April 1967, London
I’ve agreed to meet William, my first blind date at the Hammersmith Odeon cinema on a Saturday afternoon and I choose the location since it’s a 10 minute bus ride to where I live in Fulham! I figure if it doesn’t go well, I can get home quickly. William is charming and funny – and I notice when we’re sharing popcorn and he’s talking to me, he’s got…bad breath! I ask if he has any chewing gum and of course he doesn’t! How do I tell someone I’ve just met they have halitosis?!!
A week or so passes and William calls one evening and asks if he can visit me. It’s a little complicated to say the least. My mother and my sister Sylvia are away and I suspect (although my memory of this is interestingly blank) it’s because my mother can’t tolerate my dad and his mistress Sadie’s blatant affair (under the guise of them ‘working together’). As it turns out, my father and Sadie have gone out for a few hours leaving me alone in our flat above the fish & chip shop. I risk it and I invite William over, explaining that he can only stay for a short time. He says he’s hungry and I cobble together – no lie – some scrabbled eggs! We go into my room and William asks if we could at least have a dance together. Reluctantly I agree – and I choose Dusty Springfield’s 1965 single ‘Some Of Your Lovin’” a romantic and brilliant song written by Gerry Goffin & Carole King. William’s a good slow dancer but…before anything further can occur, I tell him best to leave now before my dad and Sadie return… I leave the dirty dishes in the sink and walk William to the tube station, agreeing to meet up again…
When I get back home, Sadie and my dad are already there and worried about where I’ve been, if someone else has been In the flat with me and why there’s a dirty plate and frying pan in the sink… I admit that a friend has been over to listen to some music…but there is an air of disbelief about my story!

A 1990s PS: I meet Dusty once only when we’re both having hair cuts at a West Hollywood salon. I tell her I know her manager  Vicki Wickham which breaks the ice and that “Some Of Your Lovin’” is a personal favourite…little does she know the role it played in my love life, aged 19…