Cherchez le Bouffant

It was a cold and grey day.  It was 9am Sunday in Soho.  Not a lot is open at 9am.  We were there early to beat the crowd, taking pictures that will form the basis of the cover of Beyond the Beehive.  Our model, Billie, was shivering and needed coffee.  She was polite about the clothes she was required to wear, but it was clear they weren’t her usual style.  A straight skirt and a simple twin-set didn’t speak to her the way they spoke to me in Chelmsford, queuing to get into the Corn Exchange on Saturday night.  I suppose that’s what they call the march of progress.

And suddenly the Bar Italia was there, open.

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Warmth at last.  Then we walked round Soho taking pictures.  At Ronnie Scott’s it was obviously an omen that Georgie Fame was appearing.  We hummed Yeah Yeah to ourselves as we completed the shoot.

Now we have to start making decisions.  Should it be this one?

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Or this one?

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Or this? …

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Solutions

That music quiz.  Did you get all the answers?  Some did, some didn’t.  Someone thought that Charlie Watts was in the Beach Boys and that there were 5 Beatles – but she was young and I forgive her.   Many people thought Van Morrison was in the Spencer Davis Group.  Who knows? perhaps there was a night at Ronnie Scott’s when that magic happened.  We just didn’t get to hear about it in Chelmsford.

So in a very particular order here are the answers

1. The Supremes, Roy Orbison, Lulu

2. Them

3. 5,3,4

4. Eric Burdon

5. My Generation, I wanna hold your hand, Walk on By.

6. Love Me Do

7. The Rolling Stones

8. Detroit

9. BBC 1

10. Friday (the weekend really did start there).

And if you missed the quiz – there are the answers, what were the questions?

No prizes, but listen to the Animals and notice the young Alan Price.

 

 

60s Music at the Fair

Indie Author Fair

At last week’s Indie Author Fair at Foyle’s in London the room rocked with over 50 authors and their books. Readers, agents, organisers, artists and poets cruised around the room, wine glasses in hands, surveying, perusing and purchasing great reading.

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In one corner of the room I lured people to my table with the offer of a 60s music quiz. People stood in the middle of the room, humming 60s tunes to each other, remembering the titles, guessing at the artists.  Christine Wilkinson, fabulous photographer and designer of the book cover and I answered questions as best we could, without giving too much away.
For those of you who couldn’t make it, here’s the quiz. Unfortunately no fabulous prizes remain (gorgeous fridge magnets (see below).  I know! you’re sorry you didn’t come now), but you’ll be left with a comforting sense of pride that you know all the answers.  Or not.    If in doubt, ask your mum.  Solutions later.

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Quiz

1. Who sang …?
 a. Baby Love
i. The Ronettes
ii. The Crystals
iii. The Supremes
iv. The Chiffons

b. Oh Pretty Woman
i. Marvin Gaye
ii. Roy Orbison
iii. Del Shannon
iv. Marty Wilde

c. Shout
i. Brenda Lee
ii. Lulu
iii. Dusty Springfield
iv. Helen Shapiro

2. Van Morrison was a member of which group?
1. Dave Clark 5
2. Them
3. Spencer Davis Band
4. The Searchers

3. How many members were there in
1. The Dave Clark 5?
2. The Big 3?
3. The Beatles?

4. Who was the lead singer of the Animals?

5. Here’s the first line – what’s the song?
1. People try to put us down
2. Oh yeah, I’ll tell you something, I think you’ll understand
3. If you see me walking down the street and I start to cry

6. Which was the first record released by the Beatles
1. Please Please Me
2. Love Me Do
3. Can’t Buy Me Love

7. Charlie Watts was a member of which group?

8. In which city were Tamla Motown records first recorded?

9. On which TV Station did Top of the Pops start?

10. Which night did Ready Steady Go appear on TV?

 

a sense of occasion

The essential book about the 60s