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From Pam Quinn's scrapbook

A snare-drum tutorial book, signed by the stars!


As well as her Barrie Wilson scrapbook, Pam Quinn sent us BJ's copy of Accents and Rebounds, a 48-page book (published 1961) of exercises for the snare-drummer, by George Lawrence Stone, whose face adorns the front cover.

Much more interesting, however, are the autographs of various members of the Miracles: Claudette, Pete, Ronnie and Smokey Robinson himself: 'To my pal Barry [sic]' with the 'y' then changed to an 'e'!.

There's nothing written on the text (see example left) to indicate which pages Barrie studied. In fact only the first few folios have a 'used' look and the rest are still pretty pristine.

Instrumentalists visiting this page will be all-too-familiar with this pattern of 'use' in tutorial volumes! (RC)


Frans Steensma adds:
Barrie could have met Smokey at two possible moments: (a) on 1 December 1964, Smokey & The Miracles arrived in the UK for a short promotional tour (seven shows in twelve days). Amongst these were Ready Steady Go and ATV's Lucky Stars. Could be that Barrie met them during one of these shows; (b) Smokey & the Miracles toured the UK from 20 March 1965 (21 dates to promote Motown: Barrie could have gone to any of these shows and gotten backstage (more from Frans here)


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