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William Marlowe


Possibly The Only Known Recordings

Not much is known of William Marlowe, son of Silas and likely forever in his old man's tuba shaped shadow.

It is understood he tried to move to London in 1970 when he was 16, ‘borrowing’ as many half crown coins as he could carry. Poor William missed the announcement that previously noted coins ceased to be legal tender on the 1st of January so he only got as far as the Finchingfield bus stop.

William did have a voracious appetite for music and would happily pester anyone he could for access to their vinyl. He would venture to record shops with his father and appeared adept at picking out hit records, sometimes he would choose these by simply staring at the cover and muttering about upside down hidden pictures.  William was enthralled by the tuba but fearing he would never reach his fathers high standards started to learn guitar. His influences varied from early blues records through to rock and roll and English folk music.

Cult archivists have continued in developing their specialist knowledge of tape baking and have found some material from what is understood to be recordings of William’s semi-random and often unannounced gigs at the Lion. Recorded by his father and featuring guest appearances on drums and trumpet from locals we are yet to uncover details on. Some whispers have suggested these guest musicians were from the Cult of Bard but concrete proof is yet to be produced.

Records indicate William would often start his sets quite serenely, lulling the crowd into a false sense of security; before breaking out the electric guitar and hammering rock and roll at them until they pulled the plug or simply stopped paying attention.

Rock and Roll in Finchingfield? In 1972? The man was ahead of time, a trailblazer.

Kind Hearted Woman Blues

00:00 / 03:18

Mellow Yellow

00:00 / 04:29

You Never Can Tell

00:00 / 02:17
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