Coventry Hitmakers

INNOVATIONS

The line up looked like this; Graham (the Rat) Rollason Bass and vocals, John Settle lead guitar, Pete Wilson vocals, Alan Wright guitar and Paul Kent on drums. In 1976 they won a talent contest at the Trocadero Night Club at Weston Hall, Bulkington. The personnel changed in 1981 and they became the new Innovations, and included comedy in their act. The Rat has sadly gone but his music lives on. Graham has also played with the bands; Carolina, Joe Beale Blues Band and the Bluesrats. He is a huge Jerry Lee Lewis fan, and has met him many times.

 

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The New Innovations set about injecting comedy into their act. The introduction of a Laurel and Hardy pastiche (using a screen and a strobe light) was a great success, and became the talk of the town “The first time we did it, recalls Graham, “ was at a RAF base, we toyed with the idea of leav- ing it out and concentrating on just the mu- sic. In the end we did it and it went down a storm, they lapped it up. We went on to do it in all the clubs. I’ve met people that still remember it to this day, it was obviously memorable”

Graham Rollason

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