Telling it Like You Know it is

Laura Nyro isn’t everybody’s idea of a good time — at first. But like all good things, she grows with knowing, and if you don’t know her you’re missing a treat. She has the emotional appeal of Garland without the hysteria latent in all Judy’s later work, the sophistication of Streisand minus the supper club associations, and above all she’s got Soul, capital S.

Since 1967, the year of her first record and a disastrous appearance at the Monterey Festival (they just weren’t ready for her recreation of a late 50’s Apollo act) that turned so many names into instant Superstars, she’s been achieving not only an ever widening underground audience, but also creeping into public consciousness through the recordings of her own songs by Barbra Streisand – Stony End; the 5th Dimension – Stone Soul Picnic, Sweet Blindness, Wedding Bell Blues; Blood Sweat & Tears’ And When I Die and Three Dog Night’s Eli’s Comin.

Born and bred in New York City of Italian/Jewish stock, Laura is the epitome of city soul. Her songs are about life, love, dope, wine, and the streets – the city kid’s environment in fact – and many of them just have to be autobiographical.

Her songs are hard to describe — some are heavy versions of the best of Bacharach/David, others with their broken time signatures could link with Jimmy Webb. But one thing they all have in common – they swing, and none so much as Gonna Take a Miracle (the latest album). For a non-believer this is the record to get into first, the record that proved to the sceptics that she’s been where they were going – rather like Charlie Mingus had to cut Blues and Roots before he was able to record his more complex themes on his own terms. Miracle is the re-creation of the great early 60’s sounds that just hasn’t been bettered. Backed by Patti Labelle’s group Labelle, side one starts with an acapella version of I Met Him On A Sunday – the sort of thing recently you could hear groups of kids singing in New York subways (great for tone and echo) in the middle 50’s. The Bells contains some of the funkiest back up wailing against Laura’s lead vocal you’ll ever hear. Cold sweat music indeed. Dancing m the Street, You Really Got A hold Of Me, Spanish Harlem and Jimmy Mack are recreated and completely renewed without losing any of the urgent vitality of the originals.

It’s one of the funkiest, funniest, saddest, joyful.recreations of a past era ever attempted, and the liner notes (this is all of them) sum it up well;


in New York

street angels

running down steps

into the echoes of the train station

to sing …

four crazy angels indeed. And one of the most neglected and underestimated records of this or any other year.

On the other three available records – Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, Christmas and the Beads of Sweat and New York Tendaberry (the first record, originally released by MGM, is now deleted but rumoured for imminent re-release) the songs run the gammut from joy – Sweet Blindness, Stoned Soul Picnic, Lucki, Time and Love, to autobiographical songs that have obviously been painful to live through and helped her to write about.

On most of the songs she double-tracks and manages to produce the effect of a very together Motown back-up group.

All these albums are essential listening to anyone sick of the mindless immediate inanities of T. Rex and their ilk. These records will be valid for a long time – they get under your skin and stay there. Listen in a warm room on winter evening (or for that matter in a cool room in summer) with someone you love. Be still, let it come to you. Feel mellow then feel mellower – you know what I mean?

Laura Nyro records have probably never made CBS a fortune, but as a songwriter the royalties are rolling in, and it’s rumoured that a two million dollar contract has been signed.

Laura insisted, and got, complete control of production and packaging, and for once it’s completely justified.

A consummate artist/songwriter doing what she knows is best. Now it’s only up to you to hear and agree.

Noble Savage

Savage Messiah Starring Scott Anthony and Dorothy Tutin.

Don’t be put off by those earnest souls who tell you that Savage Messiah is about the role of the artist in society. And don’t be conned by people who tell you it’s a heart warming love-story. It’s both.

Ken Russell makes movies about artists mainly, I think, because he sees the artist, who is at one remove from society, having to suffer yer everyday trials etc on his own far more than yer average man-in-the-street.

I don’t know whether Mr Russell believes that artists feel things more, or any of that old stuff, but all that’s immaterial.

What Ken Russell does with every movie he makes is he comes up with a visually stunning piece of work that has a lot to say about the way we live.

The Russian authorised version of Tchaikovsky’s life is neither as interesting nor as good to look at as The Music Lovers. And Russell cut his teeth on telly biopics of people like Debussy, Rosetti, Richard Strauss and so on. His artists are larger than life. But what the hell? Especially as every movie has a serious core to it – quite apart from the sensational bits the publicity kids like to publish.

The Savage Messiah in question is a young artist, Henri Gaudier, who has a platonic relationship with a neurotic failed novelist lady called Sophie Brzeska. He goes to war, against his principles, and dies.

Scott Anthony – just two weeks out of drama school – got the plum part of being the young artist. Dorothy Tutin is superb as the hopelessly jumpy woman who won’t let her pretence of grandeur go as she gouges out the rotten bits of the vegetables she s picked up to make yet another inedible stew.

Because Sophie won’t let Henri sleep with her (in fact, she even gives him five bob to buy himself a tart at one stage) and because they love each other, they form a union of sorts — they share names. Which makes both of them Gaudier-Brzeska.

Their intimacy and lack of it – and the actual cruel opposites of intimacy that Russell uses makes this an intelligent person’s Love Story. Because, more than any other recent movie, this investigates what love is.

Thrillsville USA

“Prime Cut” starring Lee Marvin and Gene Hackman. Colour and Panavision. Directed by Michael Ritchie. A Cinema Center Presentation released by 20th Century Fox.

“Fast Kill” starring Tom Adams. Technicolour and Techniscope. Produced and directed by Lindsay Schonteff. Distributed by 20th Century Fox.

These two fine thrillers showing in a double bill couldn’t be more contrasting. Fast Kill starts off in a very old fashioned vein – it could almost have been made in the fifties. Big time wealthy gangster with mid-atlantic accent and a flat in Belgravia, rides around the East End in a Rolls, plans the biggest diamond robbery ever staged. This makes it necessary for him to fly around various European capitals to gather the best available talent – pictures of planes taking off and landing and interiors of bars, plus of course, an assignation beneath the Arc de Triomphe. Just like one of those Edgar Wallace shorts – remember them?

But suddenly it all changes – one of the woman members of the gang turns out to be one of your actual lesbians. Now that’s decidedly modern isn’t it. We all know there weren’t any lesbians in the fifties. But the film does really get better as well; more ruthless, full of suspense and generally exciting.

The robbery and later on the way in which the gang leader disposes of most of the rest of the gang, in order to secure a larger share of the loot, introduces an exceedingly well presented brand of extreme 1972 bloody violence. Taken as a whole the film is an extremely watchable, entertaining piece of trivia.

By complete contrast, Prime Cut follows the current American cinematic trend of developing the basic theme of the film, by making it into a semi-documentary on aspects of American life, through filming almost entirely on location. One of the big Kansas landowners has got slightly behind (to the tune of $500,000) with his protection payments to a Chicago gang, who are despatched to Kansas to collect. Thus we have the usual procedure of fights, threats and shootings, and even a combine harvester rather than car chase – all of which are skillfully and suspensefully directed. What considerably enlarges the film is the fascinating wide screen picture of modern rural factory large scale farming, as practised in Kansas and how the people who run it are just like large urban factory owners. It must be sounding a bit repetitive to those of you who read my reviews regularly, but really this is basically a film about atmosphere, the atmosphere of a certain part of rural America today. The fact that it is a thriller makes it exciting in parts, but it is really only incidental. If you’re fascinated by the great American sickness it is a film from which you will get a great stimulus, but if you follow the publicity and go because you’re expecting an exciting thriller and nothing else, you might be disappointed.

Coward and How to Play Him

Two of the biggest hits in London theatres today are works by Noel Coward. At the Mermaid a compilation of many of his songs, sketches and writings for an evening’s entertainment titled COWARDY CUSTARD, whilst the Queens Theatre in the West End houses his 42 year old comedy, PRIVATE LIVES.

Back in the 40’s and early 50’s a generation of theatregoers were able to enjoy many intimate revues starring such talented people as the Hermiones (Gingold & Baddeley), Henry Kendall, Betty Marsden, Max Adrian, Moira Fraser, Ian Carmichael, Joan Sims, Dora Bryan and Joan Heal. With the advent of BEYOND THE FRINGE, the whole style of humour in revue changed overnight. All of these artists knew their craft well. They could wring humour out of a mere sentence by the tone of their voice, or the expression on their face. Which brings me first to COWARDY CUSTARD and what I think is wrong with it.

Coward’s material in the main is still very funny but the handling of his works in this show is unworthy of him. I have enjoyed Una Stubbs comedy playing in several TV shows, and like Elaine Delmar on records. Richard Waring is a fine stage actor, as is John Moffatt. But none of these people seem able to adapt themselves to revue playing. The direction is pretty poor and the cast enters and leaves the stage so frequently one gets dizzy watching them.

The one shining light in this production is Patricia Routledge. It has been said of some performers that they could give a reading of the telephone directory and it would hold an audience. In Miss Routledge’s case, she could read the same book and manage to make it funny. She is indeed a very funny lady, and rightly stops the show with the old Beatrice Lillie song ‘I went to a marvellous party’ – but for myself ‘one performer does NOT make a show.’

On the other hand if you enjoy sophisticated comedy and would like to see it brilliantly performed, I urge you to join the queue at the box office to see PRIVATE LIVES at the Queens Theatre. This slim tale of a divorced couple who have both remarried and find themselves in adjoining suites on their second honeymoons with their respective new partners is played for all it’s worth by four fine players who understand the art of playing Coward.

Robert Stephens as the twice married man is ably supported by Polly Adams and James Villiers as the new partners. Which brings me finally to the star performance of Maggie Smith. She began her career in intimate revue and it certainly shows in her portrayal of Amanda. Watch what she does with a line like “who’s yacht is that?” and you’ll see what I mean. On two occasions she lunges forward for a cigarette, and lighting it, puffs furiously in a Bette Davis take-off. Her costume in the third act, particularly that hat, is alone worth the price of admission. A superbly funny performance in a gem of a comedy.

Wait and Watch


Starring Shirley Maclaine, Perry King, Michael Hordern. Directed by Warris Husein, Colour, an ITC Production. Distributed in the UK by Scotia Barber Distributors Ltd.

Some films have a good script and leaden direction. Some have a lousy script and brilliant direction. Films in both categories often come off really well. ‘Joel Delaney’ is of the second type.

The film is mainly a chillingly beautiful contrast between the two faces of New York – the smart middle-class home with its smart middle-class mum and well-controlled kids, and mum’s brother, living amongst Puerto Ricans in the heart of Spanish Harlem. From the schizophrenic city come schizo people – like Joel Delaney. Sometimes he’s a bored and rebellious middle American, sometimes he’s a raving maniac who beheads women with a flick-knife.

How, who, why, when and who’s next is the meat of the film. The tension, the uncertainty, the gruesomely understated deaths (look over the fridge door when Shirley goes into the kitchen to get the kid’s breakfast in the beach house), the powerful use of music. All these masterly touches from Waris Hussien lift what is sometimes a boring script into the realm of fear and tension. You might be tempted to walk out early on in the film, when nothing seems to be happening and the dialogue is banal. Don’t. Wait and watch. It’s worth it.

Steal this Movie

The Burglars starring Dyan Cannon, Omar Sharif. Written, produced and Directed by Henri Verneuil. A Columbia Picture. Colour and Panavision.

The Burglars is a very bad film, but it’s also a very entertaining and exciting one. The acting is drab 1950’s style. The direction abysmally unimaginative, except for the predictable, but nevertheless exciting car chase (not directed by Verneuil). Other cliches abound like flowery hats at a vicarage tea party. Dyan Cannon plays an American pin-up star and Jean Paul Belmondo survives an 800 feet fall. The burglars break into a solid steel safe in about 60 seconds. The dubbing is in a kind of mid Atlantic French. It’s all so terrible but such fun.

Twelve Inches of Pleasure

All the Young Dudes — Mott the Hoople CBS 65184

Following the success of their recent single, Mott The Hoople have released a new album, their first for CBS. Having had four LP’s issued by Island, they now have changed not only their record label, but also their image. This is considerably helped by having David Bowie as their producer, who replaces Guy Stevens. And what they have come up with is their best recording to date.

Mott The Hoople, whilst suffering from poor record sales in the past, have always been a fine band to see live. Now some of this live appeal comes across on the record. Their hit single, which is also the title track of the album, All The Young Dudes, has moved them up a few rungs on the group status ladder to stardom, and this is apparently the sort of image they now want to project, that of budding little superstars. Young Dudes was written by Bowie, as is obvious by the way Ian Hunter delivers the vocal, and is up to the standard of the best material being produced by darling David.

Bowie’s influence is felt throughout the record, especially in the eclectic choice of minor rip-offs from the other groups – on Young Dudes for instance there is a Lennon/McCartney chorus melody line that Bowie is so fond of using. Also, knowing of Bowie’s present involvement with Lou Reed, the inclusion of his song, Sweet Jane, comes as no surprise.

The Mott’s playing has improved since their last release. Their sound is a lot less cluttered than before, and Mick Ralphs’ guitar playing is far more effective and precise. For instance, Ralph’s break on Jerkin’ Crocus is a superb.

The Mott’s lyrics are very sexually orientated, more than enough to upset Lord Porn, and liable to send Mrs Whitehouse screaming to the Director of Public Prosecutions. But luckily no reasonable person takes much notice of these bringers of ‘fire and brimstone’. Lines which sound suspiciously like: “My baby calls me when she wanna play” (or is it I “lay”), and another line: “You can smoke my cigar all night” from a song called Sucker, make their intentions and meaning crystal clear. On the beautifully titled Jerkin’ Crocus with Ian Hunter doing a full Mick Jagger, he delivers this memorable phrase: “I know what she wants. Just a lick of your ice cream cone”. Tasty, so is Ready For Love on side two.

Whether Mott The Hoople is going to make it big at long last remains to be seen. If they disappear to America, we will know that they have. But this time round they have brought out an album that is at times stunning and they have certainly rewarded their fans who have been waiting quite a while for a recording as good as this.

Particularly recommended for hearing on headphones if you’re lucky enough to own a pair, or two – so your boyfriend or girlfriend can share the same experience.

Letters — Jim Webb Reprise K44173

Jim Webb, creator of the classic MacArthur Park, has a new LP of his own released. And whereas his past outings have been very much an artist’s artist trip, this offering communicates a lot more to the average listener.

Webb’s songs have always been about love, and its pain, and moments of supreme happiness. He writes with a sincerity, obviously from personal experience, which is the main power of his songs. And this time round, Jim is as explicit as possible about his feelings and observations, and also shows a fine sense of comedy and self-parody.

The most humorous track is Once In The Morning, which also advises “and once at night”, and “once in the afternoon and once at twilight, once for the money and again ’bout midnight”. The song tells of a few adventures such as meeting with Jan the Fan Dancer’ who says: “You play with this son and I’ll play with that”. Also a man he meets in London tells him: “And I like some of yours if you’ll please take some of mine”.

In a slightly more serious vein Webb comments on air play censorship: “If you want me to I’ll sing about fuckin’ – Sing about it fast and sing about it slow – Wanna hear it on the radio tho’ …” And why not, it’s a pleasure and a unity we all share.

Most of the other songs tell the usual tales of love and its ups and downs. He includes his very beautiful Galveston, that was a big success when recorded by Glen Campbell.

This record is much more of a rock record than his past releases, as well as being without the sometimes confusing dynamic orchestrations.

In conclusion the album is a warm, tender and aware contribution to popular music. Its explicitness will shock a few, but most people who hear it will be moved by the ‘letters’ and thoughts Jim Webb shares with us.

Nervous on the Road — Brinsley Schwarz – United Artists UAS 29374

After being completely converted to the Brinsleys after their last album, Silver Pistol, I’m afraid that I find this latest effort a little disappointing.

I still love the relaxing images the group create and the, more than ever, togetherness of their playing which shows up a lot of other groups. But somehow this just misses being anything else except competent. The happiness and feeling of ‘good times’ that come across so strongly on their last release, a more country influenced collection of-songs, is not as obvious as before. This record has far more of a rock feel to it.

Tne Brinsley’s have always produced albums that needed a little time to get into, and as I listen to this record more often, a few of the tracks start to stand I out more than they did to begin with. Surrender To The Rhythm for example, is a fine rocker, and the title track, Nervous on the Road (But Can’t Stay Home) displays a good degree of wit. as well as moving along at a pleasing pace.

Their version of Chris Kenner’s I Like It Like That on side two, showcases the group’s affection for old rock ‘n’ roll classics, which are now very much a part of their live performances. Their treatment of this classic rocker shows an understanding ot the essence of good rock. It’s a shame that they didn’t include one of the Sam & Dave numbers they are also so fond of.

The organ and piano playing of Bob Andrews is one of the consistent pleasures of Brinsley music and heightens the effect of most of the numbers they are working with at present.

A lot of my friends are raving about this album, so I suggest you give it a listen and draw your own conclusions. It’s superior rock but the total of the rewards on hearing it are in your head.

Soulful Tapestry — Honey Cone – Hot Wax SHW 5005

Honey Cone is an American soul vocal group, comprising three black girls. And this album contains two of their biggest hits to date, One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show and Want Ads. Although the group have not met with much success in this country so far, they are firm favourites in discotheques and with soul fanatics.

Their sound is very commercial but with a few dashes of originality that put them above a lot of other groups working in this musical area. The arrangements are slightly reminiscent of Tamla Motown ones, but without the over-production now often associated with that company. And their style is less earthy than that of companies such as Stax and Atlantic.

The songs move along at a good pace and are ideal dance music. My only complaint would be that after one listens to both sides of the album, they become a little mechanical and predictable. Basically they are a ‘singles’ group and to keep one’s interest throughout a whole album is quite a task. But with slightly more inventiveness in the arrangements and a choice of stronger material, they should put matters right on future LP releases.

Soulful Tapestry is a must for soul enthusiasts and for those of you who want to hear something a little different to what more established soul music companies are churning out.

Incidentally, Honey Cone’s Want Ads is one of Gay News’ theme songs. I surely don’t need to explain why do I? Just turn to the next to last page of the paper.

Portrait of Donny — Donny Osmond — MGM 2315108

Much to my surprise I found that Donny Osmond’s first solo album is an absolute delight. The choice of material is ideal for Donny’s voice, and the arrangements are nicely spectacular and especially suitable to the emotional elements in the songs.

Included on the album is Puppy Love, the ‘teen’ hit of the year. This song is largely responsible for bringing the praise and success that Donny now enjoys. In this country he even outsells that other idol of kid culture, David Cassidy. Written and originally recorded by Paul Anka (Donny’s equivalent of the late-fifties), Puppy Love contains a degree of protest about adult non-understanding and intolerance that young people can identify with. Also the sentiments expressed in all the songs not only touch this particular section of the record buying public, but also reach a wider audience with their simple sincerity. The Goffin/King number Hey Girl works on the same level, as does All I have to do is Dream and This Guy’s in Love With You.

Eddie Holman’s sadly underrated Hey There, Lonely Girl is another good choice by Donny, whilst the dynamics of Love Me make it hard to believe that the song is being sung by a twelve-year-old.

All in all, Donny has produced an immensely enjoyable album, that is far more than one might at first have thought possible.

Super Fly — Curtis Mayfield – Buddah 2318065

Curtis Mayfield’s new album is his first entry into Isaac Hayes territory, for it is the soundtrack of a new ‘black’ movie called Super Fly.

Although I don’t know much about the film I gather from the lyrics that it is about drug addiction and ‘pushing’ in a black ghetto. The film is directed by Gordon Parks Jr, who was responsible for the Shaft movies.

Those of you who are into Mayfield and what he has been doing since he left the Impressions will find this record as good as his recent releases. If you aren’t into his brand of funky/city soul yet you will probably turn on to it if you hear a track from the album at a discotheque. But otherwise I think it is a success and a must, only for those already converted to this type of sophisticated soul music.

Fables — England Dan & John Ford Coley — A & M AMLS 64350

Fables is the second album to be released by England Dan & John Ford Coley. This duo sing and play melodic, thoughtful, full-of-love songs and music. Their material ranges from graceful to medium-heavy rock, but without ever being excessive. Much of the time they are very beautiful. Dan and John’s approach is simple but direct. Something like the old Simon & Garfunkel sound.

Some of the best ‘stories’ told on this record are Simone (their latest single) and Casey, whilst What I’m Doing, which closes side one, is a minor anthem of love and the bewilderment it can cause.

Unfortunately a lot of records similar to Dan and John’s are being released. This will probably be unheard and unnoticed like so many others. It’s very much a disc you like immediately and play a lot, or dismiss completely. Personally Fables makes me feel good whenever I listen to it, could possibly do the same to some of you. Play it if you come across it.

Denis Lemon

Walter Carlos’ Clockwork Orange – CBS73059

Inevitably many copy versions of the music featured in ‘A Clockwork Orange‘ are now beginning to appear on the market, most of these only having the orchestral passages. CBS has released Walter Carlos’ entire synthesised score for and about this book/film.

Many of the pieces, of course, were composed before the film was made, but Carlos has inserted some original works. Thankfully, we now have the full “Timesteps” music, of which we were only given a tantalising portion on the soundtrack. What a pity Carlos wasn’t invited to write the score for Kubrick’s previous film ‘2001; A Space Odyssey’. This piece shows what Carlos is capable of doing. Along with ‘Timesteps’ the album contains two other Carlos compositions, ‘Theme from A Clockwork Orange (Beethoviana) and ‘Country Lane’ – two exciting pieces, the latter not heard in the film, but an evocative interpretation. A deeply moving piece.

The choreographed ‘Ultra-violence’ scenes were accompanied by the orchestral passage of Rossini’s ‘The Thieving Magpie’. Here Carlos has included the electronic version. Marvellous in stereo. Also this album has several other synthesised classical works as featured on the soundtrack.

In comparison I find this album far more satisfying than the actual soundtrack. For a reminder of the film buy the soundtrack – for an experience, buy this record. Real horror-show.

Anthony Godden.

Stop Press

CHE in Morecambe

Confusion reigns over whether CHE will be allowed to meet in Morecambe or not. It now appears that although the Council don’t want CHE, the owners of the pier on which the conference was going to be held still do. The council have suggested that the pier is ‘unsafe’, but this is strongly refuted by the pier’s owners and manager.

It seems that it has only just dawned on the Council that the letters stand for Campaign for HOMOSEXUAL Equality, – so they’re objecting on ‘moral’ grounds. Like Weymouth, they don’t fancy the idea of a gay ‘invasion’.

The only remaining stumbling block is the approval of the town’s Publicity Committee – who have said that they originally endorsed CHE’s application on ‘incomplete information’.

Other problems have arisen over accommodation – only two hotels amongst all those written to, gave a favourable reply. Elsewhere empty hotels are suddenly ‘full’ when CHE needs rooms.

The issue has now become a matter of public debate – the ‘Morecambe Guardian’ has pointed out that the council could be liable for damages for breaking their contract. The story has also been reported in the ‘Morecambe Visitor’ and ‘Lancashire Evening Post’.

CHE has decided to go to Morecambe anyway, booking their accommodation and facilities privately (since it is now too late to change their venue) and will lobby councillors and appeal to the people of Morecambe to raise enough cash to pay for it all.

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  • LONELY HOMOSEXUAL MALE NURSE, seeks friends. All letters answered. Photos appreciated. Box 282
  • YOUNG MAN, 22, would like to meet male up to 25 interested in swimming, travel, music, cinema, to form a sincere, affectionate and permanent friendship, eventually to share flat. Photo if possible, returned with same. Box 283
  • LONELY GIRL wants very much to meet nice friend 20 to 35 who lives in the West Country, around Salisbury or Bristol. All letters answered. Box 284
  • GAY GIRL WOULD LIKE TO SEE LONDON, any girl like to show me about? for a weekend. Box 285
  • ENTHUSIASTIC BUT LONESOME weight-trainer (28) seels similarly dedicated training partner or introduction to gay orientated gym. Is there (another) handsome muscle guy in London to help me? Box 287
  • BACHELOR, 48, own flat seeks sincere and genuine male companion between 21-30. Only sincere replies please. Photograph essential. Good home for right person. Box 288
  • I am extremely lonely and would like people to write to me. I am 19 years old and am interested in music and the occult. My address is Robert Hranichny, Schallergasse 7/5, 1120 Wien, Austria.
  • Anyone Lonely in Guernsey – either sex – any age, like to form social group? Alternatively anyone interested in coming to my house for coffee and conversation? (Lesbian, single, 40) Box 209
  • Robin De Layne-Harvey. Please return two rare books you borrowed – immediately. David.
  • One Man Wanted to Help Distribute “Gay News” in Edinburgh. 30% commission. Contact Ian Dunn at 15 Hope Park Terrace. Edinburgh.
  • 21 YEAR OLD seeks pen friends in U.K. Write to: Ed Wong. Flat A1, 5th Floor, 2 Oaklands Path, Hong Kong.
  • EXECUTIVE, 34. TRANSFERED TO LONDON SHORTLY seeks young social contacts, any race, maybe roommate. I’m masculine, young looking & thinking & can afford a few of the nicer things in life. Sincere only. Photo helps, will be returned. Let’S correspond! MAX.PO Box 26017, Los Angeles 90026, USA.
  • TRENDY, STRAIGHT-LOOKING GAY (21), interested in leather, only recently come out, am I really so alone? Box 290
  • MALE, MID 40’s won flat, seeks friendship with working class mate, 30 to 45. All letters answered. Box 291
  • LONELY MALE (42) 6’2″ tall, slim, affectionate, active, seeks reliable, tall, slim young male under 30 for permanent genuine and sincere relationship. Camp/effeminate guy wecome. London/Southend area. Photos exchanged. Box 292
  • YOUNG MAN, good appearance and physique, considerate, seeks similar, 21-40, London area. Lasting friendship, sincere. Please send photo. (Returned with mine). Box 293
  • WHERE IS the personable intelligent young man needing pad and older-brother figure? Come live with me and be my love. Phone 603 3646 or Box 294
  • INEXPERIENCED GAY GIRL requires experienced gay girl for friendship. Midlands area. Box 295
  • GENTLE, SINCERE GUY (24) wants to contact similar – W.London. Love of music, finer things in life – an advantage. Photo much appreciated. Box 296
  • YOUNG MALE GRADUATE, attractive, intelligent. 25, seeks similar. Photo and details please. Box 297
  • MICHELLE IS A SLIM ATTRACTIVE LITERATE 45 year old TV who wishes to have warm companionship with mature gay 40-60 for mutual pleasures. Croydon/SE London area. Sincere replies only please. Box 298
  • BLETCHLEY. BUCKS – Pleasant young man (27) wishes to meet someone nice, own age or younger. Box 299
  • LONELY COUNTRY BOY, blond, age 28. now living in suburbs N.W.Lancs, would like to meet young man for genuine friendship. Interests music, travel and horticulture. Please send photo. Box 300
  • “Peter – see you at the Drag Discotheque Aug 9 or any Wednesday after – Pontrefact Castle, 48 Chapel Street, London NW1. (Edgware Road tube station.) — am doing wild go-go dancing John”
  • Scottish Bachelor Clan. If you want good company, regular social gatherings, pen-friends etc. send S.A.E to Secy, c/o 1070 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow W4.
  • Calling All Gays (Male & Female) in the Belsize Park area. How about coming together for a drink and social evenings. Write to: Garry, 40 Belsize Park Gardens. London NW3.
  • “Copy of Jeremy magazine Vol.1. No.7 urgently required; write – Brian Hart. 1 Trinity Road. Folkstone, Kent. Telephone 54698”
  • AVA – Are you still singing in Manchester ? Can you write to Denis (Fly Me To The Moon) for possible Gay News interview. Gay News, 19 London Street. London W2 1HL. Tel 01-402 7805
  • Gay Artist (chick) sick of pretentious pseud’s, seeks real people to share mediaeval freak outs and much love. Box 141

    Dear Boys and Girls, please make life a little easier for the phantom typesetter of Queensway by making sure that your ads are easy to read. It takes so long doing translations. Thanks a million and a half – good luck with all your ads.

Any personal ads containing any form of racial prejudice will be immediately rejected. and money paid for insertion will NOT be refunded. Gay News collective.


  • LONDON – ISTANBUL – DELHI Private trip by van attached to fire-engine. Mixed easy-going group leaving end October. All conveniences aboard, including food, shower, stereo etc. One way £75. Return £150, negotiable. Phone, call, write. Winston Ross, between 2pm-5pm. – 27 Chiddingstone Street, Parsons Green, London SW6. Phone 01-736 4946


  • PARTNER (21-40) for business project. I am 56, 5′ 10″, 11 stone, agile and versatile. (West London) Box 240
  • GAY ACCOUNTANT. 33, EX-MN Purser, Seeks worthwhile employment outside commerce. Sick of aiding and abetting rip-offs. Secretary/ Factotum. Any suggestions welcome. Box 241
  • WANTED. Cleaner/Driver. hard work, good pay, experienced/happy/pretty prefered. Box 176


  • QUEENSWAY W2. 2nd Young Man for comfortable S/C flat. All facilities. Own room. £10. Phone C.Bekdik at 229 5593
  • BACHELOR. 30, requires civilised person to share house in Aylesbury. Own room. Most creature comforts provided. Reasonable rent. (Alternatively share flat/house, same area.) Box 242
  • THREE GAY GUYS have place in S/C flat for one more, share room with one other. T.V. Phone. £4.50 pw. Hornsey N8. Box 243
  • ACCOMMODATION OFFERED. To share flat off Kensington Church Street. Own room £10 exclusive. Phone 937 6694 between 6 and 7 pm.
  • HAVE YOU A ROOM FOR A YOUNG GAY ARTIST in desperate accommodation plight, studio, attic, garret, shed? In exchange for all domestic duties. Genuine! Box 244
  • NOT GAY ? Never rnind. Young Lad 23 needs sensible, reliable person to share small but nice W4 flat. T.V./Electric, £5.50, 01-994 1333 (eveninqs).
  • PAD SUIT TWO MATES, reasonable rent, also bedsitter available. Box 244
  • YOUNG MAN (22) urgently requires own room in gay household. Bromley area or S.E. London. Box 246
  • PUTNEY. 2 ROOM FLAT S/C for 1 or 2 nice gay guys or girls from mid October. £11.50 p.w. Phone 01-789 3570
  • YOUTH 23 requires accommodation, or other young gays who can accommodate me or weekend visits to London. Box 247
  • HAMPSHIRE MAN. 30, has room available in own home for similar. Convenient for Southampton. Phone Ken on Romsey 512959 (evenings or weekends).
  • ANY GIRL that would like to spend a week or weekend in the West Country for free please let me know soon. Box 286

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This corner is really a long list – of places, people you might like to know about or one day need. We can only, of course, publish the information that comes to us.

the lonely gay needing help. Oppidan’s accommodation service has started, but it needs MORE OFFERS of rooms, beds or other accommodation such as flat share, etc.. Write to Box 99. do Gay News, or ring: 769-7965.

OFFERS of rooms, beds or other accommodation such as flat share, etc.. Write to Box 99. do Gay News, or ring: 769-7965.

‘CHALLENGE’ is a London based homosexual group with branches at Marble Arch, Ealing and Hampstead. We meet each week for a drink and a chat – why don’t you join us? Ring Martin at 427 8175

Sappho meets every first Monday m the month, at the Museum Tavern 7.30pm, upstairs room. Great Russell Street. London WC1. All women are welcome. Sappho magazine is available at 30p inc. postage for single copies. (Subs rates are unchanged) from Sappho Publications Ltd., BCM/Petrel. London WC1

CHE. An All London Political Action Group is in the process of formation. Will anyone who wants further information on this campaigning group write to: Derek Brookfield, 7 Britton Grove, Crouch End, London N8 9EX.

Campaign for Homosexual Equality London Information Centre, 22 Great Windmill Street, London W1. Tel: 01-437 6117/8. Until the last week of September the office will only be manned 12noon to 6pm, seven days a week.

HOMOSEXUAL GROUP, meeting Fridays in NW London, with fairly serious interests (and a sense of humour) discusses sex. people, religion, politics; listens to good music; hears poets and playwrights read their own work – and that of others; makes a genuine attempt to befriend and help the lonely from the teenager to the senior citizen. For further details and a friendly chat ring either: 769-7965 or 450-4318

Women’s Liberation Workshop, 3 Shavers Place, London W1. Tel: 01-839 3918.

GAY CAMBRIDGE — all Freshers at University go to Stall at Corn Exchange October 3 to 5. Contact Pat Jones, 611 Kings College First.

Putney/Wimbledon/Richmond CHE group forming. Men AND Women. We plan to meet at least once a month. Write: Fred Green, 368 Upper Richmond Road. Putney SW15 2TU.

Gay Unity, Harrow. For details phone Jamie at 863 1184 or Alex at 422 7890 Meets on Mondays.

“Gay Cambridge”, a joint CHE/GLF group covering both the town and university. Meets every fortnight, wekkly in university term. Contact Bernard Greaves, 29 John Street, Cambridge, phone Cambridge 52661 or Pat Jones, 48 Milton Road, Cambridge, phone 55772.

YOUNG GAYS meet regularly in London. The C.H.E. Youth Group meets fortnightly around Central London. Details from Mike or Jim at 01 -385 7246.

READING GAY ALLIANCE: regular discos and socials, counselling, quiet meetings, public meetings, and action. Town and university. SAE for Newssheet: Room 7, 30 London Rd, READING

GAYSOC: For homosexual men and women in any college or school of London University. Social, political, campaigning; a means for gay students to get together the sort of campus scene hets enjoy, and to tackle the illiberalism of beer-swilling undergrads. Watch college newspapers,, “Sennet”, “Octopus”, “What’s On”, “Gay News”, for details, or write: ULU, Malet Street, WC1. (All letters treated with absolute confidentiality).

FRIEND is the advisory and befriending service of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality Call (Monday and Friday 7.30 to 9.30 pm) or write to Friend, Centre. Broadley Terrace. London NW1.


Chilterns (Berkhampstead/ South Essex (Basildon)
Amersham) South Herts (Watford
Colchester /St Albans)
Cornwall Southampton/Bournemouth
Crouch End Stoke-on-Trent
Croydon Swansea/Carmarthen
East Kent (Canterbury) Teeside
Guildford Tunbridge Wells
Halifax/Huddersfield Tyneside
Ilford Windsor
Leeds Wirral
Lewisham Wolverhampton
Liverpool Wolverhampton & District
LONDON worker’s group
Central London
Highbury/Islington Manchester
Kilburn Oxford
Manchester Kent
Newport/Cardiff Liverpool
Norwich Devon
Nottingham Leicester
Oxford Enfield
Reading Barking
Sheffield Preston
Shropshire Taunton

Many local group organisers are wary of having their names and addresses publicised, so for the time being please contact all CHE groups via the national office: 28 KENNEDY STREET. MANCHESTER 2. Telephone 061-228 1985


Aberystwyth Essex University Reading
Bath Folkstone Sheffield
Bristol Greenoch Swansea
Brent Guernsey Sussex
Bedfordshire Higham Ferrers
Birmingham Hull LONDON
Belfast Keele University South London
Bradford Lancaster West London
Cambridge Leicester East London
Cheltenham Leeds Notting Hill
Canterbury Manchester Hackney
Cardiff Newcastle Youth Group
Colchester Norwich Religious Group
Derby Oxford Women’s Group
Durham Portsmouth
Edinburgh Potteries

The addresses of these groups may be obtained from the G.L.F. Office at 5 Caledonian Road. London N1. Tube Kings Cross. Tel: 01 -837 7174. Also contact here for other G.L.F. information.

Religious Gay Lib Group, meets various Sundays at 2.30 pm. Phone 278 1701 for details.

Bath Gay Awareness Group has moved again. Meetings Thursdays, contact John, Bath 63168 or Hugh Bath 4738 for further information.

Bristol Gay Awareness Group, c/o Tony, 20D, West Mall. Clifton. Bristol. Tel: 0272-32669.

Essex GLF University , contact Brian Roberts, c/o Student Pidgeon Holes, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester.

Leeds GLF Liberation Office. 153 Woodhouse Lane. Leeds 2. Tel: 0532-39071 ex 57. Meetings every Friday at 7.30pm at the Liberation Office.

Leicester Gay Awareness Group. Contact John Page, 126 Nansen Road, Leicester LE5 5NJ. Phone: Leicester 738832.

Reading Gay Alliance, Room 7, 30 London Road, Reading.

Sussex GLF meets Tuesdays at 8.15pm upstairs/back bar Stanford Arms. Preston Circus Brighton. Contact Doug Coupe, 40 Ashford Road, Brighton, or phone Ray at 686939.

Gay Women’s Lib. (North London)
Meet at The Crown and Woolpak, 397 St Johns St. EC1. (Angel Tube) 8pm on Mondays.

West London G.L.F. meets in the Committee Room of Fulham Town Hall, Fulham Broadway on Thursdays at 8pm.


EDINBURGH from 7.45 to 9.00pm on Mondays in the basement of 23 George Square. Saturdays from 9.30pm coffee/food/dance at the same address. There is also a Womens Group. Check with Mike Coulson 031-225 4395 between 1pm and 10pm any day.

GLASGOW from 8pm on Tuesdays at Bruce Briggs. 8 Duncan Street, Glasgow C4 and Third Friday of every month at 214 Clyde Street (Library of Community House) with invited speakers from 8pm. There is also a Womens Group. Check with John Breslin 041-771 7600.

DUNDEE from 10.30pm on Fridays at 1 Airlie Place, drinks and dance. Check with Len McIntosh 0382-452433 evenings.

ABERDEEN and SALTCOATS check with John Breslin 041-771 7600


GLF DANCE. October 6, Fulham Town Hall. 8.00pm-12.00 midnight. Admission 50p Grouos. disco, bar.

Reading Gay Alliance : Weekly Disco at Railway Tavern : 8pm.

FREE Disco every fortnight (every other Friday Night). At the Shakespeare Inn, Summer Row. Birmingham 3. Drinks at bar prices.
GAY FAWKES & BIRTHDAY PARTY at Digbeth Civic Hall, Digbeth, Birmingham 5.
4th November
(5 mins from City Centre). Saturday 4th November. 8.00-12.00pm. Groups – Disco – Bar – Dancing – Wear what you want. Open House,
Everyone Welcome!!!

Father Red Cap. 319 Camberwell Road,SE5.
(Camberwell Green).
PALACE OF DRAG — Drag every night.
Upstairs Bar now open 7 nights a week — Tricky Dicky Boys Only Disco now on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Also mixed, Disco on Wednesday and Saturdays. Girls Only Disco on Friday. Gay intimate evening on Mondays. Free Admission Mondays and (for a limited period) Tuesday’s Boys Only Disco.

South London G.L.F. Disco every Monday except first Monday of the month. At The Crypt, St Matthews Church (opposite Town Hall, Brixton. BR/Tube. Buses 35, 37, 109.59,2,3, Admission 15p – Beer and snadwich bar. Love – Kisses – South London G.L.F.

West London G.L.F. presents a dance at Hampstead 0O|d Town Hall on December 22nd. Tickets 50p; Disco. Groups. Lightshow, and Bar.

Camden G.L.F. weekly disco in the discotheque next to the Bull and Gate Pub (200 yds Kentish Town Stn) every Wednesday from 8pm to 11pm.

Tuesday Nights – ROYAL OAK. 62 Glenthorne Road. London W6.
Wednesday Nights THE PONTEFRACT CASTLE 48 Chapel Street. Edgware Road Tube
Dancing Permitted, complete with Drag Show featuring Mr Jean Fredericks. Peter Martmdale & Diamond David

Sussex G.L.F. Disco every Friday 8-11pm at Stanford Arms, Preston Circus, Brighton. Only 15p.

Weekly GLF Disco starting shortly at BULL & GATE pub. Kentish Town Phone GLF Office at 01-837 7174 to check details.

Tuesday Nights – ROYAL OAK. 62 Glenthorne Road. London W6.
Wednesday Nights – THE PONTEFRACT CASTLE 48 Chapel Street, Edgware Road Tube.
Dancing Permitted, complete with Drag Show featuring Mr.Jean Fredericks. Peter Martindale & Diamond David.

KINGS ARMS, Liverpool Street, London.
(corner of Pindar Street)
Tube/BR Liverpool Street. Buses 8,8A,22,6, 47,97.
Tricky Dicky Show on Saturday Nights. 8.30-11 00. Admission Free. Saloon Bar Disco. Impersonations etc. Gay Atmosphere.
Gay News is on sale at all Tricky Dicky Disco’s.

KINGS ARMS. Liverpool Street, London.
(corner of Pinder Street) Tube/BR Liverpool Street.
Dicks Inn, Gay Disco every Monday
Compere Tricky Dicky.

THE ARABIAN. Cambridge Heath Road, London. (corner of Bishops Way) Tube Bethnal Green/Bus 277. Dicks Inn, Gay Disco – closed for the Summer. Re-opens early October.

Drag & Cabaret

372 Kennington Lane, SE11. (Vauxhall).
Regular Compere – Pat Kelly – with The Keltones.

Thursday (Alt.) Mr.Tammy or Honey.
Friday. Mr.Tammy. Monday. Bow.
Saturday. Lee Paris. Wednesday. Lee Paris.
Sunday. (Lunch) Bow. New Act Starting Soon.
Sunday. (Night) Mr.Tammy.

ROYAL OAK. 62 Glenthorne Road, W6 (Hammersmith). Drag every night. Regular artistes include Jean Fredericks.

ELEPHANT AND CASTLE. South Lambeth Place. SW8 (Vauxhall). Every night except Tuesday Regular Compere Jackie. Recommended by Gay News for happy and friendly atmosphere.

OXFORD TAVERN 256 Kentish Town Road. NW5 (Kentish Town) Drag on Tues. Wed. and Thurs. Resident host Perri St Clair. Partly gay on these night

THE NEW BLACK CAP 171 Camden High Street, NW1 (Camden Town Tube) Drag Every Night.
Featured Artists include Mark Fleming, Bow, Mrs Shufflewick, Jean Fredericks, New Dumbells, Sandy Graham, Chris Kay.

Alan McGorrin is Gay News’s super salesman at The Black Cap. Be nice to him, he works very hard for us.

THE CRICKETERS, Battersea Park Road, SW11.
(BR Battersea Park).

Sun. The Trollettes. Fri. Various Artistes.
Tues. Steel Band. Say. Singalong & Dancing.
Wed. Various Artistes. Compere/Organist
Thurs. Talent Night. Kenneth Mancell.

THE DORSET ARMS, 124 Clapham Road, SW4 (Oval Tube)

Tuesdays. Michael and Bow. Thursdays. Michael.
Sundays. Michael and Bow.

309 Harrow Road,W9 (Westbourne Park)
Drag on Wednesday and Sunday (Lunch & Eve)

This is a list of some of the pubs in London that regularly have Drag Acts. Information of out of London pubs featuring drag will be added to this list as we receive it. So if your local has something good happening at it, let us know; and that goes for you landlords as well.

Friendly Outlets

GAY NEWS will always be on sale at the following pubs:

MARSH HOTEL (Mike & Eileen) Canute Road, Southampton.
Semi Gay. Disco every Thursday night. Also:
THE ANCHOR (Pat & Geoff) East Street, Southampton. Gay girls and boys. Disco every Fri & Sat

MARIO’S CLUB, Stenford Street, off Castlegate, Nottingham.
Nottingham – Roebuck, Mansfield Road, room upstairs

THE PAVILION CLUB, 123 Shardlow Road, (A6), Shardlow, Derbys. Tel: Shardlow 581. Open Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun from 8.00pm.

Gay News, wishes to thank the management and staff at the Colherne and the Boltons (at Earl’s Court) and the Champion (at Notting Hill Gate) for their help in letting us sell Gay News in their establishments. Gay News will regularly be on sale in these three pubs in West London.

The DisKOtheque (D O K), 2a Lowndes Court, London W1 (off Carnaby Street) regularly has Gay News on sale. Thanks.

Gay News thanks Roddy and The Masquerade — the paper is always available at the door. Masquerade Club, 310 Earls Court Road, SW5

THE FATHER RED CAP Boys Only. Gins Only, and Mixed Disco’s
Gay News is always on sale at the Father Red Cap (upstairs disco).

Thanks to “LOS CHICOS”, 312 Old Brompton Ro< Earl's Court, for selling Gay News.


WILLIAM IV, Heath Street, Hampstead NW3. Hampstead Tube.

THE SALISBURY. St Martins Lane. Near to Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square tubes.

THE CHAMPION, Bayswater Road. Nearest tube is Nofting Hill Gate.

THE BOLTONS and THE COLEHERNE are opposite each other at the junction of Earl’s Court Road and Old Brompton, Earl’s Court Tube