STORY OF 1-9 FOR A LADY BREAKER
AND THE BIRTH OF SOMEBODY'S MUSIC
By John (Gully) Milton Somebody's Music 2004
It was a Saturday or a Sunday, either way it was a hot one. I was just returning
home from taking
Sam (Somebody's Dog) my black Labrador out for a walk.
as I was turning the corner into my road my eyes caught a beautiful girl driving
past. I noticed that she was a
CB radio enthusiast like me because I could hear
her CB radio. I smiled and waved and she waved back.
rushed into my house, tuned the CB onto channel 1-9 and said, "1-9 for the
lady breaker, the lady who just
waved to the breaker with the black dog",
but alas she never came back.
rest is history, but the start of a musical journey now spanning over 37 years.
was then, and still am, a songwriter. At that time I'd been writing for around
3 years and was signed to a music publisher.
After finishing my contract, I started
writing under the name of John (Gully) Milton
(Gully was a nickname of a friend's little
daughter Deborah, who used to say gully instead of seagull).
was hanging around (and still am today) with a good friend of mine called Steve
Hills. We were both involved
in hospital radio and Steve had a mixing desk that
I had used on previous occasions. He played an important role in my early music.
the help of Mark Stock, another CB enthusiast who I was introduced to via a friend
FBA CB club,
I penned the now (for me) famous "1-9 For a Lady
After I had finished
the original melody & lyrics, Mark, Steve and I started the rehearsals in
(very basic) studio in my house. Boy did we have a laugh! It was felt
that the song needed female vocals as well,
so I had the brilliant idea to invite
Pip Clarkson (or Queen Bee to us breakers) to do the voice of the girl breaker.
At the next CB meeting I asked Pip, and she was happy to help. We had a few rehearsals
and things were going along fine.
had told me that his brother had a recording studio and was in a band called Nightwork,
and that he was sure
he would be able to help us with the recording. We went up
to London to see his band play and met him for a chat afterwards.
I met Mike Stock for the first time. He agreed to help, so we made a date to go
and visit him at his home.
I thought that he was a very talented musician and
it would be great to work with him.
a lot of begging to the CB club committee, they agreed to support and help finance
the original recording of
"1-9 For a Lady Breaker". We made an announcement
at one of the club meetings and asked the breakers to
help support the official
FBA CB record by paying up front for their copies. This gave us the money to pay
pressing of the single.
and I went to see Mike about the song and played him our demo (I still have this
and when I listen to it now I cringe).
At that time we re- wrote part of the lyrics
and melody, and the song was done!
then took the song for the session band (mainly Nightwork) to learn.
A few weeks
passed and a recording date was set.
day before the recording session, Mark, Pip, and I drove up to Mike's house to
stay overnight, as we needed to get an early start.
Arriving at Bumper Sound Studios
I was introduced to Pete & Ian who engineered the recording. Pete also played
part keyboards on the final song.
He was a very nice guy and knew his stuff.
think that Mike did a fantastic job on the record. I have very fond memories of
that day; he's a very talented man. The recording went
brilliantly and the final
mix was chosen, along with an instrumental version on the b-side together with
a song called "Oh What!"
We had decided to call the
band "Mr Gentle",
using the first part of Mark's CB name "Mr Spock"
and the first part of my CB name "Gentle Giant".
all liked the feel of the name. I left the studio with my master
tape clutched firmly in my hand, avoiding any magnetic fields,
rain & seagull droppings. I then sent it off to the pressing
plant (SRT records).
A few weeks later I was in the possession
of the test record. We had a listen and it sounded brilliant!
everyone had heard the record I gave the go ahead to SRT to press the singles.
Before I knew it I was the
proud owner of 1000 copies of "1-9 For a Lady
Breaker", Catalogue Ref: BOBBIE001 on my Mr Gentle Record label
(Bobbie was the
name of Mike's wife. Thanks for putting up with us).
placed an advert in a magazine called "Breaker" to inform other CB clubs
about the release of the single.
The FBA CB club members that had pre ordered
copies were already in possession of the single.
cousin Stuart Freeman was a local celebrity on Swansea Sound Radio and able to
set up an interview for me to
help promote the single. So my DJ partner Roger
Piddock and I set off on the road to Swansea to give the interview.
It was a brilliant
experience and helped the sales (via mail order). After the interview Roger and
I drove back to London
to visit Mike at his house so he could listen to the taped
interview. He was pleased with what he heard.
a TV celebrity friend of mine I'd also arranged to have a video made by our local
Although we did make the video (it was going to be linked to an interview
slot on CB),
due to technical difficulties it was never shown. So we'll never
know what the outcome might have been.
managed to get the Folkestone Gramophone Record Company to initially sell the
single. I'd been a
customer for many years and knew the owner Richard Chard very
well. We had to arrange for a re-run
of singles as the first batch was selling
After that, things seemed
to fade. Mark had moved away (I'm not prepared to say why).
had telephoned me to say that he'd had an offer to re-record the song via Logo
and that it would be recorded under the name of Chris Britton (which
was Mike's pseudonym).
The new version was produced by Peter Collins
The original single would have to be shelved as the new
recorded version would be released by Logo Records through
RCA Records and that
was a condition they had made. I was happy to do this because this could be the
1-9 was recorded
again with a different b-side, a Mike Stock song called "One Foot in the
To be honest, I
never will know what happened after that, in fact I had to go and buy my own copy
of the new
version via a record shop (ho hum!).
hearing it, I thought that the new version was really good and that Mike's voice
My only comment is that when I originally wrote the song it
was to be a slow love ballad and this version was fast,
but I really liked it.
These days although I'm
still writing ballads, I'm concentrating on therapeutic music,
which is distributed on my own label "Somebody's
Music" via my own recording studio "Lilyville
be continued (or not!), John (Gully) Milton Copyright 2017
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