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About Charles Foskett

Charles is an immensely talented, very active and inspirational veteran record producer. He is an intuitive musical director, arranger and composer who will always succeed in lifting the creative game plan of the artist he is developing and helps to broaden the scope of the client’s marketplace. Charles’ wealth of experience comes from having worked in many areas of the music industry - As a “hands-on” record producer he has worked in multiple genres of music with a host of different artists throughout his career including two Beatles and a Rolling Stone, Charles was responsible for putting together THE ANTI HEROIN PROJECT, a Band Aid for the anti drug campaign, which not only resulted in a double album entitled "Its a Live in World" but also the offer of a top position at the home office in London, working as David Mellor's right hand man. Charles declined the offer with preferences to pop music over politics! The album, which featured a huge number of famous names from the world of rock and pop, consisted of thirty tracks, twelve of which Charles wrote and co-wrote and fifteen of which he produced. The album was released by EMI and Charles was responsible not only for the original idea, the writing and production, but also for bringing together hundreds of big names for a worthy cause. Charles Foskett is a full Member of "The Music Producers Guild" (MPG) Charles Foskett is a member of "The Music Managers Forum" (MMF). In 1959 Charles Foskett was also awarded a swimming certificate for 25 yards of the breast stroke. Charles is a mine of creative talent. He is an artist and visualist working mainly in oil paint, and one of his works was accepted for the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. Charles is married to singer songwriter Lauren Field www.laurenfield.com and father of their two children Gabriel and India Foskett.

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 ‘ASHTRAY ON A MOTOR BIKE’

 

The autobiography of Geordie musician, Charles Foskett, charts his course through the Newcastle of the 1950’s to the present day. We see the swinging sixties through the eyes of an artistic teenager as he hones his craft playing alongside such famous names as The Spencer Davis Group, The Animals, Cream, Chris […]

Tin Baths and Gas Masks

March 1949 – 1953 – I lived at 24 Caroline Street with my mother and grandparents in a big back to back Victorian terrace with washing lines religiously stretched across the back lane, sporting all kinds of ancient grannies’ linen bloomers and pillow cases, just awaiting the coal man’s filthy wagon to drive down and […]

From the Pit Pond to Todd’s Nook

274 Hamilton Street, Fenham.

My new school was to be this big foreboding Victorian building that had turned black over the century with northern bad weather and no doubt being surrounded by chimneys belching out coal smoke and soot 24/7 – I remember Todd’s Nook Secondary Modern looking just like something out of an L.S. Lowry […]

Plaster cast legs, Woodbines and a Rosetti guitar

Three years had passed, it was 1960. I had almost become a country kid but then fate had decided I’d be a townie street kid. I’d failed my eleven plus exams big time and remained second bottom of the B form – the boy who was bottom of the class was definitely a sandwich short […]

Greta’s hole

One Saturday evening, The Howlin’ Blues were booked to play at the Gateshead Y. M. C. A. dance, a monthly event which included as many Y. W’s as Y. M’s. As for how many C’s were present – your guess is as good as mine. I distinctly remember being on stage playing “Smokestack Lightening,” when […]

Top piss taker, song writer and dear old friend of mine…

When 1965 arrived I had been thumping out bass lines to “Smokestack Lightning” and “Spoon Full” with “The Howlin Blues” – we had nailed a residency at Newcastle’s Club Agogo (well almost a residency, every other Monday night in the under 18’s Young-Set lounge). The Animals had already hit the pop charts with “House of […]

All stations Club Ago-go

It was eventually suggested by some visionary that we should record an E. P. and go to London to gig. We couldn’t fail! After all, there were no other groups that were covering such a wide range of material. We had to hit with something – if we didn’t make it as Georgie Fame and […]

Regent Terrace, Gateshead

The funeral came and went. Time passed slowly. Uncle Bob spent all his time drunk and eventually threw my evening cooking into the fireplace. The house smelled dusty and was always dark. The only glimmer of life and light was Beauty, my (now twelve years old) pet budgerigar. Good old Beauty was still hanging in […]

Dog laxatives and Brian Ferry

It was time for some action, time to be found. Time to change from neutral into first gear. I had to earn some money so I could go to London, if I was ever going to make anything of a musical career. I became a glazier for 1 ½ weeks but found it easier to […]

Sandgate – The Real Life Spinal Tap

The weather was delivering the archetypal image of the North East in excelsis – the sky, steel grey, a gale shot-blasting rain and sleet horizontally up the Tyne Valley. The lorry driver had dropped me along the road from Newcastle Central Station. I carried my bass wrapped in a canvas bag and a suitcase full […]