In 2009, I had arranged to meet Rod Jeffery at the Gosford Blues Festival, Dave informed me that he would be coming along for the show also. It was an absolute pleasure to meet him and his friend Frank Dengate. This was the beginning of many meetings with the people who had been following my blog, Taylor Square in the 60s, (an offshoot of Musical Notes) with anecdotes of my recollections of the music scene in Sydney in the 60s.
Dave 'Flake' Allen ...
"Hi Lynne,I was just given a link to your fantastic blog. I lived at Darlinghurst in the early 70's, first sharing digs with Joe Lane, then when I met my now wife, a wonderful old drag queen, Rickie Daniel, was our best man at our very conventional wedding, very funny stuff.
I played in Flake and various groups in the late 60's to 70's, at Paddo Town Hall, The Mandala, Whisky etc. There are many photos from that time if you dig deep enough on my blogs:
You are welcome to use anything, copy or link. best wishes Dave Allen"
I'll never forget what was a real adventure for me!!
'Just wear something conservative' said Dave. I took this to mean that I was not to look a Surfie, Rocker, Who-boy (Mod), or Sharpie. I met Dave at Hurlstone Park Station, and away we went, via rail to St James, then straight up William St. Dave was lean, and strode with a purpose, at times getting ahead of me. He was wearing a 3 button banion shirt,( a type of collared T), Martin jacket, straight leg trousers, and desert boots. I seem to remember the whole outfit being a very neutral beige colour, except the desert boots, which were camel coloured , of course!! ... click here