Bernard Jeffery & Charlie Tumahai from Be Bop Deluxe late 70’s

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Bernard Jeffery…..late seventies rehearsals with Charlie Tumahai From Be Bop Deluxe in The Box Hastings. The Hollywood Killers.

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Bernard Jeffery… Above, great piece about a great musician and a great bloke.Mentions the time I played with him in the Hollywood Killers back in the late seventies.

Tim Phillips… Interesting article. Be Bop Deluxe was one of my favourite bands in the mid 70s. I can remember riding my motorbike to Eastbourne to see one of their gigs with my then girlfriend (who went on to be lead singer of The Mobiles). I think the gig was at The Congress. The ride back to Hastings to take Anna home was one of the coldest motorbike rides I can remember smile emoticon

Bernard Jeffery…  I loved all of their albums and saw them live many times so it was a real buzz to play with Charlie and meet the rest of the band at Hollywood Killers gigs

Dave Nattress… Be Bop Deluxe were fabulous – I have all their stuff on Vinyl and CD and love Sunburst Finish and Modern Music.  Samisen – where’s Sarah H, do you remember we did “Ships in the Night”.  Indeed Tim, it was the Congress as I was there.  I do remember they were really, really loud.  RIP Charles, your contribution holding the bass down whilst Bill Nelson went off on his space-missions was vital.  I stumbled across a great Bio of Bill Nelson and Be Bop Deluxe, published in 2008, written by Paul Sutton Reeves – “Music In Dreamland”  “Bill Nelson and Be Bop Deluxe”.  A long read but worth it.

Tim Phillips… Yes, I agree that Be Bop Deluxe were really loud at The Congress. I had a motorbike with straight through exhaust pipes which sounded incredibly loud (probably made me quite unpopular in Bexhill). On the ride home I couldn’t hear my bike because my ears were still ringing from the concert lol.

 

Charlie Tumahai images wanted

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Photo: Jean-Luc Massey Hall (?), Toronto, Oct. 22, 1977 Charlie Tumahai, Be-bop Deluxe

Angela Boyd… I’m doing archive research for a NZ feature documentary called “Herbs: Songs of Freedom”, about Charlie Tumahai’s band “Herbs”. I’m trying to track down any images or footage from some of Charlie’s earlier bands (Be-Bop Deluxe, The Hollywood Killers, Healing Force etc).

You can contact Angela at boydange@hotmail.com  or happy to pass on any information.

Dave Nattress… I’m pretty sure Angela would know this, but, just in case.  There are several You-tube films of Be-Bob Deluxe, some from Whistle Test.  Good old stuff as Be-Bop were a real favourite – still are etc. and I saw them live once at Eastbourne Congress.