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London
Roy arrived in London with no job and nowhere to live. It was in a newsagent's in Shepherd's Bush that he met actor, George Tovey who offered him a room at the back of White City Stadium. At £2.10 the rent was reasonable and could be covered by one gig a week. Even the neighbours were interesting - a young Jimi Hendrix lived on the next corner. Roy lived in this area for the next 14 years.

The Swinging Sixties

 Roy in the sixties Roy's career took off in London in the early sixties at R.G.M Sound in Holloway Road - the brilliant Joe Meeks' studio.

A popular group called The Outlaws provided backing for visiting artists. When their guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple) pulled out of a gig, Roy took his place and found himself playing guitar for Jerry Lee Lewis at the Gaumont Cinema in Leicester.

Over the next year or so he played with The Dowland Brothers backing artists like Little Richard, Gene Vincent, Billy Fury, Johnny Leyton, The Tornadoes, Freddy Starr, Bobby Vee and the Everly Brothers. Roy was mixing with the big boys.

The Peddlers

 Tab Martin It was at Joe Meek's studio that Roy met Tab Martin. The two worked together on various projects. Trevor Morais had been drumming with Rory and the Hurricanes where he'd taken over from Ringo Starr.  Trevor Morais He'd heard about Trevor and Roy and The Peddlers were formed in Chapel Street, Manchester - opposite Granada Studios Coronation Street set. The Coro cast including Pat Phoenix were very supportive of the new band - Roy's had a soft spot for Coro ever since.

In 1963 the boys were practising in a basement beneath a sweet shop and searching for a singer to join their group. Despite numerous advertisements, nobody was interested in their jazzy, Motown-like music. So when they scored their first gig, it was a reluctant Roy who provided vocals.

 Jimmy Saville The first Peddlers performance was at the CIS buildings in Manchester. The now imfamous Jimmy Saville was the master of ceremonies and also on the bill that night were Roy Orbison, Wayne Fontana, Freddy and the Dreamers, Herman's Hermits and The Hollies. They were hard acts to follow.

Roy recalls that by the end of their first number, three quarters of the hall had cleared.

"We died the most horrendous death."
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