Black Cat Coffee Bar – 1970’s

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photo 1 supplied by Bertie Wiseman, photo 2 supplied by Terry Huggins

Anyone remember The Black Cat Coffee Bar? Entrance in York Buildings.Here’s Steve Demetri & Paul Wiseman sitting at the window of the upstairs coffee bar. You can see Woolworths over the far side of the road. You can see the Mac Fisheries sign and also Mozley’s sign.

Yvonne Cleland… Ha! The window seat! Practically lived in this place when the Lido closed! Llonka. 1 and 6 to get in with a free drink! Table footie. Look one way – see what was going on in the cafe, look the other way – see what was going on in the town!

Alan Esdaile… I also lived in the window seat when I was not playing the pinball machine.

Martin Richter… and the “mac-fisheries” sign!

Andre Martin… Over MacFisheries

Martyn Baker…  Chatte Noi

Mick Mepham… Was that the same place as the Pam Dor anyone?

Yvonne Cleland… No, Mick, the Pam Dor was in Queen’s Road. The Black Cat’s entrance was in that funny little back street that divides up the Arcade. (Not that I’m old enough to have gone in the Pam Dor but I seem to remember it being there.)

Alan Esdaile… The Pam Dor was over the road from The Disc Jockey .

Andre Martin… The PamDor did start in York Buildings, where the MacFisheries was located, I think it was where the the Chemists shop was, but it might have been in the same location at the Black Cat – must double check listings. the site in Queens road opened in 1961. Location correction – NOT Castle Street, but York Buildings, the no was either 6 Mac Fisheries or 8 which I think did become a Goldern Egg at some point.

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Muller – promotion photo 1969

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supplied by Jon McCallion

Jon McCallion, Paul Dove, Paul Wiseman & Steve Demetri.

Geoff Peckham… Around ’68 when I was 15 or so, I auditioned for rhythm guitarist (I was a bass player) with Town Council. It was at someone’s house in Hastings and Steve D and a bass player with glasses were there. The latter had a ‘classic’ bass and wouldn’t let me try it. They tested my diminished chords with Fire Brigade and Got to Get You into My Life. I thought I did well but I didn’t pass. It’s funny what you remember isn’t it.

Jac... Paul Wiseman is amazing!

Bertie Wiseman… My dad Paul Wiseman awesome find.

Steve Kinch… Always thought Paul Wiseman had a Long John Baldry look about him.

Andy Qunta… I agree, & a bit of Paul Jones in there too!

Andy Knight… Geoff, I suspect the Bass player was Bob Shipway and the bass was a Burns Bison?

Geoff Peckham… You’re probably right, Andy, but don’t recall. Thought I did well remembering what I did! Except that it was probably augmented and not dim. chords.

Terry Corder… It was Bob Shipway and he did have a Burns Bison, black If I remember correctly. He also used a burns amp. They used to play at the Round Table.

 

The Flirts – Calvert Youth Club and Hastings Pier 4th Dec 1965

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supplied by Brian Wood, ad supplied by Andre Martin

Brian Wood… Singer – Michael Wheeler, Acoustic Guitarist (back left) – Paul Wiseman, Drummer – Steve Demetri, other Guitarist – Brian Wood. The group formed in 1965 and performed all over the country including Hastings Pier 1965. The photos were taken at Calvert Youth Club, Calvert Road, Hastings, where we practiced. Also practiced and gigged at The Ambassador Restaurant on the corner of West Street, Old Town, Hastings, which Steve’s dad owned. I now live in Hailsham and it would be good to catch up with everyone.

Linda Day… I used to see this group at Calvert I went out with Brian Wood and Paul Wiseman omg. I think im in the photo but not sure.

Mick O’Dowd… Deep Purple used to practise here as well and also at All Saints Church Hall.

Peter Millington… Love it – A PA the size of a handbag – those were the days! Don’t remember the pier gig, probably playing elsewhere with the Confederates.

Bertie Wiseman… showing my dad this now.

Alan Esdaile… I remember playing keyboards with one of Paul’s bands at Calvert Youth Club. One of the tracks I remember playing was Brenton Wood’s gimme a little sign.

Anton Hack… what’s the calvert?

Linda Day… Its a church hall in mount pleasant rd its still there

Jan Colley… Used to know them, & used to watch them with my friend Vanessa 😉

Muller at Cavern Studios London – 2nd April 1970

Outside the Cavern Studios London, recording the single ‘Fooling Around. Paul Wiseman, Jon McCallion, Steve Demetri, Paul Dove and Alan Esdaile(Manager).

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photo by Ray Medhurst

Paul Dove….Great times, it amazes me were these photos keep coming from,next question did that record ever survive,! look at Alan doing the 1000yd stare !!,,, It always made me laugh seeing the veins in Jon Mac,s neck sticking out when we done house of the rising sun, classic.

Jon McCallion....Good times. I still have a copy of Fooling around, will play it to you one day.

Paul Dove….Hi Jon that would be great,although cant remember how it went. ! i keep meaning to come along to one of alans meetings, but i will.Yes good times.

Alan Esdaile…We only planned to record the one song and then had just enough time for an unplanned ‘B’ side which had to be an original. Nothing arranged, so the band came up with an instrumental called ‘Freak Out’.

Paul Dove…Alan you are doing wonders for my memory , yes i remember doing the b side ,We got to do a big meet up with factory, Steve k , I know we lost Stevie D .But would be great to see all the guys from that magical 60s 70s era,!!!  what was i looking at ,, think alan had dropped a 1 00 note , was good fun recording Fooling Around, same studio as the Who recorded , hope to see Jon,  Alan & maybe Paul Wiseman at Beatles Day tomorrow.

Alan Esdaile… We all look tired and fed up Paul. Hanging around for ages for the studio guy to turn up.

Muller – 1970 – Regent Hotel.

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MULLER Thursday Nights in 1970 at The Regent Hotel. Photo from Bertie Wiseman. Paul Dove, Steve Demetri, Paul Wiseman, Jon McCallion and manager at the end!

Jon McCallion… Great photo these were such good times.

Steve Kinch… Think I joined the band at the end of the Regent Hotel run. Good times indeed… just wish that I could remember them! :/

Paul Dove… Yes we’re great days Jon , am going to the next SMART meet would love to see you &  Steve K, maybe Paul W. I see Factory are reforming , well I have all the gear maybe Muller could do a one off gig who knows ??!! ❤️

Alan Esdaile… have past on a message to Paul Wiseman, it would be great if he turns up at the next meeting.

Bernie Wiseman… I will make sure he will come along.

Muller – The Regent & local gigs. 1969/1970

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posters supplied by Paul Dove, photo supplied by Jon McCallion

Steve Demetri, Jon McCallion, Paul Wiseman, Paul Dove. 

Jon McCallion… So many stories, good days

Carol Arnold… Ah such good times!

Phil Gill… So that’s where Steve got the picture idea from

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Stallion photo supplied by Phil Gill

Mark Gilham….

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Name the band & members?

Any idea of the name of the bands or the members? Supplied by Bertie Wiseman and featuring Paul Wiseman.

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Dave Kent commented on top photo….. The guitarist is Russell Madge and the lady is Anna Maria. Russ and Anna went on to form The Mobiles who had a top ten hit with “Drowning in Berlin”. The drummer may be Eddie Smithson but I’m not sure. pretty sure That’s Russ and Anna, though, and the photo may have been taken at The Star at Normans Bay. If so, I was there. Paul Wiseman is quite a character and likeable with it.

Muller – more classic photos

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supplied by Bertie Wiseman

Muller with Jon McCallion,Paul Dove, Steve Demetri & Paul Wiseman. Second photo is Jon with Ray Medhurst.

 Leigh Wieland-Boys….”Anita Medhurst & Becca Medhurst – the lovely Ray!”

Chris Baker….Paul Wiseman, John McCallion and Steve. I joined them for a bit shortly after this.

Jon McCallion…..Great photos Alan.

 

Muller – abbey road cover recreation

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all photos supplied by Bertie Wiseman

Steve Demetri drums. Jon McCallion, Steve Demtri, Paul Wiseman & Paul Dove struggle to recreate Abbey Road cover and Alan Esdaile with Paul Wiseman and his famous bubble car.

Jon McCallion….Fantastic.

Paul Dove….how steve managed to drum & smoke at the same time,!! and yes paul”s infamous bubble car.Its funny i didnt like the name muller also, happy days.