Driss Hodson, born 9.6.1966 in Hyde Park, London.
I have always been into music from an early age I remember playing my mums old records Elvis, Cliff and what ever else had a good beat.
The 50’s was definitely my favourite music.
A revival in the late 70’s 80’s saw bands in the charts like Matchbox, Showaddywaddy, Alvin Stardust, The Jets, Rocky Sharpe etc all playing hits from the 50’s era.
Then came the clothing, you could be a New Romantic, Punk, Mod, Skinhead, Teddy boy or Rockabilly etc, I remember having arguments with my mates about being a Teddy boy or a Rockabilly. “I think I was a Teddy Billy”.
Mates of mine used Brylcreem on their hair and it gave them the Tony Curtis look so I used it and it gave me the George Formby look!
Then one day watching TOTPS I saw a band called Stray Cats, this band was a big influence on my music career.
I first learnt to play the bass guitar when I was 19 years old and I played in a Duo called Fantasia for several years in which time I also learnt to play lead guitar.
After that I joined up with some guy’s I met at a Teddy boy weekender in Great Yarmouth, this band was called the Saints a British style band In which i played lead guitar for a short while, then teamed up with Andy Knowler the singer of the band and we formed a duo called the Vincents, playing a similar style of music and including songs of the great duo The Everly Brothers.
Being a big lover of vocal harmonies and doo wop music i then teamed up with 2 brothers Darrel and Vernon Woodward calling ourselves the Devotions playing doo wop music and singing accepella, we performed all over the country, mini cruises and on ITVs Des O' Conner's "Pot of Gold" show.
But I always wanted to play the double bass so decided to buy one, it sat in the front room for a year before I met up with two Musicians and formed the band Crazy Legs, playing songs from Gene Vincent and early Elvis, then due to other commitments the band split, so calling on a couple of friends of mine Nick Thorpe and Darren Leggett to stand in one night we soon became Blast Off.
I have now written 30 songs for the band and we have 4 CD’s out at the present time.

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