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Dave Grinnell@ 10:31pm 04-20-2014
I first stumbled across Ollie's guitar playing whilst watching the OGWT, when John Cale played Dying On The Vine. It's a decent enough song, with quite interesting drums, but it was struggling to hold my attention, until Ollie's guitar solo in the last minute of the song. Sometimes it only takes a few seconds of a solo before you are thinking "This guy can bloody well play" and that's what hit me - during one dazzling burst I'm sure I said out loud "You're f***ing kidding". Hardly any guitarist drags that kind of reaction from me.

Thanks to this excellent site, I'm trying to catch up with Ollie's best work. Ollie could bloody well play and this site is the best starting point for anyone wanting to find out more about this criminally underrated musician.
Replied on: 10:03am 04-21-2014

Thanks for your comments, Dave. Yes, it's a spectacular performance. Unfortunately, one of the very few video examples we have. If you are on FaceBook, please consider joining the Ollie & Patto Group:

manuel franco@ 4:09pm 01-09-2014
Oh,I have a live cd-of TEMPEST*(not official rel.Hiseman put out,btw)1/2 W/ollie!!vocals-crap.all else-great./
manuel franco/miami,@ 4:05pm 01-09-2014
#1:Let's get the Live Boxer sessions released,via Esoteric#2:!!!!Let's especially get Ollie(Peter)Hallsalls SOLO cd released.Producedby King Crimsons ROBERT FRIPP#3:Is the live**Warts & all)to be re-released?#4:I have some Live Patto(3-4)got from best,free,website(ever!!) awhile,to be member**(free)worth it.Sound quality reviews are exact/accurate,btw.&updated often*(cds I have are a+,to "C").If ther's any<Live Timbox:let's get IT released,too./calls are welcome@305-200-5021-after 4pm,est.Manuel.:-)
Rachel Thomas@ 8:02am 01-02-2014
This page seems like a great legacy to a much loved musician whose music still resonates across the decades.
I am trying to reconnect with the past myself and would appreciate anyone who could provide a contact for Tony Cahill. I know that this is not what the site is intended for but I don't think Ollie would disapprove as he seems to bring many people together for different reasons.
Replied on: 9:08am 01-02-2014

Hi Rachel. Not sure who Tony Cahill is. What is his connection with Ollie? You might want to try posting this on the Ollie Halsall and Patto FaceBook group at: Happy New Year!

Deborah Ellis@ 6:41am 09-17-2013
Thank you for this website, it's a gift. I love to see my Late Husband Keith and old friends. I miss everyone, but the their music lives on. Love the videos !! thank you thank you DX XOX
Replied on: 11:05am 10-18-2013

Cheers, Deborah. All the best.

Julian Barnes@ 4:54pm 06-14-2013
Like many other people who have visited this web site, I used to play in a band in the early seventies. Every thursday we would check out the Melody Maker to find out who was on in London and go and watch gigs, all piling into my mum's car, which I would borrow. Once we had the opportunity to see Patto and Ollie, that was it. Every time they came to London we would go. As many people have written, there have really only been two completely original guitarists from that period - Ollie and Jimi Hendrix. It is great to see that many now very famous guitarists acknowledge his influence on them. King of the hammer-on. We used to get as close to the stage as possible to figure out how he was doing it as it did not seem possible that anyone could play that fast and fluidly. BUt he did. I live in Mallorca now so I have been to Deia to pay my respects. Such a beautiful location for a legend to be lain to rest. Thanks for putting this site together it is absolutely awesome. All the best Julian - and hi to Glyn and Davido :-) It was fun wasn't it?
Replied on: 8:41pm 06-14-2013

Thanks for your message, Julian. I was in Mallorca a couple of weeks ago and made the usual pilgrimage to Deia. Did you know that Kevin Ayers is to be interred in the church yard on 16 August?

Chris Stone@ 4:32pm 06-14-2013
I met a young man "in his twenties" busking in La Place de Constitution Fuengirola he was playing Beatles covers. When he finished and we gave him a couple of euros we got chatting about the 60's and 70's he asked me who my favorite band was, I said You will not have heard of them it is a group called Patto, He said Ah Ollie and Mike. Word may be starting to get around.
RIP Kevin.
Regards to all,
Replied on: 8:43pm 06-14-2013

Thanks for that, Chris. One day he'll get the universal recognition he deserves.

Kieran Hilbert@ 3:00pm 05-10-2013
Yes he was the best guitar player after hendrix.
Claes Björnberg@ 9:01am 04-12-2013
I am a big fan of Ollie Halsall / Claes
Steve Hague@ 7:58am 02-22-2013
I saw Patto many times at the Black Swan in Sheffield in the early 70s. I rated Ollie as the best electric guitar player I'd ever heard, and still do. I could never understand why he wasn't more famous.
marcelo@ 2:45am 02-21-2013
I found the notice about Kevin Ayers death in France at 68 years. RIP Kevin.
Martin Binks@ 2:50pm 02-02-2013
Wish he was still here!!!.Saw him in Timebox at Butlins,decided then i want to do that!!!!.
Steve@ 7:08pm 01-20-2013
Second time I've tried to do this,1st time interrupted by her indoors!1stheard Patto on Radio 1 on sounds of the 70's with Mike Harding (theDJnot folk singer!) anyone remember him,he was a big guitar fan? Living in South London it was a bit of a waste land for live venues but some guy started putting gigs on at the Castle in Tooting ,just a pub with a fairly large back room but in the next year or so we saw all sorts of bands , Mott the Hoople,Free, Groundhogs,Rory Gallagher ,all the hard working people of the time.When Patto came we went to see them and we absolutely loved them . Prior to the gig,it must have been summer,the band were having an impromptu game of cricket in the car park,one of my greatest regrets in life was that I didn't offer to field,I was too shy and gormless ,what a story to tell the kids if I had!As a bit of a guitarist myself it was distressing to watch Ollie ,I felt like giving up, he was so good and the band were such good fun,I never thought I would enjoy the vibraphone but it was a magic night. Subsequently saw them at Greyhound Fulham Palace Road more than once and also took a fit girl I was trying to impress to the Torrington to see them. I certainly remember the Twist competition the dwarves and 'Strangers in the night' in 5/4 time! Bought all the albums at the time though now only possess the 'sense of the absurd' CD. Did see Boxer at Bedford College with Ollie looking slightly weird in a trendy velvet jacket,always associated him in more 'comfortable'attire! I have to admit I loved it as I'm a bit of an old rocker at heart although Tony Newman looked a bit perturbed when the drum riser lurched upwards, I think they may have skimped on the technology!
Anyway nice to be able to share some great memories,going to put on 'Warm red glow' and have a beer.Cheers!
Replied on: 8:04pm 01-20-2013

Thanks for that, Steve. Yes, cricket was a popular pastime for The Pattos! If you're on FaceBook, please join the Ollie & Patto Group:

lewinus mone@ 5:03pm 01-17-2013
saw ollie lots with kevin. saw boxer in bromley keith ellis on bass. with cale at ronnie scotts. ollie was the best ever on a good night. i could go on and on andon......................
Replied on: 6:22pm 01-17-2013

No, please do go on :o)

Phil McCarthy@ 1:23am 09-07-2012
Great to see this page like this. My only problem with this format, is I find it difficult to read the text with the pictures behind. That aside, Mike Patto was my brother, I was lucky enough to know him all of my/his life. I have always been a huge fan of Ollie,and was lucky enough to spend time with him.
Replied on: 1:29am 09-07-2012

Good point, Phil. Should be a bit better in a minute.

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