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See the Light


I’m just back from the Guildhall and the presentation to Simon Dupree & the Big Sound/Gentle Giant who take their rightful place on the Wall of Fame. There was a considerable attendance, by friends, family and fans, and speeches by Andy Grays (Guildhall), Geoff Dorsett and Adrian Collis (Express FM Soft Rock Show) and from Phil and Derek of the band.

It was a very pleasant event attended also by local luminaries such as Pete Cross, Phil Freeman, Nigel & Audrie Grundy, Dave Mussell, Mick Cooper and Alan Christmas, who in his days with Sons of Man used to share support slots with the Shulmans in their Roadrunner days at the Rendezvous.

(above l-r) Adrian (hidden), Ray Shulman, Geoff, Phil Shulman, Derek Shulman, Kerry Minnear (GG) and Tony Ransley (SD&BS)


Paul Oliver RIP

70 years ago the blues as we now know them, were almost irrelevant in British music, 60 years ago the jazz and skiffle guys were having a bit of an impact (but there were few records available) but by 50 years  ago – in the mid ’60s – the British blues were hugely influential on contemporary popular music.

If anyone was to put together a list of the ten greatest influences on that development in the UK who would it include? Chris Barber, Lonnie Donegan, George Melly, Alexis Korner, the Rolling Stones, John Mayall … ? One of my main nominations would not be a musician, but a British academic and former art teacher, Paul Oliver, who carried out extensive research into the blues in the USA, published many books and magazine articles, broadcast on the radio and contributed to some of the most important record compilations, in the days when we were all learning so much about that musical form.

He lived a long life and his work meant an enormous amount to me. Now he’s died but I’ll be grateful to him for ever for the considerable extent to which he enriched my life.






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Is It All Over Now?

Not quite

On this evening, 50 years ago, Zoot Money was booked for the Birdcage but found himself chasing a loony through the fields. As a consequence, Aynsley Dunbar brought his new band instead – he had played with Jeff Beck at Windsor the previous weekend but that was his last gig with them and he was now off on his new project.

For the Birdcage, however, it was the penultimate weekend and penultimate gig. There was just one more Saturday night to come.

On the Thursday night this weekend, in 1967, the Creation and the Mike Stuart Span, sailed the Solent on the latest Beat Cruise.

New releases included “We Love You” / “Dandelion” by the Stones and “Hole in my Shoe” by Traffic. Pink Floyd were touring Germany but Syd Barrett went AWOL and the tour was cancelled.


Southern Soul

From Mick (cheers)


Soul Society 50th Anniversary first ever re-union at The Coal Exchange Emsworth.

left to right John Dupret, John Davis, Roger Freeman, Rod Watts, Phil Freeman, Mick Cooper, Stewart Ward, and seated Lyn Ashton Evans , now Lyn Dupret

To which, Phil added

“Soul Society reunion   part one…..As 50 year anniversary things seem to be popular , I managed to pull this lot together over a few days with the help of Clouseau Cooper , and this is last night’s result….We are missing a couple of bass players and a couple of drummers and those no longer with us  , but I am determined on the outcome of this that there will be a part two……………..something for the blogpage I reckon”

Yes indeed Phil – although you don’t look that happy (above)? Cheers


Real Renegade History

When this was taken, Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie had just led Hampshire to their first County Championship in 1961*. It’s them Renegades again – and the venue? None other than Soho’s 2 Is!

Renegades 2 i 's

*We’ve been a bit short on cricket references this summer – I thought you might be missing them.