Keith Emerson RIP


There’s a Birdcage link via the T-Bones and the Nice certainly played in Pompey – they were quite interesting I think – and I did see them at the Windsor Jazz & Blues with PP Arnold


Then there was ELP, but we don’t talk about that


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

10 thoughts on “Keith Emerson RIP

  1. One of my all time heroes. Very sad I used to love the Nice.

  2. RIP Keith, a quote from his blog:

    I remember the late great Frank Zappa requesting a meeting with me in London 1969.

    He was concerned at the attitude of British Orchestras. I couldn’t help him much except using my limited experience to say that maybe tone down the lyrics of his songs.

    “Why does it hurt when I pee?” does not go down very well with the conservative orchestras of Great Britain.

    I remained a distant friend with him until he passed on.

    And now he’s passed on. Sleep well.

  3. ………oh and he also bought his first organ in Portsmouth while at school in Worthing and I think his father lived in Pompey. There is something somewhere about him popping into the Sound Barrier when he was down visiting his pappa.

  4. You know your stuff Mr Mook! Well played Sir.

  5. did he buy it from Bennetts?

  6. Portsmouth Organ Centre wherever that was?!

    • At the time, there was only one organ shop in Pompey and it was Bennetts in New Road. They started to expand and opened another one in London Road, North End. Amusingly, a shop opened directly next door by the name of…..Oscar’s Sex Supermarket ! Hence the gags about which organ shop should the punters be using.
      Incidently, at one of my regular jazz haunts in Worthing ie Hare and Hounds, the guy that organises the jazz there mentioned to me about a one time famous jazz organist by the name of…..Keith Emerson, he’s just brought/rented a property in Worthing near the seafront, found out about the regular jazz at the Hare and promised he would “pop in”. I’ve no idea if it all came to fruition as I haven’t visited for a while due to my “chauffeur” being on holiday in Florida….baa humbug !!

  7. The Nice certainly played at Pompey Guidhall – they were on the same bill as Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Move etc who appeared in Nov ’67.
    He was a genius jazz and classical keyboard player – one of my all-time favourite tracks is ‘Honky Tonk Train Blues’ (you can check it out on YouTube) – better than the Meade Lux Lewis original, in my opinion.

  8. too many obituaries of late !!………………here he is then……………………”TRYING TO CONNECT YOU SIR” http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jul14/articles/emerson-moog-modular.htm

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