So Here It Is, The Autobiography

By Dave Hill

How the boy from Wolverhampton rocked the world with Slade

Friday, 10 March 2017

1973. A Year of Highs and Lows.

1973 turned out to be a dramatic year. A year of great highs and lows.

We had three straight to number one singles - Cum on Feel the Noize, Skweeze Me Pleaze Me and, at the end of the year, Merry Xmas Everybody. To say that these were huge hits would be an understatement. The pre-orders for the Christmas single alone were 250,000 copies! Slade was the biggest group in the UK and massive all over Europe. We'd made it.
Then wham! Just when we we were riding high, Don and Angela, his girlfriend, had a terrible car accident.
To look at the wreck of Don's car, you'd have thought that no one could have survived, and very sadly, Angela died. Don was barely alive and had awful injuries, and the whole of Slade and Chas, our manager, were worried sick. It was real touch and go.

Don pulled through, but the injury to his head was serious. He'd permanently lost his sense of taste and smell and his short term memory, and with this, sadly, he also lost all memories of Angela. I really think Don's sense of humour and strong personality not just pulled him through but helped him recover, but it was tough.

Before Don's accident we'd planned a holiday in the states, with our girlfriends, Angela and Jan, and once I knew that Don was out of the woods I went. As part of my plan, was for me and Jan to get married, which we did.
Slade tried to carrying on as normal, and the best thing for Don was to get him drumming and back in action. He now needed help remembering our songs and daily reminders on where he should be and what he should be doing. 

Then, after this terrible accident, we ended the year with our biggest hit ever. We recorded the Christmas single in the the sweltering summer heat in New York and would return home to strikes, three day weeks and power cuts but to a country that needed cheering up and wanted the best Christmas they could get. The Christmas song did just that, and still does forty four years later.

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Stephen Rosevear
 Stephen Rosevear says:

Living in Canada, it was always tough to get Slade's singles and when you could they had to be purchased as "Import's" which cost 4 times as much as a regular single. But I'll always remember in 73 buying Slade's XMAS single with all the money I had, bringing it home and playing it over and over again that by the end of the day even my Mom and Dad knew all the words. A great record as with all of Slade's singles that have stood the test of time. Love Slade and even after 40 years plus I never get tired of them. Awesome band should have been much bigger in N. America, way ahead of their time.

posted 10th March 2017

GREG WOOLLISCROFT
 GREG WOOLLISCROFT says:

Dave is so animated, I could listen to him talk for hours on end......In the late 70's I used to go and spend the weekend with his dad in Wolverhampton....I have fond memories of those weekends, his dad was so interesting to listen to about his life....I think that's where Dave gets it from........Dave was my hero from the age of 12......he has had a massive impact in my life, I have so much respect.....

posted 10th March 2017

Jonas Granath
 Jonas Granath says:

I'm really looking forward to read the book, I've already read Nod & Don's book/s and can't wait to read about my heroes from an (until now) unknown angle.

posted 11th March 2017

Andy Brookes
 Andy Brookes says:

I discovered Slade in 1970 and have been a life long fan since. I still go to slade concerts and I am reall looking forward to reading Daves book.

posted 11th March 2017

Michael Van Overstraeten
 Michael Van Overstraeten says:

1973!
Remember it well. Living in Belgium at the time and still at school. I bought the Xmas record in picture sleeve and still have the original in my Slade collection.

posted 11th March 2017

Michael Van Overstraeten
 Michael Van Overstraeten says:

Just like to ad,
Number one group of 1973!!!!!!. Wonderful memories I have of that year of Slade till I heard of Don powell's car crash. Very sad. Look at Don now!!!!!. Fantastic guy & a fantastic drummer in my opinion.
Dave, what can I say, I am looking forward on reading your book!!!!!!. How are you getting on with your elbow? Hope you are on the mend?

From a Slade Fan since 1970/71.

'Keep on rockin'

posted 11th March 2017

Luis Lopes
 Luis Lopes says:

A Slade fan from Lisbon, Portugal, since XMAS 1971 with Coz I Luv You. Looking forward to read your books. Thanks for all the great memories of my youth!

posted 13th March 2017

Alun Taylor
 Alun Taylor says:

Great stories Dave , Looking forward to the Book , and thanks again for the Memory of you coming to Barmouth with `YOB 1 ` to my wedding . Keep On Rocking.

posted 13th March 2017

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