Portsmouth music scene

The Beat Cruises

From the NEWS Supplement "Portsmoputh in the 60's June 1993 Beat Cruises Every Wednesday during the summer, weather permitting, an Isle of Wight ferry would leave from The Hard carrying a Radio I DJ and two top-line groups. These sea excursions, known as beat cruises, called at Ryde Pier to further swell the crowd on board. The tiny bar was always packed and after a couple of drinks, dancing on a pitching floor became a near impossibility.

Just a quick memory from me. During the 1960's I worked for British Rail at their Goldsmith Avenue accounts office in the goods yard to the west of the football ground. The staff association secretary knew I had involvement with a pop group and asked us to play on the IOW ferry for one of the staff social evenings. It was the first ever. I had a Hammond Organ, which has a tone wheel that has to run at the correct constant speed to achieve concert pitch. Unfortunately the power lead supplied to us was run off of their boat generator, and power (ampage?) fluctuated and I was out of tune with the rest, so had to stop playing. We did the same gig a few times after, but by then they had sorted the problem. Happy days!
The black and white photo was taken on one of the later trips. The group, called the Oruginal Fortunes, change the name to The Rampant. I think I am hidden behind the front line. In the white shirt Ritchie Peters, guitaist is Ron Hughes, then bass plaer Don Golding, formerly of the Renegades, and on drums, Ron's brother Ken Hughes.
The two colour photos are of "Image." Phil Freeman in the red Tee Shirt.

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Here's a 'grabbed' photo of Alan Williams drumming with St Louis Checks and a bit of singer Chris West on a Beat Cruise.


Portsmouth, Solent Riverboat-Audience 9th July 1969

04.09.1968 British Rail Beat Cruise, Portsmouth KILLING FLOOR with The Toast.

And on You Tube;-
- Dancing at sea-

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