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White? Blues

This Thursday, there’s lots of snow forecast. However, if you can make it:

Thursday March 1st The Bullfrog Blues Club is proud to present The John
Verity Band at the Dockyard Club, Onslow Road


Blow Me

(Double post)

TRUMPETS – handy in heaven apparently but in the world of rock & pop, hardly the ‘coolest’ of instruments. There was Kenny Ball of course, but … then in the Birdcage days, Alan Bown led his ‘Set’ with one, and Georgie Fame had Eddie Thornton, but there haven’t been many in local bands that I know of, although my first pro band Harlem Speakeasy (1967/8) had one played by Pete Gurd, my first musical partner as a wonderful young blues/folk guitarist. We had a duo with me on vocals and harmonica, and Pete also played amplified guitar in bands, but simply switched to trumpet when we expanded the line-up.
And I can’t think of another local trumpeter in the pop/rock world until just before Christmas 2017, when I saw the Southsea Alternative Choir in the Beach Café (try opening the roof tonight guys!) and one of the stars of their show was a guy on trumpet. All of this is a prelude to my next nomination for great Pompey gigs, but I’d be interested to know about local trumpeters.


Rock & Roll

(Double post)

Rock & Rollers (and similar) who played in Pompey, that I know of:

Gene Vincent at Clarence Pier and Little Richard at the Birdcage, and at the Guildhall:

1960: the Platters, the Everly Brothers, Freddy Cannon, Johnny Preston & Conway Twitty

1962: Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry, Gene Vincent (twice), Johnny Burnette, Gary ‘US’ Bonds, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dion & Del Shannon, Bobby Vee & the Crickets

1963: Johnny & Hurricanes, Del Shannon

1964: Bill Haley & Comets, Carl Perkins

1968: Duane Eddy, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins

Eddie Cochran never came and I don’t think Fats Domino did (?)


Kimbells R&B

Some of you will remember the days of ’64 (Graham? Lenny?). I started something on the Facebook site today and then corrected myself. The story is that there was an R&B club on Sunday nights where Georgie Fame & Blue Flames played quite often.

But I thought it was promoted by the Concorde Club, and it wasn’t – they promoted mid-week gigs. I’ve found their list of gigs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays and they included Graham Bond (with Bruce & Baker), Alex Harvey, Soul Agents (with Rod Stewart), Chris Farlowe, and John Lee Hooker with John Mayall – Mayall played the Guildhall recently, just 54 years later!