Everlasting Love and Love Affair: A Pop Idol’s Life and Secret Romance in the Swinging 60s

Author(s): Patricia Jackson

ISBN: 9781781558775
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Everlasting Love featured in Sir Kenneth Branagh’s 2021 film, Belfast, is a classic song that, in 1968, catapulted the Love Affair to fame and for the next three years the group were almost as popular, in Britain, as the Beatles. This never before told ‘behind the screams’ story of the youngest group to have a No. 1 hit, may be fun and fascinating, but it is also a serious piece of pop music history, appealing to everyone who loved, or lived in the swinging 60s.

Patricia was the secret fiancée of Mick Jackson, bass player, and has catalogued his life in the group in astonishing detail. Whether the boys were being arrested and jailed for causing chaos after climbing the statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus, London or shocking the nation by exposing the music industry’s biggest ever cover up, live on Saturday night TV, controversy was never far away.

Patricia and Mick were still both at school in Bradford, West Yorkshire, when they fell instantly in love on a blind date. Against all odds, Mick then became the bass player of a group that was to become the Love Affair and Patricia eventually moved to London and shared his dangerous, exciting life as a swinging 60s pop idol.

Coupled with a frequently humorous account of their romance and her personal struggle as a naive Yorkshire teenager who was often alone in the capital, this is an exceptional memoir. Together for 55 years and still talking, Mick & Patricia recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, and have one of the longest, happiest relationships in pop, rock culture.

BOOK ISBN 9781781558775
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 208 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 46 colour photographs


While still at school in Yorkshire, Pat and Mick fell instantly in love on a blind date. Against all odds, Mick became the bass player of the Love Affair who for three years were almost as popular in Britain as the Beatles. Secretly engaged, Pat moved to London and shared his dangerous, exciting, controversial life as a swinging 60s pop idol.[/custom_html] 

Patricia Jackson started going out with Mick Jackson when she was just 14 and he became the bassist in the Soul Survivors, later renamed the Love Affair. In 1968 the group toppled the Beatles off the top of the British singles chart and they were the youngest to ever have a No. 1 hit. For the first ten years of their marriage, Patricia was the manager of Brook Street Employment Bureau in Bradford, West Yorkshire. Twenty years ago, she became an EFT practitioner and hypnotherapist and has successfully helped thousands of clients. She is author and narrator of twenty SOS (Stories Overcome Stress) bedtime story apps for children, that are hypnotherapy in disguise. Mick and Patricia recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. They have a daughter and son and three grandchildren. Everlasting Love & Love Affair is her debut memoir.