1.At just under 6′ 6?

he’s probably too tall for showbiz (see Keith Richards, Bowie, Paul Simon, Prince etc.)

2. One of seven brothers,

he survived 10 years of Catholic boarding schools (see also guilt….)

3. Proud to be

part of the official Doris Day web page(only man to cover “Move Over Darling”) - the album that produced the following favourite review (from the Internet) :

“….the album sucks, we almost put a variation of the Rolling Stones logo on the cover because we felt that anything that sucked this intensely needed a big pair of lips on it….By the way he’s helped out by his friends The Roches and Mr. Richard Thompson. Gee, I hope their careers can survive it…what am I saying? The Roches have never really had a career… they’re about as popular as the insects they’re named after and as far as that bastard Thompson is concerned he could take a dump on stage and the critics would have us think it was a gold ingot…If you’re at a party and someone trots out this fine work of art, leave immediately, go to a safe distance and call the Airforce. Insist on a napalm strike (a three-mile radius should do it). On second thoughts ask for a tactical nuke. Drop one. Have ‘em wait half an hour, then drop another. With something as lethal as this guy’s music you can’t be too sure.”

4. The only Brit

to play the Nashville Tribute to Gram Parsons.

5. Lured four members

of avant-garde Germans Can into playing pop music.

6.Booked to open

for Arthur Lee (Love) in New York the day he went to jail.

7.Once stood in

for Irish crooner Val Doonican when he was taken ill.

8.Played the Grand Ole Opry

(with Charlie Louvin) and went on to produce Charlie’s 1996 album ‘The Longest Train’.

9.Picked up fluent German and French

- could get a job as a Euro-spy. (Translated 80s popster Nena!)

10.He’s written hundreds of songs

, both alone and co-written with such as Lucinda Williams, Vince Gill, Dan Penn, Nicky Hopkins, Jules Shear, Dennis Locorriere, Rosie Flores, Willie Nile, Bill Lloyd, Iain Matthews, Garry Tallent, Clive Gregson etc.

11. No

big hits yet.

12.Went bald

aged twenty-one.

Link to Pete Levin’s gallery of bald musicians

Other Julian Dawsons On The Web

I check occasionally on Google  to see that all is well with the website (still Number 1 in the listings!) and decided, on a quiet day this summer, to look at a few other Julian Dawsons in the world. Here are the first ten I found…

1) English conductor & pianist  living near Chicago (We used to receive each other’s royalty cheques)
2) Biochemist & Reasearch Fellow of University of Aberdeen, Scotland
3) Auctioneer in Lewes, Sussex & Tunbridge Wells, Kent (where I grew up)
4) Ex-army assertiveness expert in the UK
5) South African investment consultant living in Australia
6) Civil engineer in Chicago (It’s getting crowded there!)
7) Political Science graduate University of Calgary, Canada
8) Contributor to the Republican party in Tulsa, Oklahoma
9) Racquetball player in Atlanta, Georgia
10) Councillor for W. Texas Community Resources for troubled youth (d. 2002)


Allman Brothers Band : At Fillmore East

Greg Allman : Laid Back

The Band : The Band / Stagefright

Beach Boys : Holland

Beatles : Revolver / White Album

Buffalo Springfield : Again

Byrds : Notorious Byrd Brothers

Chieftains Two / Four

Martin Carthy : Prince Heathen / Shearwater

Gene Clark : No Other

Shirley Collins : Anthems In Eden

Ry Cooder : Boomer’s Story / Paradise & Lunch

Sam Cooke : This Is Sam Cooke

Crazy Horse : First Album

David Crosby : If I Could Only Remember My Name

Rodney Crowell : Ain’t Livin’ Long Like This / Fate’s Right Hand

Miles Davis : Kind Of Blue

Doors : Waiting For The Sun

Bob Dylan : Blonde On Blonde / John Wesley Harding

Bill Evans & Toots Thielemans : Affinity

Everly Brothers : First Album

Georgie Fame : 20 Beat Classics

Fleetwood Mac (with Peter Green) : Greatest Hits

Aretha Franklin : I Never Loved A Man

Marvin Gaye : What’s Going On

Grateful Dead : Workingman’s Dead / American Beauty

Andrew Gold : First Album

George Harrison : All Things Must Pass

John Hartford : Aero-plain

Jimi Hendrix : Electric Ladyland

Andy Irvine & Paul Brady

Rickie Lee Jones : Pirates

Kinks : Kink Kronikles

Kris Kristofferson : The Silver Tongued Devil And I

John Lennon : Plastic Ono Band

Little Feat : Dixie Chicken / Feats Don’t Fail Me Now

Love : Forever Changes

Lovin’ Spoonful : Do You Believe In Magic / Daydream / Hums

Nick Lowe : Party Of One

Kirsty MacColl : Kite

Harvey Mandel : Cristo Redentor

John Martyn : Bless The Weather / Solid Air / One World

Kate & Anna McGarrigle : First Album

Steve Miller Band : Sailor / Your Saving Grace

Joni Mitchell : Blue / For The Roses / Court & Spark

Van Morrison : Astral Weeks / St. Dominic’s Preview / Veedon Fleece

Randy Newman : 12 Songs

Gene Parsons : Kindling

Gram Parsons : GP / Grievous Angel

Ann Peebles : I Can’t Stand The Rain

Dan Penn : Nobody’s Fool

John Phillips : Wolfking Of LA

David Qualey : Only Guitar

Kimberley Rew : Grand Central Revisited

Roches : First Album

Rolling Stones : Beggar’s Banquet / Let It Bleed

Boz Scaggs : My Time

John Sebastian : John B Sebastian / Tarzana Kid

Jules Shear : The Great Puzzle

Ricky Skaggs & Tony Rice : Skaggs & Rice

Spirit : Twelve Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus

Dusty Springfield : Dusty In Memphis

Ringo Starr : Beaucoups Of Blues

Richard & Linda Thompson : I Want To See The Bright Lights / Pour Down Like Silver

Lal & Mike Waterson : Bright Phoebus

Wailers : Catch A Fire

Bob Weir : Ace

Tony Joe White : Homemade Ice Cream

Lucinda Williams : Sweet Old World / Car Wheels On A Gravel Road

Stevie Wonder : Music Of My Mind / Talking Book / Innervisions

Neil Young : First Album / Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere / On The Beach / Tonight’s The Night



Steve York

Matt Dawson (Boy Wonder)

Brian Hodgson

James Delbridge

Raoul Walton

Rosko Gee

Garry Tallent

Rory McFarlane

Zev Katz

Mark Griffiths

Michael Rhodes

Roger Innis

Andy Metcalfe

David Hayes

Lily Parsons

Gene Parsons

Daniel Tashian


Terry Stannard (ex-Kokomo)

Alan Platt

Davey Murphy

Tim Walmesley

Phil Towner

Charlie Morgan

Hans Wallbaum

Peter Baron

Jaki Liebezeit

Gerry Conway

Dave Mattacks

Frank Vilardi

Vince Santoro

Ken Blevins

Daniel Tashian

Gene Parsons

Steve Ebe


Pete Wingfield

Iain Rae

Phil Millar

Helmut Zerlett

Barry Beckett

Mike Lawler

Bill Payne

Billy Livsey

Carl Marsh

Stewart Lerman

John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick

Nicky Hopkins

John Deaderick


Lynda Hayes

PP Arnold

Stevie Lange

Jonell Mosser

Dennis Locorriere

Bill Lloyd

Henry Gross

Robert White Johnson

The Delavantes

Dan Penn

Greg Trooper

14 Karat Soul

Charlie Louvin

Katy Moffatt

Rosie Flores

The Burns Sisters

Barry & Holly Tashian

Iain Matthews

Andy Roberts

Lucinda Williams

The Roches

Curtis Stigers

Jules Shear

Reg Meuross

Mark Johnson

Daniel Tashian

Robyn & Holly Dawson

Barbara & Vince Santoro


Stuart Cowell

Simon Climie

Jay Stapley

Mario Schulz

Michael Karoli


Richard Thompson

Kimberley Rew

Steuart Smith

Mike Noble

Vince Gill,

Michael Henderson

Duane Eddy

Jean-Marie Peschiutta

Larry Campbell

Dave Tronzo

Gene Parsons

Andy Roberts

Richard Kennedy

Martin Carthy

Steve Allen

Bill Lloyd


Jimmy Jewell : Saxophone

Lydie Auvray : Accordion

Alex Wiska : Saz

Toots Thielemans : Harmonica

Charlie McCoy : Harmonica

Howard Levy : Harmonica

Steve Baker : Harmonica

Randy Singer : Harmonica

“Jelly-Roll” Johnson : Harmonica

Alastair Anderson : Northumbrian Pipes

Jerry Douglas : Dobro

Jim Horn : Saxophone

Mike Haynes : Trumpet

Charles Rose : Trombone

Jo-el Sonnier : Accordion

Larry Campbell : Violin

Steve Forbert : Harmonica

J-M Peschiutta : Mandolin

Andy Roberts : Bouzouki

Matt Dawson : Pedal Steel

Clancy Dawson : Tambourine

Dave Andrews : Trombone

Mattie Airey : Trumpet

Onstage Appearances

Jan Akkerman

Luther Allison

Richard Thompson

Rick Danko

Little Feat

Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett

Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham

Al Stewart

Glenn Tilbrook

Syd Straw

Mary Gauthier

Dolores Keane

Albert Lee

Fairport Convention

Chip Taylor

Jim Lauderdale

Tom Russell

Steve Young

Katy Moffatt

Rosie Flores

Long Players

Stefan Stoppok

BAP / Wolfgang Niedecken

Carl Carlton

Klaus Voormann

Ska Daddy

JD Souther

Dave Kelly & Maggie Bell

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