Charlie Dore
This country-influenced, dedicated UK pub rocker had a brief flirtation with fame and fortune with her 1979 hit Pilot Of The Airwaves. Born and raised in London, she attended drama school before acting in repertory in Newcastle. She even enjoyed a brief spell of television exposure on the children's programme RAINBOW. She formed Charlie Dore's Prairie Oyster band in 1977, with original drummer Pick Withers (who was doubling up with the fledgling Dire Straits, who played the same sort of pub scene in their pre-stadium days). In all, she hired seven drummers including Paul Atkinson (ex-Bees Make Honey), as well as various other personnel. By mid-1978 the name had changed to Charlie Dore's Back Pocket, featuring Dore, Atkinson, Gus York (guitar), Julian Littman (guitar), Keith Nelson (lap steel guitar) and Garrick Dewar (bass). They secured a session for CHARLIE GILLETT'S HONKY TONK RADIO SHOW on Capital Radio, (the same show that helped break Dire Straits with Sultans Of Swing). Island Records were interested in the band, but they broke up, leaving Dore to continue solo. Her first album was produced by the Shadows’ Bruce Welch and songwriter Alan Tarney and partly recorded in Nashville using session musicians of the calibre of Sonny Curtis. Pilot Of The Airwaves, a tale concerning a radio disc jockey became a hit (US number 13, UK number 66), but despite much airplay the follow-up Fear Of Flying flopped. In 1980 she signed to Chrysalis, released a second album and returned to the pub circuit. In 1983 she co-starred with Jonathan Pryce in THE PLOUGHMAN'S LUNCH, which won the EVENING STANDARD Film of the Year award. The following year her composition Strut became a US number 4 hit for Sheena Easton. In 1989 she appeared in an episode of the ITV drama HARD CASES with a band that also included Stuart Elliot, the former Cockney Rebel drummer. She later joined the improvisation comedy team, Dogs On Holiday, performing regularly on the London cabaret circuit. In 1992 she co-wrote Jimmy Nail"s enduring UK number 1 Ain't No Doubt.

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