"Lynne, Norm and I grew up in the same neighbourhood. A lot of musos came out of Northcote High, Norm, Tony Worseley, Marty Christian (Vangals?), Graham Matters and more. Les Stackpool lived around the corner but he went to Collingwood tech! Dunno if Johnny Chester went there, but he was also a Northcote boy! The Strangers used to practice a couple of houses down. Weddings parties and anything lived opposite me,Tracey Harvey and 1st hubby Simon around the corner....all went quiet for a few years, lo and behold, the kids next door have started a band, not bad either.....let's see what happens, lol! :D"
It is with a very heavy heart I must share this news. My friend Izzy Foreal (Peter Knox) Is no longer with us
He went out on his morning run today and we assume his body must have sent him a message saying "That's enough!" Izzy had been working hard with this fitness regime. I remember thinking to myself when we stayed with Izzy & Lynne last year "Fuck! I don't think I could do that!" Izzy was a very generous musician who created many opportunities for his mates to perform. I played at jams he organised up North in Raleigh and he played at jams I organised down here in Sydney. I was looking forward to one day when we both might have more time to get up on stage together more often. Izzy and I had a very similar approach to performance. The musical aspect played second fiddle to the performance aspect.
I first heard of Izzy when he replaced my brother, Terry Wilkins, in 1969 in a band called Quill with Red McKelvie and Daryl McKenzie (which had evolved from the Starving Wild Dogs.) Some time later I saw a lot of him in the 69ers with Frances Butler. I was 18 and I loved their silliness and their hilarious style of smutty humour.
Frances went off and found Jesus and lost his sense of humour in the process but Izzy reinvented the 69ers as the Zarsoff Brothers featuring Terry Zarsoff, Shaggy Zarsoff, Bluey Zarsoff, Bernie Zarsoff, there were quite a few who passed through the band over the years.
My thoughts go out to Lynne Sanders-Braithwaite, Izzy's partner. We have no idea when there will be a ceremony but tonight at our Merton gig you can rest assured we will be singing a few songs for Izzy. Unfortunately no longer a living legend.
Excellent site for info, most informative Lynn ~ good work .."Glad you caught up with Chris Blanchflower. We had a lot of fun when we played in Richard Brooks Puffin' Billies harmonica band. Incidentally he was the harmonica player in Greg Quill's Country Radio, a band that had a couple of good selling albums in the early seventies.. Al Meadows
TRENCH Members: Kevin Robinson, Perry Mason, Steve Harris, Norm Murray, Chris Williams, David Gill.
'Lynne does anyone remember this band ... Trench was one of the bands that played at Josephs Coat amazingly we reunited through facebook and all alive and well. If anyone out there has any pics or info would love to hear from you... Norm Murray'
Hello Kevin, At this stage of the game, I cannot figure oyt how to answers comments. I sent you remark onto Norm Murray regards Lynne Komidar 17/11/2014
1967 I became acquainted withTony Robinson aka Merv Rabies ~ drums, lived out Sutherland way, Tony Fitzgerald aka Mort Fist, Bill Tranchitella aka Florence Lawrence ~ art/advertising (has a son teaching in Byron), Ross Smyth-Kirk from Kingswood, Greg 'Verandah' Miller ~ photographer, John McEwan aka Spottiswoode Aitken, Gary Ross ~ journalist from Woollahra.
Mort, Merv, Ross and Florence Lawrence produced a magazine 'Drift' The content covered the local underground music scene.
Sadly Mort has passed away. I have dedicated a page to him under Taylor Square