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Whatever happened to Tim Staffell?

Postby John S Stuart » Fri Jan 20, 2006 4:52 am

Whatever happened to Tim Staffell?
2006 revised & improved, ammended & updated version.

All material post 1984 (the band)

1968

Smile
Aug/September Brian May, Tim Staffel and Roger Taylor form Smile. (Start Of Imperial College Autumn semester).
Keyboards: Chris Smith.
Roadie Pete Edmunds.

October 26th
First public gig supporting Pink Floyd, Imperial College.

October 1968
Various Imperial College gigs.
Bookings via the Rondo Agency, High Street, London
Tour of Cornwall including: PJ’s, Truro
Flamingo Ballroom, Redruth

White Queen: draft version written by Brian May (originally about a blind girl), Brian retains original home recording - but never recorded by Smile.

1969
February Richmond Athletic Club supporting Yes.

February 27th
National Council For The Unmarried Mother And Her Child, Royal Albert Hall, supporting Free, Joe Cocker, Spooky Tooth, and the Bonzo Dog Dooh Dah Band.
Broadcast Live BBC Radio One, compered by John Peel.
Video extract released Champions Of The World video.
Set included:
If I Were A Carpenter
Earth
Mony, Mony
See What A Fool I’ve Been


April 19th
Discovered by US producer Lou Reizner, Mercury Records, Revolution Club, London.

Pre-Mercury lable Unofficial Pye acetates cut by Terry Yeadon and Geoff Calver (disc cutting engineer) at Dea Lane Lea.
Pre-Mercury recordings.
Step On Me/ Polar Bear

May (month of!)
Sign deal with Mercury Records.

June
Earth/ Step On Me: Recorded at Trident Studios.
Produced by John Anthony.

August
Earth/ Step On Me: Released 7” promo US only. Mercury 72977

August – Dec
Booked into Dea Lane Lea Studios Wembley with producer Fritz Freyer.
Persuaded to record previously written April Lady, before own material. Polar Bear, Blag (semi stereo) and Doing All Right (stereo) complete the session.
Doing All Right later re-vamped and featured on eponymous Queen debut album, as well as Tim's 2003 privately pressed Amigo CD.

December
Final gig: Marquee Club, Mercury label Showcase, Wardour Street, London.
Supporting Kippington Lodge featuring Nick Lowe.

1970

Humpy Bong

Feb/March
Tim Staffell joins Humpy Bong along with ex-Bee Gee’s drummer Colin Peterson, releasing Don’t You Be To Long/ All Right Till Then (Parlophone R5859).
Tim Also appears on Top Of The Pops to promote the single.
Don’t You Be To Long/ All Right Till Then

1972

Morgan - Nova Solice

July 7th 1972 Nova Solice RCA Victor LISP 3454
Theme
Floating
Take – Off
Asteroid
Earth (Old Smile track)
Hyperspace
Nova Solice
May I Remember

1975:

Kieran White - Open Door
UK LP White Door: Gull GULP 1011

1993
Germany CD White Door: Repertoire Records REP 4361-WY
Open Up Your Door
Cajun Moon
Cold City Night
I May Be Wrong
Lay Your Love Down
Cadillac
Stone Ground
Janie
Dark Star
Cargo County


1976

Morgan - Brown Out
USA LP Brown Out: Import Record IMP 1006

1977

UK 7" Tailfeather - Don’t Count Your Chickens
UK 7" Tailfeather: RCA Victor PB 5030
Don't Count Your Chickens
Absolutely Right


1978

UK LP Reissue – The Sleeper Awakes: Cherry Red ARED 1

1982

Smile - Getting’ Smile
Japan LP – Gettin' Smile: Mercury 18 PP1 – M
October Mercury Records officially release Japanese Gettin Smile mini LP, but without band approval, the disc is deleted shortly afterward.
Getting Smile Mercury 18 PP1 – M Japan
Doing All Right
Blag
April Lady
Polar Bear
Earth
Step On Me


1992

December 21/22
Smile re-union concert (Cross live at the Marquee)
Earth,
If I Were A Carpenter,
Mony Mony


1999

UK CD The Sleeper Awakes: Angel Air SJPCD 049
Fire In The Head
The Sleeper Wakes
The Right
What Is - Is What

2003

Amigo - Amigo
UK CD Private Pressing
Features: Brian May, Snowy White and Morgan Fisher amongst others. Available from www.timstaffell.com
Stray
Country Life
Love Of The People
Sudden Moves
Earth (Old Smile track)
The Land
Just Couldn't Say
Why Can't We Be Free?
U 8n't Kewel
Amigo
Doin' Alright (Old Smile Track)

Guest guitarist Amigo: Brian May.
Amigo can be ordered directly from Tim's website: www.timstaffell.com
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Postby McQueen » Sun Jan 22, 2006 10:20 am

I hear Tim is now a model maker for Thomas the Tank Engine. Seriously. Am I right?
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Postby John S Stuart » Sun Jan 22, 2006 2:28 pm

baypetermusic wrote:I hear Tim is now a model maker for Thomas the Tank Engine. Seriously. Am I right?


Not quite. He DID make engines for 'Thomas The Tank Engine', but that was many years ago.

He also helped to make the alien creature for Roger Taylor's 'Fun In Space' album.
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Postby WeeMann » Tue Jan 24, 2006 1:37 pm

John S Stuart wrote:
baypetermusic wrote:I hear Tim is now a model maker for Thomas the Tank Engine. Seriously. Am I right?


Not quite. He DID make engines for 'Thomas The Tank Engine', but that was many years ago.

He also helped to make the alien creature for Roger Taylor's 'Fun In Space' album.


And the silver submarine for the short-lived revised Cap'n Birdseye adverts a few years back!
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Postby WeeMann » Thu Jan 26, 2006 6:15 pm

Gig in London this Saturday:

http://www.timstaffell.com/news.htm
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Postby GreatKingRatDoingAllRight » Tue Feb 14, 2006 2:56 pm

how come he never became a famous musician?
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Postby WeeMann » Tue Feb 14, 2006 5:37 pm

He just decided it wasn't for him. The way Brian and Roger were going musically wasn't the way he wanted to go, so he left Smile. He had a go at a couple of other things at a similar level, but ended up moving into model making which he really enjoys (and has been very successful at).

I met him about 4 or 5 years ago and had the honour of chatting with him and a couple of others from the same scene (2 members of The Others) for an afternoon and he has no regrets. He loved Smile but moved on when he felt it was time and is realistic enough to realise that Queen could never have happened if he hadn't moved aside - a very well adjusted fella in my opinion (and a damn nice bloke too!).
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Postby GreatKingRatDoingAllRight » Thu Feb 16, 2006 3:54 pm

I'm sure that deep down he is a bit dissapointed at how famous/popular/rich brian and roger became while he basically didn't achieve anything...
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Postby John S Stuart » Fri Feb 17, 2006 3:42 am

GreatKingRatDoingAllRight wrote:I'm sure that deep down he is a bit dissapointed at how famous/popular/rich brian and roger became while he basically didn't achieve anything...


Why?

As Wee man stated above he is very happy with HIS life. It is just one of those 'Sliding Doors' stories. He has a beautiful wife and family life, which he would not swap for any 'on the road' lifestyle.

Fame is NOT all it is cracked up to be, and success and achievement are measured differently by different people.

So I think it is both insulting and patronising for you to judge other people by your own standards, especially if you do not know the man on a personal basis.

You betray a very contemporary superficial view of life. Perhaps one day when you are older and more mature, you may be able to empathise rather than criticise.
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Postby GreatKingRatDoingAllRight » Fri Feb 17, 2006 9:16 am

no i didn't mean he's jelous of what brian and roger have achieved...but surely with his talent he could have done more music wise???
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