50 years past
1966 ended in the local ‘paper with Spinner’s Pop Poll – only the second time this was run. The most popular local bands were soul acts: 1 – Simon Dupree, 2 – Inspiration, 3 – St Louis Checks and Soul Society were in the top ten too.
It depended somewhat of course on who bothered to vote but soul acts were similarly prominent in the category of visitors: 1 – Vagabonds, 2- Action, 3- Alan Bown Set. Clearly Birdcage regulars were voting there.
This would all change over the next 12 months – it was already changing in London where the UFO Club was established the week before, and it was very different in San Francisco. On New Year’s Day in Panhandle Park, SF, the local Hell’s Angels held an event called “New Year’s Wail” featuring the Grateful Dead and Big Brother & the Holding Company.