"I acquired your website from Terry (New). I have kept in touch with him all too infrequently over the
years but hope to be meeting up with him & Christine this year.
It's strange but you get to a certain time in your life when you start thinking about the things you've done (and haven't). I look back to the time I was singing with the Emeralds & later Wishful Thinking with fondness but then one tends to remember the good times more than the not so good!
I lost contact with Brian & Roger but met Richard & Terry once or twice on separate occasions.
Almost 40 years is a long time to try and make contact but who knows?
Since the group & I parted company I went into IT as a computer operator and progressed to a Telecommunications Manager for Unilever in Crawley. I took early retirement in 2001 and I will be 60 this April. My wife, Helen & I had a son & daughter, Dean & Sara and Dean and his wife Suzanne have a son, Finn, who will be 3 this year and currently reside in Nijmegan, Holland. Sara and partner Lee of 12 years live in Dorking, Surrey.
I haven't sung since 1967,in any capacity (thank God I hear you cry) but sometimes I wish that I had continued to do so albeit as a hobby.
It seems such a long time ago now but I do remember how I chose my 'stage' name. After Daniel Boone & the Renegades disbanded I joined the Emeralds and for a time we were billed as Daniel Boone & the Emeralds, which in hindsight seems a strange stagename. Logic at the time, at least on a local level, suggested that I keep Daniel Boone as a name but the longer we kept it that way the less logical it became so, thankfully, Daniel Boone became no more.
My stage name became an amalgamation of my real Christian name & my old stage name i.e. Roy Daniel.
Are you still awake?Are you still there?
This about wraps up my participation in all things Wishful Thinking and you can tell from my massive contribution they missed me terribly!!!!!
I hope any of the guys from Wishful Thinking who knew me gets in touch with me, I've thrown my hat in the ring,let's see who picks it up!"
"Back in 1965 or 66, memory is failing me, the Brian, Roger, Terry and myself
lineup of Wishful Thinking did a two week residency in Germany, (Braunschweig &
"- the lead guitarist of Daniel Boone & the Renegades, Dave Luther, went to
New Zealand after the group split and became a singer/ guitarist with a group
called Hogsnort Rupert & the Wagon Flagon Band.
They played a type of music
called 'Jug Band Music' a mix of folk, trad jazz, Mungo Jerry (another British
60's group) and Loving Spoonful style. They were pretty successful in New
Zealand and had a few hits out there. Dave became a record producer but I
have not heard anything more about him since his mother died. It was she that
used to keep me updated about him.
- Sylvia, Brian or Terry may have already told you that Tony Meehan, who produced most of the early Wishful singles, used to be the drummer with Cliff Richard's band, The Shadows and left them to form a duo with the Shadows bass player, Jet Harris. When they split Tony went into producing.
- The song writers of some of the early Wishful singles, Flett & Hill, wrote several of Cliff's songs including his European Song Contest entry, 'Power to All My Friends'.
- Session men used on some of the early WT singles included, Jimmy Page, lead guitarist of Led Zeppelin; Big Jim Sullivan the lead guitarist of Tom Jones' backing group; and Mitch Mitchell the drummer of Jimi Hendrix's Experience. If you have a mint condition single of 'King Lonely the Blue', it could be worth £40 - £50 to an avid collector. I believe it's worth that much because Jimmy Page played on it. So keep an eye out for a pristine copy!!!"
"If my memory serves me correctly Jim Sullivan was a guitarist on 'Don't
Listen to Your Friends/ Say Your Mine';
Jimmy Page was a guitarist on 'King Lonely the Blue' and
Mitch Mitchell was drummer/ percussionist on 'Count to Ten'.
To explain, when we first started recording we were reasonable novices in a recording studio so Tony Meehan asked these musicians to come in and play to reduce the studio time which was expensive and that he was paying for. Although we as the Emeralds/ WT played on our records the other musicians were used to augment and reduce studio time. We could then concentrate on the vocal tracks."