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John Scott Cree's Biog / Blog:
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Born: Farnham, Surrey at an early age, because he wanted to be near his mother

Schools: St Joseph's Aldershot; St George's Weybridge

1956-65: Ash: early musical dabblings - 'Mummy-Daddy' drums with Dad; Woolworth's blue plastic mouth organ, piano lessons until aged 10; Tony Waite's guitar. Own guitar from Father Christmas at age 14. Played Mersey Beat, R&B, Rock 'n' Roll, Folk, primitive attempts at song writing; first solo gigs.

1967-8: JP Trio - Aldershot-based guitar dance band with Geoff Grinham, Tony Harrison and, later, George Gattner and Mick Clifford playing quick steps, fox trots, bits of jazz, Rock 'n' Roll etc. Depping The Keynotes

1969-70: Dover: resident Railway Club, Crabble - Frank Horton Trio; Pipe & Twee (acoustic with Ray Cooke)

1971-73: Bill Barnacle Quartet; depping Martin Brown Band, depping Bod Bowles Jazz Band - Louis Armstrong, Dover playing jazz, blues

1973: New City Jazzmen, Crawley

1973-77: resident with Ivor Aylesbury and Mike Worts at Folk at the Chequers, Horley; writing comedy songs; touring Folk Clubs; Cambridge Folk Festival (twice)

1975: recording Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer with Geoff Whitehorn, Simon Phillips, Pete Arnesen, Frank McDonald

1977-1979: Recording - Pye Records with Pete Kircher, Alan Jones, Cliff Hall, Ricky Hitchcock, Geoff Whitehorn.

Radio including Tommy Vance interview - plays His greatest hit, Flamenco, Rudolph

One-nighters, including Chris Rea, Iron Maiden

1979-80: resident - Half Moon, Putney

1980-81: one nighters; radio - Richard Digance shows on Capital Radio

1990-date: resident - Brambles, Horley

1990: The Mid-Life Crisis band

1991-date: Fair Trade Duo/3 depping 5 piece

1995-date: with The Phatt B's

1997-date: depping Pendulum, Civil Minds

1998-99: writing/recording/promoting A superfluous man (FLAMS FCD 002)

1999: mastering and release of Vinyl tour (FLAMS FC 1070); recording with Eddie Hurdman and Mick Platt

2000: mastering and release of Wivabandon (FLAMS FCD 003); recording with George Wilson

2001: writing/recording with New City Jazzmen One for Bod (FLAMS FCD 004);

writing/recording with Ron Trueman-Border

finished writing "A superfluous man: the book"

designed and launched this website

2002: writing/recording with Ron Trueman-Border Now then (FLAMS FCD 005).

Spent much enjoyable online time doing an email interview in segments with Dick Stewart for The Lance eZine - click on the link to see it, with pieces on The Fireballs and The Grapes of Wrath, plus reviews.

In July, Claude Gagne of K.L.O.D.NET RADIO kindly gave "Now then" CD with Ron Trueman-Border, 4 microphones out of 5 at K.L.O.D. eZine.

In September, had a most enjoyable visit to old stamping ground, The Louis Armstrong, Dover. Jackie Bowles, the landlady, was celebrating 40 years there. Played two sets of "The Bod Bowles songbook" with Bill Barnacle, trumpeter, who still blows and sings fantastically well at 75. Also a delight to play again for first time in over 30 years with Nick (Topper) Headon and very pleased to receive from him a copy of his 1986 soul album "Waking up".

October highlights - shared some laughs when I met up again with old chum Richard Digance. Good to see him treading the boards again and on better form than ever.

Other highlights included the pleasure of working again with Shep Woolley, after a gap of many years. Alvin Stardust, who was in Shep's panto, spoke to me. Quite unprompted, he said "Goodnight". The month began in style with an evening with New City Jazzmen in Crawley.

2003 - Finished writing and recording 12 new, mainly humorous, folk/blues songs on a 4 track Fostex for new CD "Indirigible" (new word, meaning "lacking direction; travelling in air balloon with Richard Branson"). Includes a Drum and Bass collaboration with Myst. Myst's brother, Joe, plays whistle on a couple of Reggae tracks too.

Managed to see some fine gigs including one by the great Solomon Burke. May he be around a long time to enjoy his new found fame. There's hope for us all. Solomon was supporting Van Morrison. Also enjoyed Steve Earle, Bachelor Jack, Digital Transition, Zoot Money and (first time for me) Bob Dylan. Reports are now on the Critic page of this website.

An amazing 10th Anniversary World Tour of Broadstairs with The Phatts. 10 gigs in 5 days included a monster open air event at Broadstairs Pavilion, which the programme described as "celebrating their 10 glorious years in showbiz". At Broadstairs? you may ask. Remember, this was the venue where The Who played every week when they were called The Detours, with Roger Daltrey driving their van 100 miles each way from West London. I don't think they've been back for a while. Phatts did "Squeezebox" as a tribute.

BMW Car Magazine say "The best Christmas record that you never hear is Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer sung by Wounded John Scott Cree." Onwards and upwards.

2004 - MWBRadio posted a very favourable (why else would I tell you?) review of "A superfluous man"

2005: Reports of folks hearing Rudolph played on BBC Southern Counties radio!

I've had the pleasure of some randomly enjoyable feedback. That nice Raymond Briggs who, over the years, thrilled each of our tribe with "The Snowman" and other classics, mailed a kind word about "A superfluous man" - I've put it on the Reviews page. Then, closely following news that a vinyl 45 of Rudolph was posted on eBay (so worth keeping an eye on this source, those of you who mail me asking where to get a copy), I heard from Susan who had been listening to a 1984 tape of Stuart Coleman's Echoes programme on BBC London, when what should be played but Rudolph? Then Peter mailed to say that his Dad had written and published a song about Rudolph, only to find that the publishers were promoting my version. Peter compounded the felony by telling his Dad that he liked it.

Growing web presence of this site has prompted a TV station in Seattle to ask if I have videos. There are a couple of live videos (one in black and white) from the 70's, which they've said they'd like, so I'm working on them too to get pictures up to scratch.

I was a big fan of the sadly departed Warren Zevon, particularly the whole production of "Werewolves of London" so was thrilled to see on his website that his Hollywood Hawaiian Hotel "Reminds me of an excellent song by "Wounded" John Scott Cree - Incident at the Hammersmith Palais" - well, who am I to blow against the wind?

Playing the annual Broadstairs festival again with Fredo Phatt B'stard (The Phatts) was once more a mighty experience. Each of the 7 gigs was different and there wasn't a duffer.

MWBRadio awarded a 9 out of 10 review to "One for Bod". The CD is a couple of years old now, but the review was quite timely, as just a fortnight previously, I was back at Bod's pub, the Louis Armstrong in Dover, for a reunion jam with trumpeter Bill Barnacle, his son Steve Barnacle on bass and guitar, and Nick Headon on drums, as well as Gary Barnacle on tenor sax. Only Bruce Roberts was missing from the line-up which played its first gig there in late 1971. This was so enjoyable that we're planning to do it again in November and there's talk of these becoming a regular event.

In the meantime, there are the monthly outings to The Brambles with Eddie on fiddle, Mick (bass) and Simon on banjo, mandolin etc. We've been doing the last Monday of the month for 15 years now and it's time we got round to finding a name for the band which tries to play whatever the punters want.

Relax radio in Perth, Australia have asked to add all the tracks from the "Superfluous man" CD to their playlist - please repay Relax's compliment by using their Request facility to hear these songs.

3 Hits/John Scott Cree - Peacework Music CD single sleeveThe good folks at Peacework Music in Oregon have "rushed" out a follow up single to my 1978 flop. 3 hits features the in demand item from live gigs It starts with a 'V' plus 2 other corkers. No Pigeonholes Radioshow, hosted by Don Campau on KKUP 91.5FM in Cupertino California, is plugging it. Get rid of guests who out stay their welcome with a copy of this little beauty for only 0.99 cents. No Pigeonholes have also aired The pith of history.

Peacework Music have also released 3 CDs Now then, One for Bod and A superfluous man, with FREE audible extracts.

WDNY, Mojo Live Studio Radio Show, MWB Radio and other US stations have played Rudolph. Japanese, Dutch and Spanish sites have now picked up on it too - pity the Web wasn't about when it was first released in 1977.

NeverEndingWonder Radio Empire also played Rudolph, as well as The lemming song, Twist and shout, I do my thing and A superfluous man. Nice to see Lee Widener playing my songs for two weeks in his major Indie event on NeverEndingWonder Radio Empire. Many thanks to all listeners who voted A superfluous man into the Top 20.

Mojo Live Studio Radio Show have selected my version of My way for airplay. Listen for the show on a radio station near you (affiliates are listed on their website) or you can hear it on MEDIA PLAYER on their website at

Reports of Nick Hancock and David Baddiel mentioning Rudolph in a discussion on comedy records on BBC7. Said they'd never heard of it. Perhaps they will now.

At the beginning of October, I discovered that my recording of Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was in the Top Ten most requested on MWBRadio in Indiana - and it wasn't even Christmas. At 22.15 BST on 15 October, I had a call to say that Rudolph... was the Number 1 requested track on MWBRadio - the highest position for Rudolph on any chart yet and it was recorded 30 years ago in September 1975. Shortly afterwards, Pink sunglasses made an entry also and peaked at Number 6. Oh Buddy was requested too. Rudolph stayed at Number 1 for a welcome spell.

New Artist Radio (NAR) have created a booth where you can hear my tracks Off the peg, Oh Buddy and Pink sunglasses. NAR also kindly offered an hour's phone-in interview to talk about and play my songs but, unfortunately, I had to decline, as it would mean doing it 'live' at 3 a.m. here in England and I'm well past my best by then. Hope to revisit when I'm in the same time zone as NAR.

Christmas Web discussion lists produced some kind comments about Rudolph:

BBC6 Music "best xmas song has to be wounded john scott cree and his version of Rudolph ... every home should have one"

Cyclingplus "... sadly ignored classic. Listen out for it. You won't be disappointed." "Maddest record you've heard ... 12 bar booze" "This guy knew exactly what Christmas was all about and went out to totally destroy it with this blues parody of the infamous kiddies favourite. Imagine any "woke up this mornin'" blues song, with a chugging beat, tortured vocals and chunky guitars and you've got it in one. What a p**s take!!!! Brilliant". Quinny, Southampton

And "Rudolph was still No.5 on MWBRadio on 21 December, nearly 3 months after its first chart appearance

Koala Studios in California came up with the radical suggestion that I make a CD of studio tracks with 'live' introductions, to overcome problems of my English singing accent not making it obvious that the songs are satirical! I'm working on it.

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