Brian in his early "Sons of Sin" days 1965
Inez & Charlie Foxx Tour - Last Night of Tour L>R Brian Duffissey, Charlie Foxx, Allen Pyrah, Inez Foxx, Terry Suffield.
Ye Ye Club Rimini L>R
Allen Pyrah, Brian Duffissey, Nelson Fletcher, Keith Barker. Andy Baldock, Paul Wood.
One Saturday someone knocked on the front door, I answered it and was confronted by two faces accompanied by a sack cart piled up with ampifiers, cabinets and drums.
"Do you wanna join a group "? "You bet, I answered, grabbed my bass (Rosetti Lucky 7 in red) and off we set upon a great adventure.
I'm still on the adventure and see no real end to it.
It turned out that I had joined "Peter & The Wolves" who were Stu Pickersgill on vocals and lead guitar (Rosetti Lucky 7), Pete Knights on homemade rhythm guitar and vocals, Dave Atkinson on drums and Dave Hudson on vocals and harmonica. We started rehearsing and I went home having mastered "Off the Hook" (Stones), "Twist and Shout" (Beatles version) and a lot of 12 bars. Pretty soon we had gigs coming in, gigs such as "pop night" at Toc H Social Club, Otley, Burras Lane Hall, Otley (Scouts and Guides), Village School ,Appletreewick, Weston Lane Sports and Social Club and Yorkshire Cricket Club to name but a few. We added local working men's clubs and youth clubs, working regularly.
Material: Stones, Beatles, Them, Motown, Stax, Jimmy Witherspoon,
1965 - 1966
Joined the Sons of Sin, (aka Provokt)
One of the benefits of being in a band was "blagging" our way into a gig to see a band who featured material by people we hadn't heard of. We got out our notepads and wrote down the chords we hadn't been able to work out !
The bands were: Moldy Worp, The Senators, The Ladykillers, The Mysteres, The Patriots, The Frends of Stan, Provokt, Sons of Sin, Loyds Bank,
Gigs were Otley Mechanics Institue, Pool Village Hall,, Bramhope Youth Club, Otley Social Club, RAOB Club, Otley, Otley RUFC., Guiseley Baths, Pudsey Baths, The Restaurant at Bolton Abbey, Keighley Youth Club, The Boulevarde, (on the A64 ) Tadcaster.
Material: Jimmy Hughes, Ike & Tina Turner, The Artwoods, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave,
1967 - 1969.
Auditioned for local soul band "Ellison's Hogline", got the gig and promptly turned "pro".
Material: Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, Booker T & The MG's, Ben E King, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, King Curtis, Junior Walker, Rufus Thomas, J J Jackson, Barbara Acklin, Electric Flag,
Appeared with: Billy Stewart, Inez & Charlie Foxx, Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, Joe Cocker & The Greaseband, Love Affair, Big Dee Irwin, Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Spencer Davies Group, Freddie Mack Sound, Amboy Dukes, Procol Harum, Alexis Korner, Chester(Howlin' Wolf) Burnett, Freddie(Hideaway) King, Doris Troy, Billy Preston, Desmond Dekker & The Aces, The Kinks, Chris Farlowe & The Thunderbirds, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Chris McClure Section,
Gigs: Pudsey Baths, Swillington Youth Club, Winter Gardens, Ilkley, The Cosmo Club, Carlisle, Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, St Mary's Youth Club,Darlington, The Ballroom, Redcar, Scotch of St James', La Valbonne, London, Orchid Ballroom, Purley, The Marquee, London, Ye Ye Club, Rimini, Italy, WFM Club, Wiesbaden, Germany, Tiles club, London, The Golden Torch, Tunstall, Wem Town Hall, Hernandos, Leeds, Riley Smith Hall, Leeds University, Bradford University, Mark Altmans Balloom, Leeds, Iron Door Club, Liverpool, The Ballroom, Connahs Quay, North Wales., Orchid Ballroom, Purley, Sussex., Princess & Domino Clubs, Manchester, Radio One Club, Birmingham, Top Rank Ballroom, Tottenham Court Road, London, Ballroom, Nelson nr Colne,
Brian with one of his many wonderful basses, a Wal 5 string