MU­SIC A BIG PART OF LIFE OF BRIAN

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

SINGER Brian Cadd will re­turn to his teenage stamp­ing ground next month when he per­forms in the 13th A Rhythm and Blues Va­ri­ety Re­vue for Le­gacy at As­tor The­atre.

Born in Su­bi­aco, the for­mer Mt Law­ley SHS stu­dent (1959-61) said he had fond mem­o­ries from his school days, in­clud­ing be­ing lined up for as­sem­bly in height or­der.

“I was al­ways the short­est,” Cadd said.

“I used to play pi­ano for the kids to march into school from as­sem­bly. I played the theme from the film The Bridge on the River Kwai.”

It was dur­ing those for­ma­tive years Cadd formed a friend­ship with Chris Roberts, a mate who would have an in­flu­ence on his mu­sic ca­reer.

“His fa­ther was a fan of the Amer­i­can Civil War and I can re­mem­ber there be­ing toy sol­diers in their house on ta­bles or­gan­ised into the var­i­ous fa­mous bat­tles,” Cadd said.

“As a re­sult, years later I wrote Arkansas Grass for Ax­iom be­cause I had been so in­trigued by the Amer­i­can Civil War.

“Chris went on to have a long dis­tin­guished ca­reer in the Aus­tralian mil­i­tary, ris­ing to the top of the SAS.”

There was no hes­i­ta­tion when Perth Blues Club pres­i­dent Rick Steele and Perth Le­gacy mem­ber Peter Heeney in­vited Cadd to head­line this year’s A Rhythm and Blues Va­ri­ety Re­vue.

Tanya MacNaughton

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