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From Brummie back streets to musical dream come true.

GROWING up in Birmingham was tough but safe, the former Beat legend recalls.

"When I was a kid I lived at No 61 Harbury Road in Balsall Heath," says Dave.

"It was the other side of the road which had names for the houses, not ours.

"How lucky I was to grow up in a house between Calthorpe Park and Cannon Hill Park.

"I didn't know it was supposed to be a rough area - you just play the cards you are dealt with.

"But everyone knew who you were so you didn't have to worry about being abducted.

"You were trusted to go out on your bike and not come home until it was going dark.

"I would often ride up and down Cheddar Road and see red light ladies hanging out of the windows.

"I knew what they were doing - and they would say 'Hello, dearie!' - but I never peeped in through the windows."

From there, Dave went to King Edward's Camp Hill in Kings Heath. At 13, he was the country's third fastest front crawl swimmer for his age thanks to hours of training at Moseley Baths.

Making a living from playing in a band, though, became a dream come true.

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Sep 18, 2016
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