The College was not exactly a happy period for him and he quietly returned during this period of his life to Mrs. He was baptised at his church and was sacked from Ronnie Smith's band for not taking the dance music seriously enough.
Symes theory classes down the funnels of passing steam engines. Clarke's Update - Courtesy of classmate Tony Hyams, you can see Rick's class photo of 1960 along with possibly his earliest surviving autograph!
The family decided to have a bit of a change for holiday this year and so went the last two weeks in August instead of the first two to... - Rick is entered for loads of festivals and proceeds to win most of them.
In the time in between he started doing sessions for Regal Zonophone and for such notable producers as Gus Dudgeon and Tony Visconti. Clarke was to remain a regular haunt for Rick's parents up until she passed away in the late 1970s - Rick left the College of his own choosing and set about forging a career for himself in the music world.
This was ably assisted by Ronnie Smith who sacked him for the second time for having the audacity to ask for more money.
Rick was already six foot and soon discovered the joys of earning a couple of quid and spending it on beer. Clarke's was made - Passes driving test and purchases a 1958 Ford 100E Anglia. The band was a huge hit at the school dance which was marred only by Rick driving his car over the headmaster's prize rose bed and subsequently forfeiting the fee. Also forms his own dance band, (The Green Dolphin Trio), and obtains a residency at the Borough of Brent Council Social Club in Alperton, Middlesex.
This was prior to MOT testing, which was just as well, as the car had four odd tyres, little or no floor, was held together with more filler than metal and cost to buy £30 inclusive of tax and insurance. Sells the Anglia and buys a 1957 Vauxhall Victor Estate. Clarke's and went for one weeks camp with the Boys Brigade, would you believe in Devon, and two weeks package holiday (£49) in Majorca with his friend Pete Wakefield.Once you've read this, you can read the in-depth story in Rick's autobiography Say Yes!and further anecdotes in either of the Grumpy Old Rockstar books.Dad wanted to call him Simon and Mum wanted to call him Dianne - You must appreciate that we are working entirely on hearsay here, as Rick's memory doesn't stretch back as far as nappies and prams.Anyway, we are reliably informed from Rick's mother that he cried and screamed from the moment he woke up in the morning until the moment he went to sleep at night.Subsequently during the day she would put the pram, with him in it, in the garden shed - Walked, (probably out of boredom and being fed up with being jammed under the sideboard), down to the end of the garden, where he fed the chickens with rhubarb.