Youth clubs followed with table tennis and sta prest tonic trousers where ska and 60s soul was the music of choice for young impressionable teenagers.
Aged 14 with regular trips with old pal Mark White to the Intercom in Southend on Tuesday night with Keith Bonsoir on the decks introduced GT to early Fatback Band, Al Green, Ann Peebles and James Brown. There was no going back!
At 15, Mark and GT got into The Goldmine on a Monday night with Marks older sister Julie. This was the time of the Great Gatsby look, well before the Glen Miller sessions and it was just a revelation. School was never the same.
GT spent several years as a Goldmine punter as well as attending the original (Seven Kings) Lacy Lady, Global Village and many long Bank Holiday weekends in Margate at The Atlantis.
Its fair to say that clothes, music and fashion has always played a big part in GTs life and he followed anything that was going from soul boy into Punk into New Romantic into Hard Times and Rockabilly. At one point GT had a clothes shop in Southend selling punk clothes brought off Malcolm McLaren to Zoot suits. GT was often mentioned in The Face and Blues & Soul magazines and featured in Janet Street Porters 20th Century Box programme commenting on the local music and fashion scene. GT djayed at Raquels, Scamps and Crocs in Rayleigh in the early 80s for a few years when Culture Club, Depeche Mode and Soft Cell were all the rage. The trip to the musical dark side didnt do him any harm. He returned to his soul and funk roots with a Friday night residency at The Goldmine. GT is a big fan of live music and promoted many bands at clubs such as Blue Rondo a la Turk, Animal Nightlife and Pride (AKA Sade). GTs Hot Box nights at the Pink Toothbrush were also legendary Can you believe that Brass Construction and Ingram played sets at the Pink Toothbrush in the mid 80s!
GT has worked at many clubs and venues over the years from the The Fridge, Flicks, Hadleigh Suite, SAKs and Montys (with Jon Layton and Mr Messie from Zero Radio fame).
Soul@TheShip at The Ship Pub in Old Leigh is his latest bi-monthly club with old pal Tom Toher especially for lovers of the latest and finest in soul-jazz, jazz funk, soul and latin.