His album The Journey produced by Nigel Hopkins (Crazy lighthouse records) also features in the film and Jet said of the album “If that’s the last thing I ever do, I’m happy”.
In 2010 he was awarded the MBE and was also out doing shows. He was genuinely overwhelmed about receiving the award.
Our last day of filming in 2010 was in Soho outside the former Two I’s coffee bar. Jet and I also visited the site of Deso Hoffmans’ studio in Frith street where he had learnt so much from the photographer.
We continued with a visit to the world famous Macari’s music shop in Charing Cross road. The shop opened in 1958 and is still there today. Jet bought his first Framus bass there (probably the first electric bass in the UK). The Shadows early Fender Stratocasters were also from Macari’s.
Broadcaster Mike Read said that Jets song should have been “Nature boy” and I agree. His interest in nature and photography were his real passion in later life.
I tried to cover Jets whole life for his fans and the Limited Edition Bonus DVD contains more on how and why he was in and out of the business over the years. Jet also talked frankly about his problems with alcohol.
Jet loved old time variety and music hall acts and my one regret is not filming the time Jet appeared with The Rapiers and walked onstage with his bass, dressed in a chicken costume. The fans gave him a huge round of applause and Jet said “How do you know it’s me in ‘ere?”
Jet saw the finished cut two weeks before he died and was very happy with it. I’m glad he did get to see it and I have enjoyed making the film. I’m also grateful for being given the opportunity to do so.
My favourite quote from the film has to be ” And Hank Pee’d on the monkey”.
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Mark Windows 2011