Viv in Portugal
Viv in Portugal
Viv in Portugal
Viv in Portugal
Born: 09.08.1943
Profession: Drummer
Relation
to the band:
When the Pretty Things struggled to find a competent drummer (neither Pete Kitley nor Viv Andrews really cut the mustard) Loughborough-born former civil servant Viv Prince was brought in to bring a steadying, professional influence to the young band, much like putting out a fire with gasoline. He certainly had a track record with The Dauphin Street Six Trad Jazz Band, Carter Lewis & The Southerners and (in Denmark) The Jazz Cardinals. Session work (Polly Perkins, Van Dyke and The Bambis) brought him to the attention of songwriter Jimmy Duncan... The Pretty Things are unanimous in praising Viv, both as a drummer and as a showman. The guys who followed him in the band, Skip and Twink, admit openly that he was a big influence. Keith Moon of The Who also learned much, maybe too much, from Viv. As inspirational as his power playing was (remember, there were no monster kits in ‘65), ultimately Viv was the one who never went to bed. His exploits would easily fill a book, but here we’ll just say that he departed soon after the notorious deportation from New Zealand. His subsequent career included appearances with The Honeycombs on ITV’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium (performing their hit "That’s The Way") and deputising for Moon with The Who in Scandinavia. His 1966 solo single "Light Of The Charge Brigade / Minuet For Ringo" (Columbia DB7960) was followed by a 45 with "The Bunch Of Fives", "I Go Home Baby / At The Station" (Parlophone R5494). Viv featured on two singles from Denny Laine’s String Band: "Say You Don’t Mind / Ask The People" (Deram DM122, 1967) and "Too Much In Love / Catherine’s Wheel" (Deram DM171, 1968). For a while he wrote newspaper columns and managed Knuckles night club in London, but further recordings included "Vamp’s Floatin’ / Thinkin’ Too Much" (Atlantic 584213, 1968) and "Green Pea / Wake Up And Tell Me" (Atlantic 584263, 1969, unreleased). And with a band called Kate, Viv released "Shout It / Sweet Little Thing" (CBS 4123, 1969). Thereafter, he worked in the building trade, and was Screaming Lord Sutch’s election officer in the "Monster Raving Loony Party". Viv, who moved to Portugal to grow oranges and breed pedigree Alsatian dogs, has a track dedicated to him on the Pretty Things album, "Rage Before Beauty".

Created by Roy Meyfarth and Peter Innes, photos by Terry Coates.
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