A CELEBRATION of the life of one of Southampton's best known rock n rollers will take place tomorrow night (Thursday February 24).

Arnie ‘Tex’ Roberg, who played with acts including The Beatles during a celebrated career in music, passed away last month.

Following a private cremation, his family have arranged a gathering for people to share memories and stories of one of the founding fathers of Southampton's vibrant music scene at Grosvenor Casino at Leisure World from 6pm.

Some of his old bandmates will be playing some live music in Tex's honour at the event.

Daily Echo:

Tex landed on our shores in the late 50s, billed as ‘South Africa’s Elvis’ by Len Canham, manager of the Royal Pier Pavilion, later forming Avenue Artistes Agency which still operates to this day.

The local dance halls had never seen anything like it. 1962 saw Tex, backed by the local Graduates, appearing in Hamburg, performing alongside top stars including The Beatles at the opening night of the Star Club.

Upon his return, Tex performed with several different Southampton-based line-ups throughout the 60s until recent times when failing health led to his enforced retirement, although he still managed to get up on a few stages, knocking out the classic hits from yesteryear with his unique brand of showmanship. One of his last shows in 2008 was a surprise guest slot at the Concorde Club as part of the annual ‘Back To The Sixties’ Reunion Nights featuring many ‘vintage’ groups, singers and DJs.

He had a great voice and stage presence that will be long remembered by many of his fans.