The Parrot Inn,
Surrey - 1991
This was during a period when comedian
Jim Davidson wanted to go back to his days of being a drummer in a rock band.
So he gathered up the members of his touring band, minus the drummer of
course, and organised a gig at his local pub near Ewehurst in Surrey. In
the audience was a certain Paul Rodgers of Free, Bad Company and Queen fame who,
when asked, readily got up and sang the socks off poor Colin (bastard!).
Great night though. Colin's attention in this picture is being taken by
the drummer hidden behind Mr Rodgers, none other Kenny Jones of Faces, Small
Faces and Who fame who was drinking with Paul on the night and sat in for this
session when Mr Davidson got tired.
From the left the late Ian Sorbie, Paul Rodgers and Colin.
Jim Davidson's Garden in Ewehurst,
Surrey - 1991
The band relaxing in Jim's garden
during the afternoon of the above gig. From the right is Colin (guitar and
vocals), Smudger (guitar), Alan Rogers (keyboards), Ian Sorbie (bass) and Dave
(Ian Sorbie's go-for). The drummer was indoors making the tea.
||The Dee Bees
keen to live by the sea, following another Summer Season with
Jim, in September 1990 Colin moved to Torquay in Devon. There he
teamed up with the area's premier keyboard player Ivan Jewel to
form The Dee Bees.
name comes from a comment by Ian Sorbie back in 1988. During the
session at The Warren Park Hotel he just happened to
say in his broad Glaswegian accent "This band is the Dog's B#~~#cks !!" The name got abbreviated and kind of stuck to
any band Colin got involved with from then on. He told his mum it
stood for decibels.
To Boldly Go
Pier, Summer 1993
well known Star Trek fanatic, Jim Davidson made the theme of his
1993 Summer Season in Blackpool 'To boldly go where no comedian
has gone before'. Using high tech lighting, laser technology
and ultra sophisticated sound systems, he presented a comedic and
musical extravaganza never tried by any British comedian before.
the band are seen in their Trekkie uniforms which, of course, they eagerly
climbed into each night. Left to right, back row first is Brian
Greene; drums: Colin Reece; guitars and backing vocals: John
'Smudger' Smith; guitars, fiddle and banjo: Paul Townsend; bass.
Front row: Susie Webb; backing vocals: Alan Rogers; keyboards:
Jim Davidson: Ivan Jewel; keyboards: Zoe Nichols; backing vocals.
to 25th September 1998
companion, my brother, my best friend, the one living creature I
could always look to for unconditional love. For nine years Sam
was all of these.
from Animals In Distress in 1989 when he was two and a half years
old, Sam's kidneys finally gave out in September 1998 and he had
to be helped on his way to that Great Kennel In The Sky.
message for any pet owners who dread the time when they have to
take their pets to be 'put down'. Be there with them. I watched
Sam go, and it was one of the most peaceful experiences of my
life. Just about the saddest true, and you will cry, but I
couldn't have not been there.
you've never experienced a dog's welcome, even though you've only
been gone for ten minutes, you don't know what delight is.
Following in Big
Uncle Col's footsteps, Simon Reece was a truly accomplished
guitarist from the North East of England. He was
'George Harrison' in top Beatles tribute band Beatlemania who
would frequently visit Torquay's Club Rainbow during their
living in the North East and Colin living in the South West meant
they didn't often get a chance to play together. Here is a rare
moment when, after one of Simon's 'Beatle' concerts, they dropped
in for a late night session at Annie's Thai Restaurant in Torquay.
Tragically Simon, a long term sufferer of clinical depression, took his own life
in 2009. Sadly missed
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