Cliff Aungier

Decades: 2000s


9 April 1941, Croydon, Surrey, England, d. 12 March 2004. It was while watching a television documentary about ‘Big’ Bill Broonzy that Aungier was inspired to buy his first guitar. Before that he played trumpet for the Air Training Cadets, and aspired to be a pilot in the Royal Air Force. From his early influences, and having seen Broonzy playing, Aungier soon adapted his own style. He began playing the obligatory floor spots in folk clubs, when Bert Jansch, John Renbourn and Alexis Korner were on the circuit. Later, with Gerry Lockran and Royd Rivers, Aungier started a folk and blues club at the Half Moon in Putney, London. His 1965 debut album Wanderin’ was produced by Jimmy Page and featured the work of harmonica player Royd Rivers. Aungier recorded an album for Polydor Records in 1968, and another for RCA Records the following year, neither of which were released. He did, however, receive a silver disc for his cover version of Tim Hardin’s...

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