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R.I.P. John Morgan 1941 - 2021John Morgan

18/12/21 - With heavy hearts we tell you that John Morgan sadly died yesterday in Gloucester Royal Hospital after contracting Covid.
Hailed as the Wurzels oldest drummer in captivity he joined the band in 1981 and had been performing with them up until 2 weeks ago.

Tommy Banner from the band said ”We can't believe we shan't ever see you behind those drums again - we thought you were indestructible. We shall miss you John, you grumpy old b-----r, with your sharp, quirky Forest wit - oh, you were also a bloomin' great drummer, just like your hero, Charlie Watts."

“We are all in shock, Morgy had the driest of humour and the kindest of hearts and all are thoughts are with his family. The band intend to continue but John will always be remembered and loved by his fans, friends and band” - Sil Willcox, Wurzels Manager.

 

 

Ultimate Rare Find By Wurzel’s Fan!

A dedicated Wurzel’s fan has recently dug up what we now believe to be the rarest official Wurzel record release.

A couple of years back another collector showed us a copy of Adge’s 1972 single ‘Little Darlin’ which had been released in Japan, complete with colourful sleeve and notes all in Japanese. At the time this was the only known copy but since then two further copies have turned up!
So when a collector approached us recently with a copy of Adge’s first album (originally released in 1967) found in Malaysia and Hong Kong(!) we were impressed, and so this album now takes the top spot in the ‘Rarest Wurzel Record Chart’ for official releases! – Unless of course, YOU know better?

 

And for the collectors amongst you out there – the front of the album sleeve is pretty much identical to the UK release (http://www.thewurzels.com/adge.htm), the back is very similar but indicates that the release was for the Malaysian, Hong Kong and Singapore markets. The vinyl itself is identical to the UK release but the labels are slightly different in font and layout. The sleeve design (triple flipback) and the labels (black/silver with a single EMI text box) all date the release to 1969. -Prof. Wurzel

 

 

A history of BBC appearances by Adge Cutler & The Wurzels...

For the first time ever yer’s a full listing of all the times our dear old Adge Cutler appeared on the BBC with his legends of the West Country ‘The Wurzels’.

The BBC have done a modern thing with their Radio Times and digitised them – which means Professor Wurzel has been able to pull out all the programmes on the wireless and the telly that Adge and the Wurzels appeared in from 1967 until 1974.

Read and reminisce (if yer old enough!)! And if you click on the programme titles you can reach the original BBC site and read even more about the programmes on that day.

Enjoy m’luvers!

Adge Cutler & The Wurzels BBC Appearances 1967 - 1974

 

 

Lucky Wurzels fan uncovers ‘lost’ Adge Cutler recording...

Lost Adge Recording A keen Wurzels fan has uncovered a unique and, until now, presumed lost test recording that Adge made with his Wurzels in 1966 at EMI’s Abbey Road, Studio 2. The recording, made on a metal disc with wax-like coating, was machined directly from the demo tapes laid down in the studio to persuade the EMI chairman Joseph Lockwood into giving the band a recording contract. The story is told well in Adge’s recent biography by John Hudson:

- In 1966 John Miles, Adge’s first manager, already had a few groups under his wing so he managed to persuade EMIs record producer Bob Barrett that this local west country band were worth a try. Bob was always up for something different, and so when John told him about the Wurzels with his well-rehearsed cider and manure line, he booked studio 2 at Abbey Road (home to the Beatles.)
"We’d got props, milk churns and bales of straw and so on, packed them all into the van" he said.
"When we were on the outskirts of London I stopped the van and told them to get into their Wurzel gear, with Adge muttering that it was all bloody ridiculous!
When we drove into Abbey Road they all jumped out, I pushed this milk churn and it bounced on the tarmac, straw was blowing everywhere in the wind, and up in the windows all the secretaries were looking out wondering what on earth was happening”. After the kerfuffle died down somewhat and the band were taking their equipment into the studio, John Miles saw a grey-haired, charismatic looking sort of chap talking to Bob Barratt. Bob then brought him over and said to me "I'd like to introduce you to the chairman of EMI, Sir Joseph Lockwood." He said "John, Bob has been telling me about "Adge Cutler and the Wurzels, and I've asked him to let me have the tapes at the end of the day"
I told the boys the news, and urged them to do a good job. They did, Adge sang all his numbers, and a few day later Bob said the chairman had told him the Wurzels had to be signed.-

The original tapes have long been thought lost - and the two tracks ‘Champion Dung Spreader’ and ‘Twice Daily’ appearing on the recently discovered disc are probably all that remains from the Abbey Road session. The lucky handful of people who have been privileged to listen to the songs all agree that they show Adge at his very best – both tracks are upbeat, lively and clear with Adge clearly relaxed in surroundings more formal than he was used to in the local pubs of Somerset! Interestingly, both songs are slightly different than later recordings that he made – the lyrics being those he meticulously laid down in his 1965 diary - they underwent some changes before they appeared on his first album and singles.

December 1966 – the world would never be the same again! A band of strangely dressed men with odd looking instruments leapt on stage at the ‘Royal Oak Inn’ Nailsea, Somerset and proceeded to record a ‘live’ album for the EMI record company. This was Adge Cutler & The Wurzels’ first LP and it sold in massive numbers, quickly followed by a single which charted nationally and then an EP “Scrumpy & Western” – this was the start of a musical revolution that is still going strong nearly 50 years later!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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