The Early 60's
my friend Terry Marshall, brought a violin round to
my house. He was a year older than me, went to Eastney
Modern School and was learning to play! I saw it and
thought “I must learn to play that when I go there
next year”. And in September 1960, that was what
came and the music was gradually changing, then in September
1962, I heard a song on the radio, which was so different
from all the rest. It was “Love Me Do” by
the Beatles. Another formative moment.
things were now starting to happen. We had a tape recorder
at home and I was taping from the radio every Sunday
from 5.00 till 6.00, “Pick of the Pops”
with Alan Freeman, so now I was getting all the hits
every week!!!! A lifesaver, just what I wanted. Around
August that year, my Aunty Margaret said, “Do
you want some tickets to see the Beatles”, which
I did! I went with my Mum and that was my first pop
concert. This changed me again, “I wanted a guitar”.
My Mum and Dad indulged me and bought me my first guitar.
chord book and all the sheet music my Dad and Mum had,
I started to practise. All I wanted to do was to play
all the latest songs to myself in my bedroom. That was
later to change!!!!!
1964 with the music scene still changing and me still
practising, I started work in the dockyard. It was certainly
a change of lifestyle, no more summer holidays!!!
So, on to
1965! Well that’s another story! Read on