When Stevie Wonder and The Supremes could not sell out Portsmouth’s Guildhall

Supremes in 1965/66 when the line-up was Ross, Wilson and Ballard PPP-150729-141423001
Supremes in 1965/66 when the line-up was Ross, Wilson and Ballard PPP-150729-141423001
The Post Office in Commercial Road on the corner of Stanhope Road 1970s. The Guildhall clocktower to the left.

The much-loved Post Office that’s now a block of flats

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In 1965 a fantastic tour of Tamla-Motown’s finest visited England finishing at the Guildhall, Portsmouth, on April 12.

The poster above shows the quality of the bill, yet the audience numbers were so bad that Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames were included for the latter half of the tour to boost figures. It’s hard to believe today.

The poster promoting the Tamla night at the Guildhall, Portsmouth, in April 1965 PPP-150729-141224001

The poster promoting the Tamla night at the Guildhall, Portsmouth, in April 1965 PPP-150729-141224001

Were you there to see acts such as The Supremes, right, with Diana Ross? As part of the Guildhall’s 125th birthday celebrations we want to hear your Guildhall memories. Write to me, with pictures if possible, at chris.owen@thenews.co.uk.