TRIBUTES have been paid to Stafford musician Pete Haycock, a founder member of The Climax Blues Band.
The 62-year-guitarist is thought to have had a heart attack on Wednesday (30).
Born in Tixall Road, Stafford, he went to St.John's Primary School then King Edward VI School in Stafford.
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.
Mr Haycock left the band in 1984 and moved from Doxey to Germany where he established a career writing film scores as well as playing live.
One of the albums he recorded has been immortalised by one Stafford trader.
Eric Furze named his music shop, Guitar and Son, in Eastgate Street, after one of Mr Haycock’s solo albums and was a good friend.
He said: “He was great. I named the shop after his album because I was his postman when he lived in Doxey where he recorded it.”
Drummer John Cuffley, who played with Mr Haycock in The Gospel Truth as well as the Climax Blues Band, said: “In the late 1960s and right through the 1970s he was up there with the great players, he really was. He was a force to be reckoned with.”
George Glover said: “I will remember him as a great guitar player. He was a unique slide player without a doubt. He will be sadly missed by a lot of people.”