Jimmy Stevens

Excerpts from his autobiography:

“I’m writing this because I have had a stroke, and can’t play any more and 70 years of age it all started in Blackrock College Dublin. I would bunk off into Dublin and go to the rainbow Café, in o’connell Street. This was in 1957 I would listen to all the hits on the jukebox, without realizing it, this was my real education, I was storing all the songs in my brain, this set me up for a lifetime of performing.”

“In 1982 Alan and I were in a group called “Walking the Wire”, and we certainly were. Also in the band were Austin Quinn base Stuart Valentine drums and Kevin. Kevin Roberts violin and guitar, it lasted a year back to 1961, in the old Dutch I met up again with a guy called Pete Shotton who told me I must go and hear his mates group, he told me they’d played lunchtime 12 till two at a place name the cavern, his mate was John Lennon and the group was the Beatles it was a great discovery for me. It was a different world in their world of wonder the Beatles were magic.”

“I got a job in factory, I made a friend there called Tony Jackson he was the bass player in a group called the searchers. I would go to the iron door and sing with his group. I would go to the beatroute club often at weekends,one night I took paul mccartney there he loved it, another time I took Trevor Morais- Farons drummer there, he love it also.This beat all around me I loved it. I discovered a pub with live music,called the Shipperies.I got up to sing there, one night a group called the Beathovens asked me to join them it was a new experience. The Beathovens played all over Liverpool,we even did a night at the Cavern with the Swinging Blue Jeans, Gerry and the Pacemakers.the doorman Paddy Delaney said he liked us very much. The drummer Charley Evans wanted me to form a new group with him but I didn’t like the sound. After this the Beathovens split up. After the split I started to play the piano and sing in a pub named the Waldeck in Wavertree,I got £2 a night and a whipround this was was usually about £5.That £7 was good money for me on my own, much more than splitting £10,5 waysIn 1963 that £7 would buy 112 pints of beer. In todays money 2013 that would be £280, so I was onto a good thing.”

 

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