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Musician Jammed With Page and Plant In Ibiza In '70s

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Source: Gulf News

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An 'Urban legend' for rock fans Posted on » Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A LEADING Rock & Roll pianist will take to the stage for two Bahrain performances next month.

Denmark-based musician Stan Urban is gearing up for the gigs that will be held at the Upstairs Downstairs restaurant in Adliya on Thursday, November 4, and Saturday, November 6.

The Scottish-born multi-instrumentalist specialises in 1950s rock and journeys down the musical path began at a young age when he acquired a piano accordion and started doing imitations of his hero Little Richard in a high pitched treble.

He became an overnight sensation and landed a position fronting The Mystery Men aged just 13.

The early 1960s saw Urban tour in a number of bands and he also gained acclaim for his performances as American icon Gene Vincent's accompanying pianist.

His talent took him to Hamburg where he was a resident pianist for numerous outlets and other live entertainment venues.

It was during this time that earned a slot as a support artist for a Chuck Berry concert in Berlin.

During the 70s, Urban spent his days soaking up the sun in Ibiza, playing the piano to holiday makers and locals alike at a local bar and jamming with rock legends Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

Urban's performances will take place at 9.30pm on November 4 and at 9pm on November 6. The shows are free to diners.

Free transport is also being laid on from the Dilmun Club to Upstairs Downstairs - and back.

Contact Upstairs Downstairs on 17713093 for more information.

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A bit of a mystery this one. So far as I know Jimmy & Robert never went to Ibiza together in the 70s, although Robert did go there for the last week of August '78 and jammed with a group called Dr. Feelgood at Club Amnesia (Atlantic Records' executive Phil Carson on bass...'Johnny B. Goode' and a couple other classics. When asked of his plans Robert reportedly said "I'm retired".

However, Robert & Jimmy were in Ibiza together in August '84, performing a set with Phil May and various members of The Pretty Things at Heartbreak Hotel, a club owned by Carson.

Robert had been to Ibiza alone or with his band mates a few other times prior to this, and Jimmy returned in August '85 with Chris Squire of Yes, so perhaps Urban jammed with the seperately as opposed to what the article seems to suggest. I'm hoping we can arrive at a confirmation of the date.

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A bit of a mystery this one. So far as I know Jimmy & Robert never went to Ibiza together in the 70s, although Robert did go there for the last week of August '78 and jammed with a group called Dr. Feelgood at Club Amnesia (Atlantic Records' executive Phil Carson on bass...'Johnny B. Goode' and a couple other classics. When asked of his plans Robert reportedly said "I'm retired".

However, Robert & Jimmy were in Ibiza together in August '84, performing a set with Phil May and various members of The Pretty Things at Heartbreak Hotel, a club owned by Carson.

Robert had been to Ibiza alone or with his band mates a few other times prior to this, and Jimmy returned in August '85 with Chris Squire of Yes, so perhaps Urban jammed with the seperately as opposed to what the article seems to suggest. I'm hoping we can arrive at a confirmation of the date.

SAJ,

I looked up Stan Urban's own website, and in his bibliography he is saying it was in the seventies that he jammed with Robert and Jimmy. However, when I looked up the pictures category of the site, I found photos of him and Robert from 1978, and one of him with Jimmy from 1984.

SAJ, there is an email address on his site if perhaps you want to contact him for more details.

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Thank you so much, kenog! Great shot of Stan with Jimmy. I shall contact him via his site, drawing his attention to this thread.

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I've been reading Stan's biography on his site and it says in the early 60s he toured as Gene Vincent's piano player. The thought immediately came to mind that in 1963 Don Arden hired Peter Grant as a tour manager for Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, and The Animals. Perhaps Stan recalls meeting Peter at the time?

http://www.stanurban.dk/

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I've been reading Stan's biography on his site and it says in the early 60s he toured as Gene Vincent's piano player. The thought immediately came to mind that in 1963 Don Arden hired Peter Grant as a tour manager for Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, and The Animals. Perhaps Stan recalls meeting Peter at the time?

http://www.stanurban.dk/

Good connected-up thinking SAJ. When I looked through Stan's website, he came across as having real integrity in terms of his music - a bit of a character, in fact. Definitely from the Golden Age of Rock and Roll, as Ian Hunter once put it!

By the way Stan, if you read this, sorry about using the photos from your site. It's just we get a bit excited about this kind of thing!:beer:

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