A new petition has been launched to have Birmingham rock'n'roll legend STEVE GIBBONS recognised with a star on the city's Walk of the Stars.
Gibbons turns 80 next month and what better way to celebrate this momentous occasion and commemorate his contribution to the Second City's - and the UK's cultural legacy, believes petition founder Jim the Hat, than to have him included on the star-studded Broad Street pavement that was begun by Ozzy Osbourne in 2007 and also includes the likes of Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Roy Wood and Jasper Carrott.
Born in the suburb of Harborne, Gibbons began his career in 1960 with The Dominettes before continuing throughout the British beat boom with the brilliantly-named bands The Uglys and Balls. He would later do a three-month stint in legendary Brum rock'n'roll breeding ground The Idle Race before they morphed into The Steve Gibbons Band in the mid70s. Building an explosive reputation on the pub circuit, the Band were invited to tour the UK, Europe and the US with The Who, leading to chart success with the No.12 hit 'Tulane' and the essential live album Caught In The Act.
More recently, Gibbons has continued touring, as a member of tribute band The Dylan Project and in his own right, as well as fundraising for various causes.
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