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60s Rock Magazine

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Interesting to see a mention for Linda Hoyle & Affinity, featured here on 7 January this year (Super Saturday)


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The DJs Story (part 73)

From Nigel Grundy:

“I am concerned to read about Mr. Cross’s insecurity in thinking some may not recognise him as Portsmouth’s premier DJ for the last 40 years. It is not generally known that at Christmas 1969 he fought off a challenge for his job from Mr. Harry Mates who set up his turntables ON THE STAGE! I was there with my camera and watched as Mr. Cross fought back valiantly with his exciting choice of middle-of-the-road records until his challenger admitted defeat and fled from the building. How deprived of a great DJ we would have been if Mr. Mates had won the day.”

(PS there may have been some collusion from the band – as you can see, Image)

PPS – also for Nigel: Anyone know anything about Dave Frampton who played in a skiffle group with Jon Isherwood in the 1950s?


Apologies …

… to Pompey’s Premier DJ but some of you may be interested to know that BBC’s “Question Time” tonight comes from Portsmouth Grammar School – what’s more Britain’s funniest Revolutionary Marxist Alexei Sayle is on the panel which could make it worth watching.


Radio Anniversaries

It’s hard to move in 2012 for anniversaries and major events. I’m ignoring Antarctic Scott, the Titanic* (boy we love disasters huh?) and Her Majesty for now but on tomorrow’s show I’m going to celebrate some key events from 1912, 1952, 1962 and even 1972 cos it has a link with 60s Pompey (now what might that be?). There are a higher proportion of instrumentals than usual.

TOMORROW (FRIDAY) 3pm on EXPRESS FM – “The Weekend Starts Here”

(*There are a good few Titanic tunes from ‘Rabbit’ Brown, Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie to Gavin Bryars)

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Billy Strange RIP

I’ve just found an obituary for ¬†guitarist Billy Strange who died aged 81 on 22 February. He was one of those ‘behind-the-scenes’ guys who had a remarkable career. He co-wrote “A Little Less Conversation” (Elvis) & Limbo Rock (Chubby Checker), arranged “These Boots are Made for Walking” and “Something Stupid” and played on Spector’s “Zip-a-Dee-Do-Dah”, plus “Good Vibrations”, “Sloop John B” and the wonderful Love album¬†Forever Changes.


Crow (still calling John)

A typical Crawdaddy advert from Melody Maker – almost certainly 1965 and showing Pompey’s Crow – until recently the J Crow Combo starring there on a Wednesday night. There were two Crawdaddies – not sure whether this is Croydon or Richmond. Mike King was pleased to see John Crow’s contribution and added this comment – any thoughts about the albums?

“Great to hear from you, John, after all these years. I’ll certainly look you up if I get down to Alicante. One thing. If I were to ask you to list, say, 3 albums currently available that contain music similar to the J Crow Combo of the Sixties with the heavy leading saxaphone, could you do that? Cheers for now, Mike King”

PS Repeat of my apology to John – I’ve wanted to talk with you for ages about the group and managed to trash your email address. If you add a comment here, I’ll get it again and can mail you (Dave Allen)