EX SWEET- JEFF BROWN OOK TE GAST BIJ MUZIEK VAN BIJ ONS

Gepubliceerd op 1 mei 2021 om 13:05

Nadat we in de eerste 4 afleveringen van Muziek van bij Ons,  al artiesten uit Belgie en Nederland te gast hebben gehad. 

Gaan we in aflevering 5 & 6 ook de internationale tour. 

Dat doen we met Ex sweet en de Tremeloes " Jeff Brown". 

Jeff Brown ook te gast op 11 & 12 Juni 2021 bij het H&E Theater te Ekeren,

Tickets en info klik hier

 

Jeff Brown :

Jeff was born on July 14th 1960  in Stratford, East London. He grew up listening to bands like Deep Purple, Slade, Free and Bad Company. Jeff had decided he wanted to become a bass guitarist at the young age of fourteen and dreamed of becoming a rock star! In his late teens, Jeff was a regular at some of London's most famous rock venues including, The Marquee, The Ruskin Arms and The Bridgehouse.

At 18, Jeff was roadie for East London Blues rock heroes, Vince Green and the Vipers. One night having set the stage for a show, the band's bass player, Gary 'Gaz' Fletcher didn't show up for the gig, Jeff was told to run home and get his bass by guitarist Andy 'Snake hips' Johnson and he filled in. Jeff held Gaz in great esteem and still recognizes him as one of the greatest bass players he's ever known in spite of his unorthodox playing style with a right-handed bass played on the left, upside down! Two weeks after this, Gaz left to join The Blues band and a very enthusiastic Jeff became the band's permanent bassist. Changing their name to Fast Exit, they toured all the usual haunts, the shows were gaining momentum and their fan base was increasing. This prompted a lot of interest from a record company and the band were persuaded to change their name back to Sam Apple Pie which was the name they first went under in the early 70s. It was during a concert  at one of these prestigious venues that Jeff was introduced to Stevie Smith and Mick Clarke of hard hitting, blues rock band, SALT. 

After a short hiatus, SALT had recently reformed and they asked Jeff to join them on bass. The band had two regular residencies pulling in good crowds, one at the Star and Garter in Croydon, the other at the King's Head in Fulham. Unfortunately the band never took off again in the way that it had, and eventually they all drifted in to new ventures. in 2011, SALT released a CD of all their re-mastered original seventies recordings called The Cobra's melodies. Jeff features as bass guitarist on four tracks on the album, The house of the rising sun, Duck, run or fight, Everybody's friend and Money's getting cheaper.

 

The Sweet smell of success.

It's now late 1987 and the big break Jeff was waiting for was just about to land in his lap! Glam Rock legends Andy Scott and Mick Tucker of Sweet were looking for a bass guitarist and they quickly snapped up Jeff!

With the new rockier line-up of Scott, Tucker, Vocalist Mal McNulty and Jeff, Sweet were enjoying a new success after a re-released disco version of their 70's hits was racing up the charts. The newly formed Sweet were far from disco though and they hit the road, touring tirelessly across the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand their popularity growing and growing amongst the rock fraternity.

In 1992, Sweet made a long-awaited return to the studio and recorded, The A Album (also known as The Answer) It was a slight departure from their Glam Rock roots with it's hard rock edge and Mal's metal-esque vocals. It was very well received and due to it's limited pressing, became an instant collectable. It was later re-released by Angel-Air and with bonus songs, it boasted an impressive 15 tracks! This brought joy to those that couldn't get their hands on the original.

Sweet were still very much in demand on the live circuit and had ventured over to the US who were really into the classic sounding British rock. In 1996, Mal left Sweet and was replaced by Chad Brown (no relation!) Chad served on vocals for 2 years but sadly due to problems with his voice, he had to leave in the middle of a long tour! The band needed to replace him quickly and there was only one, natural choice.... It was time for Jeff Brown to step up to the Front man's position! Jeff already contributed to the bulk of the infamous Sweet harmonies and as an acomplished vocalist in his own right with a powerful delivery and outstanding range, he catapulted the band into a whole new level of acclaim!

Due to his failing health, Mick Tucker sadly had to leave Sweet in 1991 and in 2002 he sadly lost his fight with Leukaemia. His drum stool was extremely hard to fill and they found his replacement in the form of German, Bodo Schopff from MSG. His tenure was a short one though and he was replaced with one of Jeff's old cohorts, Bruce Bisland.

The lure of the studio was calling once again, the line-up now consisting of Scott, Brown, Bisland and with new addition, Steve Grant on keyboards headed to Andy's studio at home in Wiltshire to record the 2002 Album, Sweetlife. This epic 11 track album was packed with songs that really took you back to the harmony rich, hook-laden, rockier Sweet days which occurred after the Chinn/Chapman Bubblegum era. Only one song was released as a single, The catchy athem; Do it all over again. Following the success of this album, the band also released a studio shot 'live' DVD featuring most of the tracks from Sweetlife and a few of the classics sung by Jeff. There was also an additional treat of original footage from the 70's Sweet as a tribute to Brian Connelly and Mick Tucker. Never one to miss an opportunity, the band also made a compilation greatest hits album with all the hits re-recorded with Jeff on vocal except for 3 of the tracks, the Staus Quo-esque, Am I ever gonna see your face again which was sung by Mal McNulty, Four Tops cover, Reach out, I'll be there which was sung by Paul Mario Day and Love is like oxygen which was sung by Chad Brown. This fantastic collection of hits is aptly called Chronology.

Sadly in 2003 Jeff decided it was time to leave the band and he is sorely missed by Sweet fans around the globe, many of whom still proclaim that Jeff was the best Sweet vocalist after Brian Connelly.

 

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