John Murray on the sad passing of a well-known local guitarist
This week I said farewell to an old pal well known in local circles for his guitar playing. I met Andy Hunter in primary school and he and his twin brother Tommy grew up in Templehall. I lost touch when I moved away but he called me one night to commend me for the jazz music I was playing on my overnight shows on Radio Forth. Apparently it was a hit with late night taxi drivers and the music of Lee Ritenoir, Pat Metheny and Larry Carlton became the templates for his own playing with his band Electric Thistle. Adding Paul Mills on drums when they saw him play with Average White Band at Adam Smith Theatre they became Monkey Puzzle and came back to sell out that venue as a jazz fusion band. He loved blues guitar too and could cram multiple licks into a guitar break. Andy was just 53 but leaves YouTube footage for us to wonder at if you search ‘Kirkcaldy guitarist’. A guitar pioneer who also left us far too early using multitrack and overdubs before 1960 had even dawned, Eddie Cochran Collector (Milan), is a new release of 32 choices all digitally remastered and of course has the rockabilly hits of ‘Something Else’, ‘Summertime Blues’ and ‘C’mon Everybody’, the latter also recorded with the same backing and words except for title ‘Let’s Get Together’. We get all aspects of this short career too from rockers like ‘Jeannie Jeannie Jeannie’, pop cuties like ‘Teresa’ and pre-Elvis deep voice ballads like ‘Lovin’ Time’ or ‘Have I Told You Lately That I Love You’ that the King actually covered. Many of Cochran’s songs were covered by The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin and of course Paul McCartney’s audition to join the Beatles was playing ‘Twenty Flight Rock’. Tom Robinson Band Anthology 1977 – 1979 (EMI) covers the prolific ‘Power In The Darkness’ years with that full album plus the ‘Rising Free’ EP and the massive ‘2-4-6-8 Motorway’.