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).