(The Radiants) one of those classic soul tracks that ‘Brady’ was likely to play at the Birdcage. But as 1966 turned to 1967, Brady was about to follow his mate Robin Beste out of the Birdcage and on to another life.
1966 was a bit of an up-and-down year at the club, but it finished pretty well with John Mayall, Little Richard, Cream plus regular favourites the Vagabonds, Action and Alan Bown Set in the closing weeks.
1967 opened with a record night called “Freak Out” although I doubt whether many Frank Zappa tracks were played. There was a three-way split looming as the club suddenly started Ska nights – mostly on record but occasionally someone like Prince Buster would turn up. It’s interesting that the year of the Summer of Love was also the year of ska/Bluebeat (named after the record label of the singles).
The club continued to book those favourite soul/Tamla acts although the Action were already exploring new stuff with covers of tracks like “Why” by the Byrds. Alan Bown would follow suit. And soon to arrive were the Pink Floyd, alongside the Who, the Knack and the Syn who would ‘sort of’ metamorphose into Yes. The In Crowd came regularly but they would soon turn into Tomorrow – “My White Bicycle” and Keith West with his “Teenage Opera”.
Changes were in the air then and across the Atlantic, the Trips Festivals were well underway (Ken Kesey, Grateful Dead etc), while Jefferson Airplane had released their first album in 1966. Early in 1967 the first album by a new LA band appeared; The Doors, including “Light My Fire” and a lengthy finish with “The End”. The Youngbloods eponymous album also appeared early in 1967 with one of the more enduring hippy anthems, Dino Valenti’s “Get Together” urging us “try to love one another”. I last heard that back in the summer on the Isle of Wight performed by Banana of the Youngbloods and Barry Melton of the Fish. It endures – Happy New Year Bloggers: