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The main artery running through The Passion Killers’ history is principal songwriter Paul Carroll. It is fitting therefore that the story is taken up by him.

“I was born August 1957 in Naburn Hospital, my parents lived at Selby at the time. I had a brother seven years older than me and my first recollections of getting into music were through him. He would leave his ‘Beatles Monthly’ magazines lying around which I would read. I also remember singing the words to ‘Help’ on the way to school.

My early teen years were spent listening to T-Rex, Dylan and the Rolling Stones. I was never into the progressive or heavy rock of that era. However I was pretty open-minded and recall enjoying bands like Osibisa for instance.

When I was about 16 a group of us would go into the Lord Nelson pub in Walmgate, York. This was a well-known place where under 18s could get served.

One night a mate of mine, Chris Brown and myself got drunk and talked about starting a band, though neither of us could play. The next day Chris and I went into Woolworths, he bought an ‘audition’ electric guitar and I bought a bass.

We’d practice in my room then go into the Lord Nelson and make out we were in a band.”

Jeff Hardaker, one of the group of friends in the Nelson, had been in a car accident and received a payout so he was persuaded to take up the drums. With Chris ending up on bass and Paul on guitar and vocals they began to practice in Jeff’s mother’s garage at 56 Whitestone Drive, York.

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