Scintillating Rhapsodies – Denis Lemon

GARDEN PARTYRick Nelson and The Stone Canyon Band – MCA MDKS 8009

If you fondly remember the string of fine pop songs Rick Nelson put into the charts a few years back, you owe it to yourself, and him, to take a listen to his new album, Garden Party. Even if Rick’s initial successes were slightly before your time, still have a listen, you won’t be disappointed.

Not that I wish to compare Rick’s recent work with his earlier career, that would be unfair and unkind. He has changed quite a lot since the days of Hello Marylou and Never Be Anybody Else But You, and all for the better, but still retaining the charm and sensitivity of those past recordings.

Today Rick Nelson is experimenting with many different styles and the lyrics of his songs are far more mature than they used to be. Also, he is lucky to have such a remarkable backing group, the very talented Stone Canyon Band.

The title track of the album, Garden Party, has recently given Rick his biggest hit single in a long while, justifiably so, as it is an exceptionally good song, with a fine melody and lyrics that rise above the usual banality of hit parade material. The rest of the cuts on the record, although varying in the areas of music they derive their inspiration from, nearly all equal the stature of the previously mentioned song.

Garden Party could well be the album that reestablishes Rick Nelson’s popularity, and secures his prospects for a long rewarding career. If he keeps on producing well balanced offerings like this, I can’t see how fate can treat him otherwise. Incidentally, take a look at the cover photograph. Rick must be one of the most glamourous 32½-year-olds around.

CREEDENCE GOLDCreedence Clearwater Revival — Fantasy FT 501

Fantasy Records seem to be changing distributors frequently in this country as of late. They have now settled with EMI and the first album released by them is Creedence Gold, a sort of Greatest Hits collection, but not quite. The eight tracks on the record are a mixture of hit singles and album tracks. They are described on the cover as being all from the group’s records that have grossed ‘sales of $1 million and each has sold over a million units, an unprecedented achievement’. Right on chaps, shame the band has broken up though.

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s music needs no introduction, the way they have dominated the singles and albums charts since 1968 says it all. Creedence Gold contains such tracks as Proud Mary, Bad Moon Rising and the extended version of I Heard It Through The Grapevine. Judging from the selection included it looks as if Creedence Gold will be the first in a series of similar volumes.

A good collection to replace battered and worn out singles, but if you have any of their previous albums you’re liable to find that you are duplicating cuts you already have.

HOT LICKS, COLD STEEL & TRUCKERS FAVOURITESCommander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen – Paramount SPFL 281

Even though Hot Licks, Cold Steel & Truckers Favourites is the second album of Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen to be released in this country, the Commander and his band are probably new to most of you. Their first album, Lost In The Ozone, was less than successful, as often happens with a group’s first record and subsequently received little attention, even from those heavily into new developments in American rock music. But Hot Licks etc is an altogether far more exciting and enjoyable record.

In California, Commander Cody and his LPA are something of a legend. They have been playing small clubs and bars for many years, building up a strong repuation, although they never found time or thought it necessary to record until last year. Their music is an amalgamation of ‘redneck’ country and western rock ’n’ roll, with a little bit of soul thrown in for good measure. And throughout the twelve tracks, including songs with titles such as Truck Stop Rock, Mama Hated Diesels and It Should’ve Been Me, the band display a sly sense of humour, that sometimes is near to parodying the types of music they are playing. Also on the album are versions of rock classics like Rip It Up and Tutti Frutti, which showcase the other side of their musical roots.

As the song titles suggest, the theme of most of their material is the world of American long distance truck drivers, and the folklore that has built up around them. These men cover vast distances in their enormous ‘rigs’ and they seem to have taken the place of horse riding cowboys in the hearts of many Americans. But as I said before, Commander Cody instils a sense of humour into the way he relates their exploits and mythology.

The combining of styles on Hot Licks etc results in some very fine music that is also a lot of fun to listen to.

CAN’T BUY A THRILLSteely Dan — Probe SPB 1062

With the record companies swamping the market with a never ending torrent of ‘product’, it’s so easy for some of the better albums to get lost and unnoticed in the vast tide of new releases. Add to this the fact that only a percentage of them ever get anywhere hear the amount of promotion the need/deserve and you’ll soon realise how crazy the whole situation is.

Being responsible for the popular music selection of this paper, I get sent a fair number of review copies of albums, a proportion of which are so bad or boringly mediocre that they spend only a very short time on my turntable. I try to be as impartial about my assessments as possible, but sometimes I make hasty judgements and dismiss an album because it doesn’t immediately turn me on. And sometimes I make a mistake and nearly miss out on hearing something very special.

Such an album is Can’t Buy A Thrill, the first release by an American group called Steely Dan.

My first impression of their music was ‘it’s OK’ but nothing really struck me as being particularly different or original. But over the last two weeks I’ve found that instead of it gathering dust on my ‘rejected’ pile, it’s been finding its way back to my stereo more and more frequently. Until it is my choice in between every other record I play.

I won’t go into a detailed description of Steely Dan’s sound, it’s enough to say that it is a combination of all the good things that have happened in pop/rock music in recent years, as well as having the collective originality of the six musicians who comprise the group.

The first track on side one, Do It Again, as a single has just zoomed into the American top ten, so there is a possibility that it will receive adequate airplays in this country. But don’t count on it.

Get out and hear the album for yourselves and maybe you, like me, will find that you have discovered one of the most exciting new rock bands around. The colourful cover has a rather amazing photograph of a line of ‘street ladies’ incorporated into its design, making it difficult to miss at your local record shop.


The latest addition to outrageous rock are an American group known as Silverhead. They are a sort of son/daughter of Alice Cooper, with a passing resemblance to Grand Funk Railroad, and a little touch of the David Bowies’ here and there.

Whilst not wishing to be too unkind, their first album is a pretentiously irritating mess. It rambles on for nearly forty-three minutes, and the only way you can be sure a song has finished and is not the same number all the way through, is because of the few seconds silence in between tracks. Musically they produce nothing that one has not heard a hundred times before, and the vocals of Michael Des Barres become tedious after the first couple of songs.

The only interesting and exceptional things about Silverhead’s album are the photographs on the double cover, especially those on the inner sleeve. All the group appear to be into make-up and super-camp in a big way, which makes me think that I may possibly form another opinion about them if I had the opportunity to see a live performance of theirs. Until such time my thoughts on Silverhead are more or less completely negative. Substitute the word atrocious instead of outrageous in the first sentence of this review.

BARNSTORMJoe Walsh – Probe SPBA 6268

Barnstorm is the first solo outing of Joe Walsh since he split from the James Gang, the group he was the founder member of. Whilst with them, his lead guitar work was very much responsible for the success they enjoyed, but Walsh was seemingly unsatisfied with the direction the James Gang was taking.

I found the James Gang’s first album to be the most pleasing, and Barnstorm seems to be an extension of that earlier work. That’s not to say the overall sound is familiar, just that Walsh’s guitar carries on from where it previously left off.

Walsh’s impressive guitar playing is very much postpsychedelic in its origins, and his distinctive style sets him apart from the many other guitarists who have emerged since the ‘acid rock’ peaks reached in 1967.

On this album he demonstrates the way he can produce both a soaring and expansive sound on his instrument, as well as showing professional control during the record’s quieter moments. Despite the excellent production of Bill Szymczyk (I dare you to pronounce his surname), my only reservations about the record are that the sound becomes a little cluttered at times, but these excesses should disappear in subsequent releases.

Barnstorm is very much music for 1973, from a musician whose playing is never less than stimulating.


Alex Harvey is yet another singer/songwriter, this time emerging from the South of America. His initial push came after other artists had achieved considerable success through recording his songs, the most notable being Reuben James and Tell It All Brothers.

We now have the chance of hearing Alex Harvey in person with the release of his first album, and I’m happy to say that it is well worth hearing. Harvey’s voice, which at times reminds me of a restrained Joe Cocker, is not particularly strong, but he delivers the vocals to the best of his ability.

It is the songs though that hold one’s attention, not his voice. Of the ten compositions included, nine are written by Harvey, and all display a considerable depth of feeling and a straightforward awareness of life. A few of the songs are strongly religious, and on these, Harvey incorporates a gospel sound.

Producing credits go to Kenny Rogers and Michael Sunday, and they are to be congratulated for the results they get, as are the musicians who accompany Harvey. The arrangements too are exactly in keeping with the rest of the production.

A fine example of the worth of the album is the opening track, To Make My Life Beautiful. Listen to the sound created between and underlying the song’s verses. Bet you’ve never heard anything quite like it before.


Asylum records, in the short time it has been in existence, has produced some of the best contemporary sounds currently available. The Eagles and Jo Jo Gunne received considerable acclaim last year, and the first album of the young singer/songwriter Jackson Browne was one of the best initial releases I’ve heard.

The second album of Batdorf & Rodney is on Asylum, and it is a great improvement on their first, released on another label. Their earlier effort suffered from a general lack of direction and control, faults that don’t appear on this recording. The mellow, joyful and beautifully delivered vocals of Mark Rodney combine well with the meaningful but never pretentious, lyrics of John Batdorf. The duo’s acoustic and electric guitar playing is at times stunning and throughout provides the perfect rhythmic accompaniment, expanding and illustrating the moods created by the songs stories and personal statements.

Of the nine compositions, including By Today, All I Need and Under Five are the most impressive, the rest being extremely listenable, but never quite reaching the heights achieved by those mentioned. The album as a complete entity though is a most invigorating experience, with Batdorf’s songwriting talents impressing from the first track to the last.

Scintillating Rhapsodies – David Seligman


A brand new album from America’s grande dame of the musical theatre, Ethel Merman, who is my personal favourite, glittery, chintzy, aged, cult singer. She’s got an immensely powerful voice that bangs and bounds the lyrics straight into the adrenalin, making one want to dance joyfully around the room

Recorded in London last summer, it includes such classics as You’re The Top (Cole Porter), I Got Rhythm (the Gershwins), There’s No Business Like Show Business (Irving Berlin), Everything’s Coming Up Roses and Alexander’s Rag Time Band (Irving Berlin). Accompaniment is by Stanley Black, and the London Festival Orchestra and chorus.

Amazingly, Ethel Merman’s name has been up in lights on Broadway, as the star of almost every show these songs come from, spanning a period of almost fifty years. I was lucky enough to see her on Canadian TV last year, on the occasion of the live broadcast of the Tony Awards from New York. As she energetically sailed through a dozen songs or more, before receiving a special award for her invaluable contribution to the Broadway stage, I saw the emergence of a rather special lady, who believed and had experienced every sentiment in her songs, and that comes across very forcibly on this really enjoyable album.

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REPLIES TO BOX ADS. When replying to a box ad(s) place it in an enveolope and attach, not stick a 3p stamp to it. Then place inside a larger envelope and send it to GAY NEWS BOX REPLIES, 19 London Street, London, W2 1HL. The letters ALA after an ad denote ALL LETTERS ANSWERED. WHEN WRITING your personal ads, it would help those wishing to reply, if you mentioned in which area you live.

Good looking gay, passive male, 35, own flat, central London. Interests travel, good food, theatre, writing. Seeks active partner 25-40, race immaterial. Box 17/1

Slim Londoner 25 wants to meet muscular gay guy 21-30 for sincere friendship including correspondence. Am discreet and can be trusted. Box 17/2

Slim guy 21, lonely and unfulfilled, likes ballet, music, camping, seeks deep relationship with similar 21-25 London. Box 17/3

Attractive Mid-20s, own flat North London. Interests music and travel, faded Levis (not S/M) looking for active male similar tastes, photo essential. Very permanent relationship. Box 17/4

Cardiff male aged 25. Interests cinema, theatre, travel, wishes to meet other with similar interests. Box 17/5

Young male 24, (North London) seeks sincere friends age 24-34 for lasting friendship. Likes theatre, music and all types of sport. Photo appreciated. Box 17/6

Quiet (40) and collie dog (5) making 4-6 week motor caravan tour Scotland end May seeks gentle slim, happy go lucky youngster (over 21) as companion. Dog and countryside lover essential. ALA – Norman, BM/GCZY, London WC1

Quiet (40) would like to correspond with anyone interested in grey flannels. Box 17/7

Male 45, non-effeminate seeks dominating teacher with understanding. Either sex. Advertiser has good body. Box 17/8

Gay 42 denims, leather, interested meeting others over 25. Keen on hairy faces. Permanent relationship looked for. Photo please, returned with mine. ALA. Box 17/9.

Gay railway enthusiast, London area, seeks companion for a week’s holiday in Germany mid-March. Suggestions for summer holiday also welcome. Box 17/10.

Young man 25 would like to meet skinheads or leather boys. Exchange mags, photos, letters. Reply with photo please. Box 17/11.

Music lover 30 wishes to meet others, and genuine contacts with leather and denim scene. Sincere contacts. Box 17/12

Quiet London male 45 seeks West Indian partner 37—47 for lasting, loving relationship. ALA. Box 17/13

Essex Scorpio, 50, would like to meet friendly humourous, intelligent, sincere guy about 12 years younger, 5’10” and over, masculine, interested in music, the arts, etc, for country weekends or to share London pad one/two nights per week. Box 17/14

Intelligent late forties, own secluded country house N of London, interested in cavalry uniforms, leather m/cycles nut not in S/M, wants to meet blonde masculine type, 30-40 with similar interests and own gear for weekend companionship. Other interests music, travel, arts. Box 17/15.

Male 30s would like to hear from someone under 32 (over 21) in Lancs or Chester areas for sincere lasting relationship. Occasional meetings. Photo appreciated and return. Box 17/18.

Jewish gay 43. Professional man (active), appallingly lonely, would like to contact younger man over 21 or man of same age (passive but not effeminate). Sincere, tender, genuine. I long for deep, true, real lasting relationship; character and loving feelings matter. Box 17/16

Lonely passive 25, slim, blonde, non-effeiminate, discreet, seeks position with active male 28-42. Looks unimportant if sincere. Cooking, driving, knowledge of office procedure. Refs if required. No kinks, genuine replies only. ALA anywhere. Box 17/17

Gay male, 27, graduate, wishes to hear from similar 20s. Photo please. Box 17/19

Young gay guy living in Gloucestershire seeks young gay friend over 21. Looks unimportant, but someone sincere, either in Wiltshire or Gloucestershire also able to travel. Please send photo. Box 17/20.

Fairly attractive 23 male wants to meet others 25—30 (with moustache preferred) London area. Box 17/21.

Am interested in meeting well built, active coloured man 21-45. I am 34, slim, hirsute. Will anybody who can help contact me with photo if possible. ALA London area. Box 17/22.

Young man 26 seeks body building lessons, private or with a club. Also seeks friends. Box 17/23.

Sincere, slim 30, good appearance, lively and intelligent, versatile, seeks attractive males 21-35 for lasting friendships. Photo appreciated. Box 17/24.

Real people – do you exist? Lonely guy 23, good looking artist/art historian, seeks friends. London and South Coast area. Box 17/25.

Peter Huntington aged 32 of 19 Newport Court WC2, seeks penpals. Also offers nice rooms Queensway and requires presentable people for catering and office employment. Part time work also available — above average pay.

Age 42 energetic passive, of deceptively rugged appearance, would like to meet actives or versatiles of any age or race. Resident Kent. Box 17/26.

Young German graduate male seeks sensual masculine companion aged 21-30 in South London or elsewhere. Photo please. Box 17/27.

Man, 35, own house near Bournemouth — main interests music, films, swimming, sailing, wine, food, seeks local friends preferably with boat/bike; equally happy in trendy gear or denim and leather. Box 17/28.

Young man 27 living Walsall/Lichfield area seeks other(s) about same age or younger for friendship. Likes cinema, clubs, music, German language. Photo or phone no. appreciated. ALA (genuine). Box 17/29.

Sincere male 24, SE6, seeks active friend to love, 25-35. Photo appreciated. Box 17/30.

Guy 29. Interests leather, rubber, levis, water sports etc, but inexperienced, seeks experienced types 21-35 to assist with education. Box 17/31.

Ordinary young man 28 seeks motor cyclist mate same age or older to teach me everything that goes with him and his bike (holidays, sports, leather). Photo please. Box 17/32.

Theatrical, Midlands, youthful 28, slim, dark hair, basically passive, not unattractive, seeks friendship. Active, honest, sincere 21-38 London/Midlands/Teeside – own pad – perhaps share? Details/photo – ALA. Barrie, 220 Malvern Rd., Worcester, WR2 4LL.

Young hippy seeks boyfriend with motorbike. Box 17/33.

Mid 20s, well built, versatile, leather/denim guy, seeks other very well built guys, leather denim, skinhead 21-25. ALA with photo, phone no if poss. Box 17/34.

Young 23, discreetly gay guy, with many and varied interests, including music, travel, films and theatre would like to meet and make friends with another guy – similar age – photo if possible, and in London and home counties please. Box 17/35.

22 year old Londoner needs someone to share future with. Photo exchanged. Box 17/36.

I’m 38, 5’8″, 11 stone, average build, new to this. I’m looking for a friendly muscular, well built gay guy with own pad easy to reach W1. Available lunchtine and afternoons. Details, phone no and photo to Box 17/37.

David Lawson, please contact me at 051-652 6297. John. Will anyone who knows David please show him this ad.

Robert FI … Please return records, money, BORROWED from us. Peter and David.

Lonely, inexperienced, nice looking gay guy, 21, seeks friendship with another 21-25 London Midlands area. Photo please. Box 17/38.

Scottish art history student 21, main attribute, sense of humour, seeks to accompany kind gentleman visiting European galleries and museums this summer. Anyone for Venice. Box 17/39.

North Devon. Two gays mid 30s, own house.and car seek new friends anywhere in the South West. Photos exchanged. Write Jim Box 17/40.

Lively 40 Birmingham. Interests camping, swimming youth work, seeks correspondence, meeting with kindred spirit, same age or younger. Box 17/41.

Asian male gay (33) 5’6″, well built (sports) noncamp, seeks active or passive friends, 21-40. Colour or nationality immaterial. Box 17/42.

London 24 would like to hear from young people who care about knowing the other person. Interests include classical music, theatre, poetry, socialism; photo please, returned. Box 17/43.

Good looking, trendy, smooth guy 23 likes leather, but not so much motor cycle leather, interested in escapology – anyone similar? Box 17/44.

Amateur (East London) 28 seeks subjects for photography. Amusement only. All suitable letters answered. Photo appreciated. Box 17/45.

Married male (gay) non-effeminate, wishes to meet similar South Wales/Bristol. Box 17/46.

Gay Girl 20 would like to correspond/meet someone similar for friendship. Box 17/47.

South west 40 seeks friends for weekends and holidays etc. Very affectionate. Box 17/48.

Continental 30 years age boy, wants to meet very well built coloured chap for fun. ALA. Box 17/49.

Unemployed Manchester pantagruelist 25 likes interesting young men over 21, of demi god stature and intelligence; hobbies: arts, crosswords, beer drinking and reading. ALA. Photo please. Box 17/50.

33 year old Irishman would like pen friends 28-48. Visits England frequently. Photo appreciated and guaranteed return. ALA. Box 17/51.

Surrey. Male 40 seeks genuine friendship with younger guy over 21 with view to permanent relationship. Possible summer holiday. Photo please. Box 17/52,

Guy 28 not camp, seeks straight looking boy 21-35 years for friendship. Keen on sport and cinema. Photo please (not essential) London. Box 17/53.

Modern 26 year old, car owner, wide range of interests, needs sincere friendship with long-haired modern guy 21-26 Birmingham/Wolverhampton area preferred. Box 17/54.

Ex actor 34, slim, dominant and straightish, seeks companion 21-34 with possibility of flat share. Gentle submissive person who will discuss problems. London. Photo exchanged. Box 17/55.

Dulwich 27, Wagner and rugby fan, 6’10″ heavy build, likes swimming and culture, masculine, seeks sincere friend. Photo please. Box 17/56,

Guy 26 seeks friendship etc with a couple (perhaps an affair, but need not be). Non-effeminate (like myself). About same age or younger over 21. Pen pals also wanted. ALA. Box 17/57.

Young guy 21, tall dark and very slim, with own car and flat, seeks genuine friend over 21, under 25 Croydon area. Photo appreciated. Box 17/58.

Sailor seeks gay guys to crew weekends, holidays, etc. Sailing experience unnecessary. Intelligence and healthy physique essential. Personal beauty and humour appreciated. Write Box 17/59.

Lonely 21 year old, good personality, fair good looks, slim, seeks hairy non eff “Mr Universe” type, must be understanding, affectionate. ALA. Photo appreciated 23—32. Box 17/60.

Youthful 23, own pad, seeks youths 21-23 to share interests; usually gentle, sincere, own car, Merseyside, North Wales and Cheshire lads especially welcome. ALA. Send photo if poss. Box 17/61.

Lonely, 38 year old professional type, London area quiet, sense of humour, very slim, dark, tall, quite attractive, kind, seeks deep relationship with someone 21—26, equally lonely, possibly shy and inhibited, who needs someone older tor a close one person relationship. Box 17/62.

Attractive gay 22, hairy chested and masculine, seeks genuine relationship with affectionate person under 30 (over 21). Blondes and continentals preferred but not essential; must be sincere and warm. Photos exchanged. Box 17/63.

Tall, fair, handsome young 21 … I’m ready to model for amateur photographers. Photo on request. Box 17/64.

Young man starting collection requires any photos or magazines dealing with male youths and boys; also copy of “The Male Trio”. Also wants mags such as Kim, full details first. Box 17/65.

Young man 23, seeks friends all over the country, preferably 21-25. Interests soccer, drinking etc. Photo if possible. ALA Box 17/66

Bachelor 32, own pad London, seeks coloured friends possibly for serious relationship. Box 17/97.

Cotswolds/South Midlands Bachelor, 38, 6 ft, 11 stone, tired of clubs, bars and insincerity, seeks guy 25-38 for permanent loving relationship (eventually living together). Am dependable, discreet, reasonably trendy in appearance, intelligent, and fun loving, but dislike camp and effeminacy. Own place and car. Recent photograph appreciated (exchanged and returned), all genuine replies answered Box 17/67.

Young gay 25, composer/graduate, own car, London based, would like to meet sincere young men for friendship and interest. Box no 17/79.

Hounslow. Roy (28) seeks friends 24-35 for weekends, evenings andholidays. Photo appreciated (returned). Box no 17/80.

Guy (21) would like to meet sincere guy of same age group (North of England). Please enclose photo, returnable. Box 17/82.

Basically lonely young man (28) Eastern European parentage, would like to hear from any non-eff square looking bearded/bald hairy type male. Replies treated seiously and in confidence. Box 17/83.

Amateur photographer would like to hear from handsome young males over 21. Fee and copies of photographs. Please send photo. London. Box 17/84.

Young man 30, 5’10” resident NW Midlands (Shropshire), Interests music, books, films, etc seeks sincere friend, active over 21, for permanent relationship. Photo appreciated. Box 17/85.

Young Essex racing driver seeks young friends/ assistants to help weekends at race circuits. Experience not necessary but must be reliable. Photo please. ALA. Box 17/86.

Leather guy (24) interested in denim etc wishes to meet similar of any age. No long hairs. Photos helpful. Box 17/87.

Brimingham/Black country. Lonely? Why not join us for natter and coffee evenings. Genuine friendship offered to gay guys. Box 17/88.

Active male (29) TV director own house, car, South Coast, wants boy — not camp — over 21 looking for permanent relationship. Prefers slim not too tall boys to mid twenties. Background looks unimportant. Honesty and sincerity vital. ALA. Box 17/96.

West Midlands/Welsh border. Married man but completely gay (43) but young and active, desperate for gay love and companionship weekends. Letters welcome. ALA. Box 17/98.

Young gays 21-28 required by handsome 25 year old willing to make good partners or pen-friends. Anything tried, teach me your game. All letters answered. Please write I am lonely. Box 17/99.

Young leather/denim bloke over 21 wishes to meet bloke, same maybe. Yorkshire man most wecome. Interested in living, bikes, permanent home nad relationship 26-40. Photo appreciated. Box 17/102.

Handsome boy 23 who has looked after himself would like to meet similar over 21. Photo please. Mine returned London/Herts. Box 17/100.

Versatile guy, 28, slim, 6′, blue eyes, dark hair, recently working London, needs similar, preferably younger (over 21), elegant, denim, leather. Interested arts, science, amateur musicals. Own car, single flat. Photo please. ALA Box 17/101.

Gay male 28, attractive, slim, long hair, has extremely lovable ears, seeks friends 21-30, with long hair, also having extremely lovable ears and a mutual liking for doing eerie things. Box 17/103.

Shy Lonely, London guy 22, seeks friendship of similar sincere person (21-23). Photo appreciated. Box 17/104.

Guy, 32, new to London, would like to contact masculine type 21-40 for friendship and more social life Box 17/105.

South Londoner 23 seeks more friends of same age. Phone Tony 27445339.

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

East London CHE presents a party at the Rehersal Club, 3/4 Archer Street, W1. 8-11pm Tuesday 27th Feb, 1973. Admission 35p inc. refreshments.

Southampton Area: Gay men & women welcome to new group. Details from Ken, Romsey 512959

Bristol Gay Students Society – for all young people, male & female. Regular meetings, social events, guest speakers, theatre visits, awareness groups. Write to Trevor Locke, Gay Students Soc., University of Bristol Union, Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1LN for programme of events. Tel: Bristol 35035.

London GLF Jumble Sale: on Saturday February 24th at 2.30pm at All Saints Hall, Powis Gdns, W11

Campaign for Homosexual Equality London Information Centre, 22 Great Windmill Street, London W1. Tel: 01-437 7363. Office open daily, noon to 10pm.

CHE All London Political Action Group, 22 Greet Windmill Street, London W1. Telephone: 01-437 7363

Gay group for CHE Conference Ball at Morecambe in April. Tel. Lancaster 2750.

Social group for homosexual men and women meeting in London – weekends in East End, midweek in various small groups. Come and make new friends in congenial surroundings. Wirte for details to SK group, c/o Albany Trust, 32 Shaftesbury Ave, W1.

CHALLENGE is a social group for gay women and men over 21. We have weekly meetings at 3 London branches and would be delighted if you would join us for a drink and a chat. Please telephone any evening between 7 and 11. Dial 567 5085 and the operator will give you the number of the member of the evening. Do call us.

LESBIAN LIBERATION meets Wednesdays 8 pm at the South London Womens Liberation Centre, 14 Radnor Terrace, SW8. (near Vauxhall Tube). ALL WOMEN WELCOME. Telephone 01-622 8405 Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri evenings only.

OXFORD GAY ACTION GROUP. Regular meetings take piece on Sundays at 8pm in the ‘Marlborough Arms’, St Thomas Street, Oxford.

New CHE group forming in Streatham. Contact Ian F. Clayton, 56 Hillbrook Road, SW17.

GAY MARXIST GROUP now forming. Politically committed homosexuals of both sexes welcome. Details 01 794 3368.

SAPPHO meets every first Monday in the month at Euston Tavern, corner Judd Street/Euston Rd, London, NW1, 7.30 pm upstairs room. All women welcome. SAPPHO 30p inc post for single copies from BCM/PETREL, LONDON WC1V 6XX.

Brighton Gay Soc meets weekly. Contact Ray at Brighton 686939.

CHE’s Political Action Group is looking for a group of university/polytechnic students/lecturers interested in conducting a survey among the public into attitudes to homosexuality. The aim of the enquiry is to help shape the future campaigning activities of CHE. Offers of help, suggestions etc should be addressed to: David Hyde, PAG, CHE London Information Centre, 22 Greet Windmill Street, London W1. Tel: 01-437 7363.

GAYSOC: for homosexual men end women in any school or college of London University – undergraduate, postgraduate or staff. Social, political end campaigning activities aimed at creating better conditions for gays within the university – then the world! Write (enclosing SAE please): GAYSOC, ULU, Malet Street, WC1.

Abortion, contraception, entertainment, transport, legal advice, jobs, alternative? Work, food, hitchhiking, cheep furnishings communications, shelter, late night services, accommodation, free services, ad infinitum… Contact: Nutshell Information Service, Phone: Birmingham 779-2483 24 hours every day. (Ask for Nuuhell as we share a line with St Basil’s Centre.)

Homosexual Counselling end Parent’s Enquiry. You or your son, daughter, parent or friend could be homosexual and may need help end understanding. Write for appointment to FRIEND, Centre, Broadley Terrace, London NW1 or telephone 01-402 6345 Mondays to Fridays 7.30 to 9.30 pm.

Leicester Gay Awareness Group ring Leicester 73B832, ask for Clive or John.

Oxford Gay Action Group meets every Sunday at 8 pm in the Marlborough, St Thomas Street. Fortnightly discos from Fri. Jan 5th at the Cape of Good Hope, The Plain, Oxford. Further info – Oxford 45301 between 7 pm end 8 pm.

Warwick Gay Soc has started. Meets every Tuesday 6 pm in the Coffee Bar at the University. Contact Irwin Timms, 60 Russell Terrace, Leamington Spa, or Jill Brown, H44, Rootes Hall.

Stepney: CHE group forming around this area and including the other parts of East London not catered for. For details ring Mike 01-476 7980

Manchester University Homophile Society social events, campaigning – open to all – meets Thursdays, 8pm, meeting room 4, University Union, Oxford Road

CHE Cardiff now meets at Chapter Arts Centre, Market Street, Canton, Cardiff every other Monday. (Nov 20th etc.) Gay News will be on sale.

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

LEEDS G.L.F. Joint Office, 153 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds.

Fellowship in Christ the Liberator, Communion service 8pm, Sundays, West Kensington. Details: FCL c/o 61 Earls Court Square, London SW5

“Gay Cambridge”, a joint CHE/GLF group covering both the town and university Meets every fortnight, wekkly university term. Contact Bernard Greaves, 29 John Street, Cambridge, phone Cambridge 52661

Streatham area – newly formed CHE group meets regularly. Details: Ian Clayton, 56 Hillbrook Rd, SW17.

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

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

Alternative Free Library needs donations of radical/liberated Gay Papers and Magazines. ESPECIALLY Back Issues. Please write Geoffrey Leigh, 30 Woodside, Wimbledon, London SW19 7AW

Harrow Gay Unity. For details phone Janie at 863 1184 or Alex at 864 2291. Meets on Mondays.

Manchester gay women meet on alternative Mondays. Details: Liz Stanley, 061-881 3683.

Jewish Homophile Group welcomes new members of either sex. For further information please write to Timothy Goldard, BM – JHG, WC1 6XX.

Information Sheffield’s Students GaySoc, Students Unions, Western Bank Sheffield 10.

Gay girls meet on alternate Fridays 7—10.30 pm, Blue Anchor Hotel, St Mary’s Street, Cardiff, upstairs room.

Gay brothers who would like to take part in mime of Snow White and Gay Dwarfs (text printed in GN13), phone Julie at 837 7174 or the author at 892 8527. Little rehearsal or acting experience needed.

REACH, a nationwide homophile group of members of the Christian churches, primarily concerned with campaigning within the churches and helping isolated homosexual Christians, Reach, c/o 27 Blackfriars St Manchester.

Wandsworth/Richmond CHE group forming. Incorporating Fulham/Wimbledon and fringe areas. Men AND women. We meet twice a month. Write to Charlie Micklewright, 46b Chartfield Ave, SW15


Brighton Reading
Bristol Sheffield
Bath Shropshire
Birmingham South Essex (Basildon)
Blackburn/Burnley South Herts (Watford/
Bolton St Albans)
Bradford Southampton/Bournemouth
Brighton Stoke-on-Trent
Cardiff Swansea/Carmarthen
Cambridge Teeside
Chilterns (Berkhampstead/ Tunbridge Wells
 Amersham) Tyneside
Colchester Leicester
Cornwall North Yorkshire/South
Crouch End Durham
Croydon Windsor/Slough
East Kent (Canterbury) Wirral
Guildford Wolverhampton
Halifax/Huddersfield Wolverhampton & District worker’s group
Ilford York
Lewisham Devon
Liverpool Blackpool
LONDON Cornwall
Acton/Ealing Stepney
Central Lancaster
Highbury/Islington Enfield
Kensington Barking
Kilburn/Hampstead Preston
Wandsworth/Richmond Taunton
Newport/Cardiff London
Northampton Manchester
Norwich Oxford
Nottingham Kent
Oxford Liverpool

There is insufficient space to give an address for each CHE group. All CHE groups may be contacted through the national office: 28 Kennedy Street, Manchester M2 4BG. Phone 061-228 1985


At present there are GLF groups in operation in the following areas

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

London School of Economics GLF

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

GLF Action Group meets Fridays at 7.30 pm at GLF Office 5 Caledonian Road, N1.

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

South London GLG meets Thursdays at Minet Library, Knatchbull Road, Brixton.

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

West London GLF meets in the Committee Room of Fulham Town Hall, Fulham Broadway on Thursdays at 8pm

South London GLG meets Thursdays at Minet Library, Knatchbull Road, Brixton.

York GLF now forming. Details from Bob Olorenshaw, A 113 Derwent Cottage, University of York, Haslington, York.

Southampton/Bournemouth Admission 15p

Newcastle GLF meets Wednesdays 8 pm at 258 Westgate Road, Newcastle 4.

Bath Gay Awareness Group meets Thursdays 8 pm. Info – from John – Bath 63168 or Hugh – Bath 4738.

Camden GLF meets Thursdays at Forresters Hall, 5 Highgate Road, Kentish Town.

Leeds GLF meets on Fridays at the O.S.A. Lounge in the University Union. Meetings open to all.

TV and TS group meets Tuesdays at All Saints Church Vestry, Clydesdale Road, W11 at 8pm.

East London GLF meets Thursdays at 103 Market Street, East Ham E6 at 8pm.

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

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. Meeting every Friday at 7.30pm


Postal enquiries – SMG, 214 Clyde Street, Glasgow G1 4JZ

For meetings in ABERDEEN and GLASGOW ring John Breslin (041-771 7600)

For meetings in DUNDEE ring Len McIntosh (0382-452433).

For meetings in EDINBURGH ring Mike Coulson (031-225 4395) between 1pm and 10pm any day



DISCO First Sat of each month at the Odd Spot Coffee House & Grill, Sir Simons’ Arcade (Behind T.S B.), Lancaster.  Tel.2760. 11 pm to 4 am. Bring a bottle. Gay News will be on sale.

Father Red Cap, 319 Camberwell Road. SE5. (Camberwell Green)
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. Beer and snadwich bar. Love – Kisses – South London G.L.F.






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 1am

Tuesday nights – ROYAL OAK, 62 Glenthorne Road, London W6.
Wednesday nights – THE PONTIFRACT CASTLE, 48 Chapel Street, Edgware Road tube.
Dancing permitted, complete with drag show featuring Mr Jean Fredericks, Peter Martindale and Diamond David.

KINGS ARMS, Liverpool Street, London (corner of Pindar Street). Tube – BR Liverpool Street, buses — 8, 8A, 22, 6, 47, 87. Tricky Dicky show on Saturday nights 8.30 to 11. Admission free.
Saloon bar disco, impersonations etc, gay atmosphere. Gay News is on sale at all Tricky Dicky Discos.

West London GLF present a weekly disco every Tuesday at Fulham Town Hall (opposite stn). 8 pm.

Reading Gay Alliance weekly social Wednesday, disco Saturday, Admission to each 20p (10p students). Both at The Railway Tavern, Stanshawe Road, Reading. No membership.

Sussex G.L.F. Disco every Friday 8-11 pm. at Stanford Arms, Preston Circus. Brighton.
Only 20p

Oxford Gay Action Group: Weekly Disco’s 8pm on Fridays at “The Cape of Good Hope”, The Plain, Oxford.

LONDON GLF DANCE 24th Feb at the University Gymnasium, Gordon St, Euston WC1. 8pm to midnight. Admission 50p. Bar, Groups, including CORK

Drag & Caberet

ROYAL VAUXHALL TAVERN 372 Kennington Lane, SE 11 (Veuxhall)
Regular Compere – Pat Kelly – with The Keltones.
Thurs (Alt) Mr Tammy or Honey
Friday. Mr Tammy  Monday. Bow
Saturday. Lee Paris. Wednesday. Lee Pans
Sunday (Lunch) Bow  New Act Starting Soon
Sunday (Night) Mr Tammy

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

ELEPHANT & CASTLE South Lambeth Place, SW8. (Vauxhall) Drag every night except Tuesdays. Regular compere Jackie. Recommended by Gay News for happy and friendly atmosphere.

THE NEW BLACK CAP: 171 Camden High Street. NW1. (Camden Town Tube.
Drag every night with Tony Page.
Mon. – Thurs. – Sat. with Merc Fleming.
Tues. with Sandy Graham.
Wed. with New Dumbelles.
Fri. with Nicky Young.
Sunday (lunch) with Marc Fleming & Mrs Shufflewick.
Sunday (evening) with Perri St Clare or Sandy Graham
Alan McGorrin is Gay News’s super salesmen at The Black Cap. Be nice to him, he works vary hard.

Father Red Cap, 319 Camberwell Road, SE5.
(Camberwell Green).
PALACE OF DRAG – Drag every night.

The following artistes are proud to announce they are appearing at the Father Red Cap; Lee Paris, Tammy, Colin Cordell, Alvis & Odell, Lee Tracy and Len Morton.

THE EAGLE, 15 Clifton Road W9.
Drag – Fri – Sat – Sun.

THE CRICKETERS. Battersea Park Road, SW11.
(BR Battersea Park).
Sun. The Troilettes. Fri. Various Artistes.
Tues. Steel Band. Sat. Singalong & Dancing.
Wed. Various Artistes. Compare/Organist
Thurs Talent Night. Kenneth Mancell.

DORSETT ARMS, Clapham Road, London SW8. Drag 24/1/73. Les Lee King.

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 landlord as well

Gay Pubs



WILLIAM IV, Heath Street, Hampstead NW3. Hampstead Tube

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

THE QUEENS HEAD, Tryon Street, (off Kings Road, London SW3.

THE CHAMPION. Bayswater Road. Nearest tube is Notting 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

THE SHIP AND WHALE, 2 Gulliver Street, SE16.

THE IMPERIAL, Richmond High Street.

THE GREEN ROOM, The Wheatsheaf, Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush.

Friendly Outlets

GAY NEWS will always be on sale at the following pubs

THE ANCHOR INN (The Viking Club), East Street, Southampton. Saturday nights – Girls only (Ask for Jan).

THE PUBLIC HOUSE, not just another bookshop. 21 Little Preston Street, Brighton. Phone 28357.

LE FAUNE Restaurant, 23 Praed Street, London W2 1NJ. Tel 01-723 5170

SHANE’S CLUB, 1 Broadhurst Gardens, Finchley Road, NW6, always has GN on sale.

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

THE ROBERT BURNS, 9 South Front, Southampton ‘The small pub with a BIG welcome:- Doris & Dennis’.

THE GREEN MAN, The Place, Winchester, Hants. Your Host – David M. Powrie.

ROKOKO CLUB, Roker, Sunderland. GN on sale there every Saturday.

PRINCESS ROYAL, 172 Wellingborough Road, Northampton. Your Hosts — Pern and Vim.

THE NIGHTINGALE CLUB, 50 Camp Hill, Birmingham 12 (021-772 2665) sell Gay News.

The Paint Box Club, 29 Foley St, W1, Drag & Disco Mon-Sat.

Moulin Rouge, 72 Worral Rd, Clifton, Bristol.

Gay News wishes to thank the management and staff at the COLEHERNE, and the BOLTONS (at Earls 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.

Gay News thanks RODDY and ERIC of the MASQUERADE — the paper is always available at the door. Masquerade Club, 310 Earls Court Road,

Thanks to all at the QUEENS HEAD, Chelsea, for letting us regularly sell Gay News there.

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

The Father Red Cap. Boys Only, Girls Only and Mixed Disco’s. Gay News is always on sale.

Valentine’s – Georges Club (off Gay Street), Beth. Gay News is always on sale.

Thanks to DON JOHN,S, one of the North’s foremost Gay Clubs, for selling Gay News.

Thanks to the REGENCY (opposite Theatre Royal), Bath,.Gay News is always sold there by Bath Gay Awareness group

Tim will always sell you GN at the Elephant & Castle and the Royal Vauxhall Tavern at Vauxhall.

A very special thanks to Bill and Mike at the UNICORN BOOKSHOP, 50 Gloucester Road, Brighton. Tel: 682307.

BRISTOW’S PAPERBACKS, 4 Bridewell Alley. Norwich. Tel: 29535. A ‘goodie’ of a shop.