Jim Young`s ” DUDESVILLE ROCK & ROLL " Performed live at The Bandstand, The Jivers Jived on....as just across the road the last bricks of the original Savoy Ballroom on South Parade Southsea crumble... The inspiration of visiting early rock and roll bands lives on in the life of Jim Young, a mere slip of a schoolboy, in the late `50`s bluffed his way into this teenage nightspot patrolled by the Navy Provost, to keep the American and British sailors apart.
Witness to many of the legends of rock`n roll such as Emile Ford & The Checkmates from the USA , who charted here with” What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For”, to screaming Lord Such. …. So diverse and too many to mention, all legends of those pre. Beatles & Stones Days, when American early Rock & Roll influences brought excitement to the music scene that would never die..
After a spell in the Army at the age of 15, joining as a Junior Leader , Jim was inspired by the sounds on the Naafi Juke Box , A move to Reading saw Jim`s first band, The “Swinging Sapphires” . Funny looking back , we used to rehearse in John Lewis social room , above the chapel of rest !....Many a joke resurrects eh !!
The band became favourites of the Kool Kat Klub , Reading , playing The Olympia Ballroom, and Aldershot`s Pink Lounge
“DUDESVILLE”, with Jim Young vocals & Rhythm Guitar, Teej Osborne Upright slap Bass, Neil Mercer ex “88 Cubed” ,Rockin` The Joint on Gretsch . Nick Chandler adding that Floyd Cramer touch on piano Phil Shultz Goodland ex Swamp Things / Brian Iredale on Drums, set the pace with all the original energy of roots Rock`n `Roll` with a touch of country roots influences, assuring it lives on.........from a trio to a big sound 5 or even 6 piece with the swing of pedal steel guitar...to provide the ultimate R`nR country swing crossover catering for all occasions.....