POMPEY POP


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Who are they then?

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They are Richie Peters and the Four-Tunes enjoying a recent reunion and joined here by Mick who did play keyboards way back but is shy and retiring these days – they were also a bit Rampant in the mid-60s. Check the originals in Pompey Pop Pix


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Arty Stuff

Messin with the Kid

Slowly but surely I’m getting bits about the Art College (but only the Classics at the Rock Gardens – I guess it wasn’t really a venue?)

In Pompey Pop Pix are those lovely photos of Bill Haley, Adam Faith and Sandie Shaw at the Guildhall, taken by my pal Lawrie Tippins and he’s sent this with a really nice story about his days there as a photography student:

“Back in ’63 I was asked to photograph a piece of artwork which, as I remember it, was used for a poster and tickets for the Christmas dance. The event is clouded in beer and fag smoke but Barry (Kid) Martyn seems to stand out. I think there were three other bands. One might have been Cuff Billett. Jazz was strong at the time and there were quite a lot of mature students at the college. I also remember asking “What’s this Rhythm and Blues stuff ?”and being told “Its like the Rolling Stones”. It wasn’t the Stones but an excellent evening which wrapped up about 11 o’clock (because of the buses). We were all so young and innocent, happy days.”

Many thanks Lawrie.

PS: just occurred to me to note that 1963/art students, still into ‘jazz’ (mature students) in the same month that the Beatles appeared in Pompey for the last time after a year in which Merseybeat dominated pop music and just ONE MONTH before the weekly R&B clubs opened at Kimbells with Georgie Fame. Manfred Mann of course had been playing in the city for some months and the Rendezvous was about to reinvent itself as an R&B Club  – a real moment of transition


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Who’s Generation?

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Saw Pete Townshend on the BBC News last night (and there’s a phrase to conjure with in itself!) announcing a new tour of Britain but WHO are these guys (and no cheating Lenny with that mouse)? All will be revealed with thanks to Mick (there’s a clue there) for the photos


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KEITH FRANCIS

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Dave Quinton has alerted me to the sad news that Keith Francis died very recently. Keith was the guitarist (far left above) in Mike Devon & the Diplomats but also the chronicler of the group and those days, in this book which includes a letter from our regular American correspondent Pete White.

Keith has gone just a couple of months short of the 50th anniversary of the Diplomats most famous gig, supporting the Beatles at the Savoy in early April 1963.

RIP