The Professor of the Trumpet, the man who worked with them all, who played on EVERY Bond film and a thoroughly nice bloke has passed away.
is the latest wonderfully talented musician to be called to the great music
room in the sky but leaves behind many memories for many to cherish.
Derek was a Professor
of Trumpet but never needed to display any certificate - one solo of MacArthur
Park or My Way told you all you needed to know about his credentials.
He worked with
some of the greats such as Frank Sinatra, the Beatles and Robbie Williams but
perhaps his greatest work was in two very different genres.
Derek played on
EVERY James Bond film, from Dr No as a 17-year-old in 1962 right up until the
smash hit Skyfall late last year.
He was also a
very well-known and popular trumpet player in the James Last Orchestra, the
place I first heard the wonderful sounds of the trumpet in general.
fellow trumpeter Bob Lanese were my idols in an era before football and cricket
won my affections, even when those sports did I remember the music they could
soloist, Derek took centre stage during James Last concerts around the world
and delivered performances which made your hair stand on end and moved you
sometimes to tears.
If he was
nervous he never showed it as he delivered a rendition of Frank Sinatra’s My
Way to a packed Royal Albert Hall.
But then, I
doubt he would have ever shown it because Derek was a showman, a master of his
art who looked thrilled to be able to share his skill each and every day.
I’ve written 300
words and haven’t mentioned his numerous TV appearances! Quite simply there are
too many to mention.
But if there was
a live band on a TV show in the 70s, 80s, 90s and noughties, there is a good
chance one D.Watkins would be in it.
of this blog might also mention a Sky TV commercial in 2010 featuring Derek,
walking across Abbey Road, made famous by a band he played with, the Beatles. Derek
wouldn’t be out of place in any iconic music venue or location, he was simply
one of the best.
him this weekend and next week, all you have to do is get on YouTube, type in
Derek Watkins and there are hundreds of videos to watch, listen to and enjoy.
If you want to
learn more about Derek, visit his website www.derekwatkins.co.uk – there is much
Derek I have
tears in my eyes as I write this, a genuinely lovely and talented man has again
been claimed by a cruel, cruel illness.
may have been silenced sir, but your memory will never be forgotten. Thank you
for the music Derek, may you be at peace