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Is It All Over Now?

Not quite

On this evening, 50 years ago, Zoot Money was booked for the Birdcage but found himself chasing a loony through the fields. As a consequence, Aynsley Dunbar brought his new band instead – he had played with Jeff Beck at Windsor the previous weekend but that was his last gig with them and he was now off on his new project.

For the Birdcage, however, it was the penultimate weekend and penultimate gig. There was just one more Saturday night to come.

On the Thursday night this weekend, in 1967, the Creation and the Mike Stuart Span, sailed the Solent on the latest Beat Cruise.

New releases included “We Love You” / “Dandelion” by the Stones and “Hole in my Shoe” by Traffic. Pink Floyd were touring Germany but Syd Barrett went AWOL and the tour was cancelled.


Southern Soul

From Mick (cheers)


Soul Society 50th Anniversary first ever re-union at The Coal Exchange Emsworth.

left to right John Dupret, John Davis, Roger Freeman, Rod Watts, Phil Freeman, Mick Cooper, Stewart Ward, and seated Lyn Ashton Evans , now Lyn Dupret

To which, Phil added

“Soul Society reunion   part one…..As 50 year anniversary things seem to be popular , I managed to pull this lot together over a few days with the help of Clouseau Cooper , and this is last night’s result….We are missing a couple of bass players and a couple of drummers and those no longer with us  , but I am determined on the outcome of this that there will be a part two……………..something for the blogpage I reckon”

Yes indeed Phil – although you don’t look that happy (above)? Cheers


Real Renegade History

When this was taken, Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie had just led Hampshire to their first County Championship in 1961*. It’s them Renegades again – and the venue? None other than Soho’s 2 Is!

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*We’ve been a bit short on cricket references this summer – I thought you might be missing them.




Festive days

The Joyce Bond show appeared at the Birdcage on this Saturday, 50 years ago but I wasn’t there because I went to my first Festival, Windsor Jazz & Blues. Friday night was neither jazz nor blues, but OK – Small Faces, Tomorrow, the Move. Saturday had jazz in the afternoon (Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Yusef Lateef, Chris Barber etc) and Sunday Afternoon was Donovan. Sunday night was British blues with the debut of Fleetwood Mac (fabulous!), John Mayall, Chicken Shack, Cream, Jeff Beck etc. Others included Arthur Brown, Denny Laine, PP Arnold & the Nice. More at


In the Pompey Evening News, Spinner announced that soul band the Inspiration had reformed as the more ‘psychedelic’ Coconut Mushroom. This was not the version that became well known around the city as they reformed again later in the year, but Colin Carter was singing.

This was also the weekend that the Pirates were closed down and John Peel’s final “Perfumed Garden” on Radio London played for hours through the night with so many great tracks by the new rock/psychedelic acts.

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Goodbye Ricky’s Blues

Mick found these images on Facebook – it’s what remains of the interior of one of Pompey’s longer-standing venues from the 1950s onwards –  Ricky’s the Marina, the Sound Barrier, Vagabonds etc (others?). Apparently that whole row of places on Goldsmith Avenue is due to be flattened soon

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