worthy of note.

Mr Dolan alerts me to the fact that today would have been the 72nd birthday of George Harrison


Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

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  1. Not really appropriate, in my humblest of humble opinions, David (altho’ I am enormously fond of the work of Nash and the Crosby). This is far more suitable, performed by his mate, Joe Brown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D6reUmk094
    And, as I said in my mail, Beware of Darkness, Thoughts that Linger, and Falling Swingers!

  2. We’ve just missed Paul Jones’ 73rd birthday – on Feb 24th.

    Two more people with Pompey appearances under their belts also celebrate their birthdays today…

    Elkie Brooks (who I saw with Vinegar Joe at The Cromat -or was it South Parade Pier?) is 72.

    Doug Yule (of the apres Lou Reed) Velvet Underground who appeared at South Parade Pier, is 68.

    Today is also Fats Domino’s 87th birthday and Ralph Stanley’s 88th today – might be a bit late to get ’em at The Cellars or The R.M.A. now…..

    O.K., now for the dead blokes who’ve made appearances in Pompey …..

    On February 1st. Jimmy Carl Black – founder member of Zappa’s Mothers of Invention – would have celebrated his 77th birthday We had some great times at South Parade Pier when he was fronting The Muffin Men.

    On February 14th Big Jim Sullivan would have reached 74. Towards the end on his life (he died less than three years ago) Big Jim lived in Sussex, and in the 90’s he used to play at The Parade in Southsea (with a beat box !) , when most of the audience/drinkers had no idea who he was…. unbelievable. Talking of George Harrison (which is how this entire topic started!) Big Jim taught the George to play the sitar, and also played on his (now very rare) “Wonderwall” album. Big Jim’s first notable band was Johnny Duncan’s Blue Grass Boys. He taught Ritchie Blackmore (of Deep Purple and Rainbow) to play guitar, and backed Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent on their 1960 U.K tour – when Cochran died in the car crash. Big Jim was the first guitarist in Britain to play a Gibson Les Paul , having acquired Sister Rosetta Tharpe‘s. In 1974, he pioneered the use of the wah-wah pedal (on Dave Berry’s “The Crying Game”) and the fuzzbox, (on P.J. Proby’s “Hold Me”). At his height as a session man, he averaged three recording sessions a day, and played on over 1,000 chart hits, including 55 No. 1 singles, including those by David Bowie, The Walker Brothers, Donovan,  Thunderclap Newman, Love Affair, Long John Baldry, Marmalade, Small Faces and The Tremeloes. He also played on Frank Zappa’s “200 Motels” . In 1972 he did the arrangements for the orchestral version of The Who’s “Tommy” album . He still had his “chops”, so why he ended up playing for disinterested punters in a little Southsea seafront bar (with free entry) is totally beyond me….

    Tomorrow (26th February) Johnny Cash – who appeared at the ill fated festival at the old airport – would have celebrated his 82nd birthday

    On February 28th Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones would have celebrated his 72nd birthday On the same day John Fahey- who actually appeared at Portsmouth library once(I have a tape – thanks to Nigel Smith) would have reached 75.

  3. Dada played at Cromat (Elkie Brooks) with my lot, Gilbey Twiss in support and also at SPPIER with Yes and Iron Butterfly. I recall that one and Velvet Underground as my buddies Martin and Geoff did the lights – its a bit exciting to think of VU in Southsea until you realise it was a bunch of blokes with only the drummer from the originals – Mo Tucker.

  4. Vinegar Joe certainly played the Pier as I was there.

  5. Which incarnation came first – VJ or Dada? The Cromat lot included Robert Palmer

  6. Can’t post a link, but Wikipedia have the history. Dada came first, Robert Palmer joined Dada after they made their only album and stayed for VJ

  7. Slight correction JR. The crying game was 1964 not 1974 (Glad its not just me that fat fingers the keyboard) . Not Actually a Wah Wah Pedal either but a DeArmond Volume/tone pedal. Volume works in the standard up and down and tone side to side. I have one and they are very hard to master. The other well known use of that pedal is on “The Storm” by The Hunters” I must say I gave up trying to be effective in using it but to see a close up of iy in use there is a young Australian guy has a YouTube vid.

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