It was a gift to discover this episode on Roy Wood and The Move posted a few days ago. This is very long and perhaps too detailed in places, but much essential information. It’s a holiday. You have time.
I’d always thought Glen Matlock lifted the opening of “God Save the Queen” from any number of rockabilly songs. I was right about the ultimate origin, but turns out there was an intermediate step: he took it from Roy Wood’s “Fire Brigade,” and Wood had lifted it from Eddie Cochran’s “Something Else.”
That kind of stuff makes my day.
In both this episode and the previous one on the Small Faces, Hickey mentions Don Arden’s sending goons to dangle Robert Stigwood from a balcony, but doesn’t mention that one of the goons was Peter Grant (according to Grant’s biography). Grant referred to this practice as “showing them the view.”
Another fun fact (or rumor) not mentioned: Jimmy Page wanted to poach Marriott for the new super group he wanted to form as the Yardbirds disintegrated. Arden threatened to have his hands broken if he did.