July 2017 – Don Woods

Month: July 2017




The Cheshire Cats were delighted to present a cheque for £3000 to Claire House Children’s Hospice….we have made many donations over the years and will continue to do so……..well done to all the bands and the helpers….we meet very Wednesday at The Withens Lane Social Club in Wallasey (ex Legion)….check us out on our website   www.thecheshirecats.co.uk


We also made a donation of £1500 to The Wirral Development Trust who organise meals and activities for young kiddies……

Nice to make a difference…


It’s now available to all you grappling fans!!!

21 original wrestling songs taken from the two albums I wrote and produced for The Exotic One…..on one CD!!…..not for the faint hearted…..it’s a rough ride!!….sensibly priced on the Shop section …..(click on CDs)….a perfect collectors item.


Had the Krankies on to me….they require a Xmas song for their Panto in Glasgow….which they do each year…..the song will be used in a sketch where Janette plays Kim Jong-un and Ian plays Donald Trump…..they are hilarious on and off stage and very easy to write songs for.


This was November 7th 2008…….the first concert with James Burton…the first of eight over the next 10 years

…This is 7th November 2018….exactly 10 years to the night….at The Cheshire Cats jam night …where myself and Derek Green invited Mike White along (as he was part of the original show) and we played some of the Ricky Nelson hits featured in the original show…it was a real pleasure….great memories…

….Mike,Me and Deggsy……..check us out on      www.thecheshirecats.co.uk 



The Cheshire cats were delighted to donate £1000 to a local fundraising organisation called The Jack Daley Histio Fund  which raises money in aid of histiocytosis which is a rare cancer which developes in children…

….here’s Jack receiving our cheque….the money will go to Histio UK….young Jack is a member of The Soccer Dome in Wirral…they can be checked out on their website          www.soccerdome.biz               if you fancy making a donation details can be obtained from          play@soccerdome.biz

The Cheshire Cats are always glad to know rock and roll can make a difference …check us out        www.thecheshirecats.co.uk 



We were delighted to welcome Chan Romero and his band who were our guests at The Cheshire Cats….Chan wrote “Hippy Hippy Shake” which has been performed and recorded by so many bands….I had a chance to chat with him about his early days in rock and roll where he mixed with the likes of Jerry Lee and Elvis….

…what a delightful chap and a privilege to know….a true legend…loved him.



It was a pleasure and a privilege to present a cheque for £2000 on behalf of The Cheshire Cats to the wonderful Liverpool Women’s Hospital which will help towards the marvellous work they do on behalf of babies and their young mums.

…here are some of the wonderful staff who selflessly make a massive difference to so many lives…The Cheshire Cats and I salute you ladies…I can’t thank you enough….



The Cheshire Cats were delighted to present a cheque for £3000 to our local children’s hospice Claire House…nice to be able to make a difference.

…here’s myself and Phil Moy presenting the money to Loren on behalf of all the musicians and supporters of the Cheshire Cats who meet up every Wednesday and deliver rock and roll to an enthusiastic crowd….all money raised goes to local charities for sick and underprivileged kids……check us out on   www.thecheshirecats.co.uk


Back in the 80’s I wrote and produced an album of wrestling songs for wrestler Adrian Street….this has recently been re-released in The U.S. in it’s original state except it is now on clear vinyl with blood splatterings …also on CD AND cassette….I knew it would come back to haunt me one day……this album is available from Burger Records…

…I actually produced two albums for Adrian “Shake Wrestle and Roll” and “Naughty But It’s Nice”….I have put all the songs from both albums on to one complete CD ….in fact every song we recorded together…21 in all…The Complete Exotic Adrian and The Piledrivers …NOT for the fainthearted but a collectors item for grappling fans……. copies are available for his admirers from the “SHOP” section of this website         As I said this item is NOT for the faint hearted …NOT for the politically correct brigade…NOT for the easily offended….it is raw pure classic Adrian !!!….21 original tracks…unbeatable!!                 certain tracks have been featured on MTV in The States and in the film “Grunt – The Wrestling Movie”…

Every week I do a podcast with my pal Vince Tracy who broadcasts from Benidorm in Spain….we chat and rant about the news in general …to hear the latest ones google “Vince Tracy Don Woods”….and click on the latest podcast


for past podcasts Google “vince tracy don woods”


Check Vince out on      www.vincetracy.com       lots of great entertainment.      



Below are some of the personalities I have had the pleasure to know and work with.

James Burton

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In 2008 it was my privilege to perform an hour of Ricky Nelson’s hits backed by the man who played on his records…the great James Burton….whom I have been a massive fan of since I was at school….James has backed many big names including Roy Orbison…Jerry Lee Lewis…Bobby Vee…Emmy Lou Harris…etc …etc…and was Elvis’s lead guitarist during the Vegas years…

Since then I have played another 7 concerts with him and enjoyed every second…to play with one of your heroes is good but when he ends up as your mate it is special…he is a great guy and a joy to work with…I can now add my name to all those who have had the opportunity to say “Play it James”

This was the 2008 concert….the other pictures are a selection of concerts over the following years……


YEP……..”Play It James”

Albert Lee

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Albert is one of the world’s leading guitarists and has backed many stars from The Everly Brothers…to Shakin’ Stevens and Jerry Lee lewis and numerous others…I met him during a show at Fort Perch Rock on Wirral and we talked about guitars (what else)…he was on Radio Merseyside that afternoon and Billy Butler played my song “The Ballad of Randolph Scott” (see YouTube)…which he enjoyed…so I gave him the CD with it on (can’t see Jerry Lee doing it)……what a nice guy and what a guitarist!!!

…I actually rehearsed with him AND James Burton….Johnny B.Goode with these two backing you doesn’t get much better…..rock on!!

Bobby Vee

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I opened the show for Bobby on two occasions….The Floral Pavilion in New Brighton and The North Wales Theatre in Llandudno…he was undoubtedly one of the nicest guys (if not THE nicest) I have ever met….an absolute delight and we hit it off straight away discussing his hits over a coffee and how he was rocketed to fame at the gig Buddy Holly never showed up to after his plane crash….it was a pleasure to have worked with him…..he will be sadly missed.

Chris Montez

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Chris was on the same show I was on with Bobby Vee….Chris was a good laugh and always seemed to have a beer in his hand….still looks good and went down very well with the ladies in the audience as he sang his hits…a great guy and a pleasure to know.

Johnny Preston

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Johnny was known for his massive 60’s hit “Runnin’ Bear” and he was on the bill of the Bobby Vee shows in New Brighton and Llandudno which I opened on both occasions…he was a quiet gentle guy and we chatted about his long career…a pleasure to have worked with….sadly no longer with us.



This was the guy who WROTE “Hippy Hippy Shake”….the ultimate classic rock and roll song which virtually every group has played and of course was a world wide hit for The Swinging Blue Jeans….Chan made a welcome appearance at one of our weekly jam sessions and was great…has to be one of the nicest blokes in the world…an absolute delight….a legend.

The stepmum and stepsister of Paul….they were a part of Mingard Music,a publishing company I was signed to in the 70s….they moved to America where they still reside and run various companies…we are still in touch and I learned a lot from this dynamic duo which resulted in me forming my own publishing and record company in 1980…great friends and a pleasure to know…check out their website.




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With a reputation of being the loose cannon of Rock and Roll I found him to be a really nice chap….he was at one of the James Burton concerts I was part of and I had a chat with him in the green room….he told me he was a carpenter by trade and when he worked in one of the Liverpool clubs I saw him in during the 70’s he actually did a bit of work on the ceiling during the day to make his money up….he was a real good laugh…he told me I looked like Dick Van Dyke…which I have been told since I was 21 !!!….but I forgive him.

Joe Conroy

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Joe and I became friends through a shared admiration of pop star Bobby Vee….he has a radio station in the States called Doowop Radio…..www.doowopradio.com

Like myself he is a bid fan of droop music which he features on his radio programme where he goes under the name of DJ Brad…..we co-wrote a droop song together called “DooWop Days” which can be found on YouTube….this resulted in me writing an album of songs in that style…a labour (or labor as Joe would say) of love.

We mail each other regularly mainly concerning our golf games….great guy.

Sir John Mills

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It was my pleasure and privilege to meet one of our great actors….Radio Merseyside’s Monty Lister and myself interviewed him in Liverpool…we talked about his illustrious career and I mentioned the film “Ice Cold In Alex” and how I’ll always remember him drinking that pint of beer at the end….he took my arm and said “Lager….it was Lager not beer…and the take you saw was the 15th….by which time I was totally pissed”….he was the ultimate gentleman and a delight to have met….sadly no longer with us.

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