Vesta Curries, Fray Bentos Pies, Watneys Party Seven, Top of the Pops, Ready, Steady Go! Two Red Shoes, Elgin, Ballerina Ballroom, Nairn, Watford New Penny, Samanthas New Bond St, Radio One, Radio Caroline, Carnaby Street, and an epic love triangle…
If you can remember the Sixties you weren’t there – that’s what they say. Christina Jones and I remember only too well, and we were there.
We experienced life on the road in the UK music scene of the late 1960s, the bands, the music, the vibe of being a teenager in the grooviest decade of the 20th century.
The bands, their vans, and fans – even their food – we recall it all. The parties and the excitement of touring (the circuit) all over the UK, Europe, the Mediterranean, and then there was Jersey in the Channel Islands…
We longed for the weekly TV music shows such as Top of the Pops, Ready Steady Go! and we listened to the pirate radio stations such as Radio London and Caroline, and we heard the first broadcast on Radio One with DJ Tony Blackburn when he played ‘Flowers in the Rain,’ by The Move.
Christina and I followed Dusty Springfield, Cher, and Jools Driscoll for their hair and make-up fashions, Twiggy and The Shrimp for their clothes, and we longed to shop at BEBE.
We watched the Moon Landings, cried when Otis Redding died and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jnr. were murdered, worried about the Cold War, the invasion of Czechoslovakia, and the Paris riots. We envied Priscilla when she married Elvis…
We wrote about it all and more in Only One Woman, and you can read about Stella, Renza, and Scott with his band, Narnia’s Children, in our novel. Scott, the object of desire for both girls, and the cause of his dilema. A love triangle where they can be Only One Woman – or can there?
There is a taster on theauthorsshow.com when I read from Renza’s diary (both characters keep diaries) and you can hear how she enjoyed her very first visit to Carnaby Street in June 1968, her excitement at seeing The Mojos, and seeing all the Mod and Hippie fashions…
Guys, and musicians, love reading about the venues, the music, the bands, and more, and Graham Bonnet, iconic rock singer, formerly with The Marbles, whose single, Only One Woman (written for them by The Bee Gees) was a huge hit in 1968 loved it so much he wrote our foreword. He went on to sing with Rainbow, Alcatraz, Michael Schenker, and many others.
Tune in now to Channel 6 on theauthorsshow.com to hear my interview about writing with Christina, our inspiration, and how our friendship and shared experiences led to writing Only One Woman together. An epic love triangle and social commentary from two girls who lived through the grooviest decade of the 20th century.
Be there or be square.
If you miss me you can catch up by visiting theauthorsshow.com and channel 6 in archives, any time.