Comedy duo Chas and Dave playing on Cromer Pier

Chas and Dave - heading to Cromer pier on March 8.

Chas and Dave - heading to Cromer pier on March 8. - Credit: Archant

Cockney songsters Chas and Dave are heading back to Cromer on a tour linked to their first studio album for 27 years.

The legendary singalong duo, who first arrived on the music scene in the 70s, recorded their That's What Happens album in the famous Beatles Room at the Abbey Road studios.

It sees Chas and Dave return to their roots with a batch of early R&B, skiffle and rock and roll classics alongside new takes on their own songs.

The album also featured a crack team of musicians and special guests including guitarists Albert Lee and Martin Taylor, Buddy Holly and The Crickets' drummer J I Allison, and Jools Holland and Hugh Laurie on keys.

The On The Road tour, coming to Cromer Pier on March 8, features songs from the album as well as Chas and Dave classics, such as their early hits Gertcha, Rabbit, The Sideboard Song, Margate, and Aint No Pleasing You.

Their songbook has kept them busy touring over five decades.

Chas Hodges (piano, vocals, banjo, and guitars) and Dave Peacock (bass guitar, vocals, banjo, and guitars) first met in 1963 but only began recording together in 1972.

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Both largely came from session backgrounds. Chas worked with the likes of Joe Meek, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ritchie Blackmore, and Albert Lee in bands such as The Outlaws, Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, and Heads Hands and Feet. Dave was equally active with The Tumbleweeds, Mick Greenwood, Jerry Donahue among others.

Their debut album One Fing 'n' Anuvver was released in 1975.

In 1979 they had eight top 40 chart hits, while Ain't No Pleasing You reached number two in the singles chart in 1982.

As well as having their own TV specials the band also contributed theme tunes for TV shows such as Crackerjack and In Sickness and in Health as well as recording a special version of their hit Margate for the classic Only Fools and Horses 'Jolly Boys' Outing' episode.

In 2013 they played a rousing singalong final at the Royal Variety Performance which also featured Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams and Jessie J singing along to London Girls.

Chas and Dave, Cromer Pier Pavilion, Sunday March 8. Tickets £28.50 via the box office 01263 512495 or www.cromer-pier.com

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