The Portsmouth Music scene 1944 to 1959
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The Popular Portsmouth Music Scene
Over a glorious century of Portsmouth Music History

The City of Portsmouth, Hampshire, England and it's environs.
Including Gosport, Fareham, Waterlooville, Havant and Hayling Island.

Please note, this is a NON-PROFIT MAKING project.
Purely a labour of love for my City and the music of the City that I love.


Dave Allen, a one time member of local groups called Harlem Speakeasy, Rosemary and Gilbey Twiss, has researched the decade of the 1960's. Detailed here are his findings on the Portsmouth Music Scene. Mick Cooper, another former Portsmouth musician has added to his work by researching from 1944 to the end of 1959 and beyond.
Therefore we have here over a century of the popular music history of the City of Portsmouth.
As you read these pages, hopefully it will give you a strong flavour of those days. If it jogs any memories, and you would care to pass them on so that we might add to this ever increasing history, we would be very pleased to hear from you.

We are determined that the names of these
Portsmouth musicians will be remembered.

If you have any additions or corrections to these pages and information, please contact us;-

Contact Mick at,... email: cooper_m6@sky.com ----- Contact Dave at,... email: Dave.Allen@port.ac.uk

And now on Facebook, - Pompey Pop -

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- 1965 -
- 1966 -
- 1967 -
- 1968 -
- 1969 -
- beyond -

- Before the Sixties odds -
- The Sixties odds -
- The 70's 80's 90's odds

- 21st Century Bands and Groups and Solos -

- 1960's groups named -

- 1970's to 1990's groups named -

- 21st Century groups named -

- The Pompey Pop Guildhall Exhibition -

- Dave Allen's thesis on Pompey Pop -

A

- Accordions -

B

- the Bandstand -
- Battle of the Bands 1986-89 -
- Beat Cruises -
- Blues at the Fort -

C

- Clarence Pier Pavillion-
- Clarence Pier Assembly Hall -
- Country Music -
- Concert Parties -

D

- Dance Bands -
- Portsmouth DJ's -
- Drummers -
- Drakefest -

E

- Entertainment Agents -
- Evening NEWS -

F

- Folk Music -
- Forgotten Ballroom -
- Fan Mags from Portsmouth -
- Festivals outside -
- Festivals inside -

G

- Guildhall 1890-1941 -
- Guildhall 1959 to date -
- Generations -
- Group/Band family trees -
- Gig Histories -

H

- Roll of Honour -
- Musical Humour -

J

- Jazz Bands -
- Paul Jones -
- Jazz Clubs -

L

- Letters to the News -

M

- Melody Maker -
- Military type bands -
- Music Adverts -
- Musicians' Union -
- Music Shops -
- Music Societies -
- Musical Families -

O

- Organists Entertained -
- Other Reading -
- Odd assortment -

P

- Personal Musical Histories -
- Pleasurama -
- Pompey Pop Exhibition 2014 -
- Paul Pond -
- Portsmouth songs -

R

- Radio Victory -
- Recordings -
- Recording Studios -
- Re-unions -
- Record Labels -
- Rock'n'rollers -

S

- Skiffile days -
- Spinner's pages -
- Savoy Ballroom -
- South Parade Pier -

T

- Tickets -
- Transport -
- Trouble at the gig -

U

- Uncle Charlie -
- Unreleased tracks -

V

- Venues -
- Venues (lesser known) -
- Venues (Services/Political) -
- Visiting Bands -

W

WALL OF FAME -
- Weddings -

Y

- Youth Clubs -
- You Tube videos -

Numbers

- 12th October 2009 -
- 1000 Days -
-Venues in 2009 -

- Personalities-

-Links to YOU TUBE videos -

- Guitars -

- Keyboards -

- Drums -

- Amplification -

- The Portsmouth NEWS Guide Awards history -

Theatres

- Kings Theatre-

-Theatre Royal -

-Hippodrome -

-Coliseum - Empire -

- Guildhall 1890-1941 -

-Guildhall 1950 to date -

-South Parade Pier -

- Other Theatres -

- South Downe Musical Society -

- Portsmouth Players -

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Acknowlegments;-
There are so many people we have to thank for their help. Including Ron Brown, Alan Zeffertt,
Terry Hounsome, The Portsmouth Evening News, Stephen Pomeroy, Mike Scaddan,
and not forgetting the ever patient Alan King and staff of the Norrish Central Library in Portsmouth,
also the staff at the Portsmouth Museum and many more who we are indebted to for information, photographs and their memories,...
A very BIG Thank You.

Photographic copyright;-
Every effort has been made to identify the photographic copyright owners,
but if you feel a photograph on these pages violates your copyright,
please advise us and it will be removed.

Web Pages worth looking at;-
- Link to Pompey Pop Pix - - Link to Pompey Pop Blog -

- Link to Dave Allen's Lecture Part ONE - - Link to Dave Allen's Lecture Part TWO -

- More from Dave Allen at The Cellars, October 2013 - - Link to Bobby Collins film -

- The Last Dinner Dance at The Rock Gardens 1986 NOT TO BE MISSED-

- Jet Harris with the Shadders at the Heros Waterlooville (Inc Nobby Glover and Barry Sutton) -

Southampton

Many of the Portsmouth groups and musicians often played in and around the Southampton area,
and many of their musos often played in and around Portsmouth.
For information on the Southampton Music Scene, there is only one web page to look,
run by David St John, and it's this one:-

- The Southampton Music Scene -

Brighton Beat

- The 'Brighton Beat' Music Scene -

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