An Interview with
(Extracts from a series of chats conducted by Ray Chan)
1982, Vic and Mike played Germany as Christie, performing
with a few other well-known bands on a revival tour. Jeff
was invited but declined to participate. A musician named
Peter Morrison was recruited instead.
1) The German tour
The year was 1982 as I remember. Alan Blakley
from The Tremeloes was a dear friend of mine (bless his soul).
He asked me if I fancied doing a tour of Germany as a guitarist
with Christie along with Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, The Tremeloes
and The Swinging Blue Jeans. It seemed like a good idea and
Vic Elmes came over from Germany to meet me and we rehearsed
for the tour. Mike
Blakley was on drums and the bass player was a 21yr old
lad called Mick Wilson.
We rehearsed and went on tour in November, 1982. It
was the coldest winter ever in Germany. We did a lot of drinking
on that tour because it was so cold! We stayed in Hamburg
just off the Reepebahn. Christie did a week in Hanover and
a week in Berlin after the initial tour. The band also stayed
at Vic Elmes' house near Bielefeld.
2) The songs they sang
Vic wrote two songs and we recorded them
in Eddie Hardin's studio (from Spencer Davis/Hardin and York
fame) in Sunningdale, Berks. I remember the A-side was called
Deep In The Night. We sang the three
big Christie hits, Yellow River, San
Bernadino and Iron Horse.
The rest of the set included Deep In
The Night and its B-side, which was another fine song
written by Vic, but I can't remember the title. We did some
Creedence and I sang some JJ Cale songs. Mick Wilson also
sang some songs.
Mike, Peter and Vic.
Meeting Jeff Christie
Jeff had been invited on the German tour
but didn't take part. However, I met Jeff back in 1967-68
when I was with a Leeds band, and we did a gig with Jeff's
Outer Limits, at Leeds Polytechnic. It was just a typical
Uni gig, no great shakes. I don't even think Jeff remembers
4) Hey Peter, is that
your Porsche in the photo above?
Do you mean the 911 Porsche Sportmatic
no way. Mine's the red Ferrari Dino Special parked behind