anthony Glynne for the departed Laurie Wisefield and unavailable Steve Simpson for Chappo’s Birthday Bash at The Brook, Southampton (April 8th, 2000) and the following tour of Germany. A real troubadour, he has a long and distinguished history which is absorbing. Began his career in his native Scotland before moving to London in 1965 where he formed a band that included Ian Hunter (later Mott the Hoople). They have remained friends ever since. Later went on to work with Keef Hartley Band (1968, with Mick Weaver) which played on the second day of the Woodstock Festival. In 1971 he formed The Miller Anderson Band and Hemlock before joining Savoy Brown with Stan Webb. In August 1976 he made an unexpected move to join Mark Bolan’s glam-rock band, T.Rex. Left in 1977, shortly before Bolan’s death in a car accident, to tour with Donovan. At the start of the 1980’s he worked alongside Mick Taylor and Jimmy McCulloch before joining Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack. Later he played with the revised Spencer Davis Group (with Pete York) which led to him playing with Pete York & Superblues (with Chris Farlowe, Tony Ashton, and Gary Twigg) based in Germany. Continues to play with the Spencer Davis Group and has appeared with Jon Lord (Deep Purple) & The Gemini Band. Released two solo albums Bright City (1971, includes Mick Weaver) and Celtic Moon (1998).
First came to prominence in 1974 when he appeared with Van Morrison at Knebworth with Peter Van Hook (drums) and Peter Wingfield (piano). Toured the USA and Canada before recording an album which was never released but some of the songs did appear on the 1998 CD, The Philosopher’s Stone. Produced and performed on the chart topping album Real Thing in 1976 which included You To Me Are Everything and Can’t Get By Without You. Also recorded with Headstone (1975) and Automatic Man (1977) before touring with the Detroit Emeralds. A member of the original Roger Chapman and The Shortlist line-up in 1979 to promote the Chappo album although not involved in the recording. Recorded Mail Order Magic and Hyenas Only Laugh For Fun as well as appearing on Live In Hamburg before leaving in 1980 to record on Phil Lynott’s solo albums Solo In Soho and Philip Lynott Album.
Born Raymond Burrell, nicknamed Boz, 1946 in Lincoln. During the 1960’s worked in a succession of promising but unsuccessful bands as a vocalist before meeting Robert Fripp in 1971, who taught him to play bass. Consequently he joined King Crimson which at that time included Greg Lake, drummer Ian Wallace (appears on Chapman Whitney Streetwalkers and touring band), and Mel Collins (sax). Boz also appears on Chapman Whitney Streetwalkers on backing vocals. When this version of King Crimson dissolved in 1972 he teamed up with Alexis Korner. John Wetton of Family replaced Boz. In 1973 he became a founder member of Bad Company who signed to Peter Grant’s (Led Zeppelin’s manager) Swansong label. Bad Company went on to sell tens of millions of records worldwide making Boz a very wealthy man. Joined Roger Chapman and The Shortlist in January 1981, replacing Jerome Rimson. Appears on He Was She Was You Was We Was live double album and Mango Crazy. Left The Shortlist in 1983 but rejoined in May 1987. Since leaving in June 1988 he has worked and recorded again with Bad Company and King Crimson, Jack Green, Jon Lord, Alvin Lee, Tam White and Ruby Turner. Known as Ramblin’ Ray Rubble in the Riffburglers.
Played bass guitar twice with The Shortlist on February 4th and 5th, 1984 at the Stadthalle, Vienna with Geoff Whitehorn, Nick Pentelow, Vic Asquith and Sam Kelly.
Born September 12, 1949 in London. A great bassist who bagan his career working with the mythical blues band Savoy Brown and later Foghat. After four albums Tony left to concentrate on a new career as an actor. In 1975, Andy Mackay from Roxy Music composed the music for the TV series ‘Rock Follies’ about a female trio. A stable band is formed to play all the music as well as appearing in the series. The band was Ray Russell (guitar), Tony Stevens (bass), Brian Chatton (keyboards), Peter Van Hooke (drums) and Mackay (sax). Also in 1975 he appears on the original soundtrack of The Who’s film Tommy. After this he forms his own band Nobody’s Business before joining Maggie Bell’s Midnight Flyer in 1979 that also included Anthony Glynne, Chris Parren and former Streetwalker drummer, Dave Dowle. He joins Roger Chapman in May 1984 and stays until August 1986, appearing on The Shadow Knows, Zipper (one track Woman of Destiny) and Live in Berlin. In 1993 he rejoins Foghat. Recorded a CD in 1998 entitled Don’t Blame Me...I Just Play Bass with Geoff Whitehorn and Nick Pentelow.
Equally proficient on bass guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar and slide guitar. Joined The Shortlist in September 1988 for the Hartenholm Festival and remained until September 1992, appearing on Hybrid & Lowdown and Under No Obligation. A member of Steve Simpson’s bands, Chuck Farley and Sparring Partners. Following his departure from The Shortlist he has played and recorded with Billy Pilgrim (1994), Bertie Higgins (1995), Pete Droge (1996), Charlie Mars (1997), Tom Grose (1998), Peter Green’s Splinter Group (1999), Sheryl Crow (1999), Jerry Joseph (2000) and Steve Waller’s Overload.
Affectionally known as Twiggy. A superb bass player who, according to Chappo, has fingers like stick insects. Plays a five string bass and is a study of concentration on stage. Joined The Shortlist in November 1992 for the short tour of Wales and England and has been a member of the band ever since. Appears on A Turn Unstoned?, In My Own Time (Live) and Rollin’ and Tumblin’. Has played with Kim Wilde (lucky fellow!), Sally Oldfield, Kiki Dee, Graham Bonnet, Peter Godwin, Peter Murphy and Linda Thompson. Also toured Germany with Pete York & Superblues (with Chris Farlowe, Miller Anderson and Tony Ashton) and The Spencer Davis Group.
Born May 25, 1946 in London. Tim Hinkley is regarded as one of the top session keyboard players having played with some of the top music acts in the rock world. These include the Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Humble Pie, Joan Armatrading, Whitesnake, Bad Company, Thin Lizzy, Al Stewart, Chris Farlowe, Alvin Lee, Alexis Korner, Dr Feelgood, etc. etc. The list is endless. Currently living in the USA where he is a music consultant specialising in record licensing, production, artist/management relations, and writing film compositions. Leader of Hinkley’s Heroes (see separate entry) which he still assembles annually at the Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, Tennessee, but these days the invited artists are Americans backed by The Memphis Horns. First recorded with Chappo on the Chapman Whitney Streetwalkers album in 1974. Was responsible with Chappo in assembling the original line-up of The Shortlist. Had two spells with the band -1979 until 1982 and1986 until 1988. Appears on five studio albums with The Shortlist Chappo, Mail Order Magic, Hyena’s Only Laugh For Fun, Techno Prisoners and Hybrid & Lowdown and two live albums Live In Hamburg and He Was She Was You Was We Was. Known as Reverend Stovepipe in the Riffburglers.
Played keyboards twice with The Shortlist on February 4th and 5th, 1984 at the Stadthalle, Vienna with Geoff Whitehorn, Roscoe Gee, Nick Pentelow and Sam Kelly.
A former member of Streetwalkers playing on the superb 1976 album Vicious But Fair and Streetwalkers Live. When Chapman and Whitney disbanded the ‘walkers in 1977 Brian joined Phil May (from Pretty Things fame) & The Fallen Angels. In January 1978 he teamed up again with the Streetwalkers drummer, Dave Dowle, in David Coverdale’s new band, Whitesnake, but left three months later after a short tour. Returned to Phil May & The Fallen Angels before joining The Shortlist in May 1984. Recorded two studio albums The Shadow Knows and Zipper before leaving the band in September 1985. Also appears on Live in Berlin.
Joined The Shortlist in April 1986 for the April / May Scandinavia and European Tour and departed after the Asheim Festival on August 7th, 1986. Played keyboards and backing vocals. Other band members were Tim Hinkley, Geoff Whitehorn, Tony Stevens, Nick Pentelow and Henry Spinetti.
Equally proficient on keyboards, organ, piano and synthesizer, Ian began his recording career with Life in 1974. Joined The Records in 1979 before moving into the big league with The Kinks in 1980 with whom he recorded eight albums. Joined The Shortlist in April 1989 for ‘The Walking The Cat Tour’. In 1990 Mick Weaver joined to form an unusual partnership of two keyboard players, Ian on keyboards and Mick on piano and organ. Has played with The Shortlist throughout the 1990’s but has also worked with former Mott The Hoople vocalist, Ian Hunter, touring in 1997 and 1999. Appears on three studio albums with Roger Chapman Hybrid & Lowdown, Under No Obligation and A Turn Unstoned and two live albums In My Own Time (Live) and Rollin’ and Tumblin’. Has also recorded with Coal Porters Land Of Hope And Crosby (1994), Dr. Feelgood Down At The Doctors (1995) and Chess Masters (2000), and Blues ‘n’ Trouble Hat Trick (1987) and Blues Graffiti/Live & Rare (2000).
Fantastic keyboardist and a maestro playing organ. Has played under the pseudonym Wynder K. Frog which was the name of his first band in 1967. Played with former Traffic members Dave Mason (producer of Family’s Music In A Doll’s House), Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood in the band Wooden Frog when Steve Winwood dissolved Traffic in 1969 to join Blind Faith. The same band Rick Grech left Family to join. In 1970 worked on Jesus Christ Superstar. Has since worked with Keef Hartley Band (with Miller Anderson), Joe Cocker Band, Frankie Miller Band, Dave Gilmour, Eric Burdon Band (with Bobby Tench), Gary Moore (with Nick Pentelow), Steve Marriott & Ronnie Lane Band, Ralph McTell and most recently, Taj Mahal. First teamed up with Roger Chapman in September 1990 and played with The Shortlist for two and a half years. Performed his final gig with the band at Hang The Drummer, Norbury Hotel, Croydon on 24th July, 1993. Recorded one studio album Under No Obligation and appears on the In My Own Time (Live) CD.
Produced Kiss My Soul and played keyboards at two acoustic sets with Roger Chapman, Steve Simpson, Pat Crumly and Helen Hardy to promote the album at Koln and Dingwalls, London in April 1996. Also produced A Turn Unstoned? in 1998 and Nazareth’s Move Me in 1995.
Keyboard, piano, organ and synthesizer player who stood in for Ian Gibbons for the May 1997 Tour of England (South Shields, Southampton, Dudley) and Germany. Whereas Tony Stevens appeared in Rock Follies 1975, Chris appeared in the 1977 series replacing Brian Chatton on keyboards. Recorded with Jim Capaldi (ex-Traffic) from 1978 until 1988 before joining The Strawbs with whom he recorded one album Don’t Say Goodbye (1988). Has also recorded with J.J.Jackson, Ian Gomm and Andy Mackay. In 1981 teamed up with Maggie Bell’s Midnight Flyer which included Anthony Glynne, Tony Stevens and ex-Streetwalkers drummer, David Dowle, to record Rock ‘n’ Roll Party.
Replaced Ian Gibbons for the Spring 1999 German Tour as Ian Gibbon’s wife was due to have a baby in the May. A former member of Voyager with whom he recorded two albums, Halfway Hotel (1979) and Act of Love (1980). Was involved with the original soundtrack recording of the 1985 film Emerald Forest.
ELECTRIC VIBES & SYNTHESIZER
Born May 23, 1943. John Michael Palmer, nicknamed Poli, has a long association with Roger Chapman having joined Family in 1970, replacing sax player, Jim King. Left Family after the American tour supporting Elton John in 1972 when he was replaced by Tony Ashton. Appeared on Chapman & Whitney Streetwalkers album in 1974 along with ex-Family guitarists John Wetton, Ric Grech and Jim Cregan. Also recorded with Streetwalkers, backing vocals only, and on Chapman’s early albums Chappo, Mail Order Magic and Hyenas Only Laugh For Fun as well as the live He Was She Was You Was We Was. Member of The Shortlist stage act from January 1981 until October 1982 and May 1987 until November 1988. Originally a drummer he became a brilliant multi-instrumentalist on keyboards, electric vibes and synthesizer as well as flute. Began his career playing in bands in the Midlands with Dave Mason and Jim Capaldi (both later Traffic) before joining Blossom Toes and Eclection before Family. Recorded an album in 1985, Human Error that featured Geoff Whitehorn, Steve Simpson, Mel Collins, Boz Burrell and Sam Kelly. Known as Uncle Willie Wonkie in the Riffburglers.
Real name Raphael, Raf Ravenscroft is best known for his sax solo on Gerry Rafferty’s 1978 hit single Baker Street. Recorded three albums with Gerry Rafferty between 1978 and 1980, City to City, Night Owl and Snakes & Ladders. While with Gerry Rafferty worked with Micky Moody and Henry Spinetti, both of whom were involved in the recording of Chappo. Was an original member of The Shortlist assembled to promote the Chappo album in 1979 but was never involved in any recordings. Played his last gig with Chappo at The Venue, London on April 27th, 1979. Has worked with many top artists and bands including America, Phil Collins (Brand X), Marvin Gaye, Alvin Lee, Mike Oldfield, Pink Floyd, Robert Plant, Chris Rea, Bonnie Tyler and Roger Waters. Released a solo album in 1979 entitled Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway which also featured Stretch on drums.
Born June 19, 1948. For most of the 1970’s it seemed like every sax, clarinett or flute that was played on a rock album was credited to Mel Collins. His first major band was the Stormsville Shakers, a band working out of Guildford, before teaming up with Robert Fripp’s King Crimson in the early 1970’s (with Boz Burrell) and later Camel. First worked with Roger Chapman on the Chapman Whitney Streetwalkers album (1974) and again on the 1977 Vicious But Fair album. Toured Germany with The Shortlist in 1979, appearing on the Live in Hamburg album which was his last appearance with the band. A session musician he has worked with an endless list of artists. If you hear a rock album with reed and flute sounds the chances are its Mel Collins.
Born June 10th, 1951 in Guildford but grew up in Birmingham. A prolific horn player specialising in Saxophone, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Clarinet and flute. Has also played keyboards on stage for The Shortlist. In July 1972 Roy Wood formed Wizzard after leaving ELO and invited Nick to be part of his new band. In 1975 Nick moved on to The Steve Gibbons Band recording three albums. Joined Roger Chapman in August 1979 on the German Tour replacing Mel Collins, and remained a regular member of the band until 1989. Has since appeared with The Shortlist whenever free to do so from his commitments as a session musician. Appears on six studio albums between 1981 and 1990 and two live albums, He Was She Was You Was We Was and Live in Berlin. On leaving The Shortlist joined Gary Moore with whom he stayed for five years recording four albums including Still Got The Blues with Mick Weaver in 1990. Appears in Gary Moore’s 1996 video Blues for Greeny Live. Was also involved with Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody in their tribute to Peter Green, later released as Green & Blues. In December 1998 played some charity gigs with Gary Brooker (with Geoff Whitehorn and Henry Spinetti). Has also worked and recorded with Elton John, B.B.King and Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings. Known as Lips A’Gonnagen in the Riffburglers. Nick’s father was an actor - Mr. Wilkes in Emmerdale Farm.
First performed with The Shortlist on December 6th, 1995 at Kiel and made his last appearance at Kitzingen on September 4th, 1999 to concentrate on fronting The Ronnie Scott Quartet following the great man’s death. Brilliant on Alto and Soprano Sax as well as flute. Once described by Chappo as being “a giant in technique if not in stature”. Appears on A Turn Unstoned? and In My Own Time (Live). Recorded also with Sniff ‘n’ the Tears (Love Action) 1981, Kevin Ayres (As Close As You Think) 1986 and Chris Farlowe (As Time Goes By) 1996.
Born in 1953, Andy joined The Shortlist for the German leg of the Spring ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin’ Tour’ in 2001 as Nick Pentelow was unavailable. A brilliant tenor and alto saxophonist renown for his swaggering tenor tone. Released an excellent jazz CD in 1990 Silvershine with his band Andy Hamilton & The Blue Notes which features Mick Hucknell on vocals. Has also recorded with top artists including Duran Duran, Elton John, Corey Hart, George Michael, Gary Moore, Pet Shop Boys, Tina Turner, Edwin Starr and Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings.
DRUMS & PERCUSSION
A fantastic drummer who had his own band from 1973 to 1978 named Stretch and released four albums Elastique (1975), Can’t Beat Your Brain For Entertainment (1976), Life Blood (1977) and Forget The Past (1978). Had been playing live with Marvin Gaye before becoming part of the first touring band assembled by Roger Chapman in 1979. Here he met Gerry Rafferty’s sax player, Raf Ravenscroft. Later in 1979 he recorded on Raf’s solo album Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway. Stayed with The Shortlist until September 1982 when he left to join the superband, Mainsqueeze, who later toured backing rock legend, Bo Diddley. Appears on only one studio album Hyenas Only Laugh For Fun (1981) and two live albums Live in Hamburg (1979) and He Was She Was You Was We Was (1982).
A rock drummer in the true sense of the word. Absolutely brilliant. Began his career in the 1970’s working for London stage productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair before becoming a session musician. Has played and recorded with artists Leo Sayer, Arthur Brown, Maddy Prior and Dave Greenslade (formerly with Colosseum) before joining Manfred Mann’s Earthband in 1980. First performed with The Shortlist at the Paradisio, Amsterdam on 19th October, 1982. Appeared again three years later in 1985 for the summer festivals, including Glastonbury. Rejoined in September 1988 for the Hartenholm Festival and stayed for two years. Rejoined again in August 1991 and remained until October 1999 before joining Company Of Snakes in 2000, a combination of Bad Company and Whitesnake featuring Micky Moody. Returned to play with The Shortlist at the Gosport Festival in August 2000. Appears on four albums The Shadow Knows (1984), Under No Obligation (1992), A Turn Unstoned? (1998) and In My Own Time (Live) (1999). Besides appearing with The Shortlist has toured with Elkie Brooks, Roger Waters and Chris Thompson
First appeared with Chappo on stage playing percussion with Hinkley’s Heroes at The Venue, Victoria, London on December 20th, 1980. Performed once on stage with The Shortlist at the Paradisio, Amsterdam on October 19th, 1982 when John Lingwood made his debut. Appears on Hyenas Only Laugh For Fun. Has also recorded with Sally Oldfield Celebration (1980) and Tony Scott African Bird (1981).
Played drums with Steve Simpson in Meal Ticket during the late 1970’s and Chuck Farley during the 1980’s. Joined The Shortlist in April 1983 for the ‘Mango Crazy Tour’ but departed before the year end. Recorded with The Shortlist in 1981 on Hyenas Only Laugh For Fun and 1983 on Mango Crazy as well as appearing on the two Riffburglers recordings, where he’s known as Ba Butler.
Joined The Shortlist in February 1984 having worked with Jesse Winchester and Cymande in the 1970’s and Chuck Farley in the early 1980’s. Appears on The Shadow Knows and Live in Berlin. Parted company with Roger Chapman after the concerts at The Metropol, West and East Berlin in early December 1984, later released as Live In Berlin. Has recently recorded with Steve Lacy, Ruby Turner and Johnny Whitehill.
The drummer with Joan Armatrading, working with Tim Hinkley on the 1977 Show Some Emotion album. Later worked with Leo Sayer, Eddie Hardin, Mickey Jupp and Gerry Rafferty (with Mickey Moody and Raf Ravenscroft on City to City) before appearing on Roger Chapman’s 1979 debut album Chappo. First joined The Shortlist in February 1986 and stayed until June 1988. Rejoined in October 1990 for the ‘Hybrid & Lowdown Tour’. Appears on the Hybrid & Lowdown album. Has appeared and recorded with many top named artists including Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Roger Daltrey, Andy Fairweather Low, George Harrison and Gary Brooker of Procol Harum fame. Also an actor, he appeared in the 1985 film Willie and the Poor Boys, and has featured on numerous film scores and soundtracks including Lethal Weapon.
Steve Simpson’s drummer who joined The Shortlist for Chappo’s Birthday Bash at The Brook, Southampton (April 8th, 2000) and the following tour of Germany.
Joined The Shortlist for the December 2000 UK and Germany tour. First appeared with Terence Trent D’Arby in 1989 on the Neither Fish nor Flesh album. Joined Van Morrison in 1993 recording Too Long In Exile, Days Like This and Healing Game before moving on to record with Joe Cocker Across From Midnight in 1997. Since then he has worked and recorded with Dreams Come True, William Topley, The Blessing, Tom Jones (on the Reload CD), Leo Sayer and Acoustic Alchemy. Appears on the Rollin’ and Tumblin’ live CD.
Recognised as one of the foremost exponents of the harmonica today. His roots lie in the London R&B club scene of the late seventies early eighties. Formed and co-fronted Nine Below Zero before turning to session work in 1984. Has worked with Rory Gallagher, The Christians, Deacon Blue, Box Of Frogs, Michael Ball, Joe Cocker, Roy Harper, The KLF, Annie Lennox, The Lightning Seeds, Nazareth, Lulu, Joan Armatrading, Jeff Beck, Paul Young, Ocean Colour Scene, Talk Talk, Gary Moore, Roger Daltrey, George Michael, Robbie Williams and Oasis. First appeared live with The Riffburglars in February 1983 at The Half Moon, Putney, London. Known as Lips in the Riffburglers. Appears on Walking The Cat, A Turn Unstoned? and the Rollin’ and Tumblin’ live CD. Appeared on stage with The Shortlist during the 1993 October and December tour of England and at Worcester Park on December 3rd, 2000.
HELEN HARDY & KATHY O’DONOGHUE (nee TONTOH)
Helen and Kathy were members of the original band in February, 1979 and appear on Live in Hamburg. Played their last concert together at the Paris Studio’s in London for the BBC recording ‘In Concert’ on December 19th, 1980. Chappo replaced them both with Poli Palmer and Steve Simpson for the January / February 1981 German tour. Hardly described as backing vocalists as both were at the front of the stage next to Chappo adding vocal power and glamour.
GINA BROWN & DEBBIE SHARP
Two superb backing singers that appeared with The Shortlist for the 1992 tour of Germany to promote the Under No Obligation album which featured them both. Gina Brown is not related to Vicki Brown who appeared on the Chappo album. Vicki Brown, however, is the mother of Sam Brown who both appeared on Zipper.
Helen teamed up again with Roger Chapman in April 1996 at Koln, Germany and Dingwalls, London for two acoustic sets to promote Kiss My Soul with Steve Simpson, Pat Crumly and Dieter Falk. After an absence of sixteen years she appeared again with The Shortlist at the Robin R’n’B Club, Brierley Hill on May 3rd, 1996 and has remained a regular member ever since. Has a fabulous voice and is a lovely lady too. Appears on A Turn Unstoned? and In My Own Time (Live). Besides working with Roger Chapman, Helen has recorded four albums with Peter Brown, Thousands on a Raft (1970), Things to Come (1983), Peter Brown & Ian Lynn Party in the Rain (recorded 1976 released 1984) and Peter Brown & Phil Ryan Land That Cream Forgot (1996). She now lives in Dorset where there is an obelisk high on a coastal hilltop known as Hardy’s Monument. Some say it is dedicated to Thomas Hardy the writer, some Nelson’s sidekick, but Shortlist fans know better!
LIVE ALBUMS/CDs RECORDED BY ROGER CHAPMAN & THE SHORTLIST
1979 Live in Hamburg
1982 He Was She Was You Was We Was
1989 Live in Berlin
1999 In My Own Time (Live)
2001 Rollin’ & Tumblin’
CONCERTS PERFORMED BY ROGER CHAPMAN & THE SHORTLIST THAT HAVE BEEN FILMED OR TELEVISED
29 August 1979 Markthalle, Hamburg
29 September 1981 Alabama Music Hall, Munchen (TV Show)
17 October 1981 Grughalle, Essen (Rockpalast)
30 April 1983 Hof Stadfest, Wien
12 June 1983 Habet Festival, Sandnes, Norway
14 July 1984 FSV Stadion, Frankfurt (Leider im Park)
3 September 1988 Werner Festival, Hartenholm
25 May 1990 Donauinselfest, Wien (Austrian TV Show)
6 April 1992 Music Hall, Frankfurt
1 August 1993 Lockeren Festival, Belgium
17 June 1996 Alabama Music Hall, Munchen
12 July 1997 Frankfurt Seile Set, ‘Sound of Frankfurt’
13 April 1998 Bisquithalle, Bonn (Rockpalast)
CHAPPO’S TOP TEN
In October 1981 Roger Chapman appeared on Capitol Radio’s ‘Saturday Night Jukebox’. Roger played ten of his all time favourite records. They were:-
Jackie Wilson - Reet Petite
Jack Scott - My True Love
The Coasters - Three Cool Cats
Bobby Darin - Queen Of The Hop
Huey ‘Piano’ Smith - High Blood Pressure
Rosie and the Originals - Angel Baby
Barret Strong - Money
The Showmen - Country Fool
Albert King - Cold Feet
Tony Clark - Ain’t Love Good
COME THE DARK NIGHT & INTO THE BRIGHT
Researched by Andy Jago during the dark, wet Winter nights of 2000 / 2001 and compiled during the sunlight of Spring with special thanks to Simon Bell without whose assistance, co-operation and kindness in sharing his fact sheets, this article would not have been accurately possible. Thanks also to John Hodson, Neil Sanderson, Dave Eames, Trevor Gardiner, Dave Seal, Pete Feenstra and to all the writers and contributors of the many web-sites that have been visited to collate this data but simply are just too many to name.
Andy Jago, Paignton, Devon, England - May 2001.