Harold Pendleton RIP

I’ve only just spotted an obituary for him although he died a couple of months ago. He was the man who, with Chris Barber started and sustained the legendary Marquee Club (from 1958), he organised the recording session at which Lonnie Donegan recorded “Rock Island Line”, he ran the early jazz festivals in Beaulieu for his Lordship, and then in the early 1960s, kicked off the Richmond and Windsor Jazz & Blues Festivals.

I went to the 1967 one at Windsor and on my first day at a Festival I saw (among others) Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Peter Green, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn and Mick Taylor – and that’s just the guitar players! The festival moved to Reading and survives to this day every August Bank Holiday.



Pete Cross

Never knowingly undersold!


“PORRIDGE 69p  a packet from Farm Fresh (beat that Waitrose) with crumbled nuts, cranberries, linseed oil with Milk in the microwave –very tasty very nice – the secret of my youthful looks revealed.
Want to borrow a couple of bob to buy your next pack of Porage from  Waitrose Rodders??”


In the 1960s

… the places to be seen, included the Birdcage, Rendezvous, Parlour, Vat etc

This afternoon I was wandering round to Waitrose in Southsea, and there was my old mate ‘Lenny’. As we chatted about Monday afternoons buying “bits & pieces”, along came Dave Mussell – all we needed was a bass player for a cool ‘jazzy’ line-up. Into Waitrose I went, and there was Shep Woolley having just finished his shopping.

It’s the place to be seen these days.