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Uxbridge Blues and Folk Festival.
Hillingdon Borough Showground.
June 19th 1965
The Who, Solomon Burke, Zoot Money , Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers,John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Spencer Davis Group, Marianne Faithful, Long John Baldry, The Birds, Dave Witting, Ray Martin Group.
Marianne Faithful wows the hordes at the Uxbridge Blues Fest 1965 © Keith Davis
the Uxbridge Blues Fest. I was 14/15 at the time & lived a 10min walk away
from the site & recall sneakin' in to see The Who, Brain Auger & Cliff
Bennett. I think it was those gigs that set me on a career as a sound man some
time later. I'd love to find out what the PA was.
Any organisational info available anywhere that you know of?
The Who Uxbridge Blues Fest 1965 © Keith Davis
I was a mod. I liked listening to the soul records and I used to go to the Marquee, the Flamingo and other venues to see the bands. My cousin, Bob, shared my tastes and we hung out together. We went to the festival because it seemed like a good idea to see a load of bands in one go. The big draw was Solomon Burke. I had already seen him on “Ready steady radio” at the Marquee on the Friday and thought he was great.
I phoned Bob yesterday and he remembered that we “bunked” on the tube to get there and that it cost 6/6d to get in. That included the afternoon and evening sessions. We lived in Islington and Loughton in Essex, so we couldn’t stay to the end, because of the tubes, my cousin remembered, so we sold our tickets to someone coming in. Bob remembered that we missed the Graham Bond organization.
It was a sunny day. I remember Eric Clapton playing with John Mayall’s blues band. The Birds, who were, at that time, going to be the next big thing. I only read recently that Ronnie Wood was in the band.
Although he was not on the bill I think I remember Donovan playing. I think he had just come out on RSG. (I used to often see him on the last tube home from the west end).
to be clearer than me. He didn’t remember Donovan, but he remembered Zoot
Money and that Ginger Baker played with 3 or 4 bands.
My clearest memory is that there was hardly anyone there. I was shocked when I saw the crowds at the Isle of White and Woodstock festivals a few years later.
I’m sorry I can’t be more helpful. You know what they say. “If you can remember the swinging sixties……..”.
will find pics of Solomon Burke and Marianne Faithfull from this event
on their respective pages at photofeatures.com
In June, 1965 I showed up at the Uxbridge Blues Festival with the unscheduled Rev. Gary Davis.
was living with my parents in Wembley. I'd just left school. I was the
drummer in a local band called Episode Six.
showed up and a lot of people got excited. Eric Clapton and Long John
Baldry were especially thrilled to meet him. Someone asked if he'd do
a couple of tunes. He consented and I led him on and off stage. When he
was asked to do one more I whispered for him to do "Cocaine"
and he did.
News of Solomon Burke's death today reminded me that this was the only time I saw him. I remember riding my scooter (TV 175) out to this festival on a fine summer's day and being distinctly underwhelmed. I bought a ticket on the gate and it was obvious that it was far from sold out. The crowd was small and the performers didn't seem motivated. The Who were distinctly lukewarm and Pete Townsend looked really pissed off with the audience. Marianne tried hard to get a response, what I most remember about her is how young she seemed (I was only 20).
couldn't concentrate on Solomon Burke's music as I found his attitude
and dress embarrassing. Why dress up and behave like a spoilt royal with
a fawning retinue? Here was a man at the peak of his ability and he threw
it all away with a tacky stage act. I'd seen Long John Baldry many times
before this and don't have any particular recollection of him here, but
then I left well before the end. I can't remember if I saw any other bands.
This was probably the first open air festival that I went to. Thank goodness
it didn't put me off festival going!
The late Long John Baldry Uxbridge Blues Fest 1965 © Keith Davis
The Who Uxbridge Blues Fest 1965 © Keith Davis
Uxbridge Blues Fest 1965 © Keith Davis
Mr Baldry yet again , Uxbridge Blues Fest 1965 © Keith Davis
Uxbridge Blues Festival.
Saturday 18th June 1966.
Manfred Mann, The Action,
Steam Packet - (with Brian Auger Julie Driscoll and Long John Baldry )
Alan Walker Group .
saw Susi Quatro on TV yesterday and looked her up on Wikipedia because I
was sure that I had seen her supporting Long John Baldry in 1966 when I
and several friends went to the Blues Festival. If she wasn't there it must
have been Judy Driscoll. I don't remember much about it (too much beer!)
apart from getting Long John's autograph and posing for a photograph which
has been lost. About a dozen of us dropped our trousers and mooned at the
camera while kneeling down, very funny!!
Regards, Ian Stewart
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