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?