I was checking through a pile of old copies of the Pompey Evening News in an antique shop and spotted one for Thursday 24 June 1965. Thursdays are usually the best, because you get ‘Spinner’s’ page plus the weekends Entertainment small ads.
It is possible to see all this on microfilm in the Library; Mick and I have spent many happy hours doing just that, but there is something delightful about having the old ‘paper itself.
On that day, Spinner reported a couple of very popular gigs at the recently opened Birdcage Club (Kimbell’s) – the first (of what would be 29) by Jimmy James and the Vagabonds and a Saturday night with 1,000 fans to see the Moody Blues. With the Southsea Birdcage now opening on Thursdays and Saturdays the Rendezvous followed suit by adding Thursdays to its regular Saturday. That coming week the Birdcage had (Thursday) Rod Stewart, Gary Farr & Brian Auger* and (Saturday) Ronnie Jones & the Blue Jays. The Rendezvous had the Clique on Thursday and Stormsville Shakers on Saturday. I remember seeing and enjoying the Clique there on one occasion.
*Spinner was also announcing the imminent formation of the full Steam Packet with Long John Baldry and Julie Driscoll replacing Gary Farr. There had been some talk of the Crow (J Crow Combo) linking up with Ms Driscoll but Spinner announced “expect the Crow to fold its wings soon” – sadly true. The new guitarist/bass guitarist in the band the Williams Brothers from Southampton released a single called “Honey Love”.
Also among local bands Sherlock & the Saints renamed themselves the Abundance, the Southern Classics departed on a two month tour of Sweden, Norway etc and Jacqui Rivers & the Boyfriends began a residency at Ryde Hotel. Gosport’s Brothers Scarlett with Gary & Lee were at Thorngate (3/-) with tickets for the Who advertised – but they never came.
On Hayling Island, the Kon Tiki had regular jazz nights while summer Monday night gigs were planned for the Savoy with Cliff Bennett, Georgie Fame, the Yardbirds, the Animals, Moody Blues and Goldie & the Gingerbreads.
Elsewhere on that Thursday evening, if you didn’t fancy the Birdcage or Rendezvous, there was Bingo at the Savoy or Old Tyme Dancing at the Crystal Palace on Fratton Bridge.
Wot no Furys?