Exactly 50 years ago today I stayed in bed until 9am – something I never manage these days.
How do I know? Because as I’ve mentioned before, 1966 was the one year of my life I kept a daily diary. Every now and then over the forthcoming year I’ll stick excerpts on here if they seem relevant. Saturday 1 January 1966 certainly does
I spent New Year’s Eve at the Birdcage which featured the Action. I didn’t note a support act so maybe it was just them plus ‘Brady’s’ records. On New Year’s Day I was reading Nell Dunn’s Up the Junction – later made into a movie. Wikipedia says: “Up the Junction is a 1963 collection of short stories by Nell Dunn that depicts contemporary life in the industrial slums of Battersea and Clapham Junction. The book uses colloquial speech, and its portrayal of petty thieving, sexual encounters, births, deaths and back-street abortion provided a view of life that was previously unrecognised …”
It seems to have been a relatively quiet day although I met up with my pal Martin Richman at one point and late afternoon recorded BBC radio’s Jazz Club which featured the Brian Auger Trinity and Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames. I’d have done that on our family reel-to-reel and boy do I wish I still had that programme!
PS: It occurred to me to check it out on the Radio Times Archives. It was actually called Jazz Beat and I guess that title and the chosen guests indicate a shift away from mainstream jazz to incorporate the newer R&B scene. It was introduced by George Melly and ran from 6.30-7 pm on the Light Programme. That morning Saturday Club looked a bit crap – Hedgehoppers Anonymous, Rick & Sandy (?), Barry St John (?), Acker Bilk and the Merseybeats. I’m a bit confused that there doesn’t seem to be any Sports Report scheduled that day although Pompey lost 3-1 at Derby with a goal by Ron Tindall.
PPS If you follow the conversation on here (a fine start to the New Year) you’ll understand this old scrapbook photo of the Animals, Tommy Tucker, Carl Perkins (I do like Carl Perkins) and Elkie Brooks