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King of the Cali' - A Lifetime in Rock n Roll

Author: Russ Sainty
Release: 2008

The legendary California Ballroom on Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire, was a magnet for almost every top rock and pop act of the sixties - Tom Jones, The Hollies, The Bee Gees, The Walker Brothers, The Rolling Stones, The Searchers, Craig Douglas, Brian Poole and The Tremolos, The Baron Knights, PJ Proby, The Dave Clark Five, The Tornados, LuLu, The Eagles, The Byrds, Billy Fury, Dusty Springfield, The Who, Stevie Wonder...the list goes on and on.
But one performer above all was synonymous with the Cali'. He was booked by Edwin Green for no less than an incredible 338 sessions up to the mid-sixties, including the magical opening night of March 12th 1960. Now that star, Russ Sainty, takes us behind the scenes to share some of his 'Cali happenings'. For instance, why Mick Jagger and Mel Miller almost came to blows, and why The Spotnicks came off stage with very red faces!

Away from the Cali', we hear of his prolific BBC Radio and Television appearances, and numerous attempts to achieve that elusive hit single.
He explains what happened to his backing group, The Nu-Notes, after they split, and where his own career has taken him from then, up to the present day, latterly performing cabaret act venues in the south of england. Recently in 2006, along with legends like Sir Cliff Richard, The Shadows, Wee Willie Harris and others, he was honored by the 2 i's coffee bar in London as one of British Rock 'n' Roll's founding fathers.

During over 50 years in show business he has met and performed with so many other stars, and shares memorable encounters with Arthur Askey, Alma Cogan, Vera Lynn, Frank Ifield, Bobby Vee, Olivia Newton John, Bert Weedon, Mat Monro, Eden Kane and Tommy Steele.
Russ's story is a roller-coaster ride of triumph and disappointment, but he tells it all with truth and integrity. Life has always been fun and never predictable for the 'King of the Cali'.

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