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BRY CARLING from London, England - bass player and guitar player. Now living and playing music in Florida.

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BRY CARLING - FUZZ FAZE - all parts played by Bry

Musical Inspiration: Rare Earth, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Peter Green, Jeff Beck, Chuck Berry, Larry Williams, Eddie Cochran, Freddie King, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Noel Redding, Otis Redding, John Mayall, A.B. Skhy. Bassists: JAMES JAMERSON, JOHN McVIE, HORACE PANTER, Kevin Willoughby, JOHN ENTWHISTLE, JOHN PAUL JONES, TONY STEVENS.

ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN - THE SWINGING VIBROS - At The Haymakers pub jam, June 14, 2009 in Cambridge, England:

IVAN CARLING with THE SWINGING VIBROS at our 45th reunion...
THE SWINGING VIBROS - At The Haymakers pub jam, June 14, 2009
in Cambridge, England.

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VIDEO of Bry Carling with LAST CALL at the Daytona Beach Band Shell 4th of July Show 2008

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THE SWINGING VIBROS - At The Haymakers pub jam, June 14, 2009
45th reunion in Cambridge, England.

Bry with Dave Hillebrandt as QUICKSAND BAND - click here...

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BANDS THAT I HAVE PLAYED gigs with in the CENTRAL FLORIDA area:
Ugly Eddie, Last Call, Mad Hadder, Liquid Biscuit, Vicar Bry Band, All The Above, Quicksand, Highway 19, Joe Survival Caruso Blues Band, Parlor Jones Project.

Current Projects:

Rock and Pop Band: ALL THE ABOVE - Classic Rock, blues and Current Hits.

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JOE SURVIVAL CARUSO Blues Band

QUICKSAND with DAVE HILLEBRANDT

Highway 19 - American blues, jazz and folk entertainment.

Vicar Bry Band American folk-rock and gospel.

Previous projects:

LAST CALL PLAYING 'A CHANGE WILL DO YOU GOOD' at Fullsail Live.

CELL PHONE "Bootleg" of LAST CALL at the famous Bandshell on Daytona Beach, FL

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My earliest Rock, Blues and R&B memories:

History of Cambridge Rock & Roll (includes me and my brother, Ivan

As a pre-schooler in the 50s, I listened to some of my parents' wonderful 78 rpm records at home, like: "Hamp's Boogie-Woogie" by Lionel Hampton.
and Bad Penny Blues by Humphrey Lyttleton.

It was the recordings of musicians like Hamp, Humph, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, Kenny Ball and Elvis Presley, which caught my attention early on. Later, I skipped the trumpet players in favour of rocking guitarists and blues guys like Chuck Berry, Lightning Hopkins, Howling Wolf and Sonny Boy Williamson II.

Folk, rock & roll, rhythm, soul, skiffle, motown, jazz, big band and rockabilly styles were all the rich varieties of music I grew up with.

I remember seeing an amazing live show by Gene Vincent and His Bluecaps around 1960 or 1961. The opening act for this show was my brother's band, Little Tony and the Sundowners at the CORN EXCHANGE in Cambridge. It may have been his other band from that era: Johnny R&B Philips and the HI-Fis. I got to help set up the microphones & wiring for the evening. It was incredible. Gene Vincent in a skin tight leather suit was quite a sight, and they put on a great show. He had a broken leg from a motorbike accident which made him even more of a hero / daredevil to the crowd. Many of them local rockers (bikers.)

I also could never forget: Approximately 1962-64 or so, seeing Jesse Fuller (one man band) at Brighton Town Hall, singing San Francisco Bay Blues etc. WOW!

In those days (around 1962 or 63) I went to see the AMAZING Johnny Kidd and the Pirates. This was a band that SHAPED and FORMED the sound of British Rock, WELL before the Beatles were famous. Their guitar player, John Weider (?) was THE role model for many British guitarists of the early 1960s. A lot of these kinds of shows were seen at the ABC Cinema on REGENT STREET in Cambridge.

Around 1963-64, I played in our group called 'The Swinging Vibros' in Cambridge. We were all 13 to 16 years old! We consisted of Nick Barraclough, John Anderson, myself and Willie (John Wilson) the drummer. Our songs were mostly ones by the Beatles, Chuck Berry & The Kinks. We also did a few other pop and folk tunes.

Here's what I can tell you about the Vibros, but in a bit more detail:

The SWINGING VIBROS.


Nick Barraclough - bass.
Brian Carling - guitar.
John Anderson - rhythm guitar.
John "Willie" Wilson (3 years our senior!)

We started as a trio in about January 1963 with Nick Barraclough (now a BBC Presenter, folk and blues musician and music historian) playing bass and guitar and responsible for much of the arranging. I remember he was good at dissecting songs and figuring out the chords. We copied the songs of the Beatles, Stones, etc. I Wanna Be Your Man, Roll Over Beethoven, She Loves You, Walking the Dog by Rufus Thomas. We also played a couple of instrumentals including the theme from the "Zed Cars" TV show, he he!)

NIck Barraclough at the time lived on Blinco Grove in Cambridge, right in between the school we all went to until 1962, Morley Memorial and on the other side, the church where the three of us learned to sing, as choir boys! We were in a boys choir at St. John the Evangelist Church in Cambridge until they summarily kicked ME out for talking too much and cracking too many jokes! He he... Nick is now living in the Cambridge area and still working at the BBC and playing live music.

Rhythm gutarist John Anderson lived off Cherry Hinton Road just on the other side from where Blinco Grove interesects, on a dead-end street. His mother had just won a refrigerator in a cereal box contest! John hasn't been heard from in many many years. John Anderson strummed the rhythm guitar, usually an acoustic. That was all we had back then.

Nick Barraclough was generally the lead singer, and was a good vocalist. He played bass, and I played lead guitar.

Our drummer from the Vibros was John "willie" Wilson... age 16 at the time. He contacted me recently, and John is still playing drums in Yorshire. All of our guitars were acoustic at first. For one "gig" we managed to electrify as follows:
I borrowed my brother's nice EKO semi-acoustic and his amplifier. WE had one mike for vocals fed into the same amp(!) and for one of the other guitars, we would just toss a tape recorder mike into the sound hole and connected it to a little FIVE WATT amplifer. It did work though!

That was how we performed at a talent show at a girls' school somewhere in Cambridge around 1964. If I am not mistaken, I think this was held at the Perse Girls School.

Nick Barraclough's first "BASS" was actually an ordinary arch-top, 6-string guitar with the strings exchanged to 4 bass strings! It was all we could get!! Amazingly this improvised bass made a pretty decent thump sound!

UPDATE!!! JUNE 2009 - A Swinging Vibros Reunion concert was played at "THE HAYMAKERS" Pub in Chesterton, near Cambridge.


My brother, Ivan Carling seems to know almost everything about everyone who was ever a musician in Cambridge. He has played in many of the groups around there from 1964-2010!

The Cambridge Evening News once did a massive article about the history of pop music in Cambridge and he was described as the "Grand Old Man of Rock and Roll" for the area. That was in 1982.

Ivan played in the Vikings, the Sundowners, Vogue Sound, Jokers Wild, (which included DAVE GILMOUR), Chameleon etc. His bands frequently opened for a lot of the big acts that came to town for a number of years.

He has produced recordings for the Soft Boys and others.

As for me, I was always around musicians. I went to school with the likes
of Tim Renwick, Dave Gilmour Roger Waters etc. in England, and later repaired guitars, amplifiers, mixers and organs in Nashville for everyone from Charlie Daniels and Crystal Gayle to the touring 'Christ Is The Answer' Band 1972-1976. During that time I also played electric lead guitar in two Christian Musical productions, and also played acoustic guitar and sang two Ken Gulliksen songs to my wife as she walked down the aisle in our wedding!

I remember listening to the wonderful blues records of Lightning Hopkins, and also: Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee

Later I enjoyed John Mayall, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Eric Clapton & others in their Blues Days.


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I like ALL styles of music if it is done well: JAZZ, Blues, Skiffle, Rock & Roll, Zydeco, R&B, New Wave, Jug Band, Bluegrass, Classical, Gospel, Folk etc.

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Rhythm'n blues was pioneered in England by Alexis Korner, Cyril Davies, and Chris Barber.
As well as playing R&B in his traditional jazz band, Barber promoted British tours by
Big Bill Broonzy, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, and Muddy Waters - and the sight
of these American giants prompted Korner and Davies to form BLUES INCORPORATED, playing a style of music unheard of in British clubs.
Unable to get suitable gigs, they opened their own club, known as The Ealing Club,
in premises beneath the ABC tea-shop near Ealing Broadway underground station on
March 17th 1962......a couple of weeks before Clapton's 17th birthday.
The club was packed solid every week, with many aspiring musicians taking the stage for
a blow, and within a few months, other R&B bands began to creep out of rehersal halls,
like the Mann-Hug Blues Brothers, Georgie Fame and the Flames, and the Rolling Stones.

  • Jeff Beck
  • Jimmy Page
  • Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • Johnny Winter

    Try this: The Telstar-RGM Artiste Directory of British Pop Performers from the 1960s - lots of interesting history and information

    How did they get that amazing 1960s SOUND? One instrument was the British VOX ORGAN

    The 1970s featured the Isle of Wight Music Festivals. Unfortunately I was an impoverished U.S. college student in those days and didn't get to any of these interesting events!

    A Brief History of British Pop Music - Great information not found elsewhere on the web!

    And here's: Christer & Vanja Fridhammar's Blues Music, Roots and Psychedelia

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