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John Conteh … boxing clever

John Conteh … boxing clever

John Conteh was born on 27 May 1951. He is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1971 to 1980. He held multiple light-heavyweight championships, including the WBC title from 1974 to 1978; and the European, British, and Commonwealth titles between 1973 and 1974.

Conteh was one of the celebrities featured dressed in prison gear on the cover of the 1973 Wings album, Band on the Run. He was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1974. He also has the distinction of being British Superstars competition champion in 1974, the second year of the televised sporting event. Conteh is now an after-dinner speaker and speaks at venues all across the country.

9th December 1974: American heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali with British champion John Conteh. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Eric Bibb … bluesman

Eric Bibb (August 16, 1951) is an American born acoustic blues singer-songwriter. Born in New York City, Eric is the son of Leon Bibb, a senior figure on the New York folk scene of the 1960’s.  Eric’s godfather was actor/singer and activist Paul Robeson and his uncle was the composer and jazz pianist John Lewis, founder of the Modern Jazz Quartet  His parents’ house was a center of artistic life where “getting to meet Rev. Gary Davis,  Bob Dylan, Judy Collins or Odetta had a profound effect on me”, reminisces Eric.

He was given his first steel-string acoustic guitar aged seven. Growing up surrounded by talent, he recalls a childhood conversation with Bob Dylan, who, on the subject of guitar playing, advised the 11-year-old Bibb to “Keep it simple, forget all that fancy stuff”.

Aged 19, he left for Paris, where a meeting with American guitarist Mickey Baker focused his interest in blues guitar.  A few years later he moved to Sweden and settled in Stockholm, where he found a creative environment that, oddly enough, reminded him of his teenage days in Greenwich Village.  He made a handful of albums, starting in 1972, and began meeting and playing with local musicians, as well as other American expatriates.  His breakthrough album, “Spirit & The Blues”, was released in 1994 and led to that modern wandering songster/troubadour embarking on tours of the UK, the United States, Canada, France, Sweden and Germany and contracts with new labels.

A career spanning five decades, 36 albums, countless radio & television shows and non-stop touring has made Eric Bibb one of the leading bluesmen of his generation.

Eric Bibb’s website

Meet … Bill Bryson (born 1951)

Meet … Bill Bryson

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