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Little Richard © Chris Walter

This story begins with a teenager in London who loved Pop, Soul and Rock & Roll. The photo career began with someone outside the theatre ( Tooting Granada, south of London ) in 1962 where I had been to see Little Richard and Sam Cooke (I don't remember seeing Sam Cooke - one of my favourite artists), asking for a copy of photos I had snapped there.This is the original photo that started it all.   

Soon after that (1963)came the BEATLES.....


Beatles © Chris Walter 1963 Royal Albert Hall

My Beatles autograph page says this photo was April 17th, 1963, but all the lists put it as the 18th, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, at a BBC  "Swinging Sound 63: TV show though I've always thought it was POP PROMS.

I was lucky to start at the beginning of the most exciting and interesting era in pop music, especially in the UK, where on one side we had Beatles, Stones, Walker Brothers and all the other pop bands of the time, we had Jimi Hendix, Cream and other heavier bands and we had had something the UK has always loved, and still does, soul music. We got to see Otis and James Brown and Ike & Tina Turner, and Motown.

  Cliff Richard © Chris Walter
 Before we go to the next years I have to pay tribute to England's three biggest pop idols when I grew up. Adam Faith , made a lot of terrific pop records, later managing Leo Sayer and becoming an actor, Billy Fury .. find his greatest hits and see how good his rock ballads were, and of course (Sir) Cliff Richard. The most successful pop star ever, at least130 + hits, 64 top 20 and 14 #1's, and still doing it



1964 [back to top]

.PJ PROBY © Chris Walter.Beatles .. Dave Clark 5 .. Kinks.. billy fury ..PJ Proby is one of the great voices, and showmen of pop, really gained mass fame in the UK when he split the knees of his trousers on stage! ..Roy Orbison.. Ronettes

1965 [back to top]

..Moody Blues<

..Righteous Brothers Righteous Brothers 

© Chris Walter- "probably best single of all time"

Beatles © Chris Walter 

at Top of the Pops..Beatles while at a Top Of The Pops taping ..

... Tom Jones Tom Jones © Chris Walter ... Hollies The Hollies © Chris Walter ... Walker Brothers..The Walker Brothers © Chris Walter

Sonny &Cher..SONNY & CHER 
© Chris Walter

..Donovan ... Yardbirds ... Who ... Doris Troy

..Byrds..Byrds © Chris Walter 
in London's Hyde Park in Londons Hyde Park at time of Mr Tambourine Man

1966 [back to top]

..Cliff Richard.. Spencer Davis Group ..Beach Boys ..Small Faces Small Faces, Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Kenny Jones, Ian McLagan © Chris Walter .. Troggs .. Manfred Mann

James Brown. JAMES BROWN © Chris Walter "Live at the Apollo" still considered one of the most exciting live albums ever...........

Jimi Hendrix .. Jimi Hendrix by © Chris Walter

.. Len Barry © Chris Walter LEN BARRY

Then Soul Music Arrived


Beatles © Chris Walter on Top Of The Pops The BEATLES were on Top Of The Pops again

1967 [back to top]

Engelbert Humperdinck .. The Tremeloes ..Procol Harum ..scott mckenzie .. Bee Gees ..
Cream Cream by © Chris Walter ..

Four Tops .. Beach Boys with good vibrations.. Jimi Hendrix ..The Move ..Cat Stevens ..Rascals ..Beatles all you need is love ..

Pink Floyd with Syd Barrett Pink Floyd by © Chris Walter ...Traffic .. The Herd ..Neil Diamond ..Doors
Rolling Stones.. Rolling Stones by © Chris Walter .. Ten Years After .. Ten Years After by © Chris Walter

1968 [back to top]

Fleetwood Mac  Fleetwood Mac © Chris Walter Janis Joplin..Janis Joplin © Chris Walter ..Cliff Richard..Equals.... Dave Dee

Scott Walker © Chris WalterScott Walker © Chris WalterScott Walker © Chris Walter

Scott Walker who, other than Elvis, has been my all time favourite singer. Scott came to England as part of the Walker Brothers who during their three years of group success were as big as the Beatles. When they split Scott went on to solo success. He always had an incredible talent for finding great songs, and an artist I am proud to have worked with, both as the Walker Brothers and solo, including the Scott 3 album sleeve. He is still a huge cult figure.

  Johnny Nash .. Jose Feliciano .. Fleetwood Mac .. Eric Clapton

1969[back to top]

Andy Fairweather Low © Chris Walter Amen Corner had a string of hits in the late 1960's. Singer Andy Fairweather Low has spent the recent years touring with such people as Pete Townsend and with Eric Clapton (including "Unplugged") and Roger Waters . Blue Weaver and Dennis Byron went on to the Bee Gees for years, Alan Jones went into management, Clive Taylor became a recording engineer and Neil Jones became the chief photographer for his home city of Cardiff (after assisting me for a while !!).

Tommy Roe .. Rolling Stones .. Zager + Evans .. Fleetwood Mac .. Joe Cocker © Chris WalterJoe Cocker .. The Move © Chris WalterThe Move
CCR in London © Chris Walter Creedence Clearwater Revival came to London .. Stevie Wonder ..The late Steve Marriott in Humble Pie  Steve Marriott © Chris Walter ..David Bowie

John Lennon and Yoko One in 1969 at Top Of The Pops John lennon  by © Chris Walter at Lyceum John Lennon and Yoko Ono were in the headlines, from holding bed-ins to concerts to appearing on Top Of The Pops promoting their Plasic Ono Band record.


Jimi Hendrix.. Jimi Hendrix Experience  by © Chris Walter

1970 [back to top]

The big Rock bands that had started to grow in late '69 began to take over the world. Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and The Moody Blues were some.Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin  by © Chris Walter

Moody Blues Moody Blues by © Chris Walter

Black Sabbath got Paranoid..Black Sabbath by © Chris Walter

norman greenbaum .. moody blues .. Free .. Status Quo .. Fairweather .. Three Dog Night .. Carpenters .. T Rex .. Jimi Hendrix .. Dave Edmunds .. Mungo Jerry .. The Jackson 5 came to London and appeared at The London Palladium for Royalty .. Jethro Tull .. Chicago

1971 [back to top]

In 1971 in England was the start of the Glam movement with Slade, The Sweet and Elton John and Marc Bolan all dressing in a whole different way!

... Even Rod Stewart Rod Stewart by © Chris Walter


Wings by © Chris Walter Paul McCartney by © Chris Walter Paul and Linda McCartney started Wings

.. Lobo

1972 [back to top]

1972 was the hit year for Don Mclean while Slade got more successful. David Cassidy came over to England as a huge tennybop idol and Chuck Berry was still duck walking.

1973 [back to top]

Mud .. Slade .. Osmonds ..Gary Glitter ..Gary Glitter © Chris Walter

1974 [back to top]

Slade .. Mud .. Abba .. Carl Douglas .. David Essex .. Barry White

Van Morrison Van Morrison by © Chris Walter Eric Clapton

.. Neil Diamond ..Neil Diamond by © Chris Walter .. Neil Diamond by © Chris Walter

1975[back to top]

Simon & Garfunkel Simon & Garfunkel by © Chris Walter

Cockney Rebel .. Hall & Oates

Queen in concert © Chris Walter Queen Queen

..Jimmy Buffet..


Late in 1975 during one of my US visits I got to shoot what at the time seemed the big hype. But it was no hype. The show was Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at UC Santa Barbara. That was one of the shows you left as a believer, and Bruce is one artist that the same still applies 30 plus years later.

1976 [back to top]

Bee Gees Bee Gees by © Chris Walter


1977 [back to top]

The Jam .. Steely Dan..Steely Dan by © Chris Walter

Sex Pistols...Mink DeVille Mink DeVille by © Chris Walter Blondie in London © Chris Walter BLONDIE

1978[back to top]

Devo..Devo by © Chris Walter ..Boomtown Rats ..Dusty Springfield .. Van Halen .. Van Halen by © Chris Walter

1979[back to top]

Tourists in Hollywood © Chris Walter The Tourists who became The Eurythmics

Village People .. Clash .. Journey

1980 [back to top]

Bruce Springsteen Bruce Springsteen © Chris Walter at
 LA Sports Arena

ZZ Top Christopher Cross Beach Boys Joan Armatrading Genesis Irena Cara Willie Nelson David Johansen PIL AC/DC Billy Burnette

1981 [back to top]

Bob Marley Bob Marley by © Chris Walter      Heart Heart by © Chris Walter

Montrose Alice Cooper Michael Jackson Blue Oyster Cult Joe Jackson ELO Stray Cats Sparks Cliff Richard Madness Sammy Hagar Stevie Nicks Hall & Oates Journey Earth Wind & Fire Emmylou Harris OMD Tubes George Thorogood Michael Schenker Tom Robinson Motley Crue Motels Joe Ely Garland Jeffries Juice Newton Devo Adam Ant Ozzy Osbourne Jeff Beck Gary US Bonds Joan Jett Bruce Springsteen

1982 [back to top]

Frank Zappa .. Frank Zappa by © Chris Walter       Tom Petty © Chris Walter Tom Petty

Asia David Bowie James Brown Rolling Stones The Who Cheap Trick Blue Oyster Cult Huey Lewis Quarterflash Simon & Garfunkel Scorpions Survivor Jefferson Starship Chubby Checker Donna Summer Heart Girlschool Ted Nugent Journey Adam Ant Billy Idol Flock Of Seagulls Grandmaster Flash J Geils Rod Stewart Dexy's Midnight Runners Gary US Bonds Luther Vandross

1983 [back to top]

Animals REM Pretenders David Bowie Frank Zappa Robert Plant Rod Stewart Michael Jackson Fixx Alarm Bryan Adams AC/DC Iron Maiden Cramps Styx Lene Lovich Ratt The Clash Bow Wow Wow Toto Girlschool Marvin Gave Stevie Nicks Journey Quiet Riot Rickie Lee Jones Twisted Sister Talking Heads Saga Motley Crue Mary Jane Girls Night Ranger Eurythmics Dio Alcatrazz Michael Bolton English Beat Jeff Beck X Ozzy Osbourne

1984 [back to top]

Nick Lowe Nick Lowe by © Chris Walter .. Stevie Ray Vaughan

Tina Turner Yngwie Malmsteen Judas Priest David Bowie Michael Jackson Aerosmith Yes AC/DC Scorpions Accept Gary Moore The Clash Steve Miller Moody Blues Bad Company Cindi Lauper Van Halen Rick James Dio Armoured Saint John Waite Michael Jackson Bruce Springsteen

1985 [back to top]

Julian Lennon Black Sabbath Lita Ford Van Halen Stevie Wonder David Lee Roth John Parr Billy Ocean Dio John Waite Bruce Springsteen

1986[back to top]

Neil Young Graham Nash Judas Priest Richie Havens James Brown Bon Jovi ELP Peter Frampton Slayer Kris Kristofferson Rush Robert Palmer Stevie Wonder Van Halen Country Joe Buffy St Marie Megadeth Ozzy Osbourne Michael Jackson deniece Williams

1987 [back to top]

Janet Jackson Sammy Hagar BB King Iron Maiden

1988[back to top]

Kylie Minogue Van Halen

1989[back to top]


1990 -1999





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