Faith, by Jack Freeman
What is Faith? I wondered,
Long I wracked my head,
Now at last I've learned,
It's more than words that are said,
Or in books that can be read.
A bird leaves his nest for the first time,
Spreads his wings, that is Faith,
He flies thro' the skies on his first climb,
How he sings, that is Faith,
The dawn as the new day is waiting,
The green that the springtime is making,
The peace in the heart that was aching,
That is Faith.
A ship on the ocean ariding for the shore,
That is Faith,
The voice in a man that keeps saying
`Try again, try once more!'
The promise you know you can count on,
The rain for the earth and the fountains,
The love that can even move mountains,
THAT IS FAITH.
During 1946, London comedian Arthur Jack, advertised in the Portsmouth Evening News, and offered to supply bands and entertainment artistes of all kind. He gave his address as care of W H Smith, Havant Station.
In 1947 Sound Entertainments ran from 130 Kirby Road North End, offering sound equipment at first and then branching out into supplying artistes, such as the The South Entertainments Orchestra. The proprietors were ,... Ifill
STAR, Charlotte Street above Smith & Vospers cake shop! in 1961
Apparently run by Jack Freeman, who had a number of other businesses in Portsmouth with the 'Star' name, ie, Star Tailors, Star Fish Shop, and above Burtons in Commercial Road on the corner of Spring Street, The Star Ballroom.
Jack lived at 25, Inhurst Road, North End from 1961 to to about 1980 with 'Winifred', and then on his own to about 1987?
He was also a song writer. A waltz called 'Faith' from Star Publications, 5, Fawcett Road, Southsea and a price 2/6d.
Avenue Artistes The Avenue Southampton
Len Canham was the oiriginal boss here, with Bob James, who went to a smart London Agency.
Phil Blake replaced him, and later Terry Rolph joined, and now runs the agency from his home in Southampton.
John Angel Eastleigh in early 1960's
Les Hart in Southampton
Denis Sims, Southsea Entertainments. 49 Festing Road Southsea.
John Bedford, came from London where he had recording studio auditions with HMV Records, singing Hank Willimas type of songs. He moved to Portsmouth and was briefly a singer with the J Crow Combo in about 1963, but turned to managing groups and running venues. Noteably the Waterside at Woolston about 1965/66, and was first to book The Who outside of London. and then ran from 1976 an agency for until he retired in 2009. Firstly from his home in Laburnham Avenue, then his home in Fifth Street, then Stubbington Avenue, and then from Kirby Road. Later his son Ben took over and now runs the agency from his home at Whiteley.
Sally Neal was an agent with an office in Charlotte Street, and the company named Tip Top Enteretainments. She was also an accomplised organist.
Chris Lynn, Lancing Sussex
even though Chris was based in Sussex, many Portsmouth bands did gigs for him, and he booked into several Portsmouth venues including the South Parade Pier.
Lyndor Martin, This was an agency run from a corner house office of Campbell Road and Lawrence Road in Southsea. The 'Lyn' part of the name was Chris Lynn, and the 'Martin' was Dave Martin who was married to ?? she who ran the office.
Brian James Agency, from his home at Segensworth.
George Quintana, real name George Orzabal de la Quintana from Paris, France, of Spanish-Basque descent married an English woman Milita/Margaret, and they lived at Leigh Park. George ran a string of strippers and his wife booked groups in venues through the late 1960's and into the early 1980's.
They had three children Carlos Orzabal, Julian Orzabal and Roland Orzabal. The later went on to be part of the group Tears for Fears, and became a millionaire. George's father Arturo Orzabal de la Quintana, was from Buenos Aires, Argentina and son of emigrants from the Basque Country.
Topspot Management, 34 Roseberry Ave, Cosham,
Les Osman Agency,was based in Botley in the early 70's,
Jock Campbell was based in Bognor,
Mick Cartmell in Leigh Park,
Malcolm Thomas from Gosport,
TAB Entertainments, 99 Juniper Square Havant.
The CBS Group, Havant, Alpha Connection and others