Happy birthday to my sister, David Bowie, Shirley Bassey and Elvis
In 1966 it was Saturday and as I still hadn’t gone back to school I had the day free – back then at the Grammar School we went to school on Saturday morning and the afternoons were a bit ‘sporty’. I guess that’s why we got long holidays.
I made the most of it. At Smartwear in Commercial Road I paid 39/11 for a shirt – blue & white stripes with white collar and cuffs. My dad was intrigued by that and took me to the Gents Outfitters of his best pal Percy Brookman in Elm Grove after which I started buying proper shirts with separate collars and studs.
Early evening I listened to ‘Jazz Beat’ again which featured the Art Woods and the Mike Cotton Sound who had shifted from ‘trad’ to R&B. Then it was off to the Birdcage again which was packed for the visit of the Action (6/-). In my diary I noted that I spent the evening with a young man called Alan and his mate from Buckland who was destined to become a famous DJ …