Musician who set the Bristol Sixties alight
David Purslow was the founder member of a popular Bristol pop band from the 1960s called Johnny Carr and the Cadillacs.
He formed the band with Paul Clayton (real name Dave Fahy), with whom he played in the drums and trumpet band of the 1860 squadron of the Air Cadets. They were joined in the Cadillacs by Merv Alexander and Pete O'Connell.
Mr Purslow was born to Edith and Charles during the Second World War and was the eldest of two children.
He went to Plummer's Hill School and Speedwell School in Bristol, before leaving at the age of 15.
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He had always wanted to join the air force but failed an eye test. He initially worked with his father on the railways until the band turned professional.
For many years the group was considered by most to be the most popular in Bristol.
Every teenager knew of them. They were a very polished group fronted by the strong vocals of Johnny Carr.
In the early 1960s, the line-up was Mr Purslow on drums, Raymond Truscott (guitar) Johnny Carr (Cornelius O'Sullivan) vocals and Mervyn Alexander on bass.
They released singles on Decca and Fontana. The most successful was Do You Love that Girl in August 1965 and their relative fame meant Mr Purslow was lucky to meet many famous faces of the era, among them Sir Cliff Richard and Neil Sedaka, of whom he was a great fan.
They toured in Germany with The Beatles and they played on the same stage as the Fab Four in Hamburg during the Sixties.
The band were part of the Kaiserkeller Club scene that the Beatles famously took by storm when the band comprised John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe.
They also played with other Liverpool legends Gerry and the Pacemakers.
Mr Purslow was known to say: "If it hadn't been for us, Liverpool might not have got its anthem, You'll Never Walk Alone.
"We had been playing the song when Gerry Marsden heard it and decided the Pacemakers should also cover it. "It's quite funny to think that our singer had to write the words out for Gerry."
He also said Lulu heard them playing Shout.
After leaving the band, Mr Purslow became a driving instructor for many years. He missed the 1966 World Cup final as BSM would not let any instructors have the time off, something he never forgot. He married Jenny in April of that year.
He then set up his own driving school and worked for Mother's Pride, as well as joining two other bands; The Bones in the late 60s and Just Mckay in the 1970s.
He turned down the opportunity of being a session drummer in London so he could spend time with his young family, but rejoined The Cadillacs in the 1980s.
He and Johnny Carr were the only two original members still playing although Mr Purslow retired not long before the band called it a day a couple of years ago. He played his last gig at the St Annes Boardmills.
His funeral was held yesterday at Westerleigh Crematorium.