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Brian Locking
Brian Locking
Also known asLicorice Locking
Born22 December 1938
Bedworth, Warwickshire, England
OriginGrantham, Lincolnshire, England
Died8 October 2020 (aged 81)[1]
North Wales
GenresRock and roll, rockabilly
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsBass, harmonica, piano
Years active1956–2020
Associated acts
Brian "Licorice" Locking (22 December 1938 – 8 October 2020) was an English musician and songwriter who was briefly the bass guitarist with The Shadows, between 1962 and 1963. During his tenure with the band he appeared with Sir Cliff Richard in the film Summer Holiday.
Contents
1 Career
2 Death
3 Early career groups (pre-Shadows/Drifters)
4 References
5 External Links
Career
Locking was born on 22 December 1938 in Bedworth, Warwickshire, England. He began playing double bass in several bands, notably with the Lincolnshire based rocker Vince Eager (born Roy Taylor, 4 June 1940, in Lincoln). He switched to bass guitar, later joining The Wildcats, a backing group for the rock and roll singer Marty Wilde. A fellow Wildcat was the drummer and future Shadow, Brian Bennett.
Locking also played several other instruments including harmonica and clarinet (nicknamed the "licorice stick", which earned Locking the nickname "Licorice"). Vince Eager (previously Roy Taylor) came up with the nickname "Licorice Stick" when introducing Locking on stage when he played in a skiffle band in Ingoldmells in 1956. This stuck and was later reduced to just "Licorice".
When Marty Wilde parted company from The Wildcats, they changed their name to "the Krew Kats" and recorded instrumentals with modest success. Bennett then left to join the Shadows.
In April 1962, at Bennett's suggestion, Locking was himself invited to join The Shadows to replace the departing Jet Harris. Stylistically, Locking had a solid "less is more" approach, which was the obverse of Harris's adventurous hard-driving style. The Shadows' sound changed as a result. Locking played on some of their best known tracks, including "Dance On", "Foot Tapper" and "Atlantis". He also played the harmonica in live shows and on his signature album track, "Dakota". He appeared in the 1963 Cliff Richard film, Summer Holiday.
After being in the Shadows for only eighteen months, Locking left to pursue his activities with the Jehovah's Witnesses. He remained on the music scene at a more compatible pace and was invited to play double bass on Donovan's first recording session. He briefly played with the Shadows again five years later while his successor John Rostill was in hospital. In later life Locking was a regular guest playing at Shadows fan clubs across the UK and abroad. He was also frequently invited to perform with various Shadows-style bands.
He reprised his role in the Wildcats at Marty Wilde's 50th Anniversary Concert, where he also appeared on stage with all the surviving Shadows members.
Death
Brian Locking suffered from cerebral palsy, and he was legally blind, he died in a hospice in North Wales on 8th October, 2020 aged 81, after having being diagnosed with a tumour on the bladder
Early career groups (pre-Shadows/Drifters)
1958 – Vince Taylor & the Playboys
Vince Taylor (v) + Jim Sullivan (g) + Tony Sheridan (g) + Brian Locking (b) + Brian Bennett (d)
1958 – Janice Peters & the Playboys
Janice Peters (v) + Jim Sullivan (g) + Tony Sheridan (g) + Brian Locking (b) + Brian Bennett (d)
1959 – Marty Wilde's Wildcats
Jim Sullivan (g) + Tony Belcher (g) + Brian Locking (b) + Brian Bennett (d)
1961 – The Krew Kats
Jim Sullivan (g) + Tony Belcher (g) + Brian Locking (b) + Brian Bennett (d)
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