J is for Jammy Smears

Who does not love eccentricity? I know I do and Ivor Cutler was an acceptable role model.

Ivor Cutler

Jammy Smears was one of his mid 1970s albums. During that period he was frequently featured on John Peel‘s radio show. Although never being considered part of the mainstream he seemed to always have a record contract and an appreciative audience that spanned several generations.

Abandoning a teaching career, including a spell at Summerhill in the 1950s, his quirky poetry and songs could be found on the radio and by the 1960s on television. It was one such TV performance that attracted Lennon and McCartney to him giving him a part in their Magical Mystery Tour film.

If you are anywhere near Brighton in May you can see a show about his life and works…

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