Becoming a legend is something good musicians do without trying, and one such was Romford’s own Bob Marks.
A unique character full of enthusiasm and love which he spread around like magic dust to everyone he encountered.
Singer, Ukulele player and instigator of achievement in others, he came up with ‘you can do it’, long before President Obama.
It took cancer to take him away but the man’s influence lingers on in a powerful lot of fellow musicians and those of us who have been inspired by his ultimate, ‘nothing is impossible’ dream.
He sadly passed on last month but such was his charisma, he did not leave a gap but a milestone pointing the way to achieving personal ambitions.
By way of tribute, his band, The Blue Cheese Jam Band, did a magnificent job of lifting the roof off the Crown Pub in Roneo Corner of Saturday August 6, where followers gathered and turned a free for all jam session into an event that will fondly live on in many memories.
Such is Bob’s legacy to music in Havering. He achieved it with the phenomenal support of his wife Jane and daughters Katie, Lucy, Wendy and Cheryl, all of whom were at the Saturday gig, laughing and singing as if Bob was standing next to them, which of course he was in spirit.
He was irreplaceable but somehow it has been achieved by Matt Jones, a brilliant singer with a personality and presentation that matches Bob in every way.
The Blue Cheese Band is continuing its weekly gig at the Crown Pub on Roneo Corner, every Wednesday beginning at nine in the evening and going through to the witching hour.
Jam banding is open to all and this is quality music from Blues to Rock, delivered by ‘Museos’ who get as much fun out of playing as the regular audience do in joining in and dancing.
With Matt fronting the band, the tradition Bob Marks created is continuing, not only in tribute, but in recognition that live music is best heard and enjoyed.
Something held very close to Bob’s heart.