Anniversary of The Jam's Big Break
The Jam were founded by a 14-year-old rock 'n' soul kid named Paul Weller in 1972. In their original incarnation, The Jam consisted of Weller on bass, school friends Steve Brookes and Dave Waller on guitar, and, eventually, a drummer two-and-a-half years Weller's senior named Rick Buckler. Weller's taxi-driving dad, John Weller, managed the group, initially booking them at working men's clubs.
Last year, Weller recalled the group's first gig in an interview on Gibson.com: "It was a Wednesday night in the local social club [playing] to seven or eight disinterested punters. I was only 14 years old… We were dreadful! We just played cover versions of rock 'n' roll and R&B. Slaughtered them, really." more on this story
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