Monday, August 2, 2010

Up and Coming

In retrospect, Danny chose the worst time to leave the band; but then who could have guessed their next song would make them all rich? . . . except Dan, of course, who came to be known as the Stuart Sutcliffe of the Cowper Gland Band, and who, if anyone had bothered to ask, was secretly relieved to have dodged the fame, the obligations, and the inevitable sitcom. Twenty years on, and he could jam whenever he wanted with the best friends a man could have, while every night, the remaining Cowpers had to smile through yet another encore of “Up and Coming.”


  1. Except that unfortunately, Stuart Sutcliffe died at an early age... sad but fascinating story!

    Great post, have a great week!

  2. What Meryl said. I was thinking of Elbridge Bryant of the Temptations or Babara Martin of the Supremes, who left their groups on the brink of success. (So did Pete Best of the Beatles, tho he was tossed.)

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

    1. Apologies to Meryl and Roger, but my rock-and-roll history is weak. I was looking for an iconic also-ran and Stuart was the first I recognized. But in my defence, he did quit the Beatles before he died.

  3. I think he might have lived with regret! So many do.


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