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The Happening Combo Kevin Ayers • Lady June • Ollie Halsall

Ollie & Eva Valliente[?] 1987

radio futura

with radio Futura 1989

With Distrito 14, 1991

Ollie & Ronnie Wathen

With Rey Lui

"I must get out of Spain and start playing guitar again" Ollie Halsall 1992

Bassist Marcelo Fuentes confirms that, shortly before Ollie's death, he was planning a solo album with Relarivity Records.













The Happening Combo (CD)

'Starvin' Marvin Siau, Kevin & Ollie
in Kevin's front garden, Deià, Mallorca 1982

Tracks 1, 4, 7 & 10 are Halsall solo demos or Kevin Ayers 1988 album, Still Life With Guitar. The other tracks are alternative versions of songs from the Kevin Ayers album,Diamond Jack and the Queen of Pain, four songs by Lady June Kramer and Marvin Siau's origina demo of Another Time Before, which became Another Rolling Stone on the 1988 Kevin Ayers album, Falling Up.

The Happening Combo

Issue Is or Issue Ain't
Speeding Heart
Somebody Mean
Lay Lady Lay

Sea Cake
Leaving It All Behind
Out Of Season
Gimme A Little Bit
Ghost Train

Fleas Dream Too
Another Time Before
[Another Rolling Stone]

Previously unreleased out-takes and re-workings of songs recorded between 1980 and 1997 by cult.Canterbury Scenists KEVIN AYERS and LADY JUNE along with their sparring partner, guitarist OLLIE HALSALL measure their mutualism, originality and independence of spirit to the full. Recorded in New York City, Deia, Majorca (and various places in between), they come back together here, posthumously as THE HAPPENING COMBO, the name given to a 1980 photo of Ollie, Kevin and Marvin Siau (the curator of this release) taken outside Kevin's house in the hills of Majorca, one hot summer's day.

This quality digipak release comes with an 8-page booklet containing notes by Marvin Siau and Kevin Ayersbiographer Martin Wakeling together with previously-unpublished period images cals keys
Jordi Ramon

The Pa Amb Oli Band

The Pa Amb Oli Band

Occasional group in which Ollie played drums with Tomás Graves on bass and his brother, Juan, on guitar

Unfortunately no recordings featuring Ollie exist.

The Pa Amb Oli Band

The Pa Amb Oli Band 1987

Juan Graves, guitar; Catalina Tortella, teacher at the school and friend of the band; Carmen Garcia-Gutierrez, tambourine; Tomás Graves, bass; Top row, Eva Valiente, Ollie's girlfriend at the time; Ollie; Frances Baxter, singer. Photo by lead vocalist David Templeton

The Outer Tunes

L-R Carmen Graves, Tomás Graves, Ollie

Outer Tune 1987

The Outer Tunes

'Tuning Up at Dawn'
A Memoir of Music and Majorca
Tomás Graves

The Pambs bass player's book about the Catalan music and culture makes fascinating reading and includes a lengthy chapter on Ollie and his association with The Pa Amb Oli Band.

Available from Amazon here:


Phil Harmonic

Rare un-published recording of songs by Phil Shepherd recorded in Deia, Mallorca some time in the mid 1970's.

It was put together in a day using a 4 track recorder outside Kevin Ayer's house down the Clot on the way to the Cala although I don't think Kevin is on this recording.

Artists include: Phil Shepherd - Songs/Vocals/Conga Drums Ollie Halsell - Guitar/Backing vocals including operatic sounds Pat Medows - Piano Lali Shepherd - Backing Vocals Others ??? Some random parsers by also joined in and did some backing vocals but I don't know who they were. I'm also not sure who is on flute - my guess is it could have been Ronnie Wathen or perhaps Stephany Shepherd? My mother Lali is also singing on the Make it Make it Iintegrate it song

If you were there or know other artists on it - please let me know.

- Dan Shepherd 2017


Dr Dream album cover

Al Pie Del Cañón 1991
Al Pie Del Cañon
Mi Huella
Tan Solo Vine a Ver
Ten Cuidado Frank
Corazon de Medianoche
Chica de Barrio
Todo Eso Que Llaman
Corriendo Fuera De Tiempo
Quiso Aparentar
La Ultima Llamada


Juan Javier Martinez's
recording diary

Los Suaves

Los Suaves 1991

Dr Dream album cover

Maldita Sea Mi Suerte

La Noche Se Muere

A nightmare 'shredding' competition involving various players. Ollie, naturally, provides the best solo - using a mike stand! [See article below]

Coño, es Ollie Halsall, joder!

I met Ollie when I was working at Estudios Kirios, Madrid, in the Synclavier studio in 1991. He was producing an artist, that to my limited knowledge, was never launched by EMI (no surprise there) called Lucrecia, and he wanted to play sampled drums on the keyboard, which he did. I considered myself a bit of a guitarists 'fanboy', but I had never heard of him (I should have known, the people in the Studio venerated him - Coño, es Ollie Halsall, joder!).

He was a pretty cool guy, had his tantrums like anybody else, I found him to be more acrid than fun to be around; he wore a black leather jacket and pants and he used to smoke Ducados-black tobacco.

I had the opportunity to share a 45 minute heavy traffic bus ride from Madrid to Alcorcon (Kirios)and we talked about the weather in the Peninsula, asked me if I could help him find a flat to rent (?), and talked about how easy it was to cop some good stuff in España. Although I was thinking of the smokable THC, I think he was referring to the strong stuff (H-ey, choose your poison!!!), but, anyway, we worked for a while and then he disappeared.

On that bus ride, he told me about a guitar solo that 'Los Suaves' (a hard rock band)

rom Galicia that was recording their 'Dame Rock and Roll' album in the same studio) had asked him to play, along with other guest guitarists, and he told me that he had played the best solo on the record (not very 'umble there) with a right handed guitar and a mic stand!!! At the time I was thinking to myself 'yeah, right, this guy is full of shit' but, ah, life works in mysterious ways, and he was right!

I looked this site up in Google after re-reading a 1997 Q magazine with a Ten Years After album review where they mentioned him (the only time I have ever seen his name in print, shit!) and now, I find he was a legend . . . 12 years later! If I had known, Korben . . . Well, Bless his Soul and I''m glad I shared some time with him - Un Bongazo a su memoria!!!

More meanderings: I remember the first day I met him. I arrived to the studio and he was already there, ready to play triggered drum samples from the Synclavier for Lucrecia''s CD- I thought that he either was an excellent player or a fool-no doubt after a few minutes later (I was the fool)

Germán F [Germán Sánchez Fas] 2005

Please visit the 'Glammest' group website

Check out Ollie's solos at 7:29 to 8:04 and the one with the mike stand at 14:54'' to 15:29

Rey Lui

Un Nudo en la Garganta

Dr Dream album cover

Velocidad 1990

Dr Dream album cover

Amistad 1990


Velocidad [Speed]
featuring a staggering 'scat' solo by Ollie

Various artistes


Starvin Marvin
Single 1982


"Recorded the same day as the funny 'Animals' clip with the instruments switch, on the 1st of April '82, 'cause they all thought it was a joke and everybody lost their bets with Ollie walking into the most high-class studio of Brussels around midday. It's Ollie on the piano, counting the birdseeds; the guitar parts were all taken!" - Marvin Siau 2019 ��

'Starvin' Marvin's site

Ronni Urini

Dr Dream album cover


Single 1983

Ollie throws in a wonderful solo at about 1m 20s [which Mr Urini fairly convincingly mimes to in the video link]

Included on an Austrian 2-CD Compilation Neonbeats - Austrian New Wave and Postpunk
[ Klanggalerie, 2010]



Introducing Police Hits (!) 1983]
An expertly performed 'mash-up'. The question is, why?


Mania album cover

Mania [1983]
Rhythm guitar on three tracks. Not yet documented


Dr Dream album cover

Mal de Amores 1984
Not yet documented

Radio Futura

Veneno en la Piel
Veneno en la Piel 10 Aug 1989

Veneno en la Piel [inst]
Spanish Surf Music!

Rarezas [Rarities] 1992
La Vida en la Frontera [live]

In Concert recordings:

Live in Santander 10 Aug 1989

Live in Madrid 25 Sep 1990

Malaga 3 August 1990

Veneno en la piel


Los Favoritos
10,000 Revoluciones 1989
Not yet documented

El Primer Tercio
Hay un Espacio Para Ti (1989)

Mi Cama Espera
Distinctive Halsll solo on this otherwise unremarkable, self-produced album.

Surf & Rock and Roll (1989)

Dr Dream album cover
Producer. Not yet documented

Tan Alto Como Nos Dejen 1990

Dr Dream album cover
Not yet documented


Dr Dream album cover
Un Dia Entre Semana 1990

Un dia Entre Semana

Keyboards and slide guitar

Mainstream Machine

Occassional jazz group in Mallorca

Mike Shefrin's recollections



Dr Dream album cover


Nothing Like You


Apart from playing, Ollie also co-produced the album, so I guess he is to blame for under-mixing his guitar at times. Texidó wrote his songs in English, being from the Malaga-Torremolinos area he found it quite natural to do it that way JS

Corcobado y Los Chatarreros

Dr Dream album cover
Tormento de Tormento 1991

Dr Dream album cover

Suceso 1991 7" EP
Not yet documented

Co-produced by Ollie on whiche contributes acoustic and electric guitar, apparently.

Not yet documented

Hombres G

Dr Dream album cover
Historia del Bikini 1992
Los Dos Hemos Caido

Encima de Ti

Apart from being a nice solo, this was quite probably Ollie's very last studio recording JS

Antonio Flores
Not yet documented

Tino Casal
Casal Viva

Etiqueta Negra

casal album

Poker Para Un Perdedor|Embrujada

Not yet documented


Dr Dream album cover
Corta 1982
Val del Cas
Hombdres del Alma
Atrapado en un Semaforo
Calles Oscuras

Sal de Naja

Canciones Desnudas

Sopa de Gafas


El Circo del Rock
Unemboldened titles feature OH as
co-writer or rhythn guitar player only

Dr Dream album cover

Ramoncinco 1984

Fabrica de Hombres


The two tracks feature a couple
of short solos. Ollie also wrote the music for both tracks. He also composed three further tracks on the album, but there are no solos nor remarkable guitar playing on them - JS

Distrito 14

Dr Dream album cover

A demo produced by Ollie Halsall in 1991 allowed the group to get a record deal, recording an EP called Dias De Gloria, released by EMI in 1993, followed by El Cielo Lo Sabe.

Claudia Puyol
Not yet documented

Many, many thanks to Jorge Souto for the annotations [JS] and archive copies of many of these recordings. This invaluable contribution has helped to make sense of the 'jig-saw' puzzle which comprised Ollie's later career.



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