“Sweet as the punch”

Do you remember the Association? They were very popular among some Pompey bands, and fans in the late 1960s, with their sweet harmonies, and pretty tunes and they opened the famous Monterey Festival in June 1967

Mick Legg liked them. He’s just sent me this ‘interesting’ version of one of their best-known songs

PS I’m very sorry this didn’t work. I’ll try again

Maybe this?



Tell Laura

I can recall being at the Birdcage on the night Southern ITV turned up to film – and that the Alan Price Set played – but until I got Geoff’s diary I had completely forgotten that they came, for whatever bizarre reason, not to film a documentary about the club or the band but to do some kind of special about Ricky Valance. Here’s the entry (1966) – although for years I’ve tried to find it in their Archives, with no luck.

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Incidentally the tick indicates that Geoff went – which makes this 1965 entry (again) most interesting:

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Who was that man?

From Graham Laker to me:

“Now that your definitive list of Birdcage appearances is nearing completion (correct), I wonder if you can solve this for me: It was a Sunday afternoon show, ’65 or ’66, with a performance from a tall, black, soul guy, pompadour hairstyle, wearing a salmon pink suit.  He was brilliant (‘tho I can’t remember what songs he did). Part of his act was getting members of the audience to join him on stage and challenge them to sing as high as he could – I clearly remember John McInnes joining him and failing spectacularly (John sadly died in a diving accident not long after). I’ve always thought the performer was Arthur Alexander, or, if not, could it have been Wilson Pickett, Major Lance or someone else? – pretty sure he was American and a ‘big name’.”

I think I’ve solved it, as Arthur Alexander but pleased to hear from anyone else. My reply was as follows:

I’m pretty sure it’s Arthur Alexander although I wasn’t there. I know that Wilson Pickett and Major Lance both played on Tuesday evenings (I saw them both and don’t recall that participation bit).  Arthur played on Sunday 17 April 1966. I have no record of it being an afternoon, but I’ll check that out and see what I can find.

I wish I had seen Arthur Alexander who I reckon is one of the great under-rated black singers. His songs included “Shot of Rhythm & Blues” (Johnny Kidd), “Anna” (the Beatles), “You Better Move On” (Stones), “Go On Home Girl” (Ry Cooder) plus versions of “The Wanderer” and “A Hundred Pounds of Clay”. What a Cracker! Anybody fancy forming an AA Tribute band?


Barry Roberts (part 2)

MANY thanks to the Dynamic Dynamos’ Duo Marc and Alf, for sorting out that photo – to which I suddenly said “of course”, because we already have this photo of a version of Billy Storm and the Storm Riders, including Barry Roberts (guitar) in the centre and Billy (left) with Peter Hicks (right) sharing the vocals. I guess that’s Terry again on the right?

Bert P & Peter Hicks

Barry Roberts


Barry Roberts RIP

Barry, a fine classical and folk guitarist who lived in Southsea, died recently. The service took place today in Portchester

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This is Barry playing guitar at Fratton’s Railway Folk Club in the early 1960s. Ted Wenham who ran the club is singing, and that night’s guest artist Redd Sullivan is in the background, waiting his turn. Barry really was a very fine all-round guitar player and from the programme produced today we discover that he began with rock & roll (centre with guitar) although I cannot tell you the name of the group (anyone know?)

Barry Roberts


Shoot the Messenger

People have started quite regularly to send me messages by ‘Messenger’

I don’t know what that is

I don’t want to know. I don’t like technology over much and I’ve no interest in discovering new modes of communication. I have more than enough.

So if you do send me one, and get no reply, my apologies. I’m not being rude, I’m just not playing