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Thread #75294   Message #1320697
Posted By: The Borchester Echo
08-Nov-04 - 04:40 PM
Thread Name: popular songs in 1965
Subject: RE: popular songs in 1965
And Louis Killen sang Derwentwater's Farewell last night at the Old Rose & Crown, Walthamstow.

Unfair (and inaccurate) about Streets of London though. OK it's a bloody awful song now, the way it's been done to death, but it wasn't even written in 1965. It was a couple of years later that an unknown Ralph McTell wrote and started doing it (I heard it at the Folk Cottage, Mitchell, in 1967 or 8, long before it was recorded when it really meant something).

My chief recollections of 1965 were of:

(1) endless rip-offs of Watersons, Ian Campbell, Ewan MacColl, Paul Simon, Dylan, the Coppers and Young Tradition

(2) females in long frocks warbling Once I Had A Sweetheart

(3) blokes with guitars but no personality trying to be Bert Jansch or Davy Graham and failing to emulate either version of Angie/Anji.

(4) running round town to 2 or 3 venues a night and no-one saying 'you can't do it like that'...(the folk police began in 1966).