NOSTALGIA: Wrong turn on A3 led to famous old song
Most of us have heard the sold song The Harbour Lights (spelt Harbor on the record label) and know the legend of how the lyrics came to be written.
If you do not then let me tell you what Cliff Blake tells me: 'Jimmy Kennedy (1902-1984) from Northern Ireland was a songwriter lyricist.Â He lived with his mother in London.
'In the late 1920s his motherÂ had occasion to go over to the USA, and it was arranged that upon her returnÂ Jimmy would drive down to the Ocean Terminal in Southampton Docks to pick her up.Â Travelling down the A3 heÂ came to Portsmouth not Southampton.Â Jimmy found himself at the top of Portsmouth Harbour with not a big liner in sight.Â He went into a rather remote pub (No.1 Southampton Road) to ask the way.
'Coming away again he glanced up at the inn sign and read The Harbour Lights.Â A few years later he cast around for a song idea, and remembered the pub name.Â Hence the song called "Harbour Lights.'
Jimmy also went on to write the lyrics to The Teddy Bears' Picnic.