Newport, Wales, United Kingdom
The Pieces of Mind were a South Wales band in the 1960s
Like many in the early 60's I wanted to join in the 'new' music that was emerging. Some friends, from near where I lived, and I decided we would form a pop group. We begged our parents to get us some electric guitars, and my brother was going to be the drummer. My parents bought me a Selmer Futurama III, on hire purchase and my brother got a snare drum. We started practicing and before long it became obvious that my brother was not really interested and also suffered from a complete absence of rhythm, so he gave up.
We found a replacement drummer from the school I attended. My first memories of playing live for money were at a local Youth Club in Newport, South Wales, playing Shadows tunes. The club let us practice and allowed us to play regularly at dances. I was about 15 and a half.
I spent some time in various groups and show bands, formed with friends in School and from where I lived.
Eventually I got sick of just mes