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Charlie Chuck paid in fresh vegetables by Scottish promoter

I spent yesterday afternoon with comedian Charlie Chuck in Leicestershire, being regaled with tales of how he was regularly under-paid by comedy club owner Malcolm Hardee in the 1990s and of his youthful days as a drummer with the band Mama’s Little Children in the 1960s, appearing on rock music bills in out-of-the-way places with The Faces, The Troggs, Joe Cocker, Alan Price, Georgie Fame and Ginger Baker.

Malcolm Hardee’s later erratic payments and those early band days of the youthful Chuck reminded him of Scottish promoter Duncan McKinnon who, in the mid-1960s, would occasionally pay performers partly in cash and partly in eggs, potatoes and cabbages.

Mama’s Little Children, Charlie Chuck told me, were not much impressed by this method of payment, but their mothers welcomed the foodstuffs transported down from Scotland.

As far as I am aware, Malcolm Hardee never paid his acts in foodstuffs.

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