7312-7320 Puritan is now covered in yellow paint
I was unable to trace any recordings penned by Fred Bridges during 1972-4.

But in 1975, a chain of events would lead Fred into other avenues within the music industry and away from bus driving.

"I knew a guy called Doctor Doss who was managing some kind of dope addict project in the city" says Fred. "He wanted to get a foothold in the industry and asked me to set up some equipment. So I rigged out this place on Puritan, at number 7312, for rehearsals.

At the same time, my long time friend Lawrence Payton was setting up a new  project with the Tops a couple of doors down.

Early on I found that Doctor Doss had some strange views on things. First of all he wanted to call the record company Dink. I remember saying to him 'what kind of name is that?!?'.

Anyway, we went ahead and did some demos, but lo and behold when I told him that it was time to record in a proper professional studio, he couldn't believe it.

'How much is this thing going to cost', he cried. 

So that was the end of Dink."


Notes thanks to David Meikle.


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