For Ronnie

Listening to Be My Baby

on a little tranny

in a camping coach

at East Budleigh.

 

Mods and Rockers

in Brighton was

the Mirror’s

splash that Easter.

 

A clock was ticking.

Before the song

finished the

doomed ghost train

 

and its two coaches

rumbled by.

At school I vaguely

noticed some girls

 

had started wearing bras.

Didn’t know that

this meant trouble.

The music was sublime.

 

But yes, its maker was

a monster who died

unmourned in jail.

Not so Ronnie.

 

Beehive hair,

Cleopatra eyes

and a voice like no other.

Woh-oh, a oh oh oh oh …

 

◄ Drizzle

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Greg Freeman

Fri 14th Jan 2022 21:32

Cheers, JC. ... 'Happy Together'. Great title for a marriage, John! And when the grandchildren want to know what the 60s sounded like, if we're still around, we could do a lot worse than play them Be My Baby. Just watched Ronnie singing it at Glastonbury ...

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John Coopey

Fri 14th Jan 2022 17:09

Wonderful piece of nostalgia, Greg. So much thought it provoked.
Girls wearing bras - I've never stopped noticing.
Goose Fair waltzers and candy floss. Its poor relation - Hucknall Wakes.
Bee Bumble indeed, Graham.
And our song remains the schmaltzy "Imagine Me and You" by The Turtles.

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Greg Freeman

Fri 14th Jan 2022 09:40

Thanks for the comments, Graham and John. 'Our tune' hasn't aged as well as the Isleys, Graham, and at our silver wedding party we swapped the Three Degrees for Van Morrison. The former didn't seem very appropriate any more!

I see in her obit that John Lennon dated Ronnie a couple of times, and why wouldn't he? (well, except that he was married to Cynth!)

Thanks for the Likes, Holden, Stephen and Rudyard.

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John Botterill

Thu 13th Jan 2022 22:59

This takes me back! Love it, Greg. Thanks 😀

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Graham Sherwood

Thu 13th Jan 2022 22:32

My sister is two years older than me and this was one of the soundtracks of her teens, along with the Crystals too. The Dansette used to run hot with repeat playing of these tracks!

I seem to remember them also as favourites at the funfairs together with B-Bumble and the Stingers! and the like.

Wonderful music a veritable wall of sound in every respect.
I'm loving these memories and observations of yours Greg Keep 'em coming.

I bet you and Mrs F have got an 'our tune'. Ours is 'This ol heart o mine' by the Isley Brothers. Wonderful times!!!

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