Happy Birthday to John Leslie “Les” Chadwick – born May 11, 1943

Happy Birthday to John Leslie “Les” Chadwick – born May 11, 1943

John Leslie “Les” Chadwick (born 11 May 1943, Aigburth, Liverpool, Lancashire, England) is an English bassist.

Career

Chadwick’s bass guitar work can be heard on all of the recordings made by the 1960s pop group, Gerry & the Pacemakers.

Chadwick originally did not own a bass guitar and played a standard Fender Stratocaster with the bass setting exaggerated until obtaining a proper bass. He eventually acquired a sunburst Epiphone Rivoli bass which he used for most of his performances with the Pacemakers. This bass can be seen in the film Ferry Cross the Mersey, in which Chadwick has a substantial role as Gerry Marsden’s sidekick “Chad”

Like many British bassist of the era he used a plectrum and favoured short scale hollow body basses such as the Epiphone and a Höfner Verythin.

More on Chadwick’s life here.

 

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