What Records Make You Want To Get Up And Dance?

Alan Esdaile… A couple that spring to mind for me are The Doobie Brothers Long Train Running, Osibisa Music For Gong Gong, Curtis Mayfield Move On Up, Los Bravos Black Is Black and Mony Mony Tommy James & The Shondells.

John Wilde… Martha and the Vandellas Dancing in the Streets, Stevie Wonder Uptight, Arthur Conley Sweet Soul Music, Aint Nothing but a House Party The Showstoppers, Sly and the Family Stone Dance to the Music, Prince Kiss, Ramsey Lewis Wade in the Water.

Julie Morris… Earth, Wind & Fire – September … and Let the Music Play!

Peter Fairless… Boogie Nights – Heatwave, Dave Edmunds Rockpile I knew the bride, Bobby Freeman Do You Want To Dance.

Alex Chapman… None, dancing plays havoc with my sciatica! 🙂 but if it didn’t a nice smoochy dance to ‘Only The Lonely’ Roy Orbison

Caz Simpson… Road Runner Junior Walker and Jumping Jack Flash. For a slow one..What does it take (to win your love) Junior Walker, Harlem Shuffle.. Bob and Earl.

Geoff Peckham… Loads spring to mind. First are: Iko, Iko – The Dixie Cups;
Alright Now – Free; Cisco Kid – War; Now That We’ve Found Love – Third World; Boogie Chillun – John Lee Hooker; he mentions Hastings in it too!

Alan Pepper…. Songs that get me out the zimmer …..I can’t help myself 4 Tops, Get up off that thing James Brown, Play that funky music Wild cherry
And any of those chosen by Mr Wilde . You can’t sit down !!

Clifford Rose… I haven’t stopped dancin’ yet – Gonzalez.

Mick O’Dowd… I Can’t Help Myself 4 Tops, Young Hearts Run Free Candi Staton and many many others!

Wendy Weaver… What Ever You Want – The Quo. Iko Iko – The Belle Stars. Lots of others too

Sarah Harvey… Slade Run Runaway.

Dave Nattress… Well Saturday night it was “King” by Years and Years – mesmeric stuff, thankfully (Dad-Dancing) in the secrecy of my own home.

John Wilde… and if I feel psychedelic, I dance to All along the Watchtower, Jimi Hendrix. or Queen, Sheer Heart Attack.

Caz Simpson… Who bumped bums to The Bump? Ashamed to say I did.

Matt Thomas… I Feel Love – Donna Summer, Boogie Wonderland – Earth,Wind & Fire,Funky Town – Lipps Inc

Andy Qunta… Me too, Caz. Funnily enough, Rick Driscoll, the lead singer of Kenny, who did that song, has been a good friend of mine since 1981!

Alan Esdaile… Remember bumping to Joe Tex Ain’t Gonna Bump No More, Caz.

Philip John… Gonna take you Higher – Sly & The Family Stone , most stuff by The Temptations / Isley Brothers and Chic with Nile Rogers.

Mick O’Dowd… Oh come on you lot! Who’s gonna admit their list should include the classics Agadoo, Superman, Hokey Cokey (Judge Dread version) and Macarena to name but a few. Cowards!

John Wilde… I can honestly say I have NEVER danced to those.
Now the Birdie song that’s class.

Clifford Rose… nobody’s mentioned Tangerine Dream yet?

David Miller… Club Country – The Associates, Good Stuff – B52’s, Big time – Peter Gabriel, anything by Dudley Moore.

Phil Thornton… Pure pleasure seeker : Moloko !! how about Open up : Leftfield Lydon ? Chime : Orbital, Born Slippy : Underworld, Phat Planet : Leftfield, etc.

Matt Thomas… Moloko fantastic choice.

Jimmy Kent… To be honest as a dance music fan they’re too many to mention so I thought I the only thing I could do is list 5 records that currently makes me want to waddle on that dancefloor at events I regularly go to :- Love Gone Bad. – Chris Clark, Summer In The Park – East Coast Connection, It’s Just Love – John Andrews, Hold On – Judy Freeman & Blackrock, Mr Big Shot – Gene Chandler. Sorry Mick O’Dowd I’ll mention Agadoo next time mate.

Wendy Weaver… Yellow River by Christie and Just Wanna Dance the Night Away by The Mavericks and then there is Putting on The Ritz by Peter Sarstedt or even Fred Astaire

Eugene Hughes… Something Old Something New The Fantastics

David Miller… I enjoyed this thread a lot two years ago – nice to see it’s still up and running…dancing even…as I am.

Peter Fairless… David Bowie John I’m Only Dancing, Toots and The Maytals Monkey Man

Caz Simpson… Wilson Pickett – Midnight Hour, The Kingsmen – Louie Louie

Lance Collins… Frankie Smith Double Dutch Bus

Jimmy Kent… Freddy King – Now I’ve Got A Woman

 

SMART coffee meet No. 39 report

A nice warm afternoon for our 39th meet and among the newbies this time was Sarah Ferguson. Sarah was chatting about memories of the Pam Dor and Black Cat coffee bars with Colin Bell.  Mick O’Dowd arrived with some interesting albums Righteous Brothers Back to Back, Vogues Greatest Hits, Sgt Barry Sadler Ballard Of The Green Berets and Whistling Jack Smith I Was Kaiser Bills Batman which got people whistling the tune as soon as they picked up the sleeve! He also had two local cd’s from the Tar Babies and Jinks Night Fever from August 1999.  I had sheet music books of The Rolling Stones 8 new songs, Shadows Golden Greats, Stranglers Collection 77-82, Who Best Of and Hazel O’Connor Breaking Glass. Pete Prescott arrived with a pile of LP’s including Return To Forever featuring Chick Corea Where Have I Known You Before, Atomic Rooster In Hearing Of, Wishbone Ash 1st album and Argus. Barry Taylor popped in with a couple of interesting photos from 1975. Iain Cobby came along with a bunch of photos of Wal Basses. They were very popular in the 80’s and are now being made again. Ann and Phil Gill were talking about the success of son Miles with the band Roam, who are setting the charts alight with their new cd Great Heights and Nosedives and currently on tour in America. Phil was talking to Iain and Lol Cooksey about the Stallion album has had over 3 million illegal downloads without getting any payments. Interesting to hear that Iain is having a group rehearsal with Factrio, watch this space. Jon McCallion was reminiscing about Effigy and when Chris Baker was in the band. Graham Belchamber was talking to Ray and Anita Medhurst about his Bruce Springsteen plaque on the end of Hastings Pier and has written to Bruce about it.  Eric Harmer and Sarah Harvey were talking about their recent successful gig with James Westlake and Tony Davis was talking about his up and coming show on Conquest Hospital Radio. This is just a small bit of what I remember, anyone who wishes to add anything interesting you were talking about, then please feel free to do so.

Pete Prescott… I hate missing these meetings. It’s great hearing other peoples past adventures and seeing books/ albums and photos. Wonderful.

Tim Moose Bruce… I got a Tar Babies cd. Great band . One of their bassists being Lee Pomeroy who at present is in the Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman line up of Yes.

Mick O’Dowd… Great afternoon as usual. Thanx Alan!

Jim Breeds… When’s the next one? We may even be living locally by then!

Alan Esdaile… Looks like being 15th December but will confirm in due course.

What was your first car? Getting to gigs etc. asks Dave Nattress

Dave Nattress… Who recalls their first car? I got my first car in 1971, a 1958 Austin A35.  Many a great time in it for a year or so before graduating to a 1965 Ford Anglia.  I can’t even recall if the Austin had a radio?  But the angle-box did and I soon fitted a cassette player as well.  Who else recalls their first cars, what were they and lets have some stories about them.  Everyone piling in going to gigs, pubs in the back of beyond, racing back across the marsh from The Sundowners or Kings to get to Taffy’s.  Have to admit after many a heavy night in Hastings driving back along the sea-front to, Bexhill, couldn’t hear, PA and backline  on the pier too loud, could hardly see, fogged brain, one beer too many, could manage steering, someone else changing gears – well not quite but a few dodgy moments.  Way back when cars were pretty unreliable but you could change an engine in an afternoon and a set of spanners and then a socket-set would do most things.  The old Austin even had a starting handle – used it on occasions as well!  Later on I got a Ford Cortina Mk2, 1600E, highly rated back then, and the back seats would come out – the bit you sat on, and I could just get my PA bass-bins in.  One time, Robin Heggie’s (RIP), 2 x Simms-Watts 4 x 12 cabinets and amps went in not with the PA though.  Often drums and goodness knows what else.

Lynn Humphrey… Well, Dave, how strange–my first car was the same as your second–a Ford Anglia. Not only that, but it was also a 1965 model. It definitely didn’t have a radio, or not my model anyway. Mine was grey in colour (I wish I’d looked now to see if it had, “Nattress was here,” carved on the steering wheel.

Pauline Sims… My first car was a Triumph Herald, like this, probably around 1968 – it definitely did not have a radio but it was a lovely motor!

Chris Meachen… My first car was also an Austin a35, bought from Jerry down the pub for 50p.. I’d never driven before, but he showed me where it was (by the blue dolphin) gave me the keys & I taught myself to drive it on the way home up Croft Road…

Terry Corder… Ford thames van, 15cwt, blue, 3 speed, column change. Probably 1969/70. Not the van but the year I bought it.

Jane Dorsett… Remember it well, Dave.

Judith Monk… I had a Vauxall Victor Super in two tone grey and black. The license number was SRX 615. I adored that car, bench front seat that would squash four across, no seat belts, column gear stick and tons of chrome and class!

Mike Curtis… Triumph Herald in a mushroom colour. 7086 DU. So proud of it. Have more than 70 since, many of which would be worth a lot of money if I’d kept them?

Geoff Peckham… I remember it well, Mick. I used to ride on the back of your scooter prior to your getting the Triumph. It used to get a bit chilly. When you turned up with the car for the first time you were dressed in shirtsleeves – just because you could!

Jeff Belton… My brother in law had one, and when turned up he managed to to fit my mum, dad, sister and me , and himself,. A tight queeze, but we all got in . This was the first time we met him.

Chris Baker… I had one during my mid-life crisis! It had the original engine but was souped up so it could rev to 8000 rpm without melting and do 130 mph. Scared the shite out of me!

Colin Fox… Mini, which had the start button on the floor, a piece of rope to open the door and sliding windows.

Dave Nattress… Hi Lynn, mine was light Green with a White roof. Bought off Roy Sanderson – The Road and Lysander and other bands often mentioned on these pages!! So, definitely not yours old friend!! I think we’d lost contact by then by year or two – we left the Downs in what – 1969!!

Now, going back to my own question – first cars and gig travels etc. I suddenly recalled this. Who from the area recalls going to see Pink Floyd at Earls Court on the Dark Side tour -1973. Between Bexhill and Hastings we filled a big coach one evening 45 – 50 odd seater. Possibly a Renown from Bexhill. Can’t recall who organised it but it was a pukka do. Possibly the idea originated in the Castle, Bexhill, but undoubtedly it took in some of the haunts (pubs), of Hastings, maybe the Nelson/Anchor, to get the coach fully booked – coach and tickets and all. The driver was quite possibly the only one not, (at least slightly), off his head! Not condoning that sort of behaviour and all that!!

Graham Wilks… A 1955 Fiat 600 with suicide doors. Not easy to get a Vox AC30 onto the back seat!

Chris Baker… My first car was a mini which I bought from a Debenhams colleague for £50, I think. Apart from the door hinge breaking when my driving test examiner got in, which I think helped me pass, it was great! Got it from Sean.

Paul Huggett… Split screen Morris Minor, all throbbing 803cc of it, bugger-all brakes, and a fair bit of filler. But I loved it!

Neil Cartwright… Paul – ditto!

Simon Page… Austin A40

Mick O’Dowd… Mine was a Ford Consul with a bench seat in front and column change I bought for £75. Replaced it with a red Triumph Herald convertible. That’s where my hair went!

Wendy Weaver… My first car was an Isetta Bubblecar, 300cc I think. My fourth car was a green (same as above) A30 with a 35 engine. Great little car, I bought it in 1969 for £25. It had a smaller rear window than the A35.

 

Who played cowboys and indians as a kid?

shared from: the best of the 1950s Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/pg/thebestofthe1950s

Lloyd Johnson… I did. Cap bombs were great!….

Pete Prescott…  I might have done. OK I had a black and white cowboy outfit when I was six. With a black bolster and silver gun. I spent Christmas shooting various family members (mummy mum). all nice harmless stuff. At night I would be put in the sleeping bag my mother made for me and lifted around the room with my head sticking out for my goodnight kiss from everyone… then I would shoot them. I had a wonderful family.

Lloyd Johnson… Your name isn’t Hopalong Cassidy is it? ….😀😀😀

Amanda Brooks… Yeah. I had a silver gun that took caps.

Judith Monk… We did.

Pete Millington… I loved the smell of caps – the first and last addiction I ever had!

Steve Reents… These rocked! I had a giant plastic bag full.

Janet Rennie… Haha great memories

Will Cornell…  My toy soldiers consisted of some lead ones of British Cavalry ca. Crimean War…but my folks found out they were highly collectible and stopped me from playing with them. So it was plastic from that point on. But that didn’t discourage me from the Blue & Grey centennial edition of Civil War soldiers or the WW2 sets (you could get grey for Germans or tan for Japanese, and allies were always green.). Hours on the floor, sandbox, wherever. I still think GI Joe is a doll, like ya know, for girls.

Pete Prescott… I used to dig little trenches in the garden. Then lay next to them to get the full effect. I loved the cap fun I had. I was always envious of anyone who had an action man.I didn’t have one. I still carry the scars of action man envy !

Amanda Brooks… Yeah, I had Sindy doll envy, I didn’t have one for ages, then got one. She weren’t all that.

Olga Mamonova…  in Moscow we played Indians & Indians – various ‘tribes’ against each other, – never the cowboys, as we all supported Indian side.

Jake Nelson… Never stopped playing, as a kid!

 

 

View Master – who had one of these?

supplied by Andrew Clifton

Andrew Clifton… Who had one of these?

Jan Warren… Yeah and I still got one!

Robert Searle… yes all in 3D, great pictures

Pauline Richards… Last time I was at ‘jamies’ at Brighton they had children’s menus on those

Jeff Belton… Me, I had one ! One set of slides I had was the James bond movie love and let die.

Mick O’Dowd… The original virtual reality headset!

Michael Wilson… I had one of these with Tin Tin slides on

Nicky Stead… me to – ha ha

Judie Struys… I had 20000 leagues under the sea on mine

Pete Prescott… Oh yes !We had changing of the guard at Buckingham palace. And views of (I think) Switzerland. Must have been around 1960, I wonder what happened to it.

Chris Jolly… I’ve got one of these devices somewhere too…

Clifford Rose… Yes, I had one sent to me from a penfriend in USA

 

Now over 1000 members on the SMART Facebook page.

A big thank you to Nick Prince for bringing this to our attention and posting these images on the Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/smart70s/

Alan Esdaile… WOW! Thanks Nick and thank everyone for their support. A number of people help to keep this page interesting and couldn’t do it without them. Don’t forget still need more old group photos and music related cuttings, especially ones from the Hastings area.

Ernest Ballard… Nice one x

Nick Prince… It’s one great page you have created Alan and I couldn’t think of anyone more qualified to successfully start and run such a page than your goodself.. For me the music, local groups, retro talk, film and cinema stuff, pier bits and general chit chat of 60’s, 70’s and 80’s nostalgia successfully goes hand in hand to make it such a great page. Something for everyone that was in the area during those decades and of course further afield… Posts from SMART are regularly shared to three of my pages and that is how broad an appeal it has….

Mick O’Dowd… Well done Alan!

Jon McCallion… Well done Alan.

Paul Dove… Well Done Alan, you keep it real , will be there fri , 👊 🎹 🎤🎸

Dave Nattress… For so long I was trying to discover the names of the very many bands that played the pier – so many of which I saw, as well as getting back to all the other local gigs and venues. Also I was wanting to re-visit old band-mates, local names, the musical competition back in the day, and just to re-live so many local connections, music shops, clothes shops, DJ’s, pubs, clubs, characters, and this site has enabled all of that. It’s compulsive stuff. Really ticked all the boxes and brought the great memories back. Probably best though, the pier on a wet, dark, cold winter’s night, the floor of the bar, ankle deep in Whitbread Tankard bitter, the cold and draughty and actually quite grim old ballroom – great days.

27th March 1964 – Radio Caroline 53 years today – Andre Martin remembers..

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Andre Martin….Dateline: 19.00hrs [BST] 27 March 1964 – read on………………….
Birth of Pirate Radio in Britain – April 1964
Fifty three years ago, the radio world was going to be changed forever for the listeners in the United Kingdom. In the February of 1964, Irish musician manager and businessman Ronan O’Rahilly obtained the 702-ton former Danish passenger ferry, Fredericia, which was converted into a radio ship at the Southern Irish port of Greenore.
The Fredericia was renamed MV Caroline [after the daughter of the late President Kennedy] On 26th March the MV Caroline set sail under the command of Captain Baeker. Her destination was given as Spain. A Royal Navy destroyer inspected the MV Caroline as she passed Plymouth. On Good Friday – Friday, 27 March 1964, at 18:00 hours the MV Caroline dropped anchor off the coast of Felixstowe, Suffolk, and started test transmissions. The following day – Saturday, 28 March, broadcasting regular programming started at 12 noon on 197 meters on the medium wave band (announced as 199 meters)
The official opening was undertaken by Simon Dee. And the first programme, which had been pre-recorded, was hosted by Chris Moore. The first record that was played on Radio Caroline was “Not Fade Away” by The Rolling Stones. Radio Caroline’s first musical theme was Jimmy McGriff’s “Round Midnight”, a jazz standard co-composed by Thelonious Monk. In March 1964, Birmingham band The Fortunes recorded the song “Caroline”, which later became the station’s theme song. The station’s slogan was “Your all-day music station”.
Broadcasting hours were between 6 am and 6 pm to avoid competition from Radio Luxembourg. After its 6 pm close-down, the station returned to the air at 8 pm and continued until after midnight. This was to avoid direct competition with popular television programmes
What was on offer to the young people in Britain when Radio Caroline launched? It must be remembered that, the Radio Networks were under state control, and the amount of time allowed each day for “recorded music”! ie record was about 5 hours spread across all the networks – Light Programme, Home Service and Radio Three. Because of this restriction much of the music provided was “live” performance or recorded programmes, ie bands, groups and singers. The main competition would have come from Radio Luxemburg broadcasting from the Grand Duchy of Luzemburg, and not being subject to British Laws – the English service was using a lot of pre-recorded programmes, all being sponsored by one of the major record labels, ie DECCA, EMI, PYE etc. It had been because of this “ closed shop” policy that Ronan O’Rahilly had started “ pirate radio” he wanted to promote a Georgie Fame single – but could not break the hold of the big companies and let the independent record labels have air time.
A typical weekends broadcasting would have looked something like this – let’s look first at Saturday – 8.00-10.00 Children’s Choice : 10.00 – 12.00 Saturday Club with Brian Matthews featuring some current pop records, studio recordings and live bands : 13.00-13.30 Jack Jackson and then from 13.30 onwards to about 18.00 –Sports afternoon. The evening would have been made up of musical, comedy and concerts.
Sundays – 9.00 – 10.00 Children’s Favourites: 10.30 – 11.30 Easy Beat with Brian Matthews, records, studio recordings and live bands: 11.31 – 12.00 Religious Service: 12.noon – 13.30 Two Way Family Favourites – BBC London and BFBS[British Forces Broadcasting Service] Cologne [Koln Germany] record requests and dedications – we still had service personnel stationed throughout the world: 13.30 – 14.00 Billy Cotton Band Show, Variety show: 14.00-14.30 Comedy – Navy Lark, Hancock etc.. also on a Sunday afternoon you would have “Top of the Pops” with Fluff – Alan Freeman, another regular show was “Movie Go Round” and of course “Sing Something Simple”
About the only other legal radio source of popular music would have been if you had been lucky enough to be able to tune into American Forces Network – the sources were Holland and France, but this was very much hit and miss as it was dependent on the atmospheric conditions and direction of the transmission – there were only a few US bases in Britain, and they would not have been allowed to broadcast in UK because of the GPO.

Jim Breeds… Worth noting that Caroline is still ‘on the air’ at http://radiocaroline.co.uk/#home.html and occasionally on 1368kHz if you’re in the north.

Alan Esdaile… I was listening to a great show from Clive Garrard last week.

Robert Searle… The very first day Radio Caroline aired,I heard Simon Dee show,it was the first time I actually heard a Bob Dylan record on the radio.

Eric Harmer… I think Simon Dee’s parents lived in Westfield Lane.

Graham How… It certainly is Simon Dee!

Coastal Ham Radio https://coastalhamradio.wordpress.com…  guess for its day it “dared to go where…..” well you know the rest.  Hard to imagine it just celebrated its 53rd birthday.

Hollington remembers – photos & memories wanted.

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Alan Esdaile…  I will have to have a search, I’m sure I’ve got a few from Hollington Community Centre but we always referred to it as Hollington Youth Centre. A few bands used to play their and rehearse. Anyone help?

Andre Martin… Well done Alan, that I know would be most interesting

Tony May… I might have a few old pics of Hollington as well. Will see what I can find…

Andre Martin… One of the topics that I know would be of interest would be for any groups that started in Hollington or have links with Hollington, I know that in the 1960s there were several who used to practise in the South Hall in Oxford Road.

The Happy Ballroom Hastings Pier and more 24th Dec 1966 by Andre Martin

Several people at a recent SMART meeting asked why I had not been writing my “History of The Happy Ballroom – Hastings Pier” for a while, and to be honest the reason has been nothing had happened since November. When you think that, how important an entertainment centre this was at one time, it really was a great shame that it used to sit closed. In the immediate weeks before, the management had kept advertising the venue available for firms and clubs to hold their seasonal events, there are no records of any take-up. This coming Saturday 24th December 1966 there was however a change and booked to appear that night “Lord Caesar Sutch & The Roman Empire.” Yes you have guessed it was Screaming Lord Sutch under a new name. The weekend would have started off on Friday Night with Ready Steady Go, and as I have posted on several sites today [23 Dec] this was the last ever Ready Steady Go. Not perhaps a good way to start off the Christmas Holidays.  The Witch Doctor, offered this Christmas Eve – The Lonely Ones and on the following Thursday – Steve Maxted with his post-Christmas hi jinks, I do remember going to see Steve, but the crowd numbers were down for his usual Thursday Night show. Perhaps people were saving up for New Years Eve, and although this was really well attended there was no advertising and I have been unable to confirm who played that night.
Looking towards a 3 day Bank Holiday Weekend on the Radio & Television, to fill in all the details, would be a major operation, so I have just picked a few items – Light Programme had the important – Saturday Club with Brian Matthew and later in the day items such as Music Parade, Christmas Bandstand and Forces Jamboree. On Sunday [Christmas Day] Family Favourites was FIVE way and Linked LONDON, KOLN, ADEN, SINGAPORE & BORNEO. Later in the afternoon The DJs Christmas Party was spent with Sam Costa, Simon Dee, Keith Fordyce, David Jacobs, Brian Matthew, Pete Murray and Don Moss. Also Round The Horne, Sing Something Simple, Bing Crosby and The Men From The Ministry. Boxing Day Charlie Chester with Family Choice, The Ralph Harris Show, Pop Round Christmas, Ken Dodd, Singalong – the Story of The Black and White Minstrels, & Sherlock Holmes Again ?? Television on Christmas Eve included Grandstand, Film Davy Crocket, and Juke Box Jury with David Jacobs and his guests Judith Durham, Athol Guy, Bruce Woodley and Keith Potger. Later offerings would have included Dr Who. Dixon of Dock Green, Film- High Adventure, The Val Doonican Show, See the Children Sing and Midnight Mass. Sunday included Welcome to Christmas, Leslie Crowther at a Children’s Hospital, The Lucy Show, Andy Williams, HM The Queen – address to the Commonwealth. Billy Smart Circus, Disney Time, Carols from Kings, The Black & White Minstrels, Ken Dodd, Film Dr Findley Casebook & The Christmas Story. Bank Holiday Monday – The Munster’s, Grandstand, When Comedy was King, Sooty, Three Musketeers, Top of The Pops 66, Till Death Us Do Part, Brian Rix Farce from Whitehall, and the film The Lady Killers. [Ed Well done if you remember any of those] Over on the Pirate Radio Stations, Radio Caroline South with Dave Lee Travis – DDDBMT : Save Me, Donovan : Sunshine Superman, Who : Happy Jack, Troggs : Any Way You Want Me & Elvis : If Every Day was Like Christmas. On Radio London – Who : Happy Jack, Troggs : Anyway you want me, DDDBMT : Save Mee, Cliff Richard : In The Country & Temptations : I know I’m Losing You. A quick catch up of 50 years ago here in Hastings. It’s been an interesting year looking back FIFTY YEARS – 1966 what a year that was. Who knows what 1967 will bring, was something that we were all thionking about, for some it was good and for others – well perhaps not so good at the time, but we have survived. And I hope enjoyed looking back to our teenage years – you all have a Peaceful Christmas and a New Year to look forward to.
PS Don’t forget the Pier Book – “A Pier without a Pier” by Steve Peak now available and from all accounts a very good read and makes a great Christmas/birthday present – but then I am biased [Chap. 12]. Andre Palfrey-Martin ©2016

Mick O’Dowd… Welcome back Andre. Beginning to get cold turkey( got plenty of that to come) not seeing your posts. Happy Christmas to You, Sheila and the Girls.

Andre Martin… Thanks Mick to you and yours, its been a long time since our path first crossed all in the cause of music.

Andy Qunta… Fabulous, Andre, thanks! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!