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Robert Hokum

Musical Biography
Up until 1986, I’d played, jammed and dep’d with a number of bands on the West London pub scene including The Amazing Rhythm Burglars, The Works, Dangerous Rhythm, Cast Iron Alibi, Granny Cleg’s Grunt Band (don’t ask!), Ivor’s Jivers, Beer Parlour Jive and a host of others. In 1987 I started the Guv’nors with pianist Dave ‘Fender T.’ Rhodes, and a rhythm section of Richard Salmons and Nigel Appleton. The original intention was for the Guv’nors to be a purist blues band – however, the temptation to get funky was too much and the band eventually transformed to the Funk, Latin, Acid Jazz, Delta, Chicago Blues beast that it is today. If you are into the more traditional side of the Blues then check out The Robert Hokum Blues Band.

Favourite albums
BB King – Midnight Believer
Taj Mahal – Never Like This Before
Jeff Beck – Blow By Blow
Dan Hicks – Striking it Rich
John Martyn – Solid Air
Parliament – Mothership Connection
Charlie Mingus – Mingus Ah Hum
Alabama 3 – Exile on Coldharbour Lane
MacLean & MacLean – Taking the ‘o’ out of Country
The Pointer Sisters – Steppin’

The Guv’nors music contains influences from all of them.

Everything else about me is the ‘stuff of legend’ and could result in libel proceedings if printed.