PAN-JUMBIE

‘I’ve paid my dues’

TT – Ace musician Pelham Goddard said when he was told he would be conferred with an honorary doctorate from the University of the West Indies’ St Augustine campus, he felt very happy.

With a gleam in his eye and joy on his face, PG, as he is fondly called, said: “I feel honoured because sometimes people feel that musicians aren’t recognised. So any time a musician or artiste gets something of that nature you feel great about it.”

The master keyboardist said with a big laugh: “Some people are calling me heckling me, telling me, ‘Doc! Doc! I have a pain here.’ But people seem to be happy for me because they know I have been playing music for so long.”

Goddard started playing music with bands from 1967, but before that he played in schools, church and community concerts.

“For well over 65 years I have been playing, so that is more than paying dues.”

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