Fifty years ago this week a boy was born.
The boy was born in a year that produced the debut recording by a young Shirley Bassey, a 10″ LP where every title on the platter had the word ‘Blues’ in it.
Elvis Presley was still very popular (with the youth who had chosen to not to look like their fathers) after releasing ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ a couple of years previously.
The Brazil football team ,with a young boy called Pele, won the F.I.F.A World Cup in Sweden for the first time.
This was a time when the United Kingdom was called Great Britain, and National Service was still compulsory.
Tony Drayton, as the boy was named, grew up in this era, no wonder he wanted ‘out’ at an early age.
Tony Drayton man of words, and sometimes, shockingly bad taste in clothing!
Editor of Ripped And Torn fanzine, one of the first created in this new format in 1976, I believe. Sometime music biz hack, Kill Your Pet Puppy fanzine inspirational guru.
Tony Drayton, man of the people and friend to just about anyone who was anyone, in the U.K alternative music scene from 1976 – 1986.
Tony Puppy and Al Puppy (above) discuss where the bodies are buried, before putting Kill Your Pet Puppy fanzine ‘online’.
Tony Puppy in his old work clothes, please do NOT approach this man, was the police warning in the local paper I seem to remember.
Happy half century to the man who made all this possible with his vision all those years ago (with a little help from his friends – The Puppy Collective 1979 – 1983, and of course a round of applause to the wider network of friends and bands in London and beyond, who helped it all along at the time all those years ago. They know who they are).