As we continue to mark the 125th anniversary of Portsmouth’s Guildhall, Dave Taylor wonders how many of you remember a A Blues and Gospel Caravan night there 51 years ago?
The star-studded caravan rolled into the Guildhall at the end of April 1964.
Dave, of The Crescent, Purbrook, recalls it included some legendary names.
On the bill were Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee; gospel singer/guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe; the Rev Gary Davis, Cousin Joe Pleasant and Otis Spann.
And, as Dave says, ‘the great Muddy Waters who was a major influence on the Rolling Stones who named themselves after one of his songs’.
He adds: ‘This was the first opportunity for many to see these blues and gospel legends in the flesh and it was a very memorable and inspiring evening.’
He’s kept the programme, which he still treasures, and a copy of The Evening News review.
Critic ‘JN’ wrote: ‘It was called a ‘folk, blues and gospel caravan’, but it was simply one of the most swinging romps Portsmouth has seen.’