(Pompey – Div 3 Champions, Easter 1962)
1962 22 April
Easter brought the John Barry Seven to the Savoy for the first time while Humphrey Lyttleton was at the Downbeat Club. Johnny & the Cutters, the Jaguars and Crusaders were at Kimbells and on Easter Monday, Americans Johnny Burnette, Gary US Bonds and Gene McDaniels joined Mark Wynter at the Guildhall, hours after Pompey beat Watford to clinch promotion to Division Two.
1963 14 April
The Beatles played the second of their three Pompey gigs at the Savoy on the Sunday before Easter (with Mike Devon & the Diplomats). On Easter Saturday the Guildhall offered the Max Bygraves Show with Scottish folk singers Robin Hall & Jimmy McGregor and guitarist Bert Weedon. Brian Poole & the Tremeloes were at Kimbells on Easter Sunday supported by Johnny Devlin & the Detours. Gosport’s Thorngate Hall offered another mixed bill on Easter Monday with a “Trad, Twist and Modern Ball” featuring Mike Cotton Jazzmen, local favourites the Classics and the Ivor Gordon Quintet. At Easter, the main national news headlines concerned the annual CND march to the Atomic Weapons centre at Aldermaston, and the Christine Keeler/Profumo scandal.