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Double Apology (Sympathy for this Devil)

I’m not fit, which isn’t really affecting Pompey Pop but for two days now neither is my internet/Wi Fi access. It’s come out in sympathy with me and I’m struggling to keep up with comments, approve comments from new respondents, add new posts. I’ll hope to keep going but it’s a bit Juke Box Jury at present

(Hit and Miss)



Keep on Waltzing

Saturday next week (7 June) is the next Dock Soul Club night but I’ve also had notification of an extra night – Saturday 19 July. I’ll confirm and let you know more. Mind you, unless there’s a dramatic and fairly rapid improvement in the state of my leg I may have to sit out next week – here’s hoping.

In the meantime as Georgie Fame once said, one of the greatest of all the soul vocal groups and a little thing in waltz time – pop needs more waltzes:

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Up North, Down South

Nobody ever formed a group called the Portsmouths but in South Yorkshire there was an R&B group called the Sheffields. Exactly 50 years ago they appeared at Kimbells R&B Club and I think they released three singles: “It must be Love” and “Got my Mojo working” in 1964 and a vocal version of MJQ/Milt Jackson’s “Bags Groove” in 1965. I can tell you no more, but here’s the first one:


Sunday times past


This picture appears in ‘Smiler’s’ new book but I have an original in one of my scrapbooks. Jim Lawrence was asking whether the previous pic of the three mods came from a Sunday ‘paper magazine and I think it was in this one from August 1964.




More from Alan Fulford who mentioned to me about the Centre Hotel. I recall playing there at the Sunday Folk Club (run by Dave Keast) in 1975 0r ’76 supporting the Watersons and I’m sure I saw Richard Thompson play a solo set there. Alan has sent the Programme from almost exactly 40 years ago. Anyone remember this?

Centre 74 Prog cover

Centre prog 74