I knew Ronnie Ross before he was famous, when he came back
from America in the late forties. He lived
and used to drive through the village where I lived, Stapleford, in
open topped Morris. He was the only one of our gang who had a
He was a drop-dead gorgeous boy and I had a crush on him but he
was only interested in his music. Whenever a famous band came to
the Rex Ballroom in Cambridge he would be there asking if he could
sit in - I felt proud that he was good enough to hold his own with Vic
Lewis, Ted Heath, The Dutch Swing band etc.
He used to disappear to London
at the weekends. We never knew
he could reach the heights he did.