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Lives in Music

Nov 1, 2019

Don't even think about the number of guitars he's got these days.

Charming, witty, and with vast musical knowledge, Horace Panter is brilliant company. 

I really can't remember first chatting with Horace Panter, but it might well have been in 1978, when the Specials played at Birmingham University.

They were at that fantastic phase in a new band's career, when the band has gelled, strings of gigs have knocked them into shape, and the whole point of the exercise seems to be coming together in an exciting way. I asked them if they would do a session for the old BRMB Radio that night.

If not then, it would have been at the now long-gone Outlaw Studios, when the band squeezed six songs out of that three hour session for BRMB. I went on air with those songs the next day. That probably makes me the first DJ to have played the Specials on radio, by the way. Jerry Dammers left the session in a grump once his vocals were down, but Horace was the soul of patience and courtesy. And it's been that way ever since.

Talking music with Horace is completely engrossing and serious fun. It was really, really enjoyable. And, d'oh, I learned something about basslines for Time is Tight and Rescue Me. Marvellous for my age, me. We veered off my initial Lives In Music track, and wound up gossiping about all sorts of things, as you'll hear.

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Music Links

Needles and Pins - The Searchers

Fifth Dimension - The Byrds

All or Nothing - Small Faces

Judy in Disguise With Glasses -John Fred & his Playboy Band

Rescue Me - Fontella Bass

Time is Tight - Booker T and the MGs

Nite Klub - The Specials

Blank Expression - The Specials

Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum

Gangsters - The Specials

Monkey Man - Toots and The Maytals

Ghost Town - The Specials

Okie From Musgokee - Merle Haggard

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - The Band

Willin' - Little Feat

Six Days On The Road - Taj Mahal

BHS - Sleaford Mods

Wind Whispers - Pete Williams



Band Links

The Specials website and wikipedia pages
Horace Panter on facebook
Horace Panter Art on facebook and website

Lives in Music

The Lives in Music series celebrates people who have spent a lifetime in music. They may be famous; they may be people who have spent their lives working in the background for the love of it. They all have stories. Lives in Music is a Radio To Go production.


The theme music for this series is by Big Q Fish. 'Boksburg Jive Toon' was written by Brian Neil, and recorded at the Jam House, Birmingham, in 2017.


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