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1966

David Barlow の1966年についての、モノローグ。

Jimi Hendrixを含む、1966年のヒット・チャートのところだけ抜き出そうかと思ったのですが、全部、引っ張りだしました。


        1966 (A Monologue)

Thank you to David Harris for the idea for this piece from his Work Summer of 63 (A must read.)


As David says at the start of his Piece everyone will have a year they never forget. Well I think he is right and for a number of reasons mine is 1966.

I was 18 and King of the Hill in 66, knew it all, but knew nothing at all.

Things that happened to me and around me, World events, People and the Music, all effected me at the time and influenced my life, some of it stays with me even today.

To set the scene in January 1966 Harold Wilson is Prime Minister, Lyndon B. Johnson is President, the Vietnam War is raging. Carnaby Street in London is the place to be seen and to get the latest World leading Fashions. Mary Quant is Queen, Twiggy Models and George Harrison gets Married.

The Music had been amazing throughout the Sixties but 66 was a good year. The hit makers in 66 were. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks. The Beach Boys, The Supremes, The Temptations, Jimmy Ruffin, The Four Tops, Dusty Springfield, The Mamas & The Papas, Frank Sinatra, Wilson Pickett, Hermans Hermits, Dionne Warwick, The Mindbenders, Bob Dylan, Donovan, The Monkees, Percy Sledge, The Hollies, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Simon and Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder, The Byrds, James Brown, Otis Reading, Jimi Hendrix, The Isley Brothers, The Who, Ike and Tina Turner, Spencer Davis Group, Junior Walker & The All-Stars, The Small Faces, The Troggs, Manfred Mann, Nancy Sinatra, The Walker Brothers, Jackie Wilson, Cher, The Chiffons, The Animals, Ray Charles, Neil Diamond, The Four Seasons, The Righteous Brothers, Sgt. Barry Sadler, Lee Dorsey, Mitch Ryder, The Rascals and our very own New Vaudeville Band, to name just a few. Wow just reading that list back blows my mind again and there were so many more wonderful Artists around on the Motown and Country & Western labels alone.

I played in a Group of course, it seemed like everyone did at that time, we were called “The Jailbirds” and no we had not “done time” it just seemed like a well hard name. I was lead singer and my friends Ron, Al and Frank made up the rest of the Group. We did a lot of Chuck Berry, Wilson Pickett, Rhythm and Blues sort of stuff with some of our own Master Pieces thrown in like “Daves Date” or “Fuse Blues” about the night one of our Amplifiers blew up on stage. We wore Leather Bomber Jackets, Jeans and T Shirts, a sort of James Dean meets Elvis look. We were never going to hit the big time but we had a lot of fun and played some great Venues. We played at some of the places we used to go as 16 year olds to Dance and watch Groups so it was quite a thrill to go back to some of them as the main attraction. Most of the time our Van was broken down so we used to hire a Mini Bus. Many a night the Mini Bus was out on other jobs and the Bus Company would send a 52 seat Coach for just the 4 of us and a few random girls. I think people expected Glen Millers Band to be getting out not just four scruffs and some very beaten up gear.

Our claims to fame are very limited, we did get on a Newspaper cutting with Tom Jones and the Kinks at one Club. Not playing on the same night, we did the mid week low lifes nights but it was still a thrill. We played with a Band called Jed & The Mysteries who had just Toured with the Rolling Stones and we played the famous Elizabethan Ballroom at Manchester's Belle Vue where Jimmy Saville was DJ. It was all good fun, we even got paid sometimes. I still have the Press cutting and all our Songs with the running order and even some Groupie type Fan Mail.

In April 1966 I slept with a girl for the first time. It was a fumbling and clumsy sexual encounter with a girl called Maureen (18) from work. Neither of us had made any pretence of being in love, I guess we were both experimenting with Sex at that age. We were both virgins and didn’t have a clue so it was all a bit comical really. I was a promising young Footballer and had broken my Leg badly in a game a few weeks before this encounter so my left leg was in Plaster. During the course of the evening with passions running high I somehow managed to break the plaster. I spent most of the next day at the Hospital getting my Leg reset and trying not to explain exactly how I had broken the plaster. Although the encounter was a disaster I do remember the thrill of holding a naked woman next to me for the first time, I think I nearly fainted. We never went out again after that night, I can’t think why.

Sport and Football in particular was my life at the time and I was grounded with the Broken Leg and a number of follow up operations for over 5 months. I found that really difficult to cope with at times particularly as I also suspecting that my Footballing ambitions would have to change. However I did meet my first real love during this time Sandra Cullen (18.) We had an on off relationship for 3 years which was unconsummated, much to my regret. I learned a lot about the bigoted attitudes some people had and I guess still have about Religion. She was Catholic and I was nothing in particular but had been brought up Church of England. Her parents and the local Priest put enormous pressure on her to give me up as I was not Catholic. Some years after we had eventually split, Sandra Married a fellow Catholic. I learned much later that their Marriage had ended in Divorce a couple of years before my first Marriage ended the same way. It will always be a great mystery of life if we could have been happy and made a Marriage work.

Amidst all this angst I wrote my first Poem for Sandra called “My Love” sadly it has been lost to the world but the first line went.

“My love, my love, when you are near the pounding of my heart I hear.”

I have no idea where it came from as I was Mr Testosterone at the time and not prone to such out pourings but the few people who read it liked it and I was quite proud of it. This did give me encouragement to do more but it took me nearly 30 years to actually do that. I think the Testosterone got in the way again but that is another story.

Some really bad stuff happened in 66. In America Race riots broke out in New York, Chicago and Cleveland and a lot of people were still getting killed and maimed in Vietnam. In Britain a Coal Tip collapsed in Aberfan, South Wales killing 116 Children and 28 Adults. The Television pictures of all these events were harrowing and at times heartbreaking.

Also making the News was Chairman Mao who proclaimed a Cultural Revolution in China and launched his best selling Little Red Book. In the December of 66 Walt Disney sadly died but what a great legacy he left behind.

For English Football on the other hand it was a very good year.

On the 30th July 1966 England won the World Cup beating West Germany 4-2 after extra time in the Final at Wembley Stadium London in front of a packed house and a very proud Queen. The whole Nation came to a halt for the day with everyone sat in front of a Television Screen. I was on Holiday and watched the game on Television in Norway with some Norwegian friends (who were all supporting West Germany.) I will never forget that game or that day, it was a Momentous occasion for all of England and the celebrations went on for months. The Team (set out below) instantly went into Football folklore and gained folk hero status. They are all still household names today and most of them have been awarded Honours by the Queen.

Gordon Banks,

George Cohen, Ray Wilson,

Nobby Stiles, Jackie Charlton, Bobby Moore(Capt,)

Alan Ball, Bobby Charlton, Martin Peters,

Geoff Hurst, Roger Hunt.

Kenneth Wolstenholme (BBC Commentator)

Flying (to Norway) was another first, quite a big deal in 66, on a Plane with Propellers non of your fancy Jets. It was also my first Foreign Holiday. Though still in Plaster I had a wonderful time in Oslo and in the Countryside on the Fiords. It is a beautiful Country and I would like to go back there one day.

1966 was a good and very memorable year for me on the whole. It was all heady stuff for an 18 year old but in the main it was a great time to be young and English. It was a long time ago but it all made a deep impression on me at the time. It did effect my life and started to form the person I am today. I have no regrets. I would like to meet Sandra again, just to talk and find out about her life and maybe to put the record straight a little. I should have kept in touch with my fellow “Jailbirds” Ron, Al, and Frank. Maybe I will look them up and we can do a Reprise Tour of all the Nursing Homes, which is probably where most of our fans are now.

Just a minute,

Some people are on the Keyboard, ^%$^@() *^&($£&() +*(&*&^

They think it is all over, %$”*&£$&*) (^*) **^$

IT IS NOW.

1966年の12月、クリスマスに叔母にギターを買ってもらいました。The Monkees のベスト・アルバムを買ったのもこの年です。
Electric Ladyland は、翌々年、夏、買いました。
ポリドールのLPは音がひどくて、特に低音ですが、Voodoo Child のJack Cassidy のベースがほとんどよく聞こえませんでした。Steve Winwood のオルガンは充分聞こえましたけどね。
このアルバムでは、Traffic の連中は、ウィンウッドの他にDave Mason(Crosstown Traffic でtrafiicc!!! って叫んでいる他、All Along The Watch Towar のアコギ。このレコーディングには、Brian Jones もいたということですが、演奏する機会がなかった。)、Chris Wood(とにかく神出鬼没)が録音に参加してます。

イギリス人であるDavid Barlow にとっては、イングランドがワールド・カップ優勝した年としても忘れがたいということで、メンバーを上げています。疑惑のゴール事件については、触れないでおきましょう。

夕べの夜8時からスカパーのMusic Channel を見ていたら、Steve Stills & the Manasas, Delaney & Bonnie with Friends, Chicago Transit Authority, Doobie Brothers のドイツのビート・クラブでのライブ映像を流していました。Santana も。

Chris Hillman はやる気なさそうにグレッチのギターを弾いてました。構え方が、フラマン風に見えたのは、偏見のせいでしょうか。Byrds デヴュー当時の口パクビデオでのベースの構え方もフラマン風では、ありました。
Al Parkins と Dallas Taylor を見たので、まあ、よしというのがマナサス。

D&Bは、当然、ギターにECがいるわけですが、Jim Gordon, Carl Radle, Bobby Whitlock がちらりと見えたので満足しないと。
Derek & the Dominos は、好きなバンドであるといえます。歌とギターの人はどなたかがおっしゃったとおり聞こえないように耳を塞ぎます。Duane Allman のできも彼にしては明らかに平均点以下なので効いていて辛いのですが。

ただ、Allman Brothers Band も好きなバンドということで現在に至るまで集めてはいるのですが、二人のドラマーがちょっと、です。特にJohanson は、勘弁して欲しい。

シカゴは、まだトランジット・オーソリティがついているというところが味噌ですね。
Tom Johnston と Pat Simmons が頑張っている時代のドゥービーズは、FENで耳タコでしたが、ライブ・バンドとしての迫力はありました。同時期のLittle Feat あたりと双璧かな。

Fresh Cream が1966年に出てチャート・インしているのに触れていませんね。

The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Dusty Springfield, Hermans Hermits, The Mindbenders, Donovan, The Hollies, The Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Spencer Davis Group, The Small Faces, The Troggs, Manfred Mann, The Walker Brothers, The Animalsと言う列挙されているブリティッシュ・アーティストの中に、Cream が入っていないですね。
バーロウは、自分もビート・グループ風のものをやってとモノローグ中にありますが、ジミヘンOK, EC無視・・・・ですか。

1966年がどういう年だったか、1965年とどう違ったかというのは、まだティーンネイジャーにもなっていなかった私にはわかりませんでした。田舎の小学生でしたから。

1966年も遠くなったので Hubert Wilson によるこんな詩も出てくるわけです。

       Musically Inventive Concealing Knight

For all my old friends at GCHQ and their unique use of chocolate bars.

Music with such swagger!
Piercing like a dagger!
But just what does he conceal?
Why so surreal?
What goes on behind the scene?
Why does he own an Enigma code machine?
Is there a family tie to Bletchley Park,
Or is this just a lark?
Once a student at the London School of Economics,
Not just one of the usual rock 'n' roll comics?
If he is not so bright,
Then why is he a knight?
Connected to Marianne Faithfull's father and his old profession?
Another question -
Ties to Michael Jeffrey, Jimi Hendrix's old manager,
Rumored to kill in his former profession of danger!
Was their stoned behavior and music sometimes incidental?
Was there on occasion something much more instrumental?
Just what other unknowns
Are there related to Sir Michael Philip Jagger of The Rolling Stones?

同感であります。
ストーンズは、Brian Wilson じゃなかったBrian Jonesをくびにしてロックンロール路線へ回帰するわけですけど、同時期のFaces や Humble Pie の方がはるかにストーンズらしい音楽をやっていたと思います。

ストーンズのハイド・パーク・コンサートなんて最低だもの。Mick Taylor は痛々しいほど上がってるし、ミックも駄目。

あのコンサートの主役は、前座をやったKing Crimson だったはずです。KCの公式デヴューなのですけどね。
DVDでハイド・パーク・コンサートを見ると(昔、私はNHKで見ました。ヤング・ミュージック・ショーというやつですね。)、KCのRobert Fripp が呆然とステージを眺めている一瞬があります。知らずに見ると、ストーンズの演奏に感心しているように見えるかもしれませんが、ローディに殴られるようにしてステージから引きずり落とされ呆然としているのですね。

このときのKCの演奏を聞くと、RFにしては、珍しくソロを聞かせているなって感じます。Ian McDonald, Michael Giles, Greg LakeがKCなのだと良くわかる演奏です。ギター、いなくてもいいのです。
by nk24mdwst | 2008-04-28 12:33 | 音楽


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