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Little Richard © Chris Walter

This story begins with a teenager in London who loved Pop, Soul and Rock & Roll. The photo career began with someone outside the theatre ( Tooting Granada, south of London ) in 1962 where I had been to see Little Richard and Sam Cooke (I don't remember seeing Sam Cooke - one of my favourite artists), asking for a copy of photos I had snapped there.This is the original photo that started it all.   

Soon after that (1963)came the BEATLES.....


Beatles © Chris Walter 1963 Royal Albert Hall My Beatles autograph page says this photo was April 17th, 1963, but all the lists put it as the 18th, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, at a BBC  "Swinging Sound 63: TV show though I'd always thought it was POP PROMS.

I was lucky to start at the beginning of the most exciting and interesting era in pop music, especially in the UK, where on one side we had Beatles, Stones, Walker Brothers and all the other pop bands of the time, we had Jimi Hendix, Cream and other heavier bands and we had had something the UK has always loved, and still does, soul music. We got to see Otis and James Brown and Ike & Tina Turner, and Motown.

Cliff Richard © Chris Walter  Before we go to the next years I have to pay tribute to England's three biggest pop idols when I grew up. Adam Faith , made a lot of terrific pop records, later managing Leo Sayer and becoming an actor, Billy Fury .. find his greatest hits and see how good his rock ballads were, and of course (Sir) Cliff Richard. The most successful pop star ever, at least 130 + hits, 64 top 20 and 14 #1's, and still going.



1964  [back to top]

graphic .PJ PROBY © Chris Walter .. Beatles .. Dave Clark 5 .. Kinks .. Billy Fury .. PJ Proby is one of the great voices, and showmen of pop, really gained mass infamy in the UK when he split the knees of his trousers on stage! .. Roy Orbison .. Ronettes

1965 [back to top]


.. Moody Blues .. Righteous Brothers Righteous Brothers © Chris Walter Beatles © Chris Walter at Top of the Pops..Beatles while at a Top Of The Pops taping .. Tom Jones Tom Jones © Chris Walter .. Hollies The Hollies © Chris Walter .. Walker Brothers .. The Walker Brothers © Chris Walter .. Sonny &Cher ..SONNY & CHER © Chris Walter

Donovan .. Yardbirds .. The Who .. Doris Troy

.. The Byrds .. Byrds © Chris Walter in London's Hyde Park in Londons Hyde Park at time of Mr Tambourine Man.

1966 [back to top]

graphic ..Cliff Richard.. Spencer Davis Group ..Beach Boys ..Small Faces Small Faces, Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Kenny Jones, Ian McLagan © Chris Walter .. Troggs .. Manfred Mann James Brown. JAMES BROWN © Chris Walter"Live at the Apollo" still considered one of the most exciting live albums ever........... Jimi Hendrix .. Jimi Hendrix by © Chris Walter

.. Len Barry © Chris Walter LEN BARRY

Ike and Tina Turner Stevie Wonder © Chris Walter Wilson Pickett Otis Redding © Chris Walter in a London club Percy Sledge © Chris Walter Then Soul Music really arrived.
Suddenly we had an an invasion of one of the greatest music styles, which has remained hugely popular in the UK ever since.
.. Ike & Tina Turner .. .. Stevie Wonder .. .. Wilson Pickett .. .. Otis Redding .. .. Percy Sledge .. .. Lee Dorsey .. .. Four Tops ..


Beatles © Chris Walter on Top Of The Pops 1966 The BEATLES were on Top Of The Pops. This was to be their final live UK TV appearance as a group.

1967 [back to top]


The Monkees .. BEATLES MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR .. Engelbert Humperdinck .. The Tremeloes .. Procol Harum ..scott mckenzie .. Bee Gees ..
Cream Cream by © Chris Walter .. Four Tops .. Beach Boys with good vibrations .. Jimi Hendrix .. The Move .. Cat Stevens .. Rascals .. Beatles - all you need is love ..
Traffic .. The Herd ..Neil Diamond .. Doors ..
Pink Floyd with Syd Barrett Pink Floyd by © Chris Walter .. Rolling StonesRolling Stones by © Chris Walter .. Ten Years After .. Ten Years After by © Chris Walter

1968 [back to top]


Rolling Stones .. Fleetwood Mac  Fleetwood Mac © Chris Walter Janis Joplin..Janis Joplin © Chris Walter ..Cliff Richard .. Equals .. Dave Dee

Scott Walker © Chris WalterScott Walker © Chris WalterScott Walker © Chris Walter

Scott Walker who, other than Elvis, has been my all time favourite singer. Scott came to England as part of the Walker Brothers who during their three years of group success were as big as the Beatles. When they split Scott went on to solo success. He always had an incredible talent for finding great songs, and an artist I am proud to have worked with, both as the Walker Brothers and solo, including the Scott 3 album sleeve. He is still a huge cult figure.The 30 Century Man docu-film is out in 2009 and is very worth seeing, in theatre or on the DVD

  Johnny Nash .. Jose Feliciano .. Fleetwood Mac .. Eric Clapton

1969 [back to top]

Andy Fairweather Low © Chris Walter Amen Corner
had a string of hits in the late 1960's. They all lived in a large house in Harrow, just outside London. Singer Andy Fairweather Low amazingly had a Cobra in the front yard , but many a time for a London gig he and Neil would jump into my MGB and have me take them, a lot of fun. Andy has spent the recent years touring with such people as Pete Townsend and with Eric Clapton (including "Unplugged") and Roger Waters . Blue Weaver and Dennis Byron went on to the Bee Gees for years, Alan Jones went into management, Clive Taylor became a recording engineer and Neil Jones became the chief photographer for his home city of Cardiff (after assisting me for a while !!).

Tommy Roe .. Rolling Stones .. Zager + Evans .. Fleetwood Mac .. Joe Cocker Joe Cocker © Chris Walter .. The Move © Chris Walter The Move .. CCR in London © Chris WalterCreedence Clearwater Revival came to London .. Stevie Wonder .. The late Steve Marriott in Humble Pie  Steve Marriott © Chris Walter ..David Bowie

John Lennon and Yoko One in 1969 at Top Of The Pops John lennon  by © Chris Walter at Lyceum John Lennon and Yoko Ono were in the headlines, from holding bed-ins to concerts to appearing on Top Of The Pops promoting their Plasic Ono Band record.


Jimi Hendrix.. Jimi Hendrix Experience  by © Chris Walter

1970 [back to top]


The big Rock bands that had started to grow in late '69 began to take over the world. Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and The Moody Blues were some.Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin  by © Chris Walter

Moody Blues Moody Blues by © Chris Walter

Black Sabbath got Paranoid..Black Sabbath by © Chris Walter

norman greenbaum .. moody blues .. Free .. Status Quo .. Fairweather .. Three Dog Night .. Carpenters .. T Rex .. Jimi Hendrix .. Dave Edmunds .. Mungo Jerry .. Jethro Tull .. Chicago

1971 [back to top]


In 1971 in England was the start of the Glam movement with Slade, The Sweet and Elton John and Marc Bolan all dressing in a whole different way! ... Even Rod Stewart Rod Stewart by © Chris Walter

Wings by © Chris Walter Paul McCartney by © Chris Walter Paul and Linda McCartney started Wings .. Lobo

1972 [back to top]


Michael Jackson by © Chris Walter Michael Jackson and Jackson 5 came to London and appeared at The London Palladium for Royalty .. 1972 was also the hit year for Don Mclean while Slade got more successful. David Cassidy came over to England as a huge teenybop idol and Chuck Berry was still duck walking.

1973 [back to top]

graphic Mud .. Slade .. Osmonds .. Gary Glitter ..Gary Glitter © Chris Walter   .. Faces .. .. Harry Nilsson .. .. Tim Hardin .. .. David Cassidy .. .. Chuck Berry .. .. ELO .. .. Cat Stevens .. .. Deep Purple .. .. Todd Rundgren .. .. Uriah Heep .. .. 10CC .. .. Elton John ..

1974 [back to top]

graphic Slade .. Mud .. Abba .. Carl Douglas .. David Essex .. Barry White .. New York Golls .. Johnny Winter .. Rick Nelson .. Lobo .. Osmonds .. Bryan Ferry .. Joan Baez .. Alex Harvey .. Black Sabbath

Van Morrison Van Morrison by © Chris Walter Eric Clapton

.. Neil Diamond ..Neil Diamond by © Chris Walter .. Neil Diamond by © Chris Walter

1975[back to top]


Simon & Garfunkel Simon and Garfunkel © Chris Walter Cockney Rebel .. Hall & Oates .. 10cc .. Todd RundgrenQueen in concert © Chris Walter Queen Queen © Chris Walter ..Jimmy Buffet..Jimmy Buffet © Chris Walter

Bruce Springsteen © Chris Walter Late in 1975 during one of my US visits I got to shoot what at the time seemed the big hype. But it was no hype. The show was Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at UC Santa Barbara. That was one of the shows you left as a believer, and Bruce is one artist that the same still applies 30 plus years later.

1976 [back to top]


Bee Gees   The Runaways Runaways by © Chris Walter

Abba .. New Seekers .. Wings .. Neil Young .. Peter Frampton .. Kiss

1977 [back to top]


As a working music photographer with already a long history, the punk audiences in the UK really got to me and so on a whim I decided this time to spend more time in the US. In Los Angeles we were representing Sounds (and later Kerrang) from the UK plus magazines from Europe and Japan. Although straight away I started shooting a lot of other people, some of the first live shows I shot in California were the Clash and the Sex Pistols, and the other punk/new wave acts that came west. So much for escaping punk!
In the UK we had always tried to shoot any musical artist in any genre, which we made a point of doing also once in Los Angeles. I had the advantage, in some ways, of wanting to shoot for International publications, which got me access to acts the local record company people could not get me. The combination of local and international press people made this next few years very busy and productive.

The Jam .. Steely Dan..Steely Dan by © Chris Walter .. Sex Pistols...Mink DeVille Mink DeVille by © Chris Walter Blondie in London © Chris Walter BLONDIE

1978 [back to top]


Devo..Devo by © Chris Walter .. Boomtown Rats .. Dusty Springfield .. Heart .. Kate Bush .. Japan .. David Bowie .. The Cars .. Talking Heads .. Todd Rundgren .. Jacksons .. Judas Priest .. Bob Marley .. Bruce Springsteen .. Van Halen .. Van Halen by © Chris Walter

1979 [back to top]


Tourists in Hollywood © Chris Walter The Tourists went on to became The Eurythmics

Village People .. Clash .. Journey .. Beach Boys .. Talking Heads .. Bonnie Tyler .. Bee Gees .. Herman Brood .. Alice Cooper .. Motorhead .. Grace Jones .. Def Leppard .. Gloria Gaynor .. Chris Spedding .. Barry White

1980 [back to top]


Bruce Springsteen Bruce Springsteen © Chris Walter at

 LA Sports Arena

ZZ Top .. Christopher Cross .. Beach Boys .. Joan Armatrading .. Genesis .. Irene Cara .. Willie Nelson .. David Johansen .. PIL .. AC/DC .. Billy Burnette

1981 [back to top]

Bob Marley Bob Marley by © Chris Walter      Heart Heart by © Chris Walter


Montrose .. Alice Cooper .. Michael Jackson .. Blue Oyster Cult .. Joe Jackson .. ELO .. Stray Cats .. Sparks .. Cliff Richard .. Madness .. Sammy Hagar ..Stevie Nicks .. Hall & Oates .. Journey .. Earth Wind & Fire .. Emmylou Harris .. OMD .. Tubes .. George Thorogood .. Michael Schenker ..Tom Robinson .. Motley Crue .. Motels .. Joe Ely .. Garland Jeffreys.. Juice Newton .. Devo .. Adam Ant .. Ozzy Osbourne .. Jeff Beck .. Gary US Bonds .. Joan Jett .. Bruce Springsteen

1982 [back to top]

Frank Zappa .. Frank Zappa by © Chris Walter       Tom Petty © Chris Walter Tom Petty


Asia .. David Bowie .. James Brown .. Rolling Stones .. The Who .. Cheap Trick .. Blue Oyster Cult .. Huey Lewis ..Quarterflash .. Simon & Garfunkel .. Scorpions .. Donna SUMMER .. Survivor .. Jefferson Starship .. Chubby Checker .. Heart .. Girlschool .. Ted Nugent .. Journey .. Adam Ant .. Billy Idol .. Flock Of Seagulls .. Grandmaster Flash .. J Geils Band .. Rod Stewart .. Dexy's Midnight Runners .. Gary US Bonds .. Luther Vandross

1983 [back to top]


Iron Maiden Photo of Iron Maiden by © Chris Walter

Animals .. REM .. Pretenders .. David Bowie .. Frank Zappa .. Robert Plant .. Rod Stewart .. Michael Jackson .. Fixx .. Alarm .. Bryan Adams .. AC/DC .. Cramps .. Styx .. Lene Lovich .. Ratt .. The Clash .. Bow Wow Wow .. Toto .. Girlschool .. Marvin Gave .. Stevie Nicks .. Journey .. Quiet Riot .. Rickie Lee Jones .. Twisted Sister .. Talking Heads .. Saga .. Motley Crue .. Mary Jane Girls .. Night Ranger .. Eurythmics .. Dio .. Alcatrazz .. Michael Bolton .. English Beat .. Jeff Beck .. X ..Ozzy Osbourne

1984 [back to top]


Nick Lowe by © Chris Walter Nick Lowe .. Stevie Ray Vaughan

Tina Turner .. Yngwie Malmsteen .. Judas Priest .. David Bowie .. Aerosmith .. Yes .. AC/DC .. Scorpions .. Accept .. Gary Moore .. The Clash .. Steve Miller .. Moody Blues .. Bad Company .. Cyndi Lauper .. Van Halen .. Rick James .. Dio .. Armoured Saint .. John Waite .. Michael Jackson .. Bruce Springsteen

1985 [back to top]


Julian Lennon .. Black Sabbath .. Lita Ford.. Van Halen .. Stevie Wonder .. David Lee Roth .. John Parr .. Billy Ocean .. Dio .. John Waite .. Bruce Springsteen

1986[back to top]


Neil Young Graham Nash .. Judas Priest .. Richie Havens .. James Brown .. Bon Jovi .. ELP .. Peter Frampton .. Slayer .. Kris Kristofferson .. Rush .. Robert Palmer .. Stevie Wonder .. Van Halen .. Country Joe .. Buffy St Marie .. Megadeth .. Ozzy Osbourne .. Michael Jackson .. Deniece Williams

1987 [back to top]


Janet Jackson .. Sammy Hagar .. BB King .. Iron Maiden .. Megadeth

1988[back to top]


Kylie Minogue .. Van Halen

1989 to NOW[back to top]


 1988 was the end of the first 25 years. Shooting music photography in these earlier years was a lot of fun as well as a lot of hard work and long hours. In later years, until the present, it became much more corporate with more artist control and far fewer creative pictures because of those restrictions.

The material from 1989 to the present time can all be found on the Photofeatures site.

But a great bookend is here for this career. In January 2008 I get to shoot Ringo Starr in LA. Noon on a wet January day, but a lot of fun and just a month short of 45 years from the start of this photographic journey. The new Ringo photos are here.

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