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April 19, 2020
This is a great article I came across online from September 2013 on EntertainmentSouthWales
“Its lovely to have had a life doing something you enjoy!” says Len ‘Chip’ Hawkes.
The former star of 60s chart toppers The Tremeloes and the father of chart topping The One and Only star Chesney kicks off The Sixties Gold 50th Anniversary Tour with original Tremeloes front man Brian Poole and other 60s legends in Cardiff next week.
“Nobody’s got anything to prove now," Chip laughs, “We go on, play the hits and they speak for themselves.”
Chip became interested in music as a boy back in the 1950s when a friend made a guitar in a local boys club, “I made a guitar at school in the woodworking shop and we just struck up a friendship and started to play together,” he says, “Funnily enough that’s how I became interested in Woodwork and when I left school I became a carpenters apprentice.”
Inspired by his hero Elvis Presley, Chip split his time working on building sites with playing at local gigs in Slough, sometimes still covered in wood shavings when he got on stage, and that’s how he came by his nickname.
Following a spell playing gigs in Germany with The Horizons, Chip returned home to England and quickly followed up an audition to join a band. “I just got an audition and they didn't name the band, but they said it was a “professional band in London,” anyway it was The Tremeloes and I passed the audition.”
For a brief spell Chip played alongside original Tremeloes frontman Brian Poole, “I was so bewildered, I was so young and it happened very quickly. In those days it was so new and fresh. I never flew until then and I’d never had a wage! Then Brian left and a new era started us on our own, it was a pioneering time as well.”
A change of record label from Decca to CBS saw a change in direction for the Tremeloes who had previously topped the charts with songs such as Do You Love Me and Twist and Shout. Brandishing a happier feel-good sound the hits continued including Even The Bad Times are Good and Call Me Number One and a further chart-topper with Silence Is Golden in 1967.
“We were all such different characters,” says Chip of the band which also included Dave Munden, Alan Blakely and Rick Westwood, “but somehow it worked. We didn't have many disputes but of course we did, then in the next minute we were in the pub having a drink, we were just mates and it worked.”
Chip has now reunited with original Tremeloes front man Brian Poole to present a brief history of The Tremeloes on stage covering both their eras and featuring selections from some 25 hits. "Its very relaxed on stage, there’s never any tense moments and if anything goes wrong we just laugh!” he says.
February 19, 2020
An old press release from when Rick Westwood left The Tremeloes & Bob Benham joined the band.
Thank you, Haydn, for sharing this with us!
February 17, 2020
I am sorry for the delay in this update - I know some of you heard from The Merseybeats at Potters that Chip was taken ill, so they were standing in for him & The Tremeloes... This is true.
Chip hated to miss the gig, but he ended up in hospital. He is home & doing much better now.
Chip is looking forward to all his upcoming shows & to seeing you all there!
As soon as he feels up to it, I will have a message for you from the man himself...
January 14, 2020
Hi everybody! I have just received some emails from Robert Pratt (The Tremeloes manager) & Lidia Pini from Demon Music Group Ltd. who will be releasing a new Tremeloes CD & vinyl set on Friday. It is available now for pre-order... See below!
The Tremeloes Gold is a new 3CD set which features 45 tracks
spanning their career from 1968 into the early 1980s.
Includes the hit single ‘Here Comes My Baby’ and the UK #1 ‘Silence Is Golden’.
Also available as a 12-track gold coloured vinyl.
Out on Friday and available to order now: https://smarturl.it/The_Tremeloes_Gold
September 6, 2019
I found this online & sent it to Chip!
This is a very young Chip from 50 years ago right as he was joining Brian Poole & The Tremeloes!
He was quite surprised to see it & gave me the thumbs up to share it with you all.
August 1, 2019
Hi all! My name is Dawn & I am the creator & webmaster of Chip's new website.
More content will be added in the coming days. I have some fun ideas on the drawing board as well.
I invite you all to join the site if you wish & you will be notified of any new updates.
(See the JOIN THE FUN page)
A big "Thank You" to the Hawkes family, Linda Knight, Noreen Rolph and Rita & Hugo Serulus
for sharing their photos & videos with me to get things rolling!
Please keep 'em coming!