Before the Birdcage


More from Carole: her 1960 Membership card for the Court School of Dancing which was taken over by the Birdcage in 1965. The back showed that it was part of a national federation of such venues



Carole told me she and her friends would go there on a Sunday night and dance to singles played on a record player – no PA, no sound system and a gap before the next one was put on, but no one cared – what else was there? One attraction was that it was a favourite haunt for the Pompey youth team members, most of whom lived in Yarborough Road in a hostel presided over by Douggie Reid and his wife.

Carole recalls that they all had to leave to be home for 10.30pm – and the Court would always play “Save the Last Dance for Me”. Songs of Innocence, but maybe not Experience?


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

5 thoughts on “Before the Birdcage

  1. Four lessons for a Guinea – I love it !
    Buy four – get half free !

  2. wonder if Carole would like to have any of her ‘bits’ put into display case in the Portsmouth Music Experience exhibition space ????

  3. There was also a Court Ballroom in Milton Keynes. When I was with ‘The Renegades’ (1960?), we played there.

  4. I remember Courts school of dancing..In fact I’m sure the Remains played there as part of an experiment to see if live music would liven place up a bit.
    The ” DJ ” there would always play my favorite song at that time..” Footstomp ” by Jet Harris and Tony Meehan..It was a b side to one of their hits..was a good introduction to that type of environ and being that I spent a good deal of my yoof in clubs I thank them..

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