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Obit: Diz Disley (1931-2010)

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Subject: RE: Diz Disley - health
From: GUEST,Ralphie
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 04:59 AM

It has been mentioned on the BBC message board and the fRoots board that Diz has sadly passed away. No other info at the present time. If true another sad day. RIP.


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Subject: RE: Diz Disley - health
From: pavane
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 05:15 AM

So sorry to hear that, if it's true.


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Subject: Obit: Diz Disley
From: Leadfingers
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 06:27 AM

Diz was moved from The Royal Free back to the nursing home in St Johns Wood , but never improved , I gather , and 'Just Faded Away' ,
dying in the afternoon of Monday 22nd March .
Having known him and had some great music with him for forty five years I know I will miss him !


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Subject: RE: Diz Disley - health
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 06:31 AM

Poor old Diz, what a way to end such a chequered career.



RIP


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 06:35 AM

A fine musician, and a legend in so many ways.

RIP


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley
From: Will Fly
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 06:51 AM

Diz sometimes used to say, at the end of a performance, "God bless - after all, that's his job."

If the devil was in him, he would sometimes finish with, "Tara then, many thanks - now f*ck off home!"

Bless him! RIP - there'll never be another.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley
From: GUEST,Steamin' Willie
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 07:52 AM

His performance at the Stainsby Festival in the early '80s was something I could never forget, and the session with Johnny Silvo was mesmerising.

But what I will be telling my grandchildren about will be the session in the beer tent where I got to play along with him. What they call a red letter day...

He is probably asking St Peter to sausage him a gregory..


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 08:07 AM

A great guy.   Although I never knew him as a person I always loved his performances and I felt his personality showed through in them.

I'm glad it was an easy passing.

Rhiannon


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley
From: The Sandman
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 08:11 AM

I didnt know him or see him much,but I did catch him on television playing with Stephane Grappeli,he was a fine musician.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley
From: Fleggy
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 08:28 AM

I was saddened to hear he has gone; but what a great time he had while he was here!
as Diz would say, "pip pip"

I did a good few gigs with Diz on the jazz scene and my lasting memory is his rhythm guitar playing, you could not better it, combinig a very light touch with the pick and great swinging rhythm; it is something that only seems to work with acoustic guitar, and he certainly had some fine instruments. His folk club act was always good fun. Diz knew the art of being an entertainer, not just being a superb musician, someone who looked the part of the lovable rogue but who underneath was very much in control.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley
From: GUEST,LTS pretending to work
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 08:38 AM

Another good one goes... was listening to some of his stuff just this Sunday...

RIP.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley
From: Mick Tems
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 09:56 AM

One happy memory is seeing Diz Disley at very close quarters in the Valley Folk Club at Pontardawe. Diz really went for it - at closing time, Brian the compere looked at his watch and signalled Diz to do one more, but Diz carried on and on... and on!

The club finished very late, and I think Brian had to call a halt. We crept down the stairs, each one afraid of the landlord's wrath. Up in the club, Diz was still busy strumming his guitar - what a star and a very fine musician!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley
From: GUEST,Ron Winkle (Banjoist)
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 11:01 AM

So sad to hear that Diz has passed away. I had many memorable gigs with Diz back in the 60's and 70's and will always remember his unique style, in both his guitar playing and his wit.

He nearly alwas turned up to gigs (late!) in a well-used vintage Rolls Royce and it would be fitting for him to take his last journey in one of these fine vehicles (preferably one that doesn't break down!}.

Rest in peace dear friend - there'll never be another.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 11:03 AM

Never saw him live but enjoyed his radio and record appearances, with trad bands, Django-type outfits and with Johnny Silvo. Sad news.

RtS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 11:11 AM

Saw him live with Stephane Grapelli here in the U.S. in the '70's.

A truly wonderful musician. Another good 'un gone.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley
From: GUEST,Eddie Gray
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 11:12 AM

Always a pleasure to play with over many years , great timing , will be sadly missed !

A man with always lots idea of things to Do , even though some of them a little crazy !

We will all miss you Diz !!


Eddie


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley
From: pavane
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 11:30 AM

"sausage me a gregory" - I have that quote on tape somewhere - that's probably the same gig that Dr Price remembers. And I am currently living in what he called the "transpontine" area.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley
From: GUEST,Guest - Jim Younger
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 11:44 AM

Sorry to hear Diz has 'gone before'. Back in 1971 or thereabouts the outfit I was playing with were doing a show at Nottingham University, and the agent had booked Diz into the show too. Diz turned up without a guitar. "That's okay. I knew you lot would have one," he said, and went on with a borrowed guitar (not a particularly fine instrument, an acoustic with round-wound strings and a two-inch action that my pal had bought for flumpence). Of course, Diz made it sound like a proper musical instrument. He had come up on the train and cadged a lift back to London with us ("I knew you'd be driving") and we dropped him in West Hampstead, where he went home to drink carrot juice - or so he said.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley
From: bubblyrat
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 11:45 AM

So ....reunited at last with Pat (Nelson) and Jon ( Isherwood) ; That ought to be a riot (Up ,or most likely down,there !).


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley
From: Paul Reade
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 12:14 PM

I remember Diz doing a great night at the old Sale Folk Club. As a change from his Rolls, he arrived in a white Cadillac which was so wide it nearly blocked the street when he parked it outside.

One of the best descriptions of him is in one of George Melly's books (can't remember which one). It goes something like "... he had a face like a satyr on his way to an orgy ..."


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 12:17 PM

"I always carry brandy incase I am bitten by a snake ............ which I also carry

sad

L in C


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley
From: Paul Reade
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 12:29 PM

"I only drink to steady myself ... sometimes I get so steady I can't move"


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley
From: Vic Smith
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 12:52 PM

January 1970.
We had booked Diz at the folk club at the Marlborough Hotel in Brighton. He was in pub before we got there. He greeted me. "Hello, dear boy, allow me to buy you both a drink?" We told him what we wanted to drink and he ordered one for himself and one for the barman before patting his pockets and turning to me and saying, "A sub on my fee, dear boy, I appear to have left home without my wallet!"

He had also apparently left home without his guitar, a fact that he did not mention until I announced him. He got up and said, "I wonder if anyone could lend me a guitar? I appear to have left home without mine." There was a rush from all the guitarists there to have the honour of Diz playing their guitar. He looked at them with a dubious, critical eye and then selected one, examined it carefully and then announced, "Ladies & gentlemen, it is a rare treat for me to be able to play a guitar which appears to be constructed from a Jaffa Orange box!" He put the strap over his shoulder, played a searing, dazzling run on it and then continued, "...and Crapatone strings, I notice."


A story from even earlier than this told to me by Jon Isherwood.

Diz told Jon that he has just been offered a cartoon spot each week in The Observer at a salary that he could easily have lived off, never mind the money he earned from music.

"That's fantastic"! says Jon.

"No. no, no, dear boy. Turned it down."

"You turned it down? Whatever for?

"Routine, dear boy, routine. No, no. Fuck routine!"


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley
From: fat B****rd
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 01:08 PM

It was George Melly's 'Owning Up' that featured some great Dizley quotes. RIP Sir.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley
From: Vic Smith
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 01:31 PM

I have posted a photo of the man in his prime at:-

http://froots.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=21737#21737


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley
From: billybob
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 01:44 PM

So very sad, Diz was a wonderful musician and a very lovely person. "pip pip" old friend.
Wendy and Bill Simon


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley
From: Fran
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 01:51 PM

From Swarbs website

"Hello folks. Diz died today, Monday 22nd March. Sadly, he was destitute and funds are needed for a fitting send off. If you feel you would like to make a contribution, please make your cheque payable to DIZAID and send it to me at 5 Dronfield Road, Stoke, Coventry, CV2 4BZ. The DizAid Concert mentioned below is still going ahead. Very many thanks, Swarb x"

http://www.folkicons.co.uk/swarbmenu.htm


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley
From: Rusty Dobro
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 02:23 PM

Happy memories of a night at Ronnies, when he was backing Stephane with Ike Isaacs. After the Japanese tourists and everyone else had left, we had what amounted to a command performance as they played all our requests far into the night. Needless to say we felt very privileged.

Thirty-something years later, I saw him at the Yoxford 'Griffin', and was able to apologise for that late night. I said how wonderful it must have been, backing such a jazz legend - he thought for a moment, and just said 'Grapelli? Dirty old sod!'

The Yoxford evening ended with a skiffle marathon in the company of John Pilgrim, from the 'Vipers'. Happy days.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley
From: Little Robyn
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 02:34 PM

In the main tent at the 1972 Laycock folk festival he was singing Chastity Belt and asked for a drink. Someone passed one up to him and he said "Ah, the man from Oxthirst!"
Then he did the "Just a drop to steady myself" gag.
In the same song, at the point where they go to the locksmith,
"On his door we will knock." he knocked on the guitar and said,
"Knock, knock"
Audience - "Who's there?"
Diz - "Catch"
Audience - "Catch who?"
Diz - "Bless you!"
Bless you Diz.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Lanfranc
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 02:43 PM

I got to know Diz quite well back in my Troubadour era in the 60s and early 70s of the last century.

Happy memories abound, but a couple stand out...

There he was at the Cambridge Folk Festival car park in his enormous flesh-coloured Cadillac convertible. "I say, dear boy, could you just see me out, some of these buggers have parked a bit close!"

There was that early morning session at the Fiesta in Fulham Road with Diz, Stephane Grappelli and sundry others. I have been known to claim that I "sat in" with them at Diz's invitation - I did, but in truth I managed to play about one chord in four. It was magic, all the same.

He was a talented artist in more ways than one, a fun companion and a great entertainer. We will not see his like again!

If he really did die destitute as mentioned above those of us who knew him really should contribute to his funeral/wake or whatever.

Happy landings, Diz, "Pip, pip"

Alan


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,North/South Annie
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 04:57 PM

I remember Diz from the late 60's - 70's, seeing him at gigs in the South. I felt aweful at one where at about 17 years old,I cocked up a song during my floor spot and he was watching but I remember he was very kind speaking to me about it afterwards and I felt much better. I was lucky enough to see him live several times, often with Grapelli and another guitarist whose name I never knew. The sound was great and I've not heard anything like it since.
R.I.P. Diz God Bless!

Annie


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,David 'Brillo' Etheridge
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 07:37 PM

Hi folks,
I've just heard the sad news about Diz. He started me off in jazz when I jammed with him at Hitchin folk club in 1970, and over the years we played a lot of clubs together as well as some storming sessions at the Cambridge Folk Festival including the Grappelli tour in 1973.
In fact it's due to him that I'm still playing jazz and m.d.ing big bands now.
I owe him everything.
Many thanks Diz. RIP and I'll see you in a few years time when its my turn to cross over to the great gig in the sky. I'll be bringing the 5 string wardrobe with me!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,Chris Newman
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 08:33 PM

Just heard the news. What can you say about Diz? I worked with him (and Brillo) for years in all sorts of places and also owe him a huge debt for getting me started on the whole swing style of playing. There are so many stories about Diz - someone should write a book!

He was an extraordinary chap - great musician, brilliant entertainer and an absolute eccentric. I remember driving with him, in an ancient Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire, to his place in Spain in 1976 - the journey took forever as the car refused to do more than 45mph and lost its exhaust in the middle of Barcelona. The volume produced by the car was shocking, and resulted in our being pulled up by the cops in some small town or other. It could have been a difficult situation, but Diz sweet-talked the local police chief and persuaded him to ride in the back of this impressive looking, if not sounding, vehicle. "Quick dear boy, hop in the front and drive" said he as he got in the back with the local cop as we proceeded to tour the town with the local cop waving out of the window to the extremely bemused local populace.

A wonderful bloke - we're all poorer for his passing.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Leadfingers
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 08:43 PM

I have no outrageous stories about Diz , just a HUGE pile of memories
dating back to 1964 and the Ken Colyer Club all nighters , when I was playing BAD Sax and Clarinet and trying to drag the band down to my level! Then , later playng Jazz Penny whistle with him at Folk Clubs and Festivals , and ALWAYS being blown away by his skill as a musician and Entertainer


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Gurney
Date: 23 Mar 10 - 10:38 PM

Diz was pretty eccentric about turning up to far-flung bookings, sometimes, although, to be fair, he always telephoned. Sometimes as much as four hours before the gig started.
You had to keep booking him, though, for the fun. Especially if Rod Felton was going to turn up. too.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Mick Tems
Date: 24 Mar 10 - 02:44 AM

"In the main tent at the 1972 Laycock folk festival he was singing Chastity Belt and asked for a drink..."


Ah yes, Chastity Belt... "I'm married to Sir Oswald, the celtic old c*nt"

Thanks, Diz!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 24 Mar 10 - 03:41 AM

Booked him twice in the seventies; superb musician and entertainer, total professional, so sorry to hear this sad news.
RIP


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Wolfhound person
Date: 24 Mar 10 - 05:03 AM

Booked in 1970 at Norwich (UEA) folk cub, I was the nervous first year detailed to collect him from the station - I had a car.
I recognise the "satyr on his way to an orgy" description!
I think we also booked him together with Malcolm Price - but it's a long time ago.

Wonderful performer, I later (early 80s) saw him at Cambridge FF with Stephane Grapelli. By then his music was not really my primary interest, but it was cracking performance.

I heard the "Chastity Belt" variation too, in 1970-ish.

Paws


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,Gadaffi
Date: 24 Mar 10 - 05:04 AM

Superb entertainer. I saw him many times at folk clubs in Birmingham and the Farnham area. Can't help noticing the fall in Glenfiddich shares!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: pavane
Date: 24 Mar 10 - 05:09 AM

Chastity belt is also on that tape I have

"She's married to Sir Oswald, the celtic old (pause) - cunning old Celt" (His name doesn't sound very Celtic to me!).

I have a vague recollection that the Knock Knock on this occasion was

Who's there?
Winston
Winston who?
You mean you've forgotten already?

but I will ahve to check it out later.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,Delly
Date: 24 Mar 10 - 05:41 AM

Vivid memories of Diz - Germany 1954/55 - singing 'These Foolish Things'- his version started 'Those dirty nights we spent in Shepherds Market' . Germans had no idea what he was singing about, thought it was great, which it was.   I often sing it to myself even now -(when I've had one or two) !!! Anyone got a tape ?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: dombonito
Date: 24 Mar 10 - 05:59 AM

Anyone with a beard was called 'Mattress Face'. He once rounded off the evening at The Enterprise by saying "My grateful thanks to Dom Bonito, the only man in London with a beard composed entirely of pubic hair".


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Bryn Pugh
Date: 24 Mar 10 - 06:03 AM

I had the privilege of MCing Diz at MSG on a couple of occasions.

I remember a night at the Wellington - Cavalcade - corner of Barlow Moor Road and Wilmslow Road, where Diz was the main guest.

He cracked a poor (for him !) joke, and I made a raspberry.

To which Diz commented : "That's what I'm here for - audience fart -icipation !".

I don't like to use the well worn cliche, but in his case, it's true -

We shall never see his like again.

Hope there's plenty of brandy at the great Jamboree in the Otherworld.

Sleep in Peace, Dear Boy - if anyone earned it, you have.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,Orson Trapp
Date: 24 Mar 10 - 07:00 AM

Sorry to hear about the world's loss.
I was there Paul R at Sale that night when you booked Diz.
He arrived without a guitar saying "it had been liberated by the revolutionary masses and that were probably digging a trench with the bloody thing as we speak". I remember Al Lawrence lending him his Yamaha guitar which prompted various comments similar to those already mentioned.
Paul R whatever happened to Al? I knew he moved to the IOM shortly after.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Vic Smith
Date: 24 Mar 10 - 08:11 AM

An incident at another Brighton folk club some time around 1970.

Diz was in full flow in one of his hilarious, very involved stories when he stopped dead.... his attention apparently drawn to someone sitting in the front row.

"Is that a cassette recorder that you have got there?
Are you making a recording?"
And then in a louder voice....
"Are you, in fact, bugging us?"

When poor old Noel, his face reddened by all this admitted that this was the case. Disley announced to the audience.
"Ladies and gentlemen, please be very careful. We have a bugger in our midst!"


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,Derek Sarjeant
Date: 24 Mar 10 - 09:56 AM

Farewell to my dear old friend Diz. Diz and I joined forces in the early 1960's touring Colleges and Folkclubs and appearing on several TV Diary programmes and Radio. Diz held me responsible for his entry to the Folkscene where he worked successfully for several years prior to teaming up with Grappelli. Diz was a great guy to work with, a superb guitarist and his humour and repartee was unsurpassed. He was almost a resident performer at my Surbiton & Kingston Folkcub where his performances always received tumultuous applause. I have countless recollections of memorable experiences wih Diz both in the UK and in Spain.In 1968 he introduced me to my late wife Hazel and for that I shall be forever grateful.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Leadfingers
Date: 24 Mar 10 - 09:59 AM

Vic - I sem to recall the message going out after Diz had been off the scene for a while (USA Perhaps) that if any one HAD got any bootlegs of his act , could he have copies as he had forgatten a lot of the songs he used to do !
I know I didnt see him for about ten years , til we met up , and had a Great Fun half hour set at Caversham Festival . I Think he had been Cartooning in Hollywood !


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,Simon Prager
Date: 24 Mar 10 - 11:27 AM

I saw a fair bit of Diz in the last few years. He had declined a lot but his humour still came out occasionally. Can I please put in a plea if anyone has recorded material especially video of Diz from the folk club days, I'd love to get hold of a copy and share it with Hylda Sims (his oldest friend I think) and Katie Watkins his goddaughter. Katie has looked after him wonderfully in recent years and all though there was no money, she made sure that he was in a good home and visited him daily. We have many memories of him but none of us have much recorded stuff. I've got stuff of Diz with Grappelli but nothing of Diz as the great entertainer that he was.
Cheers
Simon Prager
020 8677 0526
simon.prager@googlemail.com


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Paul Reade
Date: 24 Mar 10 - 11:46 AM

Orson

I'd forgotten the incident about the guitar.

Al Lawrence was originally from the Isle of Man and moved back there in the late 70s. I still see him occasionally when he comes over here - last time was for my wife Kath's 60th birthday party last year.

He's still performing with his band The Stationary Wilberries (love the name!) - See http://manxman.ch/moodle/ and http://www.youtube.com/user/manxli

Paul Reade

His daughters Kirsty and Katie are also excellent musicians - see http://www.myspace.com/kirstyandkatielawrence


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: MoorleyMan
Date: 24 Mar 10 - 05:54 PM

Sad news.
I only saw Diz play live the once, with Grappelli in the mid-70s: a memorable occasion indeed. But I still treasure those criminally few tracks he graced on Swarb & Carthy's '67 album Rags Reels & Airs...
A unique talent, and he'll be missed, sure.
RIP Diz.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,harvey andrews
Date: 24 Mar 10 - 07:38 PM

It's been a hard twelve months. Johnny Collins, Fred Wedlock, and now Diz. All unique, all loveable, all missed.


                     FADING VOICES

FADING VOICES ALL AROUND
STILL I HEAR THEIR JOYFUL SOUND
ONCE THEY STOOD BESIDE ME WHEN
WE WERE YOUNG AND SINGING THEN
SONGS THAT CAME LIKE SHOOTING STARS
TO SHINE THEIR LIGHT ON OUR GUITARS
WORDS THAT SET OUR SOULS AFLAME
THINKING ALL OUR LIVES A GAME
FADING VOICES ALL AROUND
STILL I HEAR THEIR JOYFUL SOUND

THE ROAD, THE GIRLS, THE SUN AT DAWN
THE TUNES THAT IN THAT HOUR WERE BORN
SIDE BY SIDE WE TOOK THE STAGE
AND NEVER THOUGHT WE'D REACH THIS AGE
SOME JUST GAVE IT ALL AWAY
AND LET THE BOTTLE WIN THE DAY
SOME JUST WATCHED THEIR SPOTLIGHT DIE
TILL DARKNESS TOOK THEM FROM OUR EYE
FADING VOICES ALL AROUND
STILL I HEAR THEIR JOYFUL SOUND

OLD SOLDIERS NOW AS YOUNG ONES COME
NEW TALES TO TELL NEW CHORDS TO STRUM
NAMES THAT ONCE WE HELD SO DEAR
ARE UNKNOWN TO THE YOUNG ONES HERE
BUT FADING VOICES ALL AROUND
STILL I HEAR THEIR JOYFUL SOUND
ONCE THEY STOOD BESIDE ME WHEN
WE WERE YOUNG AND SINGING THEN
OLD SOLDIERS NOW, OUR TORCHES BURN,
STILL BRIGHT, BUT TAKE THEM IT'S YOUR TURN


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: SylviaN
Date: 24 Mar 10 - 09:00 PM

Very sad. He'll be missed.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,Katie Watkins
Date: 25 Mar 10 - 09:28 AM

Dear all,

I have been reading your posts over the last few days and have been so touched by the messages and memories that have been shared. They have made me laugh and cry and it is so wonderful to see the sense of love and loss on this page.

Diz was my Godfather, and a better Education could never have been received, bought or taught!

If any of you would like to attend the funeral please drop me a line and I'll let you know all the details. It will be held on the 7th April in London. My e-mail address is katiewatkins7@hotmail.com

With regards to any footage or recordings of Diz I think the BBC archives would contain some material, I also have a box of audio recordings that I will, eventually, go through. However, they are very old and the quality may have gone.

Katie


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Leadfingers
Date: 25 Mar 10 - 11:11 AM

I'll be there !!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,Orson Trap
Date: 25 Mar 10 - 11:53 AM

Hi Paul,
I seem to remember that 'Cellarfull of Folk' (Radio M/c?) were there that night at Sale and recorded it.
They broadcast it later and I recorded it on a mono radio/cassette player/recorder (the dog's then, for me anyway). I will have a root round and see if I still have it.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,David Baxter
Date: 25 Mar 10 - 02:20 PM

My father managed Stephane Grapelli and it's with great sadness that our family marks the passing of Diz. We all have great memories of his amazing performances and just being in his company was at times so energizing. Personally, I remember listening to him playing in the bars of Mojacar in Southern Spain during my summer holidays and when I was too young to appreciate how good he was and how lucky I was.

Sadly gone but never forgotten!

God bless.

David


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Tig
Date: 25 Mar 10 - 06:51 PM

Very sad news - but at least Diz lived a life to be proud of! I doubt he will ever be forgotten, especially by those who, like me, crossed his path.

Thanks for the beautiful words Harvey. I look forward to hearing you sing them.

Love and hugs
Tig
xxx


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,JOHN JAMES
Date: 25 Mar 10 - 08:39 PM

1968..I started solo gigging thro the Sandy Glennon Agency. Initally doing a lot of depping..stepping in at the last minute, usually ten to six. Who did I do the most deps for Alex Campbell ? Silvo? no..you've guessed it. At least Alex and Johnny usually had a good excuse..Diz didn't bother with such things.
I went with Diz,one night, to the Hop Poles Enfield..we were still in Hilda S's house in Dulwich at ten to eight ! Mick Brown (Hickory Nuts) was driving. We waited ages while the great man preened himself, windsor knot in the tie, trousers knife edge crease, blazer brushed, grecian 2000. He was getting in the car , I said " Diz where's your guitar ?"..He gave me a look...like.."I can see you're going to be trouble"..reluctantly he goes back in the house grabs Dave Ward's guitar and shoves to me in the back seat..with another look.." are you happy now boyio"
He often spoke to me in a welsh accent..he reckoned he had spent his chidhood there.
Along with Derek S,Brillo,Chris Newman, Pete Berryman etc we were truly priviledged..IT MAY BE RUBBISH..BUT ITS BRIISH RUBBISH !!!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: cptsnapper
Date: 25 Mar 10 - 10:54 PM

When I was in Magna Carta some local people decided to put us on in concert in Bedford where I lived and I suggested that we have Diz as support. So really it came as no surprise for me to receive a call from him to say that he wouldn't be able to make the gig because he'd missed his flight from Spain!
Can anyone verify the story that one night after a gig Diz had nowhere to stay so decided to park the hearse in a field miles from anywhere and lay down in the back. Apparently a police car drove by, saw the hearse, one of the policemen got out to investigate, woke Diz up who sat up whereupon the policeman fainted!
I realise that this is off of the subject but John are you still in contact with Dave Ward?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,Orson Trap
Date: 26 Mar 10 - 05:16 AM

Hi Paul,
I found the cassette of that night in Sale and had a quick listen. The second half consisted of Diz doing mostly George Formby songs, all good entertaining stuff. What a star.
You and Al were on there too.
The sound quality is c**p but listenable.
I also checked out The Stationary Willberries, thanks for that.
Al hasn't changed much has he?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: pavane
Date: 26 Mar 10 - 05:24 AM

If anyone wants to hear that Pontardawe tape from 1973, PM me and I will tell you how to find it.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,Jim Douglas
Date: 26 Mar 10 - 05:26 AM

One of the first musicians I met on my arrival at the Blue Posts in London as a young would be jazz guitarist was my hero Diz Disley. After sinking enough 'Dutch courage' to introduce myself, the great man replied "Nice to meet you, Dear Boy, could you lend me three pounds?"
My entire fortune was seven but I willingly parted with the dosh. It was never returned per se but I consider his friendship and the experience of playing with him on numerous occasions including ten concerts with Stephane Grapelly more gratifying than any financial recompense. The British jazz scene has once more lost a true character and fine guitarist.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Leadfingers
Date: 27 Mar 10 - 06:20 AM

Refresh - Still a few days before the Funeral


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Nigel Paterson
Date: 28 Mar 10 - 06:08 AM

Very saddened to hear of Diz's passing. Great memories of his performances at Chelmsford Folk Club, back in the mid sixties. On one occasion he persuaded me to join him as he played one of his many jazz standards. I was playing mandolin & the piece was in Eb! 'Nurdling' along in the background was not too difficult, but at one point he turned to me & expected a full-blown, improvised jazz solo...on a mandolin...in Eb!! I was absolutely terrified. After we had finished playing, Diz was incredibly gracious & complimentary about my meagre efforts. His prodigious musical skills & generosity of spirit will stay with me for many years to come.
                                    Nigel Paterson.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Paul Reade
Date: 29 Mar 10 - 04:28 AM

Orson,

I'd love to get a copy of the tape from Diz's performance at Sale. Please see the PM I sent with the contact details.

Paul


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,paul downes
Date: 29 Mar 10 - 07:44 PM

I never realised that Diz had been a great influence on me. I had always thought: Carthy, Jones, Leven, Chapman- but after Dangerous Curves had done a gig with Diz, Jen Ingersoll said to me: "he did your act!" An awful lot had rubbed off.
I had the priviledge to play a second half in Brighton with him once - he thought I might be up to it. Every time he asked me to to take a solo, he said "come on, Chris." I think he mixed every young guitarist with the wonderful Chris Newman - I subsequently saw him call other guitarists "Chris."
An extaordinary night that I recall was at the Stamford Folk Club in Brighton in around 1973, when all the seats were occupied by Chinese Students, all dressed the same, all wearing glasses - 4 numbers into the set - no applause at all- they, as one one, stood up and left. The seats were then occupied by the normal punters and he carried on. Not one word from Diz about this. This situation would have been fruitful pastures for some great banter. No. Not a word. Beyond being a wonderful gentleman, he was possibly politically correct before his time...or, maybe, for once he was flummoxed!
Love you Diz.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 30 Mar 10 - 06:43 AM

Nice to hear from Jim Douglas, assuming that is the JD who played with Alex Welsh and later the Great British Jazz Band, Pizza Express Allstars etc. Enjoyed his playing for many years at the 100 Club etc.

RtS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: breezy
Date: 30 Mar 10 - 09:12 AM

The first time I experienced Diz D was at the Star and Garter folk club in Bromley late 60s

I had recently discovered folk through Sunday night at the Palladium

I went in the hope to hear 'folk-sings'

I got Diz, and confused, and was in stitches with his rendition of Ed M's The Battle of Hastings.


I was to check him out on numerous occasions but I did wonder why John James kept on appearing, now I know.

The first time I heard Chris Flegg play I remarked how much he reminded me of DiZ . It turned out that Chris Flegg knew Diz fairly well in those days . He is also an exponent of that style that Diz played, he can also plays Django 's 'Nudgers' In Flegg the spirit and influence of Diz can be clearly seen   

'Bloody Orkney'

Yes it may have been 'rubbish' etc but he was an energetic and a compelling personality and pulled em in.

I think I would have booked

Todays young pretenders dont make us laugh out loud like Diz could.

Diz was part of a great mix of personalities, and he stood out.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,Graham Bradshaw
Date: 30 Mar 10 - 10:28 AM

By the late 60s and well into the 70s, Diz was one of the biggest draws on the folkscene. He was one of the very few who could absolutely guarantee a Full House.

This was the heyday of the 'folk entertainers' when folk clubs were packed most weeks.

I remember one occasion shortly after I'd moved to Coventry (early 70s) and Diz was playing at one of the Coventry folk clubs on a Friday. We went along and was greeted by, "Dear Boy. Any chance of staying at your gaffe - I;ve got another gig on Sunday so it'll save going back?" No problem. A great weekend was had. We went on a picnic on the Sunday on Bromyard Downs, and he took us to a cider brewery which he had discovered whilst playing at Bromyard Festival.

You went in this long Nissan hut, they gave you a shot glass as you entered, and all down both sides of the hut were barrels of ciders, perries and country wines. And you could taste as many as you wanted.

We staggered out to the exit where they then persuaded us to buy some of this stuff. We bought 2 5 gallon drums (for about 50p a gallon I think) and took it on our picnic. Marvellous. Then drove back to the said gig and arrived at about 8pm (which was Disley time for arriving at gigs), only to find that he should have been there the week before. We stayed anyway and he played a blinder, as well as the guest who probably felt a bit upstaged.

This was standard for Diz - part of folklore at the time about his non-arrivals - and he regularly turned up the wrong week. Nobody seemed to mind though.

I also remember when I was touring round with Derek Sarjeant, and later as the Trio with Hazel, there was a period where us and Diz seemed to follow each other around the clubs. We used to leave messages for each other on the posters in the clubs. When Diz had preceded us, he'd always leave one of his inimitable quips together with a cartoon. I wonder if any of them still survive?

Diz was of course a staff cartoonist on one of the daily papers in the 50s and 60s, his most famous being the one he did of Louis Armstrong, which was regularly trotted out in the Melody Maker whenever there was any mention of Armstrong.

And then there were the early morning drinking haunts in London. There were several occasions where we would meet up back in town after a provincial gig. Diz always knew where you could get a late drink (this was the days of 11.00 closing in pubs). Some very dodgy dives but always great fun.

Funny how it all revolved around drink. He used to drink strong Barley Wine and whisky or brandy chasers. After a full night that would floor most people, he would go home and drink his famous carrot juice "because it was healthy and good for you", so he said.

An amazing man and the last of the great characters. Reading these posts, it is remarkable what a profound effect he had on so many lives. As Paul Downes said, we all seemed to subconsciously absorb Disleyisms. And you still hear people trotting out some of his lines to this day - a good 40 odd years on. The mark of a true legend.

I do hope somebody puts all these stories down for posterity. The Disley story encapsulates the history of the British Jazz and Folk scenes, and the bohemian lifestyle which is now long gone.

It'll never be the same without him.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,Peter Baylis
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 01:35 PM

I have just heard the sad news regarding Diz. What a great character he was. I used to compare the Grove Folk Club in the Grove Tavern in Battersea during the 60's. When Diz was on the bill a full house could be guaranteed. He was a regular but somehow his jokes and stories got better with the telling.

Does anyone remember any of the Grove floor singers? Wonderful people like Brixton Bert, Fat Sue, Smelly Dave Ward, Doug Bailey and of course John Garrick with whom I'm still in contact. If anyone remembers the Grove Club, please drop me an email at peterbaylis@btinternet.com

Pete


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Art Thieme
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 04:27 PM

From here in the USA, I do wish I'd known him -- and his music. I'm saddened for you all. But you have made a fine thread for him!

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Leadfingers
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 07:30 PM

Having 'known' him in the Jazz world ,finding my local club had booked him (I was M C That Night) MY first words were " Hi Diz , You're late - An dwhat are you doinmg in a folk club?"
To which he replied " Sorry I'm late Terry ! And what are YOU doing in a Folk Club?"
Since our last meeting three years before I had (Almost) stopped playing Jazz reeds , and was getting serious about Folk !
That was the first time I jammed with him on Whistle - Summer 1967 !


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,Neil Wayne (guest)
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 11:44 AM

Ahhhh, Diz! - I stared a Cellar Folk club in the bowels of Brum's Bull Ring in '66: I'd seen Diz in London, so called to book him for "The Grotto" as it was called (Striptease Fridays, Gambling Saturdays, Folk on Sundays...) - "yes, Dear Boy! - It'll be eight pounds" - and on the night, I was amazed to see that this fee included his driving up from London in his (then) Rolls Royce!

Back in London in '67 & '68, I also had the honour of booking him at Brunel University Folk Club. - and in 1969, while taking my dear old Mom on a tour of East Anglia, we met Diz in Aldeburgh, complete with Rolls, of course - and what a gent he was to me old Mom!

What a gent he was - sadly missed.

Neil W (Free Reed, Concertina Collector, etc)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Fidjit
Date: 03 Apr 10 - 04:48 AM

Sad to hear that.
Respected musician. Was great with Grappeli at Cambridge '72.

Another great gone.

The queue is now getting shorter I see.

See ya Diz.

Chas


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,addison
Date: 04 Apr 10 - 08:58 AM

Obit in Saturday's Times.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Leadfingers
Date: 04 Apr 10 - 09:46 AM

Times Obit


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Apr 10 - 10:40 AM

One of those times I wish I could be in three places at once! Two Funerals and an At Home. Unfortunately the 'at home' wins due to prior commitments.

Watch out God - Diz Disley and Vicki Williams are both having their final 'send off' on the 7th. That should be some Wake they hold when they get there. :-0


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Tig
Date: 04 Apr 10 - 10:42 AM

Ooops - forgot to sign in again :-(


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,John Morrell
Date: 05 Apr 10 - 08:27 AM

Long before he found fame - and fame found him - Bill (Diz) Disley was a member of a singing act, the Godfrey Brothers, who played a summer season, I think in the mid-50s, in my father's show, The Starlights at Morecambe's Central Pier.
He was new to the performing game but always eager to learn but what shone through even then was his brilliance on the guitar.
He practiced all the time in his dressing room and was obviously driven by a desire to succeed and succeed he did. On top of it all, he was such a nice guy.   
Nobody at that time realised we were in the presence of true musical genius.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,Charlie
Date: 05 Apr 10 - 11:46 AM

I met him at the Troubadour in Earls Court in the late 1960s. Redd Sullivan, Martin Winsor and he working together were absolutely stunning. All three were great musicians, wits and raconteurs. I miss them all greatly, but Disley was far and away the most talented musician.

Incidentally, the story of his 'liberated' guitar is, to the best of my knowledge, true. It was a particularly fine guitar (the name escapes me) of notable and unusual construction - and was never seen again after it had been lifted. Disley was inconsolable. From that point forwards Disley tended to borrow others' instruments. I guess he never found its equal.

As to his various vehicles, yes they were remarkable. He had a penchant for large, usually old, always luxurious, cars. Sullivan told me the(a) story that Disley had a Rolls with a huge hole in the exhaust - it was incredibly noisy, sounding like a Spitfire on heat. Apparently one evening it ran out of petrol on the Chiswick Flyover, but Disley managed to coast it silently into a nearby petrol station. The pump attendant, suitably impressed by Disley's slightly flamboyant gentility, the car itself, and its remarkably quiet arrival nearly died of a heart attack when Disley fired it up and took off on his way into London.

A lovely man. Rest in Peace, Diz.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,The Duchess of Walsall
Date: 05 Apr 10 - 02:54 PM

Diz, you were a lovely, lovely man and I have such happy memories. One of life's eccentrics but such fun and an astonishing musician. Andy thought the world of you too and our biggest regret was that when you used to stay with us on the way to see Grapelli in Paris playing in a bar and you asked us to go with you, we didn't. When you parked Paul Getty's cadillac in our drive, it overhung the pavement!! Like everyone else, so many stories too many to tell but you were a real gentleman and now you can have a natter with Andy. love Barb


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,Alan White (the Brighton one.0
Date: 05 Apr 10 - 05:10 PM

Ah Diz - What a great time you gave us all.
First saw him at the Farnborough Folk Club in 1967 when I think he started with Handy Household Help. I was just amazed at the way the jazz guitar progressions lifted the material and of course made it much funnier.
Never played with him but shared the bill on many gigs throughout the 70's when he was incredibly friendly, supportive and always very enthusiastic.
The liberated guitar was surely his Maccafferi...which he seemed to get to be able to sound like just about anything. Remember the line in the parody of English Country Garden - "You've never seen the beetles that have been in my English Country Garden" followed by a pop riff that sounded just like George Harrison's Gretch.

I also remember sharing a Capital Radio recording with him and my dad ringing up to ask why my bit didn't sound as good as the other bloke. I just admitted that it was because the 'other bloke' was about eight times better than me.

I think that many of his one liners were influenced by W.C. Fields and probably Groucho Marx - his gift was to make them sound so British.

My favourite line was the collapsed Arctic explorer, two miles from the North pole who wakes up to see an iceberg floating towards him with a St Bernard sitting on it, a large barrel of barrel of brandy strapped to its collar.
'Ahhhh! man's best friend.... and there's a dog tied to it'.

Brilliant Diz. Pip Pip!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,Mo O'Connor
Date: 05 Apr 10 - 11:29 PM

Diz, one of the first I heard playing the music of Django, great guitarist, may you rest in peace.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Steve Benbows protege
Date: 06 Apr 10 - 01:51 PM

God rest his soul. May he enjoy the eternal gig in the sky

Great One Dad!!

Pete.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Leadfingers
Date: 06 Apr 10 - 03:10 PM

And the funeral is tomorrow !


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: billybob
Date: 07 Apr 10 - 05:03 AM

Today


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,patcat
Date: 07 Apr 10 - 06:09 AM

Yeah, I was at the Stainsby gig where Diz Disley played too - I remember him doing a wonderful solo rendition of Nuages for an encore. At that time the main tent was halfway up the hill so at ceilihds we would have to dance uphill half the time, and when it rained hard, streams would flow throught the tent. Ah bliss!

Pat


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,patcat
Date: 07 Apr 10 - 07:33 AM

Informative tribute site at: http://www.patrus53.com/


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Leadfingers
Date: 07 Apr 10 - 07:53 AM

Link to Patcat's site - Patrus53 - worth bookmarking !


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Silas
Date: 07 Apr 10 - 02:14 PM

Further to Guest Ron Winkle's post earlier in this thread, I would just like to thank Ron for his blinding tribute to Diz last night at the Spittalbrook in Stafford.

It was wonderful to hear Ron playing the banjo again, I hope it was not just a 'one off' and that he may visit us more often.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: cptsnapper
Date: 08 Apr 10 - 04:11 AM

If ever there was an occasion which captured someone's spirit then as far as I'm concerned yesterday was it. A fantastic celebration of an amazing man. Thanks Diz. May you rest in peace.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Leadfingers
Date: 08 Apr 10 - 05:55 AM

New Orleans style Marching Band TO the Chapel , then Didnt He Ramble and The Saints outside after .
A lot of Fun Music in the Devonshire in the evening , nice to touch base with so many mates , old and new !


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: billybob
Date: 08 Apr 10 - 06:18 AM

A wonderful day saying goodbye to a real treasure. pip pip Diz


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: billybob
Date: 08 Apr 10 - 06:21 AM

Sorry but I also meant to say thank you to Katie and Pauline for arranging such a brilliant tribute and to all the speakers and musicians who made us laugh and celebrate Diz's life with such hilarious memories.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,"Mouse"
Date: 09 Apr 10 - 08:52 AM


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,Bob Plews
Date: 09 Apr 10 - 09:11 AM

Disleyisms should be collated somewhere and published - looking back I'm amazed how they were part of many performers' patter. "In case you're wondering {holds up glass of whatever he's drinking}, I drink this stuff on stage because it helps me to relax. Sometimes I am so relaxed I can hardly move...."


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,Richard Nelson Dereham Jazz society
Date: 09 Apr 10 - 02:36 PM

Trumpeter/bass Gerry Salisbury ex Mick Mulligan, Freddy Randall and Alex Welsh ran a jazz club in Dereham and was a mate of Diz. We had Diz perform for us on several occasions. I have got tapes of the concerts, the music and chat are a knockout. About requests he said
"we do any requests . . . from the lowly half of bitter request right up to the delux jeroboam of champagne request". Other interludes included, "Pigmys from Africa would travel all the way to North Yorkshire to dip their arrows in my mum's soup". "Are we in tune?, this guitar is in tune with a piano in Bristol" "We are both plugged into the same amp which is reconstituted from an old Yorkshire pie warmer" And perhaps on a serious note, "the two greatest guitarists that ever lived were Teddy Bun and Django Reinhardt ? notice that Lonnie Donnegan is not in there"

An original

R Nelson


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Leadfingers
Date: 09 Apr 10 - 07:06 PM

Did 'Doctor Jazz' for Diz on Thursday - Five string Banjo in F then did it this evening on Guitar , again in F


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,Pete Berryman
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 10:48 AM

So sad I couldn't get up to London for the funeral, Diz was my wayward mentor in my youth when I slept on his floor and tagged along on his adventures.
Over the Pyrenees in one of his ancient limos, me and Johnny Silvo in the back with the massive detached engine bonnet, Dave [?] driving, trying to keep some momentum, and Diz...sitting on the mudguard pouring water into the boiling radiator as we careered around precipitous hairpin bends.
On one of the last occasions I phoned him in hospital and asked him how it was going he said " Dear Boy, there's 96 tiles on this ceiling!".
Thanks Diz.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,John from "Elsie`s band"
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 11:03 AM

The obituary section in yesterdays "The Daily Telegraph" gave a spendid, informative piece on Diz.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Leadfingers
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 12:32 PM

Telegraph Obit


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Vic Smith
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 01:19 PM

Here's a story that Diz told about himself at one late night drinking session after he had done a gig for us in Brighton:-

Decades ago, Diz was playing the Officers' Mess at H.M.S Collingwood near Portsmouth and after the gig his hosts broke out the Pursers' Rum. I don't know how many of you have touched that stuff but, believe me, it is lethal.

Much the worse for wear, Diz was later weaving his car up Portsdown Hill when he was stopped by the police. According to Diz, the following exchange took place:-

Policeman Just a check, sir, I'm not sure that you are fully in control of this car.
Diz Just a cheque? Oh! Thank goodness - I thought that you were going to book me! Who do I make it out to?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,addison
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 05:53 PM

Obit in The Guardian, 16 April.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,GUEST, Cestrian
Date: 24 Apr 10 - 03:04 PM

In the 1960s, Diz appeared for the first time in the main folk club in Chester. He ended the evening by announcing to the mystified audience that he would now sing the famous "Chester Song". "Don't you know it?" asked Diz. "All together now - Chester song at twilight . . . ."

As the French say: Reservoir . . .


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,Dave Burland
Date: 25 Apr 10 - 01:21 PM

I have quite a few Disley stories, my favourite being, he had just played a roaring guitar solo, finished the song and drank a whole pint of beer in one go, "my next song" he said "was written by W.C. Handy................ and I hope there is" He was a gent and a master.
Safe journey Diz


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,Jeremy Riches
Date: 03 May 10 - 06:17 PM

What a loss. There was no character quite like Diz.

I am fortunate in having some unique recordings of Diz from his folk club days and have been asked if I could do a copy or two. Being mindful of copyright, does anyone know who I could contact to seek permission? Please email me on jeremy[at]richesfamily.net


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Leadfingers
Date: 03 May 10 - 07:00 PM

Jeremy - E Mail sent


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 04 May 10 - 02:19 PM

Some more letters about Diz published today in the Guardian.


Kitty


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: GUEST,Stu Weetman
Date: 29 May 10 - 04:57 PM

I only just found out about Diz having "reached room temperature" as I remember him once saying. A very sad loss. I first encountered Diz at a folk club in Bill Quay, where I joined what I now refer to as "Dizley's collection of shrunken heads". I played a floor spot (a 12 bar blues) and was properly chuffed when Diz asked me to get up and join him on guitar. He then announced that we would play "Basin Street Blues" in Bb. I promptly capoed up so I could use G shapes. We were ready to kick off when Diz declared "we don't need the handcuffs, dear boy!" and confiscated my capo! That was me snookered. My last memory of Diz was when he turned up as a guest at a Gypsy Jazz evening in woodcote, South Oxfordshire, about a year ago. He was, by then, too frail to play, but it was touching that, when Ian Cruickshank, the MC of the evening, introduced him to the audience, he received a standing ovation.

He was a lovely man, and a stunning musician.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Diz Disley - 22 March 2010
From: Leadfingers
Date: 29 May 10 - 06:08 PM

Stu - You missed an excellent Memorial Concert last Wedneday at The Half Moon ! Revived City Ramblers PLUS Chas McDevitt , Le Hot Club de Londres , Sarb and Carthyand all sorts of other people !


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