The trombonist and comedy entertainer Dave Pogson, known as “Poggy”, played in numerous bands before coming a long-standing member of the wonderfully absurd comedy musical act Nuts and Bolts.
Born in Huddersfield, Pogson began his musical career playing trumpet but soon switched to specialise on trombone. Following a three-year stint as an army bandsman, he became part of the Archer Street musical fraternity in the early 1950s, regularly securing work in the legendary bands of Geraldo, Teddy Foster, Ken Mackintosh and the like. He played on the maiden voyage of the QE2, and for five years afterwards was employed on-board with the Rob Charles Band.
Following this, he expanded his performance skills by taking on various comical musical personas in zany acts such as Dr Crock and his Crackpots, Sid Millward’s Nitwits, the Levity Lancers and, eventually, the hilarious and madcap Nuts and Bolts, with whom he remained for many years until old age and mortality of most of the members terminated their long career.
With Nuts and Bolts, Pogson toured the world, undertaking many quality engagements on stage and screen, culminating in extended stints with Circus Roncalli in Germany and coast-to-coast performances in the US with Barnum’s Circus.
Pogson’s role in Nuts and Bolts was as the dour Scotsman dubbed “the Laird of Loch Ness”, but offstage he was known as a quiet and gentle soul who could, when encouraged to, “talk for England”.
When his terminal cancer was diagnosed several months before his death, Pogson was taken into the home of his close friends and colleagues Ron and Marj Regan, who cared for him with total devotion to the end. Pogson’s passing leaves Ron as the only surviving member of Nuts and Bolts. Ron continues the legacy by performing with my comedy band the London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra, using many of Nuts and Bolts’ original props.
Dave Pogson was born on March 29, 1934, and died, following a long illness, on August 3, aged 79.