U3A in Kennet April Talk on Zoom

26th March 2021, 6:22pm | By John Martin | Event Date : 20210414

Our Kennet Valley talk in April will be for all of you who fondly remember the music of their youth. Hopefully, most of you!

 ‘The Day The Music Died’ is a highly entertaining presentation by Mike Grillo recounting the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll … tracing this explosive music genre’s murky origins … through to its heyday in the mid to late 1950s … and finishing with a glimpse at its legacy. Specific mention is given to Rock ‘n’ Roll’s terminology – along with some of the most innovative singers, songwriters and performers.

Drawing on his experience as a qualified college lecturer, Michael has combined his considerable teaching skills with his varied and extensive knowledge of the music industry to produce an absorbing talk and presentation which is unique in its concept.

Michael’s narration is accompanied by a lively presentation – and includes a number of interesting anecdotes about many of the songs and artists that paved the way for this sensational music phenomenon.

This ‘one-of-a-kind’ talk and presentation covers this explosive music genre’s formative years – and includes a number of song excerpts from influential recordings – along with specific reference given to some of the most innovative artists that sang and performed them.

Mike has been entertaining audiences in various musical line-ups for almost 5 decades – performing in a broad cross-section of venues including clubs, arts centres, theatres, universities plus many private functions – and appearing with some notable acts including jazz-pop maestro Georgie Fame, along with 60s/70s hit-maker Alan Price and folk-blues-jazz fusionist John Martyn.

In the late 70’s Mike was recruited as a session singer at the, now legendary, Surrey Sound Studios which, at the time, was cutting its teeth on producing the debut LP by The Police.

It had long been Mike’s ambition to become a fully-fledged songwriter, and having started writing songs in his teens, he soon managed to secure a contract with Surrey  Sound’s newly-formed publishing arm.

Following this, Mike quickly succeeded in landing a number of other song publishing deals, one of which was with the world-renowned EMI Music Publishing and during this period, he also wrote and had songs published with Bruce Woolley – one of the co-writers of the international million-selling 70s hit ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’.

When the 1980s arrived, Mike continued to write songs and made recordings with the respected producer/sound engineer Gregg Jackman who has worked with a host of well-known artists such as Kylie Minogue, Barry Manilow and Julian Lloyd Webber.

Throughout the 90s, Mike entertained audiences as a solo artist within London and the Home Counties – before he devised, created and embarked upon his own music show, ‘The Roy Orbison & Del Shannon Story’, which he has performed all around the U.K.

More information at https://u3ainkennet.org.uk/the-kennet-u3a-talks/#14apr

 

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