JAMES ‘TAPPY’ WRIGHT
Raconteur, speaker at “An Audience with Tappy Wright” and is Co-Author of his biography “Rock Roadie” the book.
Tappy Wright was born in a poor mining family in Whitley Bay in the North East of England, but love of music and his ability to be in the right place at the right time have lead to a fascinating life: from playing second guitar with the Animals when they began to form, to working with rock legends Tina Turner, Little Richard, Peter Noone (Herman’s Hermits), Carl Perkins to Jimi Hendrix. He even did a very short tour with film legend Jayne Mansfield.
He now divides his time between Florida and his native Whitley Bay as a dealer in Rock memorabilia and famous guitars.
Tappy is soon to hit the road again through the University campuses of the USA, to begin a tour of a different sort – star of his own show “ a spoken word performance” of his life story.
As Eric Burdon, lead singer of The Animals, wrote in his 1984 autobiography…”A good road manager is as important as a good lead singer. Tappy Wright was the best in the business”.
Rod Weinberg is co-author of Rock Roadie and the producer of “An Audience with Tappy Wright: Rock Roadie – Backstage and Confidential”
Rod's background in the entertainment industry stretches back over 30 years. His Executive Production work includes sports and music programmes for television and feature films and was instrumental in developing Swipe film studios in Romania.
His music industry experience after being a director at the world famous rock venue “The Rainbow Theatre” encompasses work as manager, agent, promoter and producer for artists such as The Animals whom he reformed for the 1983 World Tour, Marvin Gaye, Rick Wakeman, Jimmy Cliff, Billy Ocean, Alvin Lee of Ten Years After, The Damned, Mel Smith and Gryff Rhys Jones, Marianne Faithful and Screaming Jay Hawkins.
Roger Pomphrey is the host and director of “An Audience with Tappy Wright: Rock Roadie – Backstage and Confidential”
Roger is an award winning filmmaker, as well as a respected guitar player. Having recorded and performed with many international musicians and bands, including Eurhythmics, Ali Campbell and UB40, Chrissie Hynde, Joe Strummer, Bono, and Mick Jagger to name just a few, and he also started directing films and T.V. shows almost 20 years ago.
His work has been broadcast on all British terrestrial channels as well as internationally. Amongst his many credits include, “Life, Death and Damien Hirst”, “Who the f*** is Pete Doherty”, Armstrong and Miller, Keith Richards live at the Town and Country Club and the much applauded Jimi Hendrix film, “At last the beginning, the making of Electric Ladyland”.