The Happening Coffee Bar – St Leonards On Sea 17th July 1967

 Andre Palfrey-Martin Collection

and John Wilde had this to say –

moved to St Leonards in 1966 with my parents. They bought number 8 Kings Rd and turned it into a coffee bar club, we made the basement look like a cave. We called it The Happening, Tony Blackburn opened it with a disco night. It was a popular hang out for a soul crowd, we had a great jukebox, an espresso machine and pintables. We even had bands play downstairs. Does anyone remember this place? Apparently it has reopened recently as The Kave Klub. by John Wilde

Gerry Fortsch… I gigged here in 1967 several times. Far out man

Mick O’Dowd… DJ’d here many a time. Also was with Deep Purple (Hastings) when they appeared. John Wilde’s dad owned it.

The Club Happening – Membership Card – 1967

The Club Happening – 8 Kings Road St Leonards, owed by John Wilde’s parents and opened in 1966 by Tony Blackburn. Here’s the membership card 1967 from Mick O’Dowd

Membership Cards copy 2

John Alexander Wilde….”Phew thats a holy relic!”

Mick O’Dowd….Thanx Jon. Those were wild times. Hope to see you soon. By the way can I have my 5 bob back now please?

The Dharmas with John Wilde – 1993

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photos from John Wilde Facebook page

Mary Lipscombe… We went in a minibus from the Nelson to see them at a university gig in Portsmouth!

Pete Prescott… I lost a money on this band. I bet someone that they would be big. They should have been. A truly wonderful band. My favourite gig I saw was the beach gig. I think it was 93/94

Anne Wells… is that Kevin Butcher at the back? Yes, great times, great band x

John Wilde… Yes thats Kevin. We were a fun outfit. I was only with them for a year. We crashed Glastonbury with a van full of equipment and played several times on different stages. They went on to do hundreds of gigs. Most excellent times!

Tony Court-holmes… they look like Gong, who remembers them.

Roy Penfold… Was it really 20 years ago that the Dharmas were climbing the heights….time flies.

 

Stallion – The Marquee & more..

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Supplied by Phil Gill. Promo photo 1976

Phil Gill, Steve Demetri, John Wilde, Phil Thornton & John Petri

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supplied by Phil Gill

The Marquee Club – London , Phil Thornton, Julian Carter, John Wilde, Steve Demetri & Phil Gill

Phill Gill … Stallion at the Marquee Club February 1977, taken seconds before John Alexander Wilde knocked me flat on my back whilst attempting to strangle me, during a particularly spirited performance of “Fresh Out of Borstal’. Prog Rock wasn’t just about capes and King Arthur on Ice you know…it was a dangerous sport sometimes. — with Philip George Thornton, Julian Jules Carter, Stephen Demetri and John Alexander Wilde.

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Summer 1975 with Tony Bridger in the line up, photographed at the fountain roundabout Pelham Crescent.

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Another 1975 picture supplied by Stallion Facebook page

Yvonne Cleland…..Was it cold, lads?

Phil Gill…..It was raining and cold – and it wasn’t my duffel coat, it was my girlfriend’s.

Tony Davis… Just a quick question Mr Gill – were you wearing anything else of your girlfriends cos it looks as though somethings gripping you tightly!

Phil Gill…  the answer for Mr Davis is no. I was commando.

Yvonne Cleland… Everyone looks cold apart from PGT!

Phil Thornton… my tracksuit top / goatie phase was very short lived

 

Expandis – Hastings Carnival 1983

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supplied by John Wilde    David Miller, John Alexander Wilde and Philip George Thornton.

Phil Gill……Photo taken a split second before the bus ploughed into the stage.

and from 1981 – Moment Of Passion

Yvonne Cleland… My mum could have made two pairs of trahsers out of those strides 🙂 🙂

John Wilde… Great memory, thanks Alan. Oh if only I had saved that gear. Loved those pants! Great times.

David Miller… Loved that day, that event and that performance.

Phil Thornton…  was going for the ‘space priest’ look which has fallen out of favour in recent years … cant get hats like that anymore ! Just noticed I’m playing an acoustic 12 string !! I must have been going through a phase !

Phil Gill… Eko Ranger 12? I used to have one of those…. I’ll say no more.

Andy Qunta… Those are surely award-winning trousers that John is flaunting!

 

The Zoobies

 

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photo by Liz & John Beeching via Yvonne Cleland

John Wilde & Joe Rytlewski

John Wilde… Did the Zoobies happen? Or did I imagine it all?

Phil Thornton… it did happen. I liked the Zoobies ….. heavy on the angst !

John Wilde…Listen…all i know is i fort ov the name. then i passed out for a yeer

Jon Stiles… Eddie and the Hot Rods…who nicked our mics….??