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Raye Du Val Triple Winner of the World’s Non Stop Drumming Marathon Contest

Earlier this year I bought myself a book about Joey Dee and the Twist for £1.  The photos and diagrams in it are great, but I was even more excited when I realised that the book had previously belonged to Raymonde Du-Val, the drumming marathon champion and drummer for everyone from Gene Vincent to Johnny Kidd and the Pirates.  As a kid I remember me and my brother were obsessed with What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For?, which Raye Du-Val drummed on.  Who’d have thought that all these years later I would have a book that belonged to the drummer of Emile Ford and the Checkmates?!

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The book’s not in very good condition, and it looks like it has changed hands a fair bit (all those different prices in the front page!), but I love the fact that Raye had his own stamp and bothered to put his full address in the front cover of his books!

About tinynoggin

I love films (anything from exploitation stuff to stylish Eastern European cinema, but I'm not really into blockbusters and modern Hollywood), music (Serge Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin, Michel Polnareff, Left Banke, Francoise Hardy, The Seeds, Love, The Zombies, etc) and books (Kurt Vonnegut, Julian Maclaren-Ross, Michel Houellebecq, Patrick Hamilton, Alan Sillitoe, and more). I take photographs with my Lomography Diana F plus or my Olympus Trip and like making stuff in my spare time.

8 responses to “Raye Du Val Triple Winner of the World’s Non Stop Drumming Marathon Contest

  1. Sally Smithson ⋅

    Am now singing ‘What do you want to make those eyes at me for’ to the cat. It looks worried. Thank you for the memories!

  2. Christine

    What a score! I love finding surprise things like that in an old book or a record.

  3. I love finding old careworn books like this – library books are a particular fave, I get a bit drooly when I open one up and spy a long list of inky stamps dating back to God-knows-when. 😉

    • Hallo Mr Rooksby! I know what you mean, I have a few of those books – one of my hardback Julian Maclaren-Ross books is an ex-library book. It’s even better when they still have the little card in the pocket!

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