Rolling Stones – Mercy Mercy


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The album ‘Out Of Our Heads’ by The Rolling Stones was released on 30 July 1965. Mercy Mercy was one of the tracks.

This was written and originally recorded in 1964 by Don Covay, who is a Southern Soul singer that The Rolling Stones admired. Covay worked with Little Richard in the ’50s before forming Don Covay and the Goodtimers in 1964.

This was recorded at Chess Studios in Chicago and engineered by Ron Malo. Malo had worked with Bo Diddley, Sonny Boy Williamson and Chuck Berry, and engineered the first songs The Stones recorded in the US. He went on to work with other Blues greats, including Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker.

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Jaguars at Dulwich Picture Gallery


Long time since I’ve been to Dulwich Picture Gallery although I’ve played cricket at one of the beautiful grounds across the road. Recently though, there was a small display of vintage Jaguars to coincide with a lecture by Ian Callum, Jaguar’s Design Director.

D-Type. With improvised protection. (The weather was threatening to be typically “British”….appropriately).


Road legal C-Type, in iconic Ecurie Ecosse colours.


The classic E-Type.


& the contemporary F-Type


Each of the earlier cars had an interesting history but most of it now escapes me.

A more modern XK & an S-Type also managed to get in on the act.



The grounds are beautiful & immaculately kept.


& nearer to the gallery in a space to itself there was to be seen a Citroen “H” Van. (No relation). :)


Ford Corsair D/L 1966 1663 cc V4



Originally in straight 4 1500 cc form, the Corsair (a mildly uprated version of the Mk1/Mk2 Cortina) was upgraded in 1965 with V4 engines of 1663 cc & 1998 cc. Not the best engine Ford ever made, the “Essex” V4 as it was known was never used in the top selling Cortina (only partly to give the idea of greater prestige to the Corsair), but did make it into the 1969 2 litre Capri. However, the success of the Pinto 2,000 cc engine in the Mk3 Cortina meant a production run of only 3 years for the V4 Capri.

Top of the Corsair range was the luxury 2000E, where the E, like the 1600E Mk2 Cortina stood for “Executive”. The 2000E was never as popular as it’s sibling, the 1600E  still being a sought after classic today. The Mk3 Cortina replaced both the Cortina & Corsair ranges in 1970.

The one above (pictured in 1978) was mine in 1663 cc form. It possessed the V4’s notorious roughness but served its purpose well enough as a “stop gap” when my MGB was stolen. I kept it for about 6 months & sold it for roughly what I paid. It had the idiosyncrasy often found in Fords of the early 60s “Consul” range that the locks very quickly became worn & you could open & start it with whatever key came to hand. I think it got through 3 starter motors too, which meant a lot of pushing!