Some time ago, I posted a blog on this site about my favourite year – 1966. If you are familiar with Ready Steady Gone you will be aware that the music and stories covered on the site relate mainly to…

In 2016 BBC Four are to broadcast a series of documentaries entitled ‘The People’s History Of Pop’. The programmes will be about pop music from the 1950s through to the noughties as seen through the eyes of dedicated music fans….

Since Ready Steady Gone was launched it’s had over a quarter of a million hits. I’m guessing that most visitors to the site will be in their sixties and would have been to one or more of the north east…

US soul music continued to thrive in the UK charts in 1966 leading local bands to add songs by James Brown, Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett to their set lists. Bands with a saxophone or a brass section, such as…

The first twenty three years of Bryan Ferry’s life were spent in the north east of England. For three of those years he was busy gigging in local north east bands and would have played at most, if not all…

In 1965 there were a lot of good bands around and if you didn’t want to do the working men’s club circuit, competition was stiff. Popular bands from the Sunderland and South Shields area playing in night clubs, ballrooms and…