Portsmouth Music Scene


The Portsmouth Music Scene
From the 1950's to date Disc Jockeys



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Pompey's own Peter Pan of pop! ............
Steve Kingsley (in the white shirt !)


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Vic Brown from Gosport

Vic Brown, came from Gosport where he and others established the Downbeat Club at the Thorngate Hall. It started as a jazz venue and club but eventually had to book many well known pop acts. In later life Vic ran a newsagents in Waterlooville, where he now lives in retirement.

Frank Hurlock, a renown local jazzman, in 1950s presented Jazz Record Recitals around town and ran The House of Wax record shop in Lake Road.

Bob Jenkins, at the Sound Barrier, Marina Club, Ricky's, Goldsmith Ave.

Andrew Campbell
Pete Mitchell
Brian Smith
Ray Fuller
Tony Power
and not forgetting;- Frantic Fran

Brady’ aka Pete Boardman 1965-67 at the Birdcage and 1968 at the Brave New World. Great records – now up north but sadly never much wanted to talk to Pompey Pop.
Mad King Jerry at the Birdcage around 1966?

Linda DuPret /Ashton-Evans of Soul Parlour Oasis fame was also one of Pompey’s DJs in the 60s. Known as The Bird, and DJ Belinda


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Steve Kingsley featured in the Portsmouth NEWS 20-8-1983

and not forgetting one of the Next Generation;-
Tom Kingsley Cannell

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Son and Father


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HE'S Portsmouth's answer to Bruce Forsyth. Keen dancers have been waltzing their way across the dancefloor thanks to weekly tea dances organised by Steve Kingsley. Along with business partner Pat Andrews, the dances have been running for 28 years and are held at The Royal Beach Hotel in Southsea. Mr Kingsley said: 'Some of our regulars have been attending our tea dances since we first began on South Parade Pier 28 years ago. We do get newcomers every week.' 'We play several different types of music including latin, the type of ballroom you get on Strictly Come Dancing, and Line Dance music.' Steve and Pat's tea dances are held every Wednesday afternoon from 1pm to 4pm. Admission is £4.

Norman Empire

Norman Empire who in the 1960's, 70's and 80's used to take his wind-up gramophone and his 78 rpm records to old people homes and community centres? He qualifies to be remembered as a Portsmouth DJ of sorts. He used to travel round the Albert Road, Fawcett Road areas in his motorised wheelchair, covered in badges, stickers and union jacks. He was very well thought of by many people who may no longer be with us and he provided a valuable service to them as he brought back their musical memories from the 1920's, 30's, 40's and 50's.
But who was he?
The Pearly DJ. Born Albert Norman Hayter, 1923. While working at Royal Beach Hotel as page boy joined the Little Southsea Entertainers. Invalided out of army in World War II, toured air raid shelters with portable gramophone. Later went around old peoples homes and clubs under the name Norman Empire. Died in nursing home, 1998.

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The DJ's from Neros

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Dean Stewart

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Dave Gamblin also as his other self, rock'n'roll DJ 'Tyrone Sleek'


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Here is the 'legend' Frantic Fran, he is well after a heart attack about 15 years ago and planning a musical comeback

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Pete Mitchell and Tony Power in action! (Love that tie!)

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and others who need mentioning;-

Jeff Kimber Steve Campion, Mike 'long un' Jay. (Parade Hotel), Dave Burton at Joanna's, Bob Symonds, John Thompson, Nige Freemantle...The Brighter Side of Darkness, Malc Drew, Barry Shorten, Jake Payne, Gordon Powell, Jeff Powell? George Bartholomew (just plain George) - used to DJ at the Dorchy(Dorchester?), Mad King Jerry from the Birdcage. Mark Frampton, Chris King, Pete Maxwell, Warren Ailwood, Mike Jupp, and a lady called Toni Parker

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Simon Moon, Rock'n'roll DJ

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Phil Tilbury and Flickers Disco


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Ray Andrews at the South Parade Pier



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Steve Porter at Neros , and now in his daytime job!

I have very fond memories of Pleasurama and loved my time at Nero's.
I was there from around late 73 early 74 to probably 76. Pete Cross and Merrick were the main guys. I was doing a request show called Cloud Nine on PHB hospital radio The famous Nero's underfloor lights were partly done by hand hitting buttons on a control box in those pre computer days.
Thursday night was girls night out, Friday the guys turned up and Saturdays were more couple nights. Again seems crazy now but we'd play stuff like the Conga and have hundreds of people conga-ing even out of the club and back in again. We used to do games too and we had live bands. So different from a club now! Pete was famous for playing Run Rabbit Run!
I really loved every minute of Nero's and look back fondly on that time. I also did a very occasional gig in Joanna's otherwise known as the Royal Navy School of Dancing! And a couple of guest appearances at the Tricorn. My day job then was a journalist for the Portsmouth News and for around three to four years I wrote the pop page interviewing loads of the top names of that time such as Eric Clapton 10 C.C. Barry White Marc Bolan and even artists like Vera Lynn and Nat Gonella.
Today as a pilot I fly the new Boeing 787 for Virgin Atlantic and been with Virgin 23 years. Flown the Airbus 340, Boeing 747 Classic, DC-10, Boeing 757 and 767, BAC 1-11 and the Vickers Viscount.


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Hospital Radio Dee Jays

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Mike Underdown has been broadcasting for 42 years, but his main interest is jazz!

Other 2016 Queen Alexandra Hospital Dee Jays
Tony Spence - Tony's Teatime Treats
Ken Hawkins - Night Mix
Mark Elsley - Club Classics
Brendan McCarthy - An Evening With
Dave Gibbs - Bits & Pieces
Bob Eagle - My Kind Of Music
John Birch - Nice N Easy
Kevin Spencer - The Music Mix
Tony Stratton - Ska Music Show
Mike Underdown’s “Monday Swing”
Kathryn Clarke - Go Girl / Country Club
Dave & Sue Aspen - The Pirate Radio Show?
Roger Gozney & Sharon Twine - Up Country
Jim Stevens - The "Happy Hour" Show
Juliette Bardin - A Spoonful Of The 80's
Neil Blanks - The Mid Morning Show
Ben Powell - 2 hours of the finest music
Michael Snelling - Thursday Brunch
Anna Courts - Annas Musical Showtime
Neil Stock - The Saturday Afternoon Sports Show
Neil Sherin - The Groove Finder Show


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