Last Night a DJ …

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Interesting Comment from Oscar about Rikki Farr’s record intervals in his early Birdcage days at Kimbells, implying that it was all pretty basic. I remember that ‘Brady’ was around then but maybe not yet the club DJ? (They would advertise the ‘Brady/Beard* Jug Band’)

Am I correct in recalling that when you entered the Eastney Birdcage with the stage in front of you and the seating cubicles and then the ‘coffee/coke’ bar on the left, there was a DJ cubicle on the right about halfway up?

Did that mean that by then, ‘Brady’ was playing records (and they were records) through a club sound system? And if so, how common was that in 1965/6? I don’t remember a DJ or even records at the Rendezvous, while at Kimbells later on, Rikki still tended to use an ordinary record player through the band’s PA (with a mic?). One night he hired me as the DJ for Aynsley Dunbar but only once – clearly no potential there.

What about other venues? The Savoy? Tricorn? How did DJs make themselves heard in the 1960s? Is our DJ expert still picking us up from north of Buckland?

*Bob Beard

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

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