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Autumn 2018
"Where's Brexit?" Great title eh! This is a brand new compilation album and it's on sale right now. Goodness only knows why they chose that title, Rob and Nigel certainly didn't choose this one but it's a great album anyway!

Here's a bit of good news too. There's now a brand new Lieutenant Pigeon Facebook site. It's being run by Rob's wonderful daughter Lauren and will be updated regularly with scrapbook cuttings from the past. Not one to be missed!

On Oct 6th it's the world banger racing finals and Rob and Nigel have been invited to Ipswich to present the trophies. Sadly they'e tied up that weekend but they'd like to extend their best wishes to all the contestants and organisers. No doubt much Lieutenant Pigeon music will be played that day so anyone in the area, don't miss out on what's bound to be a great occasion!

Keep an eye on these pages as the boys have promised me a brand new single CD to be out before Christmas!

Just a short one this time.
Bye for now, Bill Boswell

Summer 2018
Wow, we all wanted a scorcher but no one expected anything like this. 1976 all over again! Anyway, amidst all this weather another deal has been cemented. This time for an old Stavely Makepeace 'B' side, "Don't Ride a Paula Pillion". This track was short listed for the 2004 "Best Of" Stavely Makepeace album but dropped on the advice of Rob and Nige, (who've never really liked the track!) However, it will come out early next year on another compilation album. Watch this space for more details.

Meanwhile the CD compilation of local Coventry artistes sponsored by the Coventry Music Museum has been selling well. We understand the first batch of pressings sold out almost immediately. Whilst talking about items on sale at the Music Museum, our own book by the boys, "When Show Business is No Business" can still be bought for the amazing low price of £5 over the reception counter at said museum. Don't leave it too late though as there will be no reprint. After this batch is sold that will be it!

Lastly, it has come to our attention that a researcher has possibly traced the name "Lieutenant Pigeon" back to the time of Charles II. Apparantly the name referred to a canon. Is this true? Can anyone our there throw any more light on the subject? Did this canon have 'genuine potential' ?? (Sorry)

That's it for now, speak to you again when you've all cooled off!
Bill B.

Whitsun 2018
The boys have done a new deal with Ace Records for one of their tracks to be included on Ace's Autumn 2018 CD release. The album will be called "Three Day Week" and the Lieutenant Pigeon song featured will be the 1973 follow up to "Desperate Dan", "...And The Fun Goes On". Sadly, back in 1973 this single didn't get the air play it deserved but it has been a classic Lt Pigeon track over the years and was a favourite of Jarvis Cocker's.

Whilst on the subject of CD releases, the second Coventry Music Museum CD is now out and this features the recent Stavely Makepeace track, "I want you want love". Copies of this are on sale at the Coventry Music Museum now. On this album is another track recorded in the Kingsway studio called "Take Me Away". This was recorded back in 1971 and it features the late enigmatic Rod Felton, (who wrote the song), being backed by Stavely Makepeace. The boys did several 'demos' for Rod at the time and this is one of them. Because of Rod's legacy Andrew Holdcroft decided that the track just had to be included.

Lastly something not quite so savoury. We are being inundated with enquiries about a track on You Tube called "Hang on Sloopy". (The old Beach Boys track). It purports to be Lieutenant Pigeon but we can categorically state now that it has nothing to do with us at all. These charlatans even interspurse pictures of Rob Nigel Hilda and Steve alongside their own group photos. No one has the right to use our name for recording purposes but try as we might we have been unable to get this bogus group's track removed. The irony is it's a very poor recording anyway. Does anyone know who these interlopers are??

And finally, many thanks for all your kind reactions to the DVD we released recently. All the questions we have received off you pertinent to this DVD will eventually be answered, I promise you that!

Now, roll on summer!
Bill Boswell.
PS Have a look at the latest web site promo on you tube. It's called "Lieutenant Pigeon's Happy Dogs".

Easter 2018
Quite a lot to cram into the newsletter this time so let's start by conveying our warmest congratulations to the City of Coventry for being awarded the City of Culture 2021. This will benefit all the arts in and around the Coventry area. We spoke to Pete Chambers, curator of the Coventry Music Museum, who was delighted with the news. He described it as one of the most monumental events in our city's history which would spread the word on all the amazing music that has come out of our great city..... "From Ghost Town to Host Town!"

Whilst mentioning the museum, I'm informed that they still have a few copies of the boys' book, "When Show Business is No Business" for sale. Incidentally, on one American website they want $144 for a copy! You can still get one on mail order from our 'Makepeace Distribution' centre for six quid, and whilst on that subject, with postal charges constantly going up, we've reluctantly had to add £1 on for postage. We've also just been told that the book can be downloaded as an E Book!

So whilst still on the subject of books, Ruth Cherrington's book, "A Dirty stop out's guide to 1970's Coventry" is now of sale and it features both Lieutenant Pigeon and Stavely Makepeace. On January 26th Ruth held a seminar at the central library in Coventry and spoke about the book's creation. A good sized audience turned up and Ruth revealed some astonishing facts about the mammoth task of putting it all together.

Lastly a bit of news from Rob and Nigel. Two new tracks are in the pipeline for 2018 and once again, through popular demand, will be issued on CD. One is already complete. "I want you want love" is the second recording to feature the boys' new idea of "stab singing". The other track is still in the 'top secret' file!

Keep on Rocking, and a very happy Easter! Bill Boswell.

Christmas 2017
The boys at the Coventry Music Museum are about to issue a series of CDs to celebrate the local talent of the area. Instead of rehashing all the old hit records they have had the superb idea of using new material recorded in more recent years from succesful local artistes. Naturally Lieutenant Pigeon and Stavely Makepeace will both be featured. On the first of these CDs will be the Lieutenant Pigeon track, "The Boots of the Rosewood Brigade". This track has long been acclaimed by all Pigeon fans as the most original thing since "Mouldy Old Dough" so fingers crossed it gets the success it deserves. Click on this link for more information.

The Museum also hopes to dedicate tributes to the late Rod Felton and our own Hilda Woodward in the coming months. We've already sorted out some tracks Rod recorded in our studio back in 1971 so some of these will no doubt be used.

Hilda died in 1999 so we're less than 2 years away from the 20th anniversary of her passing. We will cooperate with any ideas the museum may have in marking this anniversary.

Many thanks to the many of you who have bought "A Big Red Set of Drawers". This novel idea of 'stab' singing seems to be catching on. The boys are now working on another track called "I want you want love". Watch this space!

Lastly Ruth Cherrington's book, "Dirty Stopout Guide to 1970s Coventry" is now on sales at all major book sellers. On November 9th she enjoyed a very successful book signing at Waterstones in Coventry. The book features many Coventry acts, including our own "Pigeon and Makepeace". Keep an eye open for this one. We wish her every sucess!

Have a happy and musical Xmas. The very best Bill B.

Autumn 2017
We've recently uncovered a video made to celebrate Rob's 50th birthday. It was all done on analogue in those days so some of the quality isn't awfully great but it does include some rare interviews with the boys and also shows where 'they were' at in 1995. So much has changed since then so it's a snapshot in time and shows how they saw their futures back then. Anyway, we've digitally remastered parts of it and intend releasing it on DVD exclusively to our regular fans.

It lasts about an hour and although the picture quality varies in parts we feel it would be a loss to posterity if we didn't make it available. Keep an eye on the Sales page for more details.

Also, keep an eye on the Newsletters as we hope to offer you another option for downloading music very soon. Watch this space!

More soon Bill.

Summer 2017 (2)
Something a bit special is on its way! Because Marathon now handle all our downloads the boys have decided it's time to release the occasional CD once again. Coming soon is a gem. One CD with two A sides. Not only that but one will be a Lieutenant Pigeon track and one a Stavely Makepeace track!! How's that for value. Keep you eyes on the sales page in a couple of weeks time.

The eagle eyed of you will have noticed that during the last year or so various videos have appeared on You Tube featuring the boys' work. The latest being a track to promote the Coventry Music Museum. This particular video has had more 'hits' than any of the others to date. Our thanks go to the enigmatic Ginger Simon for his tireless participation. Incidentally, his video featuring the Lieutenant Pigeon track "Fish 'n Chips" is in danger of going viral!

That's all for now folks! Bill

Summer 2017
At last we have sorted out our long awaited Downloads page. From today you'll be able to download any of our tracks by simply clicking onto any of these links below and following the instructions.

Many new tracks will appear in the next few weeks so do keep an eye on what's available.

Lastly, does anyone know who David Whitehouse is? He's claimed on Wikepedia to have been Lieutenant Pigeon's manager and a long time friend of the group. I've asked both Rob and Nige and neither of them have ever heard of him? Does he even exist??

More again soon.
The very best Bill B.

Easter 2017
Earlier this year that magnificent band "HALF MAN HALF BISCUIT" from Birkenhead did a gig in Coventry. They came onto stage to our own "Mouldy Old Dough"! Luckily for us Richard Atkinson filmed the occasion and he was kind enough to send us a copy. By clicking on the band's name above you'll be able to see it for yourselves.

Anyway, happy Easter! Apologies for the delay in giving you the details of the new "Music Downloads" system. This is in hand and will, I hope, be rectified within the next few days. Watch this space!


Christmas 2016
Hi everyone, a very Merry Christmas! The eagle eyed amongst you will notice that a new CD has appeared on the Sales Page. This is a one off special Christmas release in the age old Lieutenant Pigeon 'rock' style. We hope it will appeal to you diehard Pigeon fans.

Whilst on the subject of Lt Pigeon recordings, several of you have got in touch to tell us that on many new style 'juke boxes', (though I fear they might be called something else these days!), there are lots of Lieutenant Pigeon recordings. We've also discovered that some of these tracks are bogus, for example, the boys have never recorded "Hang on Sloopy". This particular track, and several others are counterfeit and we are in the throes of exposing them for what they are. Any of you know who these charlatans are who are using our name??

Anyway, the genuine Pigeon tracks tend to show a coloured picture as an icon.

The very best, Bill Boswell

Important News - October 2016
As from November 1st 2016 our Downloads page will temporarily close down. We hope to reopen it early in 2017 when we activate a new 'on line' retailer. Our sincere apologies for this inconvenience. In the meantime we offer an alternative.

During this interim period, blank label CDs of any tracks required will be sold on a mail order basis. By sending a cheque for £3.99p, (made out to Makepeace Music), to Makepeace Distribution, 37 Moat Avenue, Green Lane, COVENTRY CV3 6BT you will receive your music on a compact disc.

Please state which tracks you require, (up to a maximum of 5 titles per CD), you will still be able to buy any of the songs currently listed on our Downloads page.


Autumn 2016
On June 15th BBC Coventry and Warwickshire radio broadcast their lunchtime show 'live' from the Coventry Music Museum. Rob and Nige were featured on this celebration broadcast.
By clicking on the article featured you can listen to the interview they gave.

The new Stavely recording "Cecilia" is receiving a lot of interest so the boys sent a copy, together with another recent recording "Chance of a Lifeline" to an old friend from the Campbell Connelly days, John A B Read. John now handles all the back catalogue of recordings for Cliff Richard and the Shadows so he's promised to play the two tracks to them. Cliff will be compiling a new album soon so it's fingers crossed that he likes the tracks. Watch this space!

Rob and Nige will be back in the studio again this autumn so let's see what they come up with this time.

All for now, speak soon Bill B.

Summer 2016
Way back in 1966 Rob and Nige wrote a song called Cecelia. Fifty years on they've resurrected it and recorded it in a more 21st century style. It will be going on the Downloads page very soon. Also joining it will be another old song. This one's called "Old King Cole" and was recorded by the boys in 1973. It's been gathering dust for years but recently came to light by accident. All of us here in the Lt Pigeon office thought it was hilarious so it too will be available very soon.

Eagle eyed of you will also know that we've started putting snippets of each download song on to the site. This is in response to the many requests we've received off you to let you confirm which track(s) you're buying. Before the end of 2016 we hope to have an excerpt of every tune we have available on our site. Simply by clicking onto the title you'll be able to hear about half a minute of each track.

That's it for today!
The very best, Bill

Easter 2016
Something different this spring. A Brand new Stavely Makepeace recording with a difference. "Chance of a Lifeline" is a 'big production' dramatic ballad, (see Downloads page). It's a move away from the usual raucous 'scrap iron' sound but don't worry, the boys will return to their roots again very soon.

Earlier in the year Domino Pizzas approached us with a view to licensing some Lieutenant Pigeon music for their forthcoming TV advertising campaign. We had hjoped this would be our main story this Easter but sadly the deal fell through. However, this sort of thing is rife within our industry and we have to take it the chin!

Last year we told you about our 'You Tube' video and song aimed at supporting Jeremy Corbyn's campaign to gain the Labour Party leadership. We weren't sure whether the Labour heirarchy were aware of this -- but we are now! Shadow cabinet MP Clive Lewis has been kind enough to forward the promo directly to JC himself! Let's hope he thinks it's worthy of using in 2020 when the next General Erection takes place.

Finally, Coventry Music Museum's Pete Chambers has informed us that a new exhibition this summer will extensively feature Lieutenant Pigeon and Stavely Makepeace...rock on! We will look forward to seeing that Pete!

Speak to you all again soon. Bill B.

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