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The Timebox & Patto Fan Site

The Patto Website

Tore Rosbjorgen
Patto album reviews

Kevin Ayers official site

The Kevin Ayers WAWS site

John Otway
The lunatic busker's official site

Neil Innes
Ron Nasty's official site

John Altman

Jon Hiseman
Temple Music

Terry Stamp
Third World War
Fatsticks man

Starvin Marvin
Marvin Siau's site

Brian Godding
Lotsawatts! - News and information
about the former Blossom Toes guitarist

Morgan Fisher
Fascinating site of Otway band's keyboardist extraordinaire

Steve York
Famed session bass player whose 1973 album Manor Live featured both Ollie Halsall and Mike Patto

Pere Colom
Site of the photographer and former bassist with Kevin Ayers

The Cool School of Singing

Zanna Gregmar Vocal Development

Founded and structured by Zanna Gregmar to teach performance skills, self esteem and confidence in young people.
Babe Ruth
Big Untidy magazine
Chairman Ralph
Cherry Red Records
Craig Weston Web Designer
Crazy Pig Designs

David Osbiston

Deià Mallorca
Donald Sauter's Unarchy
Everything SG
Facelift Magazine
Fag Ash Lil

Flipside Studios
Guy Mann-Dude

Head Heritage
Jaffa & The Boozers
Lloyd Godman
Kee Marcello
Market Square Records
Martin Hanson
Mersey Beat newspaper
Moose on the Loose
Personalised number plates
The Ploughmen Collective

Offbeat Music
Graham Oliver
Otto's Guitars
Chas Rigby
The Sensational Fibs

Shark Attack Guitars
Shindig Magazine
Skinny Lincoln
Sonic Pollutions

Starvin Marvin
Theatre Monkey
Van der Graf Generator
Woody's Guitar World

The Ollie Halsall Songbook

The Ollie Halsall Song Book

An online album featuring cover versions of Ollie - or related - songs.

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On the Radio


On The Mersey Beat
Radio Merseyside

Barry Monks interviewed by Spencer Leigh


The inimitable John Otway reads an extract from his autobiography ;-)

Martin Jenner
A contemporary of Ollie's. Another lefty with a unique approach. Not entirely representative of his talents, but the best footage I can find at present - accompanying Barbara Dickson's song High on Fortune:

Sunshine Taxman
A psychedelic 'mash-up'

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It is a little-known fact that the UK ringtone [i.e the one you hear in your earpiece - NOT the one the phone makes] and engaged signal are pitched to G. This, of course, provides a cheap and widely accessible tuning device :-)

Thanks to Adam Croft for this invaluable tip

Tom's First Hit!
The very first recording by Thomas Edison. 1877

On a vaguely related note:

Alexander Graham Bell is credited with the following marvellous understatement:

"I do not think I am exaggerating the possibilities of this invention when I tell you that; it is my firm belief that, one day, there will be a telephone in every major town in America."

Carl Berry
The origin of the Rock & Roll?

Carl Hogan plays a convincing Chuck Berry intro to Louis Jordan's Ain't That Just Like a Woman - 1945 [yes, 1945!]

A Hard Night's Chord
The definitive 6-string solution, courtesy of Donald Sauter

[Requires a friend to fret that bottom D]

Parker Goessling
Give It All Away?
Give up altogether, more like!

I wouldn't normally care for someone copying any solo note-for-note but this is truly something specal. Parker Goessling is a young guitarist from Boston MA, USA. Check out his band The Late here

But first, sit down and watch this:


Parker Goessling
Give the Dots Away!

It get's worse! Parker's even transcribed it!

"From Patto's 1970 album Hold Your Fire. Not the best video but I thought it would be nice to post for all the Ollie fans out there. I transcribed this solo for my guitar proficiency at Berklee in the Spring of 2015. Hope you enjoy!" PG


© Parker Goessling, 2017



Here is an incomplete list of photo contributors:

David Baxendale
Pete Barber
Dean Cole
Pere Colom
Morgan Fisher
Mark Gardiner
Lloyd Godman
John Greenleigh
Zanna Gregmar
Atonio Guccioni
Colin Hill
Olof Öhman
Marvin Siau




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Anders Öhman
Andy Lloyd
Antonio Uguccioni
Armand Serra
Barney Swain
Bernie Holland
Bob Beecher
Bolle Gregmar
Brian Godding
'Prof' Chris Holmes
Christian Loebenstein
Chris McGinn
Claudia Puyo
Colin Hill
David Baxendell
David Osbiston
Dean Cole
Eddie Gaines
Eddie McHenry
Erik Amkof
Francesco Malfatti
Guy Mann-Dude
Graham Oliver
Harri Honkaheimo
Ian 'Buda' Carpenter
Joerg Reinicke
Jerry Hart
Jorg Souto Bartolomé
Jorge 'Flaco' Barral

John Altman
John Engel
John Greenleigh
John 'Admiral' Halsey
John Hiseman
Dave Hopper
John McCarthy
John Otway
Juan Graves
Juan Javier Martinez
Ken Thornton
Kenny Barral
Lloyd Godman
Manolo Jimenez
Markus Voggensperger
Martin Gardiner
Martin Jenner
Martin Wakeling
Marty Zucker
'Starvin' Marvin Siau
Michael de Albuquerque
Mik Glasser
Mike Shefrin
Mike and Anja Stax
Morgan Fisher
Neil Innes
Nick Walsh
Parker Goessling
Pat Olkiewicz
Pere Colom
Pete Barber
Pete Price
Pete Moss
Peter Muir
Phil McCarthy
Reijo Lainela
'Chairman' Ralph Heibutzki
Richard Holgarth
Roger & Mary-Ellen Marcus
Roger Houdaille
Roman Bunka
Saturo Yonemoto
Steve Yorks
Terry Eason
Terry Stamp
Tomás Graves
Thomas Patrick Coffey
Tony Newman
Wesley Stace
Zanna Gregmar

. . . and everyone else who has contributed information and archive material