Rusty has been in the Entertainment business for a lot of years now and has gained valuable experience working first with his brother Bob in a band that they formed and named The Foresters.
Being born in Canning Town in the East End of London and brought up in Upton Park he is proud to be a West Ham Boy. Skiffle was the first music that they played. The band consisted of Rusty on Rhythm Guitar and Vocals, his brother Bob on Tea Chest Bass, Peter Clatworthy on Rhythm Guitar, Ron Skillet on Guitar and Vocals, Ron's brother-in-law Herbie on Guitar and Kenny Beckett on the Washboard.
The Skiffle Cellar Club in Greek Street Soho in London was the place to be seen, Rusty has still got his membership card from those days. After Skiffle came the Sixties and The Foresters recorded six records then, three with Polydor Records and then went on to record three more with EMI Records on the Columbia Label with three of their records going into the Radio London Charts, (see Radio London Website in the Links Page). The band members of The Foresters in their recording days were the writer of the six A sides of their records the late Barrie Holland on Vocals, Peter Braithwaite on Lead Guitar, Piano and Vocals, Ron Skillett on Bass and Vocals, Rusty on Rhythm Guitar and Vocals and Rusty's brother Bob who had now gone on to be the Drummer. Their Manager at that time was Tony Comber. On stage The Foresters played alongside The Beatles when they came to the Granada Cinema in East Ham on the Chris Montez/Tommy Roe tour and also The Rolling Stones, The Who and most of the acts from the UK and America that were on the Granada Theatre Circuit at that time, they played at the famous 2i's Coffee Bar in London and also at the London Lyceum in the Strand with Freddie & The Dreamers, Johnny Kid & The Pirates and a lesser known band at the time called the Faces, they also did the Saturday Club at the famous Marquee Club with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beakey, Mitch & Titch, with DJ and Broadcaster Brian Mathews doing the interviews. The list is endless as are the memories. Backing Roy Orbison when he first came to the UK for a Fan Club get together in the West End of London (see archive photo) was one of the highlights of a great and enjoyable Pop career and the start of a long journey in the Entertainment business. As a change they were asked by Jock Livingstone the manager of the East Ham Granada in East London, if they would like to do a week of scene shifting for the Babes in the Wood pantomime with Dick Emery & Sid James which they really enjoyed.
After the Sixties scene faded Rusty fronted a country music band called The Wild Bunch and so opened up another road to travel along. After touring around the UK many times and going to Germany for two months they arrived back in the UK and did a summer season at The Caister Holiday Centre in Great Yarmouth where they received a telegram saying that they had been voted the most promising band of the year and runners up to Slim Pickins and Bob Newman's Frisco in the West Country awards. Rusty eventually took over the running of The Wild Bunch, fronting the band, being lead singer, playing rhythm guitar and pedal steel guitar when the founder member Chic Henderson retired owing to ill health (and being penniless), another member of the band at that time was Terry Clifford who is now with The Garry Blackmore Band. The name of the band changed after Rusty took it over, it was changed to, now wait for it, Rusty & The Wild Bunch, now I wonder who thought of that name? The band did many more tours and were then much sought after as a backing band for visiting American Artistes, after backing these acts they became very good friends with Vernon Oxford, Eddie Noack, Sheb Wooley, Boxcar Willie and Patsy Montana the Cowboy's Sweetheart as she was known. After visiting Patsy at her home in Los Angeles California with his family and doing a spot singing in San Francisco on a show that Patsy was appearing in he returned to the UK and started out on a Solo career which he still does today. For awhile Rusty was part of a band called The Little Buddies with Slim Pickins and Dave Sheriff then for about two years he teamed up with Slim as The Little Buddies Comedy Cabaret Duo (see archives page) He did a summer season at Butlins with a band called The Bears that was put together by Roy Cooper of Deri Promotions. This was a great show with a Four Piece Band, Four Girl Dancers and a Square Dance Caller. He also fronted the Kevin Duffy Band for a time which included Tony (The Pecker) Peck on drums, now with the West Virginia band. Most of his time is now taken up as Compere for "Stagecoach Promotions" and he has also been for many years now the Festival Organiser, Co-Ordinator and Compere for the Original yearly and highly successful Pontins Country Music & Dance Week now in it's 30th year. When Bob Chapple then Joe Sadio passed on Rusty took over the Organising and running the festival for Pontins. One big highlight for Rusty as a Compere was to Compere the Freddy Fender Show at The Circus Tavern in Purfleet Essex.
Rusty's latest CD "California Bound" is now on sale at www.ukcountryradio.com Details of all his CD's can be found at Rusty's CD Store.
Charily Dich's CD & Record Store, San-Diego, USA.