A Good Week


In 1966 that is. Interesting double bill on Tuesday 2 August at the Birdcage with the Move plus Jimmy James & the Vagabonds. This was around the start of the Move’s regular visits – they were a cracking band live in the early days. I remember in particular versions of “Watch Your Step” and (see previous post) “Stop & Get a Hold of Myself” by Gladys Knight & the Pips.

On Thursday I went with a bunch of mates to Kimbells to see a band called the Gaudy Doyle Set (???). From my diary note it seems this might have had something to do with some visiting French girls but no details I’m afraid

Then on Saturday back to the ‘Cage for the Alan Bown Set (just six bob). During the week I also bought an album by Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee. Good days except that it rained pretty well every day.


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

12 thoughts on “A Good Week

  1. According to Mick Cooper’s account of the the local music scene, the Informers changed their name to Gaudy Doyle and later reverted back to the Informers with new drummer Lenny Tench….i was thinking about the name Gaudy Doyle and had a look around and discovered that when Conan Doyle killed off Sherlock H he wanted him to have a gaudy death… so i think that’s where they got their name from.. what do you think ?

  2. Mick usually knows – maybe the LT bit doesn’t fit? Cheers AW

  3. Incidentally, I also had a couple of nights at the Manhattan – those were the days huh? Birdcage twice, Kimbells and Manhattan twice, all in six days.

    Just back from lighting WOMAD and thought I’d go back to see what was going on in Soul Society world July/August 1966
    Indigo Vat…..6th
    N Grammar 6th form…………13th
    Thorngate Hall…………14th ..(apparently a gig for Ricky Martins 21st)
    Parlour……….29th….(this apparently the first gig with ‘new’ stixman Graham Parker….
    August 5th up to Andover…………………..Troggs club, The Fiesta

    And a date worth noting later in August…….our relationship with ‘the bird’ ceased as Lynn Ashton Evans becomes the bands ex manager………………Oh yes and the Hammond man Mick Cooper joined us on 15th of August…….

    Mr Trivia signing off 4 now

  5. Welcome back, dear boy. I wondered where you’d wandered …

  6. Phil, Which stage did you work?

  7. I always look after the mainstage, and this years classic for me was George Clinton and Funkadelic……Just the same as it ever was !!!!
    Thursday night special & warm up for the weekend ‘ Asian Dub Foundation’…………. also quite impressive……
    Saturday provided ‘most interesting’ for me Meta & the cornerstones…….really together reggae style outfit from Senegal…..

    So now its off for another spell of duty at V (south)………..back in time to change ‘the gallery’ at the exhibition into our ‘Isle of Wight’ special ,and therefore class will not be able to take part in recreation until a later date !!!!!!

  8. Good Day Sunshine…Revolver was released 50 years ago on August 5, 1966.

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