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Yardbirds Remember Carlo

Carlo's widow Iris was a guest of the Yardbirds at the Ultimate Rhythm & Blues 50th Anniversary in Gateshead recently. Top Topham and Jim McCarty, pictured below, reminisced about Carlo and spoke highly of him.

Blue Plaque for Ealing Club
Months of campaigning and fundraising by British Blues enthusiasts finally paid off when a Blue Plaque to commemorate the beginnings of British Rhythm and Blues was unveiled in Ealing, West London, on Saturday 17th March 2012 by Alexis Korner's widow Bobbie. The club was London's first regular R&B venue and was opened by Cyril Davies and Alexis Korner in 1962. It was notable for being the place where the Rolling Stones first came together, and regular musicians who played there included The Who, Eric Clapton and Rod Stewart. 
Carlo was there in 1962/63 with the Cyril Davies All Stars and, in the interval, The Rolling Stones who were then without a permanent drummer. Carlo's family accepted an invitation to the plaque unveiling ceremony on his behalf, and his widow Iris chatted fondly to fellow-guest Charlie Watts about his time with Carlo on the 60s club scene. Other VIP guests included musician Tom Robinson and BBC presenter 'Whispering' Bob Harris. Read more on the Ealing Club site, see more photos here, read a blog about the event here.

Plaque unveiling ceremony

The newly-unveiled plaque

Carlo's widow Iris with Charlie Watts 
at the Ealing Club event

Iris with Del Taylor, 
associate of Alexis Korner

Blue Plaque for Screaming Lord Sutch
After recent negotiations between the Loony Party and The Heritage Foundation, it has been announced that a Blue Plaque to honour the life and times of Screaming Lord Sutch, will be unveiled on Sunday 11th November 2012 in London, at a suitable venue yet to be revealed. If you know of a suitable venue in memory of the great man then please get in touch with Lord Toby Jug.

Carlo featured in audio book
Johnny Remember Me was originally commissioned by Brighton's literary loogster Jay Clifton, in which authors were requested to pick a movie and spin off a character or situation from the film into an original short story. Based on Edmond T Gréville's Beat Girl author Cathi Unsworth takes inspiration from Carlo's early career and transforms him into fictional drummer Fredo Long, set around a swinging beat cellar club in 50's Soho London and Berwick Street. Buy the book or read more here

Telstar The Movie now on DVD - click for more info
Carlo was involved with the research of this movie about 60s record producer Joe Meek. Directed by Nick Moran and stars Kevin Spacey and James Corden, with cameos from Carlo's peers Clem Cattini and Chas Hodges. Screaming Lord Sutch is played by Justin Hawkins (The Darkness), also features actors as The Savages. Carlo played drums on the early Savages singles produced by Joe Meek and was offered a cameo role before he died. A must-see.

Death of Neil Christian - Jan 2010
We are very sad to report the death of Carlo's long-time friend, Chris Tidmarsh aka singer Neil Christian. We wish his wife Sandra all our love at this sad time.

Death of Mickey Waller - May 2008
We are sad to report the death of another legendary drummer, Mickey Waller. He replaced Carlo in the Cyril Davies All Stars in 1963 and went on to become one of the UK's most famous session musicians, backing Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Mickey and Carlo mixed in the same circles and Mickey admired Carlo's drumming.

Cyril Davies Tribute Day, Saturday March 1 2008
Upstairs at THE BOSTON @ THE DOME (entrance on Dartmouth Park Hill Road by the taxi office). Venue opposite TUFNELL PARK tube exit (Northern Line, High Barnet Branch).
Tickets will be admitting entrants for shows in the evening, doors open 7.30 for 8.00.
Organisers will be screening CYRIL DAVIES ALL STARS as seen on TV featuring LONG JOHN BALDRY from 1962/63: 10 unseen songs from UK TV archives plus a rare screening of SIMON HEYWORTH’s documentary LIVING WITH THE BLUES about Cyril and his many line-ups, which has not been seen since 1983 anywhere. This features many of the people that Cyril Davies played with, and includes many admirers in captured in performance, and in session, alongside former ALL STARS bandmates. This will take place in the afternoon.
Then featured is DAVE BALL’s BAND - BALLBREAKERS which consists of SAM KELLY on drums ( Spy on bass, Richard Simmons ..boards and Dave Ball on guitar. Also PETE BROWN (Cream, etc) makes an appearance with MANY yet to be announced special guests, including top UK Harmonica players.
More info and tickets at

Carlo's 'Night of Honour' funds donated
Carlo's widow Iris Little has presented South Tyneside Hospital with a cheque for over £4000, funds that were raised and generously donated at Carlo's 'Night Of Honour'. You can read more about how the money was spent by clicking here.

RIP Tony Dangerfield
We would like to extend our sympathies to the family of Tony Dangerfield who was found dead on 21st July 2007. Carlo and Tony worked together in the 1960's and remained in each other's lives from there on. Tony looked up to Carlo and had said some fantastic things to the press when he died in 2005.

Musical Tribute to the late Art Wood
The Eel Pie Club in Twickenham, London has organised a tribute to Art Wood. It will be at Clarendon Hall, York House, Twickenham on Sunday 25 March, from 6pm to 10:30pm and all proceeds will benefit The Prostate Cancer Charity. It will be called 'ART - A Musical Tribute to Art Wood and Celebration of his Life', and it will be a very special night. There will be a host of musical celebrities and performers, including a special line-up of 'The Art Wood All-Stars'. Ronnie Wood is donating a signed print of one of his paintings to auction and the RFU is donating tickets for both Rod Stewart and Genesis for raffle or auction.  Advance tickets are £17.50 (£15 Eel Pie Club Members).  All tickets will be £20 on the door, if available. Tickets from 0870 848 0000 or at

Guestbook Updated
This website has a new guestbook after the old host ceased working. Older messages have been added to this. Please continue to leave your messages and memories about Carlo.

Nicky Hopkins Petition
A petition has been set up to pressure the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to induct pianist Nicky Hopkins in their Sidemen Category. Nicky began playing piano rock and roll with Carlo in 1961 in the original Lord Sutch's Savages, and went on to contribute to works by the Rolling Stones, Beatles, and many others. Nicky died in 1994. 
Please click here to sign the petition


Goodbye Art

Art Wood, singer of The Artwoods who joined Carlo Little All Stars and was Carlo's close friend, has died of cancer in London on 3rd November 2006. Carlo's family are devastated to hear the news and wish to pass on our deepest sympathies. 



2i's Coffee Bar Recognised

Carlo's widow Iris was asked by Westminster City Council to represent Carlo and Screaming Lord Sutch at a ceremony to unveil a Green Plaque in London at the site of the famous 2i's coffee bar, the Old Compton Street venue where many UK rock and rollers first started out, on Monday 18th Sept 2006. 

The 2i's Coffee Bar as it was back in the 1950's

She was among attendees including Sir Cliff Richard, and other Shadows Bruce Welch and Brian Bennett, Chas McDevitt, Wee Willie Harris, Big Jim Sullivan, Neil Christian, John Repsch, Vince Eager, Russ Sainty, Clem Clattini, Danny Rivers, Rick Hardy, Tex Makins, drummer Bobby Woodman, other members of the Tornados, Vipers, Wildcats and Playboys, and many other British music legends. Iris was also delighted to meet Buddy Britten: Carlo had been a member of his band The Regents in 1964. 

Iris and Sir Cliff Richard

The Green Plaque

Iris and 60's drummer Bobby Woodman. Bobby and Carlo admired each other's drumming


Iris with Buddy Britten. Carlo was in his band in 1964, and they had never met before

Legendary drummer Clem Cattini and 50's singer Russ Sainty. Clem was sad to hear of Carlo's death. Clem has played on over 40 UK number one singles!

Guitarist Tex Makins with Iris. Tex and Carlo played together in various bands and went back a long way

One Year On Since Carlo Passed Away


Hard to believe though it may be, it was one year since Carlo died on Sunday August 6th. 

His family marked the sad day by visiting his grave and keeping him in their thoughts.  

Carlo is buried in Harton Cemetery, Tyne & Wear


Death of Long John Baldry
We are sad to report that Carlo's friend and fellow All Star Long John Baldry died of chest complications in July 2005, just 3 weeks before Carlo died. Much sympathies to his family. Hopefully they're up there together having a gig of a lifetime. Click here for the Guardian newspaper obituary. 

Death of Brian Knight
We are sad to report that Brian Knight, well-renowned R&B musician, died of cancer in December 2001. Click here for the Guardian newspaper obituary. 

Famous London Rock Venue Is Dead
The famous Railway Hotel in Harrow, NW London, was destroyed by fire on Sunday, 28 Feb 2000 by vandals. The venue was a key landmark in rock history, having played host to many British rock and blues bands of the 1960s - it was known that The Who played their first gig there and Pete Townshend had made a hole in the ceiling with his guitar antics. Carlo Little played there with Screaming Lord Sutch & The Savages and Cyril Davies R&B All Stars. Read more of the story here

Carlo mentioned on the 'Tonight Show'
Carlo Little was informed in August 1999 that he was mentioned in Jay Leno's monologue in the 'Tonight Show'. Fortunately, the show is broadcast on European satellite channel CNBC, and he got to see the clip. Here's the extract from the show:

"Boy, here's a sad story. A man by the name of Carlo Little quit the Rolling Stones 36 years ago, quit the band. He is now selling hot dogs at the same stadium the Rolling Stones are performing at this weekend, Wembley Stadium. He's a hot dog vendor. Think he's bitter? You should talk to his room mate, Pete Best!"

Hardly the joke of the year, but Carlo was chuffed that he got a mention on national US TV!

Carlo at Cheltenham CemetaryCarlo made Honorary Member of Brian Jones Fan Club

Brian Jones died 30 years ago on the 3rd of July 1999. Carlo and his wife were invited to a special ceremony in Cheltenham, Gloucester (UK - Brian's home town and place of burial) organised by Spirit, the Brian Jones Fan Club and Pat Andrews, the mother of Brian's son. At a reception after the service Carlo was invited to become an honorary member of the fan club, which he gratefully accepted. He signed fans autographs and posed for pictures. Back in the 1960's when Brian was poor Carlo had bought his Johnny Cash albums from him to help him out with cash. Read more of the story from BBC Online News at or read a Stones fan's account of the day at


Carlo, James Phelge and fans pay their respects to Brian in 1999 



Carlo included in World's Biggest Drumsticks Collection

Peter Lavinger
                                and the collection


Carlo was approached by Peter Lavinger, owner of the world's biggest drumsticks collection, to submit his sticks. The collection was on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1995 to 2002. The Guinness World Records have also featured the collection - click here to see.



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