PORMG : 5116A
An oral history interview with Mr Mick Cooper, a professional photographer and musician. Mr Cooper has been a professional musician since 1969. He began by playing the Hammond organ. Mr Cooper has been in a number of bands since then, starting off in a band called The Four Tunes, which later became The Fortunes and later still, The Original Fortunes. This band then became known as The Rampant. The next group he was in was The Soul Society and was in this band for a couple of years. The next band he was in was Heaven and he describes the highs and lows of that time, gigging in the UK and Holland, Isle of Wight pop festival, being on the same bill as Bob Dylan although he never saw him! After Heaven split up, Mr Cooper continued to work as a duo with various drummers. He was part of the resident band at the Honky Tonk Bar in Southsea for a few years until the bar then closed down. Since then Mr Cooper continues as a solo performer singing and playing keyboard. He has also been a professional photographer for the last 15 years.