I’m looking for some memories here. You know when Pompey got through to the fifth round …
Oh no sorry, wrong Blog (apologies Phil, apologies Rod)
OK I checked my diary. I was out and about this weekend fifty years ago but no Birdcage and in fact, in March 1966 I suddenly stopped going. This was a temporary break I hasten to add but I stopped, until the 26th when Alan Price was back again. I think the explanation lies in a certain change of booking policy (a bit more ‘poppy’?) but I’m not entirely sure about all the bands I chose not to see that month. They were: the Sumer Set, the Cat, the Green Onions, the Shevelles, the Who, , the Nocturnal and the In-Crowd.
The In Crowd played there more often than anyone except the Action and Vagabonds so I saw them lots and ditto the Shevelles. I’d seen the Who live at that famous Savoy gig and unlike lots of people back then I didn’t like them live – although they made some great singles.
So I think I just decided to save what little money I had and not go. But I can’t recall a whole lot about some of those bands. Did I make a wise decision or not? (Things got better through April).
PS The Birdcage might have got more ‘poppy’ but the R&B Chart was going strong. Among the less familiar stuff was “Love makes the World Go Round” by Deon Jackson, “Baby Come on Home” by Solomon Burke, “Can’t You See” by Mary Wells while number one was was Stevie Wonder, “Uptight”.