Keith Simmons

Music

Keith taught himself to play guitar, buying his first instrument when he was fourteen from a secondhand shop in Bexleyheath. The guy who sold it to him for eight pounds ten shillings asked if he had a license to play it! (and for a while he thought one was needed!). He started writing songs around 1962. His first attempt was called 'Why don't you tell me you love me'.

In 1963 he and his brother Alan, determined to break into show business, went to Joe Meek's studio in the Holloway Road London and recorded four songs including 'Up on the Roof'. They sang unaccompanied because Keith was not proficient enough on guitar!

In 1966, as 'The Simmons' they had their first record released on the PYE label. 'Take Me Where The Sun Shines' coupled with 'Leann'. Both songs were written by Keith. The single was produced by Tony Hatch and Jimmy Page played on the session.

Keith married Fran on the Isle of Wight, though they won't say when!(she insists she was a child bride!) and they began writing songs together. (Though not on their wedding night!!)

 

In 1973 Keith's song 'Broken Hearted Sorrow' was published by Ambleside Music and an attempt was made to get it to be Cliff Richard's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. It wasn't!!!

In the eighties The Simmons Brothers released 'The Light At The End Of The Tunnel' coupled with 'Little Miss Dynamite' (Both songs by Keith - the latter being a tribute to his favourite singer - Brenda Lee) on their own Audio Kitchen label.

In 2006 Keith and Ben, as Simmons and Simmons, recorded a Christmas single called 'Did You Hear That Sound?' plus 'When I've passed on' and 'Decline and fall of me' - all titles written by Keith, Fran and Ben.

In 2007 Keith and Ben recorded 'Looking Back' (Another Simmons, Simmons and Simmons song!!) with Paul James and Billy Nutt under the name 'The Four Fivers'. In 2010 Keith and Ben recorded 'The Space Between the Walls' which can be heard on You Tube. (Another original song). They also wrote 'I Didn't' which was featured in 'The Get Happy Show' at The Winter Gardens Margate during their Summer Season in 2013.

Keith continues to write songs (over two hundred at the last count) and
still plays guitar! Only now it is an old Hofner Western 5154 (number 869)
which he bought in 1968!

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What a difference a few years make! They've both got more hair now!

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