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Stafford Cimax Blues Band founder dies

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: October 31, 2013

The Climax Blues Band in Stafford's Victoria Park in times gone by

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STAFFORD musician and founder member of the Climax Blues Band Pete Haycock has died. 


The 62-year-guitarist is thought to have had a heart attack.

Born in Tixall Road, Stafford, he went to St.John's Primary School then King Edward VI School in Stafford.

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He played his first electric guitar (A "Broadway")at a gig aged 12 in a miners' club in Rugeley,

In 1967 he met up with Colin Cooper who asked him to join the newly-formed soul band The Gospel Truth along with some musicians from Stoke.

Pete later helped to form The Climax Chicago Blues Band whose original line-up was Pete Haycock ( lead guitar) Derek Holt ( piano and guitar ) Colin Cooper ( vocals, harmonica ) and at Pete's suggestion, Richard Jones ( Bass) and George Newsome ( Drums ).

They went on to score a number 10 hit in 1976 with Couldn’t Get it Right.

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