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Thread #127574 Message #2848693
Posted By: Will Fly
24-Feb-10 - 09:50 AM
Thread Name: Diz Disley - health - died 22 March 2010
Subject: RE: Diz Disley - health
In the early to late 1970s, I used to play occasionally with Diz. He lived in the flat over the pub (the "Redan" at the corner of Queensway and Westbourne Grove) where the London band I played in ("The Egbert Sousé All Stars") had a weekly residency. When I moved down to Sussex in 1976, I bumped in to Diz now and then and accompanied him on several gigs.
A true story illustrating Diz's greatness of spirit: The All Stars used to vary from 4 or 5 to 8 or 9 players, depending on who turned up each week. One week, Diz came downstairs to see just 3 of us playing. "Hang on", he said, and went upstairs to his flat to get his guitar. He sat in with us all evening and was superb. We didn't get much money but we offered him a share of the take - in those days about £2 each and free pint after hours. He shook his head and said, "No - I've got a good gig tomorrow night". Where was that, we asked... "Carnegie Hall", came the reply, "with Stephan Grappelli"...