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John Wetton RIP

I have just heard from my pal and fine bass player Mick Legg – these days on the IOW – about the death today of John Wetton, himself bass player with Asia, Family, King Crimson, Roxy Music etc. He grew up down the road in Bournemouth.

Mick recalled meeting John a few times in London (in the company of Mr Slim Brown) and described him as “a lovely guy”.



Who played what?

I’ve now reached the point with this new book where I’m focusing on details. While the main body of the book will be mid/late 1960s – sort of Birdcage to IOW Festivals musically – there is stuff about what came before and I’m interested in what the local groups were playing around 1963/4.

I have a recording of Mike Devon & the Diplomats – the guys who supported the Beatles at the Savoy – and their sets in those days included some ‘Merseybeat’ songs: “I Saw Her Standing There”, “There’s a Place”, “I Call Your Name”, “Sugar & Spice”, “I’m Telling You Now”  as well as Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven”, & “Memphis Tennessee” and other stuff from the USA that many people covered back then such as “Keep Your Hands Off My Baby”, “Do You Love Me”, “I Can Tell”, “Searchin”, and “Love Potion No 9”.

This is post rock & roll and just prior to the R&B ‘boom’ (Muddy, Hooker, Bo etc). I’d like to know about other groups back then and whether this set looks typical, whether any ‘classics’ or favourites are missing?


Going Underground

Around this time in 1967, the first UK edition of Oz was published, while on this very day fifty years ago the seventh edition of IT (International Times) appeared

It ran a header about Inner and Outer Space, called for the arrest of the Home Secretary Roy Jenkins and announced that Hendrix was in London to stay. There was an article on UFOs by one of the ‘experts’ John Michell, reports from China, Vietnam and Moscow, a piece by Allen Ginsberg about LSD and also Jeff Nuttall on psychedelics and other names to appear included Chet Helms from San Francisco’s Family Dog/Avalon Ballroom, Hare Krishna, poet Brian Patten, Traverse Theatre Company and Timothy Leary “tuning in … (etc)”

All that for a bob (5p)