Deep Purple – The Happening Club around 1967

The Happening.

supplied by Peter Horton  at The Happening Club Kings Road

The local ‘Deep Purple’ around 1967 with original singer ‘Kevin Clark'(who was later replaced by Tich Turner). So I think the rest of the band are Peter Horton, Tony Bird, Ian McGilvray & Len Benton.

Joe Knight….WOW!!!!

Mick O’Dowd….This pic was taken at The Happening in Kings Road St.Leonards the home of Jon Wilde!

Geoff Peckham….I saw them several times in Bexhill. Enjoyed a bit of faux-fame because of their namesakes and even covered “Hush”. Loved Mac’s drumming. Eventually changed their name to Whiskey Mac.

Alan Esdaile Johnny Mason….When I first started going to gigs I think every band played ‘Hush’ and ‘Knock On Wood’.

Geoff Peckham….I played those and Midnight Hour, Hold On, etc. in my early bands too. But when I first heard the Bexhill Deep Purple playing Hush, I asked Mac if it was his band that had the single; he just put his finger to his lips and went “ssshhhhhh”!

Tonny from Cornwall…..Any idea how long the Bexhill Deep Purple existed? I’m trying to work out if some info I have about ‘Deep Purple’ supporting Kippington Lodge end of May 1968 in Goudhurst, Kent relates to ‘your’ Deep Purple or the more famous later version who were just back from a tour of Denmark.  Kippington Lodge were on Parlophone records; so were ‘Deep Purple’ of ‘Hush (and more) fame….

Andre Martin….If it helps in the calculation – Friday 27th September 1968, they had their first public appearance as Whisky Mac at the Tackleways Boys Club in Hastings. Kippington Lodge were one of the “back-up” bands for Hastings Pier, when John Schofield ran the Sat & Sun nights, they would appear almost at a moments notice. They were still playing a Deep Purple up to April time, I have some reference to this at the Regent Hotel. I have posted this picture before – in the write up it mentions that they will be playing the Witch Doctor – or the newly renamed club the Cobweb, that did not open until the end of February 1968 !

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Andre Martin….The group played in Eastbourne – The Continental in October 1967 – billed as The Deep Purple

Battle Memorial Hall November 1967

Ken Copsey… Great picture

John Wilde… Wonderful to see these images. I was there in my Fathers club The Happening.

Paul Sleet… I remember seeing them at Woodlands Girls school if memory serves me right. Must have been around 1968 or 69.

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

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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 Deep Purple – The Happening Club Kings Road, St Leonards photo & Canterbury gig.

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St.Mildred's Hall Dance.

all supplied by Peter Horton

Peter Horton…. The photos show our original singer Kevin Clark who became manager/ Transport Manager when Tich joined Deep Purple and Mick O’Dowd left as manager. Before we became Deep Purple on Friday 4th August, 1967 we were called ” The Likes Of Us ” . We were all originally school friends from Bexhil and first got together in 1963. We went through many changes of names and members. The photo is taken at The Happening Club, Kings Road, St Leonards.

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

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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?

Hastings Sound – Kings Road St Leonards-On-Sea Christmas 1975

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Harry Randall… That was a great place to hang out and get amps repaired bought my JTM Marshall 45watt for £90.00 I think they fetch about £3000 now wish I’d kept it!

Jan Warren… Oh them prices??!!

Tony Qunta… Yes wish I could buy an electric guitar for £16.50!

Kevin Burchett… Im sure hastings sound supplied some of the lights and disco gear for Scalliwags

Dave Nattress… Memories…bought my first PA there – HH MA100? 5/6 channel 10 mixer/amp and a 100w slave, AKG D1200ES mike, HH speakers on stands, then a pair of Carlsbro bass bins, then another mixer/amp. Hastings Sound was a good hang-out.

Kevin Burchett… this is a full page spread in The Observer and Hastings Sound are in it, when they opened Scalliwags

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Dave Weeks… Whatever happened to Leisure Music in Silverhill?

Hastings Sound – Disco Centre, Kings Road St Leonards-on-Sea

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John Mcewen….Bought my twin deck and amp there. Citronic Hawaii.

Tony May…..And they sold L.P.s – I remember buying a Stylistics Hits album in there.

John Wilde….Mike Paine and John Fisher. Nice guys.

Alan Esdaile…..Remember buying a projector with a liquid wheel from this shop.

John Wilde….Do you still have it Alan?

Alan Esdaile…..No, sorry John got rid of it years ago. This ones rather good but needs an Expandis track to bring it to life! 

John Wilde…..Love it Alan. I need to get one.

Paine Electrics Ad – November 1975

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Chris Sambrook… Use to do the round of Record shops every Saturday in Hastings. To my surprise Paine stocked Revelation by Man, the first Stray album and other odds n sods like Mighty Baby and Warm Dust. Did anyone else find obscure Bands in Paines?

Wendy Weaver…  Parking is a bit scarce there now.

Peter Fairless… You have to park at West St Leonards and get the train!

Jim Hobbs… Nobody goes there anymore!

Alan Esdaile… I remember doing the rounds of all the record shops on a Saturday.

Paine Electrics – Opening February 1971.

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Phil Gill… Great. I bought the first Taste album and The Mothers Live at the Fillmore there. Roger Carey bought a lot of music there too.

Alan Pepper… If you had a time machine and went back to ’71 what RECORDS would you get from Paine’s Electrics ?

Alan Esdaile… Loads of great albums in 1971. Subject to budget which was very tight then, I would say Carol King Tapestry, Who Who’s Next, Janis Joplin Pearl and Leonard Cohen Songs Of Love & Hate.

Andy Qunta… If I had a time machine, I would get Time Machine by Factory! I lost my copy! Also The Yes Album, Genesis’ Nursery Cryme, and Deep Purple’s Fireball came out that year, I think.

Nigel Ford… Seeing it was formerly HORNBROOKS, I think that was what the shop in Battle was called when I first bought my 7″s. I don’t desire anything else from that time other than those I have still : GRAND FUNK Live & HUMBLE PIE Performance Rockin the Fillmore, though the latter was much later in the year. I remenber getting GENESIS Nursery Crimes & HUMBLE PIE Smokin from the DISC JOCKEY at different times around then and taking them back as they were too boring, which BIG AL did no problem.

Andy Qunta… Nursery Cryme boring? No way!

Alan Esdaile… Great album Nursery Cryme. Also like Selling England by The Pound.

Paine Electrics – Kings Road, St Leonards-on-Sea

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Eric Cawthraw suggested this post.

Eric Cawthraw … I’ve seen the article on local Music Shops. Well, I’ve come up with another one, now long gone. It was Paine Electrics and it was about half way down Kings Road in St. Leonards.

It had an odd selection of LPs – I remember buying ‘Brainticket’ in there. I think the only other people who popped in to buy a copy were Simon Pont and Clive Richardson! Euro Space Rock – and they are still going. They must have just got back to our galaxy….naa noo naa noo.

Anyone got anymore memories and cuttings/photos?

Phil Gill… I bought the first Taste album and Zappa’s Live at the Fillmore there. Young Carey and i were always in there.

Patrick Lewis… Brought several albums there: Barclay James Harvest Live Tapes, Joni Mitchell Blue and Beach Boys 20/20.

Andre Martin… Always had a good selection of records, when they sold out, the back catalogue was really fantastic, bought lots of London American from their old stock.

Mick O’Dowd… Yeah I bought the odd disc in there but there was a second-hand/junk shop(now that’s an oddity) at the bottom that I picked up American imports and first got “Tracks of My Tears” by The Miracles on import even though I had no idea what it was! Snobbery was the name of the game as I used to supply the records at The Grove Road YC and I thought with all these imports I could impress the birds (sorry girls!)

Nick Prince… They also sold televisions and we got our first colour tv from them. It was a 14 inch Grundig portable and cost over £400 around 1976.

John Wilde… I  lived at 8 Kings Rd and often bought Lps from the two guys at Paines. They were a cheerfull pair.

Chris Meachen… Used to cycle there specially from Ore on occasions, then more often once I was at college, & it was conveniently close.. Bought a couple of Gentle Giant albums on my last visit there, but missed it going…

Terry Huggins… Was this company anything to do with Farley Paine who had a shop at the bottom of Castle Hill Road where the car park is now?