Yes, the "Fred Book" has been waiting a long time to see the light of day and I am delighted that Martin has regained the rights and is moving along nicely with the project. I started writing it in 1987/88, less than a couple of years after Fred passed away. However, over the years, new information came to light now and again. So it could be said that the project has been ongoing for 16 years!
During this time, several of those who helped me with information, anecdotes, etc., have, themselves, passed away. This includes:
Peter Warlock, Francis Haxton, Harry Devano, Arthur Day, Peter Kane, and Dai Vernon who wrote the foreword, plus Fred's mother who lived to the age of 103! During this time Fred's wife (Winifred) and one of his brothers also passed away. So, this special tribute to Fred Robinson will also serve as a tribute to the aforementioned people.