Eddie Cavert's humble origins in dour Lancashire, England, ensured an interest in music. His father, a cobbler by trade and a self-taught cornet player, passed on his knowledge to Eddie and he became a member of the Preston Town Silver Band at aged eight. The intense competition between these local bands was such that it made him an infant prodigy.
He rapidly became principal cornet player and soloist and joined the prestigous Lancashire Loya Regiment. Hundreds of solo appearances followed and Eddie became a widely experienced and accomplished musician.
During the war,Eddie served aa a dispatch rider but a bad crash saw the end of his military service. Back in Civvy Street, Eddie began the hectic career as a band leader, cabaret director, broadcaster and soloist. In 1953, he recorded as a "B" side a tune that was to change his life. "Oh Mein Papa" was an overnight success and sold in excess of ten million copies throughout the world. Eddie Calvert became the first British instrumentalist to be presented with a gold disc.
When I photographed him, Eddie had moved his base to South Africa and was on a tour of New Zealand, being based in Auckland for a week. We met a number of times and arranged for me to do the photography for an album that he was to record the following year in New Zealand. However, it was not to be, for Eddie suffered a heart attack and died some months later.I was left with the memory of a man whose self-critical honesty was as impressive as his music.