Oct 232016


Alan Esdaile… Matt Monro Softly As I Leave You and Lorraine Ellison Stay With Me.

Judy Struys… Bruce Springsteen The Last Carnival.

Caz Simpson… Beach Boys Don’t worry baby and Holding Back the Years Simply Red.

Sheila Maile… Up The Junction Squeeze. It was always a fave of my friend who drowned in a tragic accident 20years ago.

Matt Thomas… We’re all alone – Rita Coolidge.

Karl Holden… I’ve Been Hurt, Guy Darrell, cos he was my mate thru many band reformations and I was with him the day before he flew to Spain to die.

Peter Fairless… Not many.

Sarah Harvey… Very recent but always a tear-jerker ! Dream Theater The Best Of Times.

Mike Curtis… Fall At Your Feet – Crowded House

Roy Penfold… Anything by Honey G!

Jan Warren… Summer the first time by Bobby Goldsboro …………. Oops, can’t believe I just revealed my inner “softy”??!! ………….

Janette Clare Morfey… Alone Again, Gilbert o’Sullivan,’ nuf said xx

Paul Dove… I want to know what love is,, Foreigner.. just saying,,.. Dovey..

Chris Giles… Annie’s song ….John Denver and The Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet.

Jan Warren… Hahaha, this is sooooo funny, and probably everso slightly embarrassing for some of us as we reveal our “soppy” songs??!! – carry on folks, I love it!!

Sam Rosewell… Rain – The Beatles. Always will remind me of my lovely dad who should have been the 6th Beatle!

Wendy Weaver… Something Shirley Bassey version

John Wilde… Tim Mcgraw Humble and Kind. Have a listen.

Steve Maxted… ‘Your So Beautiful’ Roy Orbison. Songs from Les Miserables.

Earl Grey… Bat For Lashes – Bat’s Mouth.

Dave Nattress… Well I’m an old rocker and all that but there are a few (non rock) songs that I try to sing along to that do choke me up and I find it difficult to continue. One is for sure “All I Ask of You” from Andrew Lloyd Webber – is it Phantom? It just is a wonderful, wonderful song. And there’s another from Les Miserables I hear occasionally but I do not know what it’s title is! So that’s pretty useless information then! I’m good at telling jokes and forgetting the punchline too.

Oct 232016


further details… http://www.dlwp.com/event/tom-chaplin-2017

Alan Esdaile… Anyone know where the photo was taken?

Dave Nattress… Saw Tom in Brighton last night with my daughter Katie – St Georges Church venue, near Kemp Town, genuine church, hard pews and all that, absolutely marvellous show, new band, he did the album and 3 Keane songs – Sovereign Light Cafe, Everybody’s Changing and Silenced by the Night. Great new band, but truly missed seeing the other Keane boys behind him. Awesome vocals still!! Good old Brighton parking though, the tour bus, parked outside (on double Yellows admittedly), had a parking ticket on it!!

Oct 232016

Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell & Noel Redding autographs – Hastings Pier 1967 and also ‘Graham Nash’ from the Hollies! Was he backstage that night? Supplied by Mick O’Dowd.


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pier poster source… Mick Bean Hastings Old Town Appreciation Group

Brandon Knights…..Hi, does anyone know where I might be able to purchase a copy of this poster? General Manager: R.E.Knights, was my Grandfather and I am a huge Hendrix fan. I was also born in 1967, – so it would mean a lot to me to get a copy framed and hang it on the wall, in the office of my Sound company!  I have also seen other posters & Flyers ( Stones, The Who etc) with Gramp’s name featured, but have been unable to track anything down for sale. – can anybody help?
My first memories of gigs on the Pier were Sham 69 & Siouxsie & The Banshees, who gave me a guitar strap! – I must have been 11 or 12 yrs old: – Very exiting & fond memories.
Such wonderful news that the Pier is being re built!

John Wilde….I’ll buy one.

Chris Farley… Well done with tracking down detailed event of Hastings Pier & Jimmy Hendrix on Oct 1967. – I was there as a teenager still at Bexhill Grammer School – never heard of the Experince or MR J Hendrix at age 17y …

Andre Martin… here is one of the HP advertisements picked at random that clearly shows Robert E Knights as General Manager.


Andre Palfrey-martin collection

Jan Warren… Jimi – Always and Forever!!  Jimi, the greatest EVER!! – s’cuse me while I kiss the sky!!

Andy Qunta… Would love to have seen Jimi Hendrix on the pier.

Jenny Tyler… I was there, right at the front. X

Sheila Chamberlain… O’h my goodness I was there standing on a chair!!!!

Oct 222016


photo source © BBC


Jim Breeds… I remember his Radio 1 days, of course, but have particularly fond recollections of his Kenny and Cash programmes with Kenny Everett on Capital Radio in the 70s. RIP.

Andrew Freeman… Shame, and just 12 years older than us Jim …..makes you think. He had a good style RIP.

Alan Esdaile… R.I.P. Dave Cash. Great memories of the Kenny & Cash shows.

Ian Mantel… Dave Cash Countdown on Radio Kent, a great show.

Oct 222016

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Andre Palfrey-Martin Collection

Andre Martin….This was the night of my 21st Birthday Party, and in the early hours of the Saturday morning, I received a phone call at about 02.30hrs from the Pier, Help John Peel had thrown a fit and stormed off, and could I come down and take over the DJ/Compere role, I was working on the Pier on Saturday Nights at the time for John Schofield -Strand Entertainments – all I would need were some records, so off I went, leaving my party going, returning later to the party at about 06.30hrsto carry on celebrating. What a memory for my 21st.

Ok a little early of the 70s, but its a fantastic track

Andre Martin…..P P Arnold stole the show and was the best on the bill.

Mick O’Dowd…..This was a good line-up and great show. The Skatalites were my fave and they are still touring the world to this day.

Catherine Ireland… I was there. My sister was on the social committee for Hastings College. Lynda Collins .

Dave Arnold… Skip Bifferty featured Colin Gibson:)

Jonathan Martin… Wasn’t around then, but Skip Bifferty… Wow! Great band!! A friend (who some may know? – Colin Gibson) introduced me to them some years ago!! (He played bass with them)

Glynis Phillips… I remember that allnighter went home on bus in morning very rock and roll!!

Jenny Tyler… After the all nighter we went across the road to have a fry-up. X

Alan Esdaile… Was that The Beachcomber then Jenny?

Jenny Tyler… Yes it was. The breakfast as good too. X

Chris Wilson… I was also on the social committee at Hastings College and remember this all nighter.  It was a fantastic event – we used to love the Skatalites and had previosly booked them for a pre-christmas event at the college (the first time I got very drunk in my life and had to be resuscitated in the college sick bay by Vikki Stevens!).  We also organised some great dances in the club that used to be in the big block of flats on St Leonards sea front just down from the college.  I seem to remember Spooky Tooth playing a couple of times there.

Andre Martin… I think that Spooky Tooth were brought to the Pier Ballroom by John Schofield – Strand Entertainments, that rings a bell – over to you Colin, do you recall ??

Colin Gibson… I was on that gig! Matching shirt and tie-sartorial or what?

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Colin Bell… Yes Andre you’re quite right John booked Spooky Tooth for the following weekend. As you said P.P. stole the show, spoke to her just this week she’s written her autobiography, maybe we’ll get a mention!…

Kay Leigh… We were talking about this the other day, but I couldn’t remember who else was on the bill. Remember walking home at 5am singing ‘Just call me Angel of the Morning’. My one and only allnighter on the pier. I had forgotten it was organised by Hastings College. I seem to remember John Bennett organising other social events. Am I right?

Oct 202016


Pete Prescott… This is a special one off concert. Brooke is playing her only local gig to promote her stunning new album “wandering heart”. The wonderful Claire Hamill (who is busy writing her memoirs) is supporting along with Poppy Prescott who played at this year’s Womad Festival.

Joe Knight… Must try and get there sounds like a great night 😄

Pauline Richards… See you there

Oct 202016


Barcelona 1984. Photo source: Stoned59 https://www.flickr.com/photos/8744852@N03


Jim Breeds… “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”

Gary Kinch… “the pump don’t work ’cause the vandals took the handle”  I like it.

Andy Qunta… Dylan‘s a genius!

Alan Esdaile… Well deserved.

Gary Kinch… Good to see, a great result but I see Irvin Welsh didn’t think much of Dylan’s achievement……. “this is an ill-conceived nostalgia award wrenched from the rancid prostates of senile, gibbering hippies”……with that quote I reckon Irvin will get nominated next year.

Oct 202016


photo Bob Dylan Gospel Tour 1980 Jean-Luc Ourlin

Alan Esdaile… Loads but probably “Like A Rolling Stone”.

Sheila Maile… The times they are a’changing

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Knocking on heaven’s door

Nicola Dobson… Brilliant

Steve Sampson… A Hard Rains Gonna Fall

Clifford Rose… Mine is If You See Her, Say Hello – from the great album Blood On The Tracks.

Alan Pepper… It’s got to be ‘ Positively 4th Street ‘ for me . Such anger in that voice in the mid sixties. So pleased that he received the award !

Chris Wilson… Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands

Eric Harmer… Bob the builder or Spanish Harlem incident ( only jokin about bob the builder, I think that was bob Seger)