Marty Balin RIP

Marty Balin, the ‘other’ vocalist in Jefferson Airplane has died. Most of my musical life has been dominated by Black American music, but there was that late 1960s period when Psychedelia and early rock was a big deal, and that included the Airplane. I loved some of their stuff – and I reckon that their album After Bathing at Baxter’s is one of the great, classic psychedelic records. If you don’t like psychedelia, other albums and records – ‘White Rabbit’, ‘Somebody to Love’ etc – might suit more, but whatever, they were a big deal for me, and I’m grateful to my old buddy Lenny for alerting me, because we shared their recordings back in the days of Rosemary, especially a slightly later album Volunteers. We all need somebody to love.


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Don Golding

Arrangements for Don’s funeral: Porchester Crematorium, South Chapel, 8th October, 1.45pm Smart casual; wear a little something red, Don’s favourite colour.

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Memories are made of this


Be part of our City of Stories project and share your musical memories at our reminisence sessions hosted by Pam Nockemann.

North End Library, Wednesday 19th September, 2-4pm

Central Library, Thursday 20th September, 2-4pm

Central Library, Saturday 22nd September, 12.30-2.30pm

Free, but places are limited so please book via your local library or telephone Portsmouth History Centre on

023 92 688046.

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Don Golding RIP

More sad news – I’m very sorry to report his death, he had been poorly for a while. Don was a guitarist/bass player and a bit of a local legend, having played from the late 1950s to the very recent past. This photo shows him (on the right) in the original Renegades around 1960:
Next came the Dynamos who reached the Final of ITV’s ‘Ready Steady Win!’ (1964?) and had a track on the album of the show (again on the right):
Dynamos 1964 2
There were other bands too (eg the Boyfriends) and the final photo shows him just last year and his special number “What’d I Say” with the reformed Danny Raven & the Renegades. He was a lovely bloke who will be missed:
Don Golding