Just a little bit


Me ……..

Michael Baldwin

Well, I guess I must have been three or four years old when I first started taking an interest in music.

I was living with mum, dad, grandma and uncle Les, at 20 Rendle Street,London W.10. The year would have been around 1950.

I was sitting in the back room listening to a record on an old 1940s record player, just like the one on the left.

To make the turntable rotate, you had to wind it up with the handle. If you wound it up too much, the singer would begin as tenor/soprano, and as the record slowed down, he/she would become bass/contralto.

The very first record I played on that old machine was “Tell Me A Story” by Frankie Laine and Jimmy Boyd.I played that record so many times, I think I must have worn a hole in it.

As time moved along, I began following country stars like Burl Ives, Hank Locklin, Slim Whitman and Hank Snow.

At age 11, I learned to play guitar and, at 14, I took up playing bass guitar and joined a band called “The Arrows”.

We began as an instrumental band and emulated “The Shadows” but, with the emergence of “The Beatles”, we became a rhythm & Blues vocal band.

We were resident band at “The Carlton Ballroom”, Slough, which hosted stars including “The Rolling Stones”, The Searchers, The Swinging Blues Jeans and many, many more top names.

“The Arrows” The Staccato Club, Burnham, Bucks 1963/4. L to R. Mick Aston, drummer. Martin Jones, Rhythm guitar/ vocals, yours truly, bass guitar, Brian Soundy, lead guitar.
Michael Baldwin & Brian Soundy. “The Carlton Ballroom” New Year’s Eve, 1963

Sunday, 28th June 1964. On a train bound for Clacton-On-Sea, Essex, I met a girl called Mary Johnson, and that was the day my life changed forever. After a five-year courtship, we were married on 29th March, 1969. Music was put on hold for a while.

May 1971, saw the birth of our daughter, Nicola Dawn.

January 1974, and our first son, Stuart Lee Andrew came into the world.

December 1977, son number two, Christopher John, was born.

I lost interest in the pop scene when the “Swingin’ Sixties” ended, and 1n 1983, I started my own distribution business, supplying eye hospitals and partially-sighted societies with low vision optical aids.

In 2006, I started thinking back to the old country songs I loved so much as a youngster. The time had now come for me to put pen to paper and write about my own life experiences and get them out there as country songs to share with the world.

Thanks for paying me a visit today, and I hope you’ll enjoy listening to the few songs I’ve laid down on the song page.

Thanks once again, and please stay safe.

Michael Baldwin

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