George Melly joins the great jazz band in the sky….
George Melly has died today aged 80. I’ve seen him perform a few times over the years – by far the best gig I went to was when he did the Kirkland’s Wine Bar in Liverpool around 1980.
He was brilliant, floppy fedora, stripey zoot suit, two-tone shoes, John Chilton and his Feetwarmers…. Everyone was drunk, including the band – and George finished the set with a fine rendition of ‘Nuts’. He then issued an appeal amongst the audience – "has anyone got any marrywarna, man for Georgie?"
Someone chucked him a spliff and he disappeared in a haze of smoke…..
I wonder if his tombstone will read - Here lies George Melly, Journalist and Jazzman…… Nice.