During the '60s Bruce was a member of 'The Primeval', a local Guildford band who supported Alex Harvey, Unit Four Plus Two, Sonny Boy Williamson and The Who. Later Bruce joined 'The Quick' who were signed to Deram Records and released two singles. They went on to support The Who, Dave Dee, Dozy Beaky Mick & Titch, Cream and The Sensational Alex Harvey Band.
The '70s saw Bruce in Chris Shakespeare's 'The Globe Show', a backing band to Patti La Belle, Ben E King, Joe Tex, Irma Franklin (sister of Aretha), Jimmy Ruffin and The Fantastics (previously known as 'The Velours'). Bruce also supported Freddy King, Desmond Dekker and The Move. Signed to Page One Records, the band had two hit singles - 'Ob-la-di Ob-la-da' (POF 113) released December 1968 (a rare disc now changing hands at £20 a copy) and 'Yes or No' (POF 128) released April 1969 (also rare, seen offered on this Japanese website at ¥ 3,000 - equiv to £15 a copy). Bruce also supported Wilson Pickett at The Royal Albert Hall.
In 1972 with a band called 'Iguana' an album of the same name was released on Polydor records (also a rarity now fetching up to €100 - equiv to £68 a copy). Bruce now supported and toured with Planxty and also supported Marsha Hunt, Wizzard, The Sweet, David Bowie and ELO founder Jeff Lynne.
Bruce was also a member of the Jess Roden Band who produced 3 albums and 2 singles with Chris Blackwell's Island Records as well as a live EP (IEP 3) at the original Marquee Club (now fetching £15 a copy). Bruce toured with Roxy Music, The Who (again) and supported Eric Clapton, Status Quo, John Cale, Camel, Freddy King and Barbara Dixon. "I played guitar on 'You go to my Head', probably Brian Ferry's worst selling single - not my fault of course - I was brilliant!" - Bruce.
Chaka Khan & Rufus and Georgie Fame were also priviliged to have Bruce's support!.
Then there was Roxoff - " a bloody good R&B Band, and the reason Fred and I are together now" - Bruce. The Roxoff Lineup included Ronnie Taylor on Sax and Pete Hunt on Drums, although later on Pete was replaced with Roger Pope (Roger has previously worked with Hookfoot, China, Kiki Dee, Hall & Oates and Elton John). Read more on Roxoff from the BBC here.
Bruce wrote 'With My Heart' which was the b-side of Shakin Stevens' 'Merry Christmas Everyone' (Epic catalogue # A6769) and still one of the most popular Shakin Stevens tracks.
In the '80s Fester and The Vomits was formed and supported amongst others Motorhead and Groundhogs.
The Bruce Roberts Band was formed in the '90s. They supported The Mick Taylor Band "...Oi! Mick, you owe me a bottle of Port!" - Bruce, featuring Zoot Money & Snowy White, playing many a gig across East Germany and the South of France.
Fred 'Dave The Drummer' Beale - Drums
Fred first picked up the sticks at the tender age of 7 (he's no longer tender!!), using a hot water bottle glued & stretched over a piece of wood as his practice pad!
His first public appearance was at The Chine Court Hotel in Bournemouth aged just 10 (and already a right little oik!).
Most of Fred's time was spent as a freelance drummer playing just about every kind of music a drummer can play; having had valuable experience making music on his first drum which was cobbled together from a bass drum shell washed up on Bournemouth shore, with a paddling pool liner as the skin!
Fred has recorded for several local artists and has made the most of invites to gig the nights away at venues in France and Spain.
Fred's claim to fame is a snog with Debbie Harry (which he still rides on!) and in 1998 he replaced Roger Pope in The Bruce Roberts Band, which he has been a member of ever since.
Martin Holloway - Bass
Martin is a skilled and experienced local musician who graduated his way through the jazz and rock circuit.
Martin regularly guests for many bands as well as playing with local outfits such as Breeze, Smith Brothers, Djambo and The Bruce Roberts Band.
Martin has previously played with Trevor Burton (formerly of The Move), Richard Tandy (from ELO) and the black blues legend, Eugene 'Hideaway' Bridges.
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