Gong with Daevid Allen and their Jazz – De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill – 10th Dec 1973

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gong

supplied by Sarah Harvey

Tony Ham… I’ve got that album, not sure how as it’s not my type of music, someone must have recommended them, but I’ve got two of their albums.

Sarah Harvey…  I was talking to a prog rock fan at the IQ gig last night and he mentioned Gong. He thought they were a bit odd. I said that I saw them on Hastings Pier during the 1970s and I didn’t get them either….. however 40 years on…… I still don’t get ’em

Joan Armatrading 2018 Tour – De La Warr Pavilion 5th October 2018

International singer/songwriter, the legendary Joan Armatrading has spent the last 45 years touring and recording. 2018 brings Joan into her 46th year in music and only the second time that she will be performing a tour completely solo. For more information contact… https://www.dlwp.com/event/joan-armatrading/

The Clockwork Oranges and The Maze – Beat Rave – De La Warr Pavilion 8th November 1967

Andy Qunta… Beat Rave! What a great phrase that is!

Alan Esdaile.. from Wikipedia… Origin of ‘rave’ (1950s–1970s) In the late 1950s in London, England the term “rave” was used to describe the “wild bohemian parties” of the Soho beatnik set.[2] In 1958, Buddy Holly recorded the hit “Rave On,” citing the madness and frenzy of a feeling and the desire for it never to end.[3] The word “rave” was later used in the burgeoning mod youth culture of the early 1960s as the way to describe any wild party in general. People who were gregarious party animals were described as “ravers”. Pop musicians such as Steve Marriott of The Small Faces and Keith Moon of The Who were self-described “ravers”.

Andy Qunta… Thanks for that, Alan! All hail to the ravers!

Dave Nattress… As I’ve remarked before “Raves” – (Beat Raves) and Bexhill never seemed to make sense. Can you imagine much in Bexhill raving? But that’s what the concerts were called for years and I don’t think any of the bands that appeared there were exactly ravers either back then. I don’t mean this disrespectfully I promise as I started creeping in to raves at about 15 in 1968. There were certainly a few biggish names appearing for sure – mainly pop. I saw The Consortium – “All the love in the world” and I think Chickory Tip – “Son of my father” and others. Probably managed half a pint of Watney’s Red Barrel as well on occasions before getting sussed. For me, and I’ve said this before, undoubtedly the best band I saw there was T2 supported by Bexhill’s own Kult. Mesmerising stuff – I’m back there right now!!

Die Laughing – first photograph – Mallet Hall Bexhill – May 1977

Supplied by Lol Cooksey

First photo of Die Laughing, Mallet Hall Bexhill in May 1977. Terry Corder bass, Kevin Williams vocals, Lol Cooksey drums and Phil Thornton Guitar.

Trisha Ann…. That’s Mick Mepham on the drums isn’t it not Lol?

Roy Penfold… Certainly looks like Mick!

Alan Esdaile… Doesn’t look like him but definitely Lol.

Jim Breeds… I bought a Die Laughing 7 inch in Courthouse Street yesterday! You Got The Power/Hard Living Man on Ocean Records OC 003. Bit of a punt – I haven’t had a chance to try playing it yet to see if’s OK.

Phil Thornton… haha ! It was high energy back in the day and fun to be on guitar for a change !

Richard J Porter… Now known as the 6Ts with Harry Randall replacing Philip Thornton. Saw Harry earlier today.

Phil Thornton… As far as I know the 6Ts are harry, terry and lol. Different material than DL – my replacement was Mick mepham ! The early DL material also featured 60’s covers but it was very stylised and delivered with a punkish attitude – an interesting mix with kev’s angelic soulful vocals ( I wonder what happened to him ?) when Mick took over, original material became the main focus with a classic/melodic rock approach ! I remember they put on an outstanding performance for the melody maker rock contest (1978 ?)

Andy Ives… And what a great band they were too

Kevin Williams… Moved to London…….formed ‘Rye & The Quarterboys’ (8 piece soul band) then ‘The Hunger’ – ‘The Stand’ , now got a 5 piece called The Cry. So still above ground and still doing it.

Ernest Ballard… Phil Thornton on guitar i never knew that

David Miller… PGT manifests music via a bewilderingly wide variety of instruments and is also particularly exceptional on the guitar – he has been for as long as I’ve know him. I nominate him for the Todd Rundgren Multi-Instrumental Born To Synthesize award.

 

 

The Deep Purple Rodeo 67 – Polegrove Bexhill – 1967

Rodeo 67 copy

Supplied by Mick O’Dowd.

Deep Purple (Peter Horton,Tony Bird, Ian McGilvray, Len Benton, Kevin Clark) at the Rodeo 67 Polegrove Bexhill in 1967 with a crowd of 15,000!

Tim Moose Bruce… I went to this but dont remember seeing the band. I Was 7 Years old!

Alan Esdaile… Well with 15,000 I am hoping someone took a photo of the band? Also something odd about this letter it says rodeo ’67 but the written date is 1961??

Mick O’Dowd… It’s genuine Alan, It was definitely 1967. This gig was with the original lead singer, the late Kevin Clark, and not Tich who was to join us later. The top of the bill was a c&w star. I seem to think it was someone like Tex Ritter but cannot be sure. Anybody have any recollections.

Terry Pack…  Malcolm Wicks was my family’s GP. I’d have been 9 at the time, and might have gone to The Polegrove that day, but wouldn’t have heard the band.

Andrew Reid McDuffie… I was at Rodeo 67. Remember it quite well. Had my pic in the local paper. Ha!

Ian McGilvray… The good old Deep Purple Days. My Mum thought of the name.

 

 

PROhibition – Bexhill beat group

Business Cards copy 2

 supplied by Mick O’Dowd

Alan Esdaile… Anyone got any photos or more info?

Josie Lawson… Not sure if same group but when I lived in Burgess Hill I knew a group called PROHIBITION. They had some words of mine to link in as a song, but we lost contact when I came back to Hastings, but after appeals on radio shows for the banjo player who was Tony Cross, I had a message back, and this was 5 years of appealing, he had just died of a heart attack. I did have some 45 records of theirs but seems like many of my things they were skipped when I had some nasty falls.

Geoff Peckham… Laurie Cooksey was in the Prohibition – the local one, anyway. According to ‘LOL COOKSEY’S MUSICAL HISTORY’, a copy of which he gave me, The Prohibition were: Frank Isted, Roger Crerie (not Carey!), Laurie, and David Laffar. They gigged a fair bit in their 9 month life-span including several appearances at the Happening Club. There are many anecdotes in this ‘literary work’ and it would be of great interest to local music historians.

Dave Nattress… Well Geoff I’d love to see Laurie’s musical history, especially I would guess because there’ll be a big helping of Bexhill 60’s and 70’s band history in there.

Flyright Records – Bexhill. 1970’s

Martin Waghorne… I’ve still got my copy up in the roof.

Dave Weeks… Terry Pack expert shop assistant.

Terry Pack… Thanks, Dave. Music has always been my specialist subject, after all!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Still got my copy too

Chris Meachen… Got mine, & still play it now & again…

Terry Pack… I had several happy years working at Flyright during the 1970s. I used to visit the first shop in Wickham Avenue in 1973, and was soon asked to work there after school and on Saturday mornings. Although I was only 14, I was already knowledgeable about pop and rock, and was interested in blues and jazz. My friends started to buy their records there, and at the new shop in Sackville Road. I became friends with Simon and Mike, pictured above. They founded the magazine Blues Unlimited, and released rare blues and jazz recordings on the Flyright label. The connection with Stallion came about after Phil Thornton recommended me to Steve Demetria as replacement for Steve Kinch when he left to join Factory in 1975(6?). I was still at school, but went to audition at Steve’s rehearsal room above his family’s restaurant. I was offered the gig, but I felt much too young compared to Steve, Vic and Tich, and declined. Steve, though, took my number, and called to ask about releasing Skinny Kid on Flyright Records. A deal was done and the single was released (I have a white label copy somewhere). Steve chose not to pay Simon the balance he owed, and Simon took out a small claim to get it back. Despite this, Steve asked me once again to join Stallion when Roger left the band. Again, I declined, still feeling too young. I had a pang of regret when Stallion won the Melody Maker Rock Contest with Phil Gill on bass, and thought that I might have made the wrong decision (twice!), but had a good year with The Hollywood Killers before joking The Enid in October 76. That was when I left Flyright Records, which had become a much larger concern, employing Peter Stacey, Dave Carter and Pete Kent from the rival shop, Beaney’s. As we know, Steve D passed on a few years ago. Mike Leadbitter died in 1974, Simon Napier died in the early 1980s, Dave Carter died a couple of years ago, and I heard today that Pete Kent had passed on, too. I suppose that it was all a long time ago.

Phil Gill… Funnily enough Terry, at the same time Steve asked me to join Stallion, I was lined up to play guitar in The Hollywood Killers and was already learning their songs. Stallion appealed to me more. I’m glad I jumped in the direction I did.

Phil Thornton… I didn’t know about the stand up, I thought you joined the Enid to play Bass ?

Martin Waghorne… Hi Terry, didn’t you work in the shop with Dianne in Wickham ave before moving round the corner to Sackville rd. I used to spend most of my saturdays in Flyright records.

Terry Pack… Diane is Roy Stephenson’s mum. I knew Roy from playing football.

Tony May…  I bought some pivotal records in Flyright Records towards the end of its life. I got the original 12″ version of ‘Wham Rap’ by Wham in there in the cheap bin and discovered Midnight Star via the ‘I’ve Been Watching You’ 12″. My worst mistake as far as the shop was concerned was when I saw the Prince 12″ ‘Let’s Work’ in there. I had just got into Prince at the time but as the 12″ was full price and I didn’t have much cash I decided to leave it for now and see if it ended up in the cheap bin! I have NEVER seen another copy of it since! I seem to recall that they also had the similarly rare ‘Gotta Stop Messin’ About’ 12″…

Dave Nattress… Memories. Flyright and the staff were great. Being a Bexhill lad I was often in there, I remember Terry well as a real youngster. Dave Carter was a school friend at the Downs until he joined Westminster Choir School when he was about 7/8 and we were in contact for many years and as I said once before on these pages I saw him quite often and then one day he told me about his serious illness – really knocked me over. Played snooker with him not very long before he passed. Good old Pete Kent from Beaneys. A real source of knowledge and another great shop back in the day!!!

Jan Warren… many great memories and yeah, sadly our dear friend, Pete Kent passed away on 16th September, his funeral is tomorrow in Eastbourne, R.I.P dear Pete xxx

 

What Is the best Debut Album? asks Dave Nattress

Dave Nattress… OK another question, from me this time, I don’t think it’s been done already, but apologies if it has. What about the best rated debut album? I think of a few that really blew me away. For instance Black Sabbath’s first, Scouting for Girls – wonderful songs all of them and brilliant arrangements, Hopes and Fears – Keane.

Phil Gill…Jeff Buckley “Grace” wins this hands down.

Tony Ham… The Stranglers, Rattus Norvegicus, my all time favourite album.

Tony Davis… How about Jethro Tull This Was

Patrick Lewis… Fleet Foxes

Glenn Piper… Bridge of Sighs-Robin Trower 😀 Black Sabbath -Black Sabbath

Colin Fox… Can’t buy a thrill.

Phil Gill… A Girl Called Eddy

Roger Dando… Boston. Led Zep 1.

Michael Wilson… The Damned “Damned Damned Damned “. I saw them at the Dome Brighton on thier 40th tour. A great night had by all.

Tony Ham… Saw them last year on the 40th anniversary tour, they played the album right through. Same one I went to. Seeing them in Bexhill next year.

Kev Towner… Queen – Queen

Martyn Baker… Osmonds

Dave Valentine…The Velvet Underground and Nico. Not just the greatest debut of all time, probably the greatest album of all time.

Nigel Sherwood… Please please me , always my favorite Beatles album

Tony Qunta… Are You Experienced!

Will Cornell… A vote for John Prine’s first. More genius songwriting in any 10 seconds of any of those songs than we’d see in the next 40+ years, and he had some heavy competition!

Mike Curtis… Can I have two? Led Zeppelin 1 and Crosby Stills & Nash.

Paul Morfey… Dire Straits!!

Steve Reents… Van Halen’s first album is up there.

Chris Meachen… Free,- Tons of sobs..

Pete Prescott… Montrose, Rickie Lee Jones, Nick Drake Five leaves left, Santana Sep 1, Free Tons of sobs

Pete Fisher… Taste

Patrick Lewis… Pentangle

Steve Kinch… Not sure if this qualifies as the best debut album, but 21st Century Schizoid Man by King Crimson has got to be the best opening track on a debut album. The sheer fearlessness and confidence of that track is progtastic

Clifford Rose… Led Zeppelin’s first album.

Peter Thomson… Debut’s Greatest Hits?

Andy Qunta… Are You Experienced! I expect nobody else suggested this one!

Dave Nattress… Well the first King Crimson album with 21st Century Schizoid Man on (as Steve Kinch commented) was pretty out there. I have it on CD never having got the vinyl which a good friend had back whenever. At the time, listening to that and name-dropping King Crimson we thought we were pretty cool – to walk around with that cover under your arm we thought was pretty cool also. I was delighted and surprised to hear the track on R2 on a saturday morning programme about 2 weeks back.