It’s in the Diary

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Among various musical Christmas presents, my buddy Denis bought me Ronnie Wood’s diary from 1965 during the time he was playing in the Birds. It’s a neat publication, a reproduction of his handwritten original with added photos and comments by Ronnie and offers insights into the world of promising/struggling R&B bands back then.

Here’s the entry about a gig on Sunday 16 May 1965:

“A bit of a dump but the atmosphere was pretty good – plenty of Mods – a place similar to ‘Crawdaddy’ Richmond”

And the venue? Southsea – the “dump” therefore being Kimbells regular Sunday night blues club, a couple of months after the Birdcage opened there on Thursday nights

Somewhat confusingly¬†Ronnie adds: “The Authentics (now called) the Crow were with us” (i.e. the support act) but the Crow and the Authentics were of course different bands. The Crow had previously been the J Crow Combo but by now they featured only the two Williams brothers from Southampton on guitar and bass, plus two fine Pompey musicians, Chris Ryder (vocals) and Graham Hunt (drums).



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

One thought on “It’s in the Diary

  1. I must admit that I found the book a bit flimsy. It seems to sit between a personal memoir and a chronological record without having enough depth to impress in either category

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