Festive days


The Joyce Bond show appeared at the Birdcage on this Saturday, 50 years ago but I wasn’t there because I went to my first Festival, Windsor Jazz & Blues. Friday night was neither jazz nor blues, but OK – Small Faces, Tomorrow, the Move. Saturday had jazz in the afternoon (Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Yusef Lateef, Chris Barber etc) and Sunday Afternoon was Donovan. Sunday night was British blues with the debut of Fleetwood Mac (fabulous!), John Mayall, Chicken Shack, Cream, Jeff Beck etc. Others included Arthur Brown, Denny Laine, PP Arnold & the Nice. More at


In the Pompey Evening News, Spinner announced that soul band the Inspiration had reformed as the more ‘psychedelic’ Coconut Mushroom. This was not the version that became well known around the city as they reformed again later in the year, but Colin Carter was singing.

This was also the weekend that the Pirates were closed down and John Peel’s final “Perfumed Garden” on Radio London played for hours through the night with so many great tracks by the new rock/psychedelic acts.


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 “Festive days

  1. Anyone remember the last track ever played by ‘The Big L’? I can recall it vividly – being round Jacko’s when the station signed off for the last time.

  2. You’ll have to tell us …

  3. I think the last record played was A Day in the Life by the Fab’s …. ?

  4. Dead right! It was banned by the BBC at the time, so a final act of protest.

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