Double Hit


Here’s the screenshot from the book chapter mentioned below

Pompey Pop Blog Hi-Res JPEG Screenshot

Included here because on this date, 50 years ago precisely (Thursday 17 June 1965) Jimmy James & the Vagabonds appeared at Kimbells – their first-ever appearance at the Birdcage Club. When the club closed 26 months later they had clocked up 29 appearances. The Action with 17 were next – then a couple of surprises in the next lot: the In Crowd (13), Chris Farlowe (12), the Move (11), T-Bones and Hebie Goins (10) and the Shevells (9)

Incidentally at present the book is at a University Library price of £85 so … If it gets taken up by university courses, they will produce a students’ paperback version.


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

4 thoughts on “Double Hit

  1. I’ve tried my hardest to locate anything recorded by the Shevells. To me they summed up that fantastic Birdcage atmosphere. Some of the acts that one would think might feature higher in the listings ( John Mayall, Graham Bond etc.) were put on as various college gigs, so presumably they didn’t go on the list. A lot of people are surprised to see The Move , from Brum, so high on the list, but , of course, they were the ‘resident group’ for a while, to be replaced by The Family !!
    Those were the days !!

  2. Ps, ironically I’ve just opened the post and there is a cd : – Mod, The New Religion ! On the back of the cd are photos of the front and back of the Vags ” The New Religion”. There are two Vags tracks on the cd:- This Heart of Mine & The Entertainer. Also on the cd is one of my all-time favourites , Arthur Alexander’s You Better Move On.
    There’s lots of ‘goodies ‘ on the cd ( Phil Upchurch, Slim Harpo, Billy Butler, James Brown and many more)..

  3. I guess that’s connected to Smiler’s book?

  4. It could be, but I feel it’s more of a tribute to the original album, as , I suspect, is the title of Paul ‘Smiler’ Anderson’s excellent book. It’s so good I’ve got three copies !!! Sad, or what !!!!

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