Davey Payne

Slapstick Silent Comedy Fundraiser, Colston Hall, Bristol Picture date: 24 October, 2008
Slapstick Silent Comedy Fundraiser, Colston Hall, Bristol
Picture date: 24 October, 2008

Born 11 August 1944, in Willesden, North West London)

Davey grew up in Clacton, UK, and started playing the clarinet because of his enjoyment of Dixieland jazz.
On hearing swing, bebop and Dexter Gordon in the 1960s he moved to London, and began taking lessons and going to jazz clubs. He also took up the soprano saxophone, and began playing in mixed media events.

He was drawn into The People Band, and moved with them to Holland.

He met Ian Dury when he visited London in late 1970 – “He thought I was a junkie, I thought he was an idiot” – and returned to Holland. After the People Band played a gig in London with Kilburn and the High Roads in 1971, he was coerced into joining them for a jam at their home, and ended up staying with the band until it broke up in June 1975. He thereafter returned to Clacton; he played 2 gigs with Ronnie Lane, and a few with The Fabulous Poodles.

In the meantime Ian Dury managed to launch a solo career, and Davey contributed to New Boots and Panties!!, in 1977. Davey however joined Wreckless Eric’s band.

After the completion of his album and its success, Ian badgered Davey into rejoining his band, now called the Blockheads, full-time and he did! Davey is credited as a co-composer of numerous songs in the catalogue. Not to mention one of the most famous recorded Saxophone solos in popular music and certainly the most famous with two saxes played at the same time… Hit Me!

Davey left the band in August 1998 for the West Country of England. We are very happy and proud to welcome Davey back whenever time and location permit!