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Melt Kingston
(Wurzel 1967 - 1968)

Melt Kingston was probably one of the least well-known Wurzels. He became Adge Cutler's third tuba player when he replaced Henry Davis in 1967. He stayed with the band for less than a year, and never appeared on any recordings.

At the time, Melt was a young up-and-coming jazz player based in London. He counted fellow tuba and bass player, and newly-hired Wurzel Henry Davis amongst his friends. In the late summer of 1967, Henry was asked to join the latest pop sensation The New Vaudeville Band whose debut single had topped the charts in USA. With a chance for fame and fortune - and perhaps hoping for more of a musical challenge than The Wurzels offered - Henry accepted the offer, but not before suggesting to Adge Cutler that he appoint Melt as his replacement.

Melt arrived at Temple Meads railway station in Bristol where he was met by Adge and driven to Adge's Nailsea home. Armed with Henry Davis' spare upright bass - and instrument he had never played, but 'knew the fundamentals' - and a barrel of scrumpy Adge had in the parlour, he was given a crash-course in Wurzels songs. Sadly he had only learnt two songs before the scrumpy took effect. The next day, hung-over and dressed in the scruffiest yokel clothes Dunne's Of Bristol could supply, he was on stage as a Wurzel.

Although he loved working with Adge, and got on well with his band-mates, his time with the band was limited to less than a year. Down in London, things hadn't worked out for Henry, and in March or April 1968, Melt and Henry did a job-swap. Henry returned to The Wurzels, while Melt caught the train back to London to take over tuba duties with the New Vaudeville Band.

Fame and fortune never did come to members of the New Vaudeville Band; within a year they had split as the novelty of their act ran out. Melt though has remained in the music industry, and was most recently spotted providing the bass guitar on Lowri Evans' Welsh language album Clyw Sibrydion. He remembers his time as a Wurzel with fond memories, having crammed loads of gigs at pubs and clubs into his few months with the band; and recalled Adge as 'a gentle man, an artist and a poet' - quite a nice elegy!

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Also well worth reading are Melt's I Remember Adge reminiscences.

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