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Suck it and see

Over this weekend in 1967, the Wrong Direction (below) were playing locally at a gig where the entrance was 4/11d and a halfpenny plus a sweet:

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Elsewhere, Shame and Sons of Man were on the Beat Cruise, the local Evening News had a front page photo of George Harrison and Patti on its front page, visiting San Francisco, the Pink Floyd released their first album Piper at the Gates of Dawn and the Small Faces “Itchycoo Park”.

On Saturday night, Jimmy James & the Vagabonds visited the Birdcage for the last time. If you’ve read Autumn of Love, you’ll know that I was dossing on west country beaches by now, so missed it.

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They have been advising festival-goers to avoid arriving this evening due to dreadful weather. It is due to commence tomorrow and they are advising campers to delay their arrival until tomorrow.

It’s a shame. I’ve been and even played there a couple of times. It’s very ‘folky’ but always enjoyable, but camping? No thanks!

(The Isle of Wight sank today:)


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Pompey Blues

Teed Up make a welcome return to  The Bullfrog Blues Club at The Dockyard
Club in Onslow Rd., Southsea on Thursday August 3rd.The band broke all
attendance figures at their previous Bullfrog gig (last November), so we’d
strongly advise  to order your tickets as soon as possible.

It includes the local favourites Steve Roux, Steve Browning and Bernie Fox.



Over the four days just gone, fifty years ago, Pink Floyd played at the original UFO Club in Tottenham Court Road for the last time (with early Fairport Convention and Shiva’s Children) and then on the Saturday were at the “Love In Festival” at Alexandra Palace with Eric Burdon, Arthur Brown, Brian Auger, Creation and Tomorrow.

Andy Warhol arrived with the Velvet Underground for their first UK tour, the Mick Jagger/Keith Richards appeal started (and succeeded), Big Brother & the Holding Company released their first album, and Tim Buckley released the fabulous Goodbye and Hello. Meanwhile, John Coltrane was buried in Long Island New York – live music at the funeral by Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler.

Talking of Jazz,  I was checking the Mercury Prize list and realising as usual that these days, I know nothing but I did notice the mandatory token jazz album by a band called Dinosaur so I bought it.

And now I love it.

I guess I’d say it’s not too far away from late-60s and beyond Miles Davis. If you like that, you might like Dinosaur. If you don’t, you might not.

Not sure? Try this




Dave Rodgers RIP

Mick has informed me of the death of Dave Rodgers, a stalwart of the local jazz scene in the late 1950s and the 1960s, who continued to support live music as the ‘boss’ of the Auckland.

A couple of years ago he loaned me hours of recordings of local jazz musicians which I have in the archive – especially performing at the Cellar Club, a few years before it became the Indigo Vat

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Clubs & Coffee Bars

Two posts down there is some correspondence in the Comments about the Keyhole (Bistro etc). Mick has sent me this Osborne Road list from the 1964 Kelly’s Directory, running eastwards from the Queen’s Hotel and including the Queens Hotel, Kimbells, the Keyhole and the Jokers Club.

As I mention below, there are photos and more conversations about that back on 2 November 2014 – including the original Keyhole sign which was revealed back then in the creation of the Wave Maiden which is what it is at present.

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