Clive Welham

David’s former bandmate, Clive Welham, passed away peacefully yesterday afternoon. He had been ill for some time.

He played drums in several Cambridge bands, of these, two included David. Firstly, and for about a year from 1962, they were The Ramblers – along with Chris Marriot on vocals; John Gordon, Mervyn Marriot and Albie Prior on guitars; and Richard Baker on bass. Shortly after disbanding, they, with John Gordon, formed the better-known Jokers Wild. Their fellow Jokers were vocalist and multi-instrumentalist David Altham, bassist Tony Sainty (who left in 1966, to be replaced by David’s brother, Peter Gilmour, and Rick Wills, who would later play with Foreigner and Bad Company; Clive Welham’s eventual replacement, as some of you will know, was Willie Wilson, who would provide drums and percussion, and join up once more with Rick Wills, on David’s eponymous 1978 debut album.)

He also played during the spring of 1962 with Syd Barrett in Geoff Mott and the Mottoes, with vocalist Geoff Mott and bassist Tony Sainty.

A gentleman who will be greatly missed.

You all have access to the crackly Jokers Wild recording, a five-track EP released in 1965, I’m sure, so do give it a listen in memory of Clive. Perhaps you’d also care to join me in listening to the many great numbers from the early-to-mid-Sixties that he and David, in their various bands, would have covered with tremendous enthusiasm. Do let me know what you’re listening to. It must have been such an exciting time for young musicians with aspirations of eking out a career in music.

Rest in peace, Clive.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

35 thoughts on “Clive Welham”

  1. Sad news. RIP Clive.

    The first half of the ’60s definitely must have been the most exciting time considering how fresh the music that was coming out back then by The Beatles and The Beach Boys in particular. I noticed your tweet about a #SetlistForClive so here’s a few to start you off:

    I Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles
    Little Deuce Coupe – The Beach Boys
    Sherry – The Four Seasons
    Bits and Pieces – The Dave Clark Five
    Bread and Butter – The Newbeats

    1. Some nice song ideas, Dan. David would, of course, get to perform ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ with Macca himself at the legendary Cavern – in 1999.

      I can definitely imagine Jokers Wild covering ‘Little Deuce Coupe’. I can imagine them covering ‘Lana’, too. What do you think?

  2. RIP Clive!….I always loved Bill Haley from around this time and not forgetting the very influential Shadows…real music!!!

    David’s Cavern gig is excellent.

  3. Big girls DO cry. I’m crying now.

    Rock to the beat of the Universe, Clive Welham.

    And another thread of 60s music is cut.

  4. I’m Crying … good one FEd!

    You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
    Tears on My Pillow – Little Anthony And The Imperials
    In the Still of the Night – Five Satins
    Silhouettes — The Rays
    You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice – Lovin’ Spoonful
    Come Softly To Me – The Fleetwoods (my guess is Joker’s Wild would’ve done an amazing job of that one)
    Just My Imagination – The Temptations
    A Little Bit of Soap – The Jarmels
    Whispering Bells – The Del Vikings

    Wonder whether they would’ve covered Louie Louie made popular by The Kingsmen?

    1. All good tunes. There were some great instrumentals that you’d imagine would be fun to perform at church halls, too. I’m thinking of ‘Moon Dawg’ and the incredibly sinister ‘Out of Limits’.

    2. I think everything The Ventures did had a ‘sinister’/edgy sound to it … had no idea, until now what the name of Moon Dawg was and don’t seem to be able to find who it’s attributed to – The Ventures, The Tornadoes, The Surfaris, The Gamblers? Kind of reminds me a little of Surf Rider.

  5. My thoughts are with Clive’s loved ones, and to David at this sad time.


  6. Off-topic : TV programme

    Belgian TV station ‘Canvas’ has programmed ‘Behind The Wall’ for tomorrow, Sunday 13 May at 22:40 (GMT + 1)

    Details (in Dutch) are available from here.

  7. At least Mr. Welham will be remembered each time the music he made is played-he will live on via the sound wave… Therefore, always remembered.

  8. Always sad to hear about someone’s death, especially for their family.

    I wonder if – like David – he devoted his life to music or if, as a teenager, he just joined some bands as a hobby.

    Like Dan, I can imagine Jokers Wild covering ‘Sherry’ (The Four Seasons). I once heard that the song was originally written for Jackie Kennedy, I don’t know if it’s true.


    ‘Peanuts’ (Little Joe & The Thrillers)

    ‘Too Much Monkey Business’ (The Hollies)

    And why not ‘Lollipop’ (The Chordettes)? 😉

  9. Sorry to hear about the loss of another artist. I wish we never had to experience the pain of loss ever again. I’m still sad about the passing of Etta James a few months back.

    Sigh…I’m weary of it. Someone is always suffering, hungry or dying.

    On the other hand, we have music to soothe the mind and heart, and I’m hopeful that David has some new music up his sleeve. “I’d rather go blind”, than to never see him perform live again.

    Cheers…I miss you irregular people.


  10. i wish i knew you were ill so i could have come to say goodbye.

    after 38 years you will never be forgotten.

    colleen xxxxxxxxx

  11. You all have access to the crackly Jokers Wild recording, a five-track EP released in 1965…

    FEd, unless you care to send me a copy, sadly I don’t have that. Always wondered what that release was like but could not track down a copy. I believe this is as hard to find as some of Richard Wright’s recordings.



  12. Sorry to hear FEd.

    It’s a bugger getting old, but we just have to keep riding the wave.

    Best Regards to all.

  13. FEd,

    As one life sadly ends, so another begins.

    Sincere condolences to the family and friends at the loss of Clive. David’s association with him goes back a lifetime.

    However, on a happier note…

    I am extremely pleased to announce to you and all the Irregulars on here, that as of today, Sunday 20/05/12 at 17:05, I have officially become a GRANDFATHER to Ruby-Mae Elizabeth Carter who weighed in at 8lb 2oz.

    The next time I can make it into the Barn with you all, the drinks are on me… 😉

  14. Congratulations to Ken on becoming a proud grandfather. Welcome, Ruby-Mae! 🙂

    (Very handy and useful, the Twitter list of Blog Irregulars.)

    1. Thanks FEd and Merci Michèle.

      Yes, I’m very proud indeed. I’m eagerly looking forward to meeting her next week.

      (Still ‘lurking’ on Twitter I see 😉 Ma Belle, it’s about time you came-out.)

  15. So sad to hear about that… R.I.P. Clive, you won’t be forgotten.

    Theme For Young Lovers – The Shadows

  16. At last the summer has arrived, and on my drive to work the residents of Carlisle have been treated to The Wall, especially my fellow drivers at the traffic lights.

    Regards Damian

  17. Dear Clive. I regret being too much of a coward to go see him towards the end.

    A lovely bloke and always a good friend to me.

    But I can remember him as he was in his glory days, which I guess is what he would want.

  18. I worked with Clive at The Press for a number of years and we chatted a lot, sometimes if I was really lucky about music, he was a gentle and kind man, will always remember him.

  19. I just read that Clive has passed away, over a year later. Very sad news.

    I worked with Clive – late 70s, early 80s. He was a very kind and gentle man and always had time for people. He took me to see Foreigner and David Gilmour playing live. At the time he was singing in a band, I can’t remember the name now but he often used to take me along. Sadly I lost touch with him when I moved from Cambridge but I never forgot about him.

    R I P Clive, a really nice man.

  20. Hi everyone, it was very sad news at the time and Clive my great uncle will be in our hearts forever. He is now in safe hands.

    He always used to ask me if I would ever be a drummer and I always used to say yes! Really miss him. Another day goes past and he will still be with us.

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