POMPEY POP


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An Old Warrior

Monday 1 August is the 150th anniversary of the commissioning of HMS Warrior, now sitting in Portsmouth Harbour. I wonder if all the Pompey Pop stuff will survive as long?

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Beatles in the Shadows

We’re back at The Fountain – Rowlands Castle on Wednesday night – 3rd August if you’d like to enjoy a drink and some good music. We’re planning to dedicate a lot of the evening to Beatles songs, with a few Shadows numbers and maybe some other songs too.

We may also have a Guest Artist during our break. 

For Guitars, we’ll have the usual Stratocasters, a Taylor, a Gibson 335 and perhaps Nigel’s new Rickenbacker Bass! 

Our thanks to those of you who managed to get along to the last bash. We hope to see you all on Wednesday night and look forward to a great evening. Sing along as loud as you want! 

(Please forward this to friends who may want to come along!) 

The Fountain Inn (run by Herbie Armstrong, of Britain’s Got Talent fame) can be found at: 34 The Green, Rowlands Castle, PO9 6AB


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Was Rod there?

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Some great stuff coming in from Mick – it’s summer 1964, the early days of the R&B Rendezvous (previously a ‘Trad’ club). This was the first major band that Rod Stewart performed with.

I’ve a feeling that pianist Memphis Slim didn’t make the Thorngate gig but not sure. Anyone remember that? Presumably Ernie Sears was the promoter.


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Goodbye America

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Dan Peek (centre) of America (“Horse with no name” etc) has died at the age of 60. I can’t claim they were particular favourites of mine but I have a feeling I saw them at the Tricorn. I imagine it was probably 1970 and I think the Tuesday night ‘progressive’ club was called Cromat. I know they were discovered/promoted by DJ Jeff Dexter and I remember him working there one night so maybe it was the same night. Anyone remember any of this or am I just making it up?