KEVIN DIXON: Remembering the Riff Power Band
MANY thanks to QBSaul who has posted clips on Youtube of the much loved late 1970s Riff Power Band, writes local historian Dr Kevin Dixon
Here was pub rock at its finest.
The Band played between 1976 and 1980. It didn’t appear to have a settled line-up and preferred to play original material. Riff Power’s main venue was the Pelican Inn, a pub which hosted many bands and eventually became the Parrot. It’s now been demolished and the site is a block of flats opposite the Police Station.
The first clip is of the Riff Power Band live at the Pelican on Christmas Eve in 1977 performing 'Hoochie Coochie Man' & 'High Heel Sneakers'.
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The line up is Mike Windus (guitar), Paul Green (vocals), Ric Walton (bass), Colin Speakman (drums) plus special guest Vincent Crane (electric piano/Hammond organ).
Second is ‘Dance Craze' with Mike Windus (guitar & piano), Paul Green (vocal); Ric Walton (bass & vocal), Colin Speakman (drums).
It was recorded by engineer Steve Norris at Swan Street Studio. The Studio is long gone and buried beneath Fleet Walk. The People's Republic of South Devon website did a piece on the Studios which was used by many local bands and artists, some well known such as Harry H Corbett of Steptoe fame:
Here’s ‘Sound System Man’ recorded live at Torquay Town Hall in the summer of 1978: Mike Windus (guitar), Paul Green (vocals & tenor sax), Ric Walton (bass), Colin Speakman (drums)
Finally, ‘I Got My Mojo Working' which was recorded in 1977 at MIke Windus' home studio by engineers Colin Speakman and Mike Windus: Mike Windus (guitar), Paul Green (vocal), Michael Williams (tenor sax), Richard Walton (bass), Colin 'Speakman (drums).