MUSIC MATTERS: Tributes to musician and 'wonderful human' Steve Madden - The Coventry Observer

11th Aug, 2022

MUSIC MATTERS: Tributes to musician and 'wonderful human' Steve Madden

Steve Madden RIP

RIP Steve Madden. I have known Steve from The Spider Murphy/Murphy’s Law days in the 1980s.

Spider Murphy were a blooming great band of the 1980s.

Steve fronted the band, they appeared at Covaid fundraiser for Africa in October ’85 and later rebranded as Murphy’s Law, bagging a place on the Cov compilation album ‘Rhythm Method’ with the classic track ‘Day’s Gone By’.

Once the band split, Steve remained a part of the music industry, mainly part of the bigger picture in London, but often trying out new projects back in Coventry.

He was an incredible musician and a wonderful human being.

Talented more than many could ever know, his latest venture was playing guitar in the Danny Ansell band.

Steve was a supreme songwriter and master guitarist and vocalist. He has truly left a Steve Madden shaped hole in this world of ours.

My thoughts go out to his wonderful family and friends.


COVtember 2019 at The Tin is in support of Coventry Music Museum, I’m happy to say.

It is a weekend of music beginning on Friday September 20 – doors 7.30pm – with confirmed bands being Andy Beglin, Matt Cattell, Danny Ansell, The Session.

On Saturday – doors 5.00pm – with confirmed bands being Holy Thief (acoustic),The Pristines, The Institutes, The Loaded, Suns of Rest. More to be confirmed soon.

Friday – £4 Advance /£6 on the door; Saturday – £6 Advance/£8 on the door; or buy a weekend wristband for just £8 in advance.

Can I say publicly with my CMM hat on, thank you all so very much for doing this and making us a part of this, you guys rock, the line-up is amazing so please support and help keep The Coventry Music Museum going.

The Overlanders

Cast you mind back to the 60s (well those who were around of course). Remember that cracking track from the Beatles ‘Michelle’, the one with French lyrics that we all sang wrongly.

The Beatles never released it as a single, so up step the Overlanders, who in 1966 scored a number one hit with the song.

One member of the band, Paul Arnold, is a local from Warwickshire and kindly informed me that on Monday August 12 the four remaining Overlanders met up for the first time in 53 years at the Ardencote Hotel near Claverdon.

That’s Paul Arnold (Friswell), 77, Peter Bartholomew, 78, Terry Widlake, 78, Dave Walsh, 72. Laurie Mason who died young ( in his early 50s) would have been 79.

Paul tells me how it came about: “It came about by chance, Terry found out he would be in England the same time as Dave was visiting. I contacted Peter and I and asked if we could make it. Answer, ‘yes’. We spent the day together reminiscing on old times. The emails we`ve sent each other since were all about what a special day it was and if humanly possible we must do it again.”

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