Page 2 SOUTHERN ENTERTAINER ISSUE 2
There is no doubt about it—it was a fabulous turnout for the Beatles when
they appeared at the Gaumont on December 13th. It seems an awful long time
ago now— and anyway, let's face it, enough was said about what happened when
it did. So there is no real need to re-cap on the show.
I noticed among the first house audience there were a large number of
parents who were either Beatle fans—or had come along to see what made the
"screamers" scream. This is the point I am coming to—was there any need for
all that screaming? How anyone heard enough through the noise that started
with the Beatles and only finished when they left the stage—well, the
imagination boggles. It does seem rather pointless to pay good money to
scream all the way through a performance when one could quite easily wander
across a field—screaming for nothing. My youth is not so far behind me that
I cannot remember similar incidents—but as I remember them they were usually
reserved for when the artiste had finished. There is one thing though for
sure—even if none of the songs the Beatles sang were heard, their supporting
acts were fabulous and I, for one, look forward to seeing more of them.
WANTED—NEWS OF ALL TYPES OF ENTERTAINMENT—we are still waiting to hear
from groups of jazzmen, danceband performers, magicians, folk clubs, square
dancing groups, amateur sports; all forms of past, times. So send in your
news—immediately—to: The Editor, Southern Entertainer, 68a The Avenue,
Southampton. We will be pleased to hear from you.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
As "Assistant Father Confessor" to an organisation of some 5,000 souls,
may I hasten to present my congratulations to your paper on its inception,
before I’m claimed by my ulcers! It certainly fills a need on the local
scene, has the right ideas, and can look forward to a bright future.
However, as you asked for brickbats, I would like to hurl a couple..
I must refute the suggestion in your pages that The Classics have an " Oh
so Merseysound." The ability to reproduce a Beatles recording on stage does
not constitute a Mersey group sprouting from the banks of Portsmouth
Harbour! Having carefully watched this wonderful group of lads since their
formation, I know for a fact that they can make an excellent job of whatever
they might turn their minds to, and this is what has given them their
tremendous local following. As you probably know, whenever The Classics
appear at their "home ground"—Gosport’s Thorngate Halls, the place is filled
to capacity with many irate regulars left out because they make the mistake
of turning up after 8 p.m. This has, however, created a very unfortunate
side effect— all other groups, with whatever reputation behind them, attract
only luke-warm support, and many undeservedly play to the furniture, simply
because the customers will come for the Classics and no other group. This
aspect worries us, and we would like to know if any Southern group would
like to take this on as a challenge. If so, I would be glad to hear from
them. Yours faithfully,
V. A. BROWN, Gosport Community Assoc.
In the capacity of a Pop Singer dad I have read with interest the first
edition of the Southern Entertainer and wish it every success. This gives me
the opportunity to mention our popular Fawley group who are frequently
billed haphazardly as NICK TROY, ESME DUVAL, THE TROIAN'S instead of NICK
TROY and THE TROJANS with ESME DUVAL.
Perhaps this is something that can be rectified.
14 Springfield Ave. Holbury.
Sorry about this—it has been now—Editor.
After reading your first edition, I feel I must write saying how good I
thought it was. But, as a Liverpudlian, I naturally feel the "South" has a
long way to go before it will compete with the North, and particularly
Merseyside. Loyalty proved, my personal opinion is that the worst thing that
can happen to the Southern Groups is for them to develop, as suggested, a
sound ie., "The outhampton Sound." The danger being, of course, that, as on
Merseyside at the moment, the position deteriorates into one of, to coin a
phrase " Ifyou have heard one group.......!!
Surely a group of individual groups, playing good music, with their own
individual sounds would be better for the South; and for group entertainment
as a whole: Merely an opinion of course! My main intention of writing was to
introduce a new group. Newly formed, a matter of months, and already in
demand in the Ludgershall area, are the "SENTURIANS." All serving members of
the Regiment, they make quite an international .collection. A Scotsman
(Archie McNaught, vocal); An Irishman (Ray Burcombe, bass guitar); a
Welshman (Ray Warne, drums); two Englishmen (Norman Hallam, lead guitar) and
(Harry Quinton, Comedy and Ballads). And myself, a Liverpudlian, Rhythm
Wishing the paper great success, and looking forward to your next issue.
Cpl. Harry Walsh,
5th Royal Innis. A.G.,
Cheers, Harry. Let's know more about how you get on. —Editor.
I have just finished reading your magazine " Southern Entertainer " and I
consider it a fab! publication except for one thing. That is you did not
mention my favourite group The Transatlantics (formerly The Transatlantic
7). They are a Southampton group and are just as good as Nick Troy and The
Trojans with Esme Duval, which I noticed got quite frequent mentionings. You
even went so far as to mention The Barren Knights with Duke D'mond in your
edition and not say thatjhey are performing at the Guildhall on January 14th
with "Sounds Inc." and "The Transatlantics." In fact it is the
Transatlantics manager, Mr. Alan Rowe who is producing the show!
So please! mention them in your next edition. I believe one can get
tickets from the Information centre or Whitworths ticket agency but please
check this information if you use it in your next publication.
The Transatlantics most ardent fan,
Susan P. Staples,
3 Bullar St.,
We will indeed—look out for more news later—Editor.
I would like to know if Dave Dee has a fan club, if he has, could you
possibly send it to me. Dave Dee has been down here in Romsey three times at
the Crosfield Hall and I thought he was fab. This is the first time I bought
the "Southern Entertainer " and I saw Dave Dee's photo so I thought perhaps
you would know his fan club . I like the " Southern Entertainer," it is very
good indeed, it tells you all about the different groups.
Sandra Jackson, Romsey, Hants.
FAN CLUB : c/o MARIES, 80 FISHERTON ST., SALISBURY. Editor
Thank you for giving we young people in this area a newspaper of our own.
I feel sure all teenagers have felt this want for some time and I, on behalf
of all of them, would like to say a "Thank you." There is one thing I would
like to say though, and that is this: I would like to see more news about
what is going on in the youth clubs and youth organisations in this area.
Just because many young people today are Beatles fans and pop followers does
not mean that we are also juvenile delinquents. If more news was published
about youth clubs it would show just how popular these clubs are. Well—what
about it Mr. Editor.
Margaret McLusky, Thornhill.
Thanks for the wishes. We also would like to see more youth club news
coming in—so tell your friends to send it in and we will see what we can
Thank you for the opportunity to " Meet the Manager " in your first issue
of the "Southern Entertainer." It is surprising how often people go to the
cinema or theatre and have no thought for the man "behind the scenes" who
has made all this possible for them. Through the Southern Entertainer I
would like to say " Thank you" to all cinema managers.
Mrs. Cinema-goer, Woolston.
ROCK—ON—ICE . . .
Teenagers in Bournemouth quickly following in the steps of Southampton's
Ice Skaters. Business is now booming at Bournemouth Ice Rink since the
introduction of Rock Groups on Friday nights.
OFFER REFUSED ....
Due to the success of The Dowlands current disc, offers have been pouring
into the offices of Avenue Artistes for them to appear throughout the whole
of the country. It is with regret that an offer for three days in Scotland
and a radio date have had to be turned down because of heavy commitments