Fifty years ago this weekend, my family went off to see the movie the soundtrack of which ended up as the biggest selling album of the 1960s. I’ve still never seen it. Growing up in Pompey, hills were a mystery to me. Our half-term started on the Friday but was only a couple of days. I played football twice that weekend – the grammar school only played rugger (posh see?) but I preferred the round ball game and played for a Sunday team called Pontiac. We lost more than we won. Pompey beat Bolton 1-0 and the crowd was under 12,000 – fewer than they get today.
Manfred Mann and Bobby Breen (?) were on Jazz Beat (Light Programme). I didn’t go to the Birdcage for some reason thereby missing the In Crowd (Thurs), the Action (Friday) and the Paramounts (Saturday) although I had seen all three recently. On Saturday I went to a party with a couple of mates but can’t report anything exciting.
In the Record Mirror’s R&B chart the top five were “Uptight”, “Get Out of My Life Woman”, “Harlem Shuffle, “Going to A-Go-Go” and “Don’t Mess With Bill”. After them the one obscurity (?) was “Hole in the Wall” which I can’t remember. Who was that by Phil?