The Portsmouth Music Scene
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.
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.
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
Steve Kingsley featured in the Portsmouth NEWS 20-8-1983
and not forgetting one of the Next Generation;-
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.
Here is the 'legend' Frantic Fran, he is well after a heart attack about 15 years ago and planning a musical comeback
Pete Mitchell and Tony Power in action! (Love that tie!)
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
Steve Porter at Neros , and now in his daytime job!
I absolutely loved my time being a DJ at Nero’s which was quite a ground breaking disco with its underlit dance floor and flamboyant decor.
I had zero experience of being a disco DJ but managed to convince them to give me a go. All I’d done in that line was a programme on PHB Portsmouth Hospital Broadcasting.
Hospital Radio Dee Jays
Mike Underdown has been broadcasting for 42 years, but his main interest is jazz!
Other 2016 Queen Alexandra Hospital Dee Jays