Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Rodney Bewes, Mike Hugg and Jimi Hendrix? A Theme Time Special

Following the death of Rodney Bewes yesterday, an anecdote he once shared with Richard Herring has surprisingly come to light; did he once jam with Jimi Hendrix?



As you'll see from Herring's Metro article (click on the link above) Bewes - admittedly no stranger to embellishment - claimed that Hendrix poked his head around the studio door that housed Bewes and Likely Lads songwriter Mike Hugg and asked if he could join them and play on the theme to Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? It's a great story, but it's impossible as not only was Hendrix was dead by then, Bewes wasn't even involved in the theme tune anyway. But, as Herring argues, had Bewes misremembered? Was he really thinking of the psychedelic theme he and Hugg wrote for his overlooked sitcom Dear Mother...Love Albert?


Dear Mother...Love Albert was a sitcom written by Bewes himself based on the letters he wrote his mother back home in the north of England. Bewes starred as Albert Courtney (a nod to his good friend Tom Courtenay?) who moves to London to work in a confectionery company and shares a flat with two girls, finding love with Doreen (played first by Liz Gebhardt and later Cheryl Hall). His letters home are prone to exaggeration (as was Bewes himself in real life, as we have seen). The series ran from 1969 to 1972, but only three series exist as the first was wiped by Thames TV. Hugg and Bewes' theme tune was memorably groovy with the leading man relying on a bottle of port to give him the confidence to get the vocals down. But was Hendrix really there? Have a listen and see what you think...



4 comments:

  1. Interestingly enough Tom Courtenay's own memoirs DEAR TOM is based on lettters between him and his mother back in HUll, when he was a student at RADA and presumaby sharing flats with Rodney and other struggling young actors. His mother was a natural writer and her letters are full of glimpses of Northern life back then.

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    1. Yes I read that some years back, a very interesting read.

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  2. This telly show passed me by I'm afraid - Our telly did seem to be permanently tuned into the BBC however so I missed a lot of ITV shows back then. As for the Jimi contribution to the theme tune I'm not hearing it - Is there a correct answer?

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    1. Sadly no correct answer, no. Just an intriguing urban myth/potential true story

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