Twinkle RIP


She’s died. I guess she’ll hook up with Terry at the gates now. Apparently she was a very posh bird who went to school with that Camilla who’s sort-of nearly almost queen (if you get my drift).


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

14 thoughts on “Twinkle RIP

  1. Went looking on the BBC Web for who the hell “Twinkle “was. Came up with news of gunfire on Portsdown Hill and 6 people arrested. Getting a bit wild over there Dave?

  2. That’s the trouble Pete. Bank Holiday, nothing happening, natives getting restless (is this what people meant by making their own entertainment?)

  3. Pete ! I’m amazed that you didn’t know the back catalogue of Twinkle !! Only joking !! It must be the prospect of an England test match victory going to my head ! KP ? Who is he ?
    On a ‘Birdcage’ note,there was a posting on another site about PP Arnold to which I added some useless information ! What was nice was that she got in touch with me personally with a nice update !!

  4. That is a nice story Oscar – and good to have a fellow Blogger to celebrate such a great game!

  5. Twinkle…Okay Now I got it. I had managed to block that out of my memory petty effectively many years ago. Now I shall have to go back in therapy The “gunfight at Portsdown hill”…. Well So much for the draconian gun laws over there. Whatever next? Reminds me of the Gatt air pistol I had when we lived in Old Portsmouth back in the 50’s. I used to target shoot in the cellar too scared to ever take it out on the street. We’ve come a long way…….

  6. I’m seriously getting the impression PW is starting to miss his old stomping ground ie Portsmouth, UK etc ?
    Is Florida everything’s it’s cracked up to be ?….I wonder…mmmm

    • Well no Rod not at all. Florida has it’s problems like all places (too many undocumented aliens and tattooed Euro-trash) but all in all its fair. I think that the warm climate has given me and the family a healthy life. The sun comes up every morning and heralds another blistering hot day. I don’t miss the colds and flu that I seemed to always have over there. Like all people who emigrate I think at times we wonder What if? but then that is life. There is no doubt that I enjoy the blog and miss the opportunity to participate in the AAA activities but then you can’t have it all. The wife misses her sisters but I think most of all misses the flowers and english gardens. All those things that when young we just don’t seem to pay much attention to. I was over in the UK last year for business visiting a company in Ilfracoombe and I will be back over again the week of June 22nd so I am hoping to get down and maybe meet Dr. Dave and tour the AAA facility for a couple of hours on the way to Gatwick. Meantime it’s my day off so plenty of work to do like mow grass. Hey after you have your feet seen to will you be able to play like Jerry Lee?……

  7. I always thought that ‘Terry’ was a great song. Written by her at 14 years old and making number 1 on one of the charts at the time ain’t a bad feat.

  8. Talking of that, I’m off the the podiatrist today for my……bad feet !! Another bit of useless information for the world to know……

  9. A sad loss. But if you take:

    and mash it up with

    you sort of get

    Or is it just me?

  10. Actually, Teenage Death Anthems were a bit of a sub-genre for a while. Apart from Terry and Leader of the Pack, can you think of any others. How about:
    Tell Laura I Love Her
    Teen Angel
    Dead Man’s Curve
    Ebony Eyes
    Johnny, Remember Me
    Endless Sleep

    For some reason, this playlist puts me in mind of Billy Mannings’s Dodge ’ems. Not sure why. (Save the last waltzer for me?)

  11. The waltzer, still going strong but no one is allowed to stand around and watch these days. Didn’t someone sing a song about rock and roll heaven? Meeting Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran etc?

  12. Possibly this one, from The Righteous Brothers?

    If you believe in forever
    Then life is just a one-night stand
    If there’s a rock n’ roll heaven
    Well you know they’ve got a hell of a band, band, band Jimmy [Jimi?]

    Gave us rainbows and Janis
    Took a piece of our hearts and Otis

    Brought us all to the dock of a bay
    Sing a song to light my fire, remember Jim
    That way, they’ve all found another place, another place to play

    If you believe in forever
    Then life is just a one-night stand
    If there’s a rock n’ roll heaven
    Well you know they’ve got a hell of a band, band, band Jimmy

    Remember bad bad Leroy Brown, hey Jimmy
    Touched us with that song
    Time won’t change a friend we came to know and Bobby

    Gave us Mack the Knife
    Well look out, he’s back in town
    They’ll all be there together
    When they meet in one big show

    If you believe in forever
    Then life is just a one-night stand
    If there’s a rock n’ roll heaven
    Well you know they’ve got a hell of a band, band, band Jimmy

    There’s a spotlight waiting
    No matter who you are ‘cuz everybody’s got a song to sing
    Everyone’s a star
    (Everybody’s got to be a star)

    If you believe in forever
    Then life is just a one-night stand
    If there’s a rock n’ roll heaven
    Well you know they’ve got a hell of a band, band, band Jimmy

  13. On a side note: All this talk of Waltzers (the fairground attraction, not people dancing in ¾ time) prompted me to re-watch “That’ll Be The Day/Stardust” as a DVD double bill.

    I think these films have stood the test of time very well (yes – some of the production details were a bit off: a clearly 70s TV studio audience ‘dancing’ on a 60s Ready, Steady Go! pastiche show; David Essex playing extremely fluid walking bass lines without ever moving his hands; vintage guitars showing up in the wrong decade; Ringo morphing seamlessly into Adam ‘Budgie’ Faith – whatever…) and are remarkably dark and gritty, given Essex’s ‘Jack the Lad Next Door’ image.

    Anyway, the point I’m coming to is that the location scenes for That’ll Be the Day were shot on the Isle of Wight.

    I’d never noticed that before.

    PS: Keith Moon shows up in both films, lest we forget.

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