Hutch Hutchings – Feels Like Rain LP – 1977

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Jan Warren… sorting through my records I came across this album Tony Qunta played several instruments, can anyone enlighten me??

Ernest Ballard… That was Charlie Hutchinson. Guitarist songwriter. He was married to the sister of Tony Brooks wife Tony ran Dragon Studios in Hastings. Tragically Hutch was killed in a a car crash in Hastings shortly after the album was recorded. He was a lovely guy. Steve D and Min have sadly passed away too X

Jan Warren… I also remember “Min”, he was a musician who lived in Hastings Old Town in the early 70s, he was lovely, sweet hippy – our friend.

Ernest Ballard… He played sax. Yes a great character.

Phil Gill… Well, I’m on it. What sort of info would you like?

Tony May… This is a very emotive subject for me as ‘Feels Like Rain’ is probably the record I remember most from my days at Stylus Records in Castle St. We had quite a few copies in stock and I always remember Nelson De Souza ( the boss) telling me he had taken them on ‘sale or return’ but that the artist had subsequently died and he could not do anything about returning those we had not sold. Sadly, I have never heard the album. If any of you here can remember anything more about Hutch or the recording of this record I would love to hear it. Thanks Jan for posting this!

John Williams… Min played in our band PLC yes he was nice.

Pete Prescott… I had a copy of the album but lent it to someone years ago and never had it returned. Min was a lovely guy, his funeral was unforgettable. So many amazing stories. Hilarious in places. He took a photo of me staggering along the sea front on the half marathon. Then when he saw me out months later he ran home to get it. I still have it with his inscription on the back.
The album was worth some money abroad at one time I believe. There are some good local legends in it. Now ! Who did I lend it to?

Roland Clarke… Min was a great character, always stopped to have a chat if I saw him in the street. I knew Charlie back in the day. He used to hang around the studio from time to time. He wrote and did this album before he was 25. I remember him giving me a copy on lp, however, I unfortunately lost my copy in a flat move. Charlie was about 6 years older than me but was tragically killed as a passenger in a car accident returning from a pool match. He was sitting in the back but the car hit a tree driving down London road in St Leonard’s, he was only 25 I believe.

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The Jukes – Prom In Aid Queens Hotel 31st May 1986

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photos by Neil Cartwright.

THE JUKES – Andy Knight, Andy B, and Phil Gill.

Here’s Ken Dengate modelling the t shirt….

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Phil Gill… I still have that T shirt in my drawer. The mullet is long gone, thankfully…

Mick Mepham… I still have mine too Phil but it doesn’t fit any more!!! I’m just a victim of inflation

Joe Knight… Wow Andy Knight (top photo)

Pete Prescott – Loose Ends Album 7th April 2006

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supplied by Pete Prescott

Loose Ends released 7th April 2006. A semi-acoustic collection of songs written over the last 28 years. Recorded during 2005/6 at Rock Lane Studios with Paul Sinden and featuring the following guest musicians: Claire Hamill, Phil Gill, Phil Hudson, Paul Sinden, Mike Hatchard.

Reservoir Cats – Hastings Beach Concert 2004

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© Eddie Hazell Estate . 

Phil Gill guitar, Pete Prescott vocals, Terry Pack guitar, Pete Shaw drums, Jo Brooks keyboards.

Pete Shaw… I’ve still got those shorts, that top and the kit! I must have cleaned it as the gold snare hoops don’t have any lager stains or crisp leftovers……

Alan Esdaile… are these the famous shorts from ‘Harry R & The Jump Jets’?

Pete Shaw… An updated pair carefully tailored for the fuller man….!

Pete Prescott… hot day as i recall !

Pete Prescott (commenting on Jo Brooks) that is one serious shirt !(good coming from me ha ha !) lovely fella.

‘England’ prog rock band – Hastings Pier 25th March 1978

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featuring Phil Gill. supplied by Phil Gill via Robert Webb

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ad supplied by Sarah Harvey                poster Sue Arber via Phil Gill.

Phil Thornton ….England were great ! – lots of Mellotron and Moog, niceness !

Sarah Harvey….March 25th, 1978. England only produced one album in the 70s (Garden Shed – 1977) so I wonder what they filled out the set with. I have the Garden Shed album and played some tracks in my 70s show the other evening.

Andy Qunta…..Garden Shed is a fabulous album! They did have other songs too. I believe our SMART friends Jaffa Peckham & Phil Gill might know more about that?

Phil Gill….We didn’t do anything from Garden Shed that night or any other. It was all new stuff. The three original members had lived with the album for two years by then and wanted to move on. I’d have loved to have played songs off Garden Shed, but hey, I was the new boy.

Dave Nattress….Hi All you England fans!!  I had bought Garden Shed from Boots in Bexhill.  I’d noticed the album in the rack for what seemed like months and it just wasn’t selling – looked like the only copy , anyway eventually intrigue took over and I bought it and it just blew me away especially when I learned the nucleus of the band was from Crowborough.  So, when they played the pier and was gobsmacked to see Phil Gill on bass.  I of course was disappointed because like Phil says, they didn’t play one track off the Garden Shed album.  Many years later I bought “Last of the Jubblies” on CD and more recently – well still years back, got Garden Shed on CD.
Somehow then Geoff Peckham and I met up again – went to school with Jaffa in Bexhill from 7 years old till 16 when we left, and as we talked he said he’d played/recorded Jubblies but hadn’t got it or heard it for years and years.  I guess this was obviously after Phil Gill left – maybe Phil played on some tracks though, so I said all cool, well I had bought it as a punter so I was delighted to burn a copy and photocopy the sleeve etc. and I sent him the original for old school times sake.  Jaffa will remember that he and I were founder members of the Goon Squad at school.  To me, Jubblies doesn’t come close to Garden Shed though.  Garden Shed – like just out of (seemingly) nowhere – astonishing!!!

Phil Gill….Jaffa played on all of Jubblies, it was recorded before he left and I replaced him. I played all of Jubblies live, with the exception of Jaffa’s song “Sausage Pie”, which for some reason they dropped

Steve Kinch….Phil, I remember that we played with England in Worthing, but have got absolutely no memory of the actual gig. Wasn’t Roger Carey offered the job at one time?

Phil Gill….I remember the gig well. England were not a particularly dynamic live act in my opinion, and I kind of missed the excitement of the Stallion shows I’d done for the previous two years, with John Wilde running around shaking everyone on stage by the throat, knocking us around and generally whipping up a frenzy.  Yes, Roger was offered the job and I believe actually played and/or recorded with them at some point after I left. I’m a bit hazy on the story he told me, but he’d be able to confirm the detail.

Terry Pack….The Enid played twice with England while I was in the former and Phil with the latter. Lewisham(?) was one, but the other…? Do you remember, Phil? I didn’t know that Jaffa had played with them, too. I liked the drummer, who sounded a lot like Bill Bruford, I thought. The keyboard player had butchered any number of keyboards in an attempt to achieve a kind of midi. I thought they were very good.

Phil Gill…..Terry, I think the other gig was in Chelmsford

Alan Esdaile… Any idea who the support band on the pier were Phil?

Phil Gill… No idea Alan. Poster above, courtesy of Sue Arber, but it doesn’t say either.

Stuart Moir… Why has the drummer got satellite dishes above his kit, makes me smile all the cymbals and only two hands and two feet to hit them with.

Stevie Zee with Pete Shaw – Beach Concert Hastings – 2000

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photos © Eddie Hazell Estate . photos for sale for donation to St Michaels Hospice.

Peter Shaw…..Hey guys, that’s the indomitable Stevie Zee with me behind my ’68 Ludwig…bass was I think occupied by Sir Colin Gibson…but it could’ve been Meister Terry Pack! Stevie, Colin and I performed at an internet televised gig from a London club after Colin and I took part in a rather delicious up market meal!  Great energy from The Zee!!

Phil Gill….Stevie Zee with Peter James Shaw on drums and me on bass.I remember Sambalanco had consumed all the hospitality beer by the time we got off stage

Ralph Town…..Stevie zee…really great guitarist.He used to have a second hand music store in Claremont,just down from the keyboards place

Pete Shaw….Aha, sorry Phil Gill, elements of my memory fail me! But, I do remember that Stevie Zee often used a face, so well known to us, of Bruce Forsythe in pain whilst cracking out searing guitar solos in one of those chords and keys that he knew…!! But, again, I did enjoy the gigs!!

Terry Pack….I played with Stevie for most of 1999. We did a lot of gigs up north with Chris Sharley on drums, including Burnley Blues Festival. My last gig was The Black Horse Festival that year. I think he went back to Spain…

Pete Shaw… There I am…dark glasses on sit tin’ behind my ole Ludwig at The Beach concert!

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

 

Joe’s Blooze Band – Hastings Beach Concert – 2000.

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© Eddie Hazell Estate. photos for sale for donation to St Michaels Hospice.

Joe Rytlewski, Phil Gill, Nigel Milliechamp and  Jez Gillett.

Phil Gill…..Always wondered what happened to pictures people take at gigs and how they turn out. Good to see some memories.  I am apparently Huge in Japan…

Tony Court-holmes…..I was back stage with the late great norman race remember him in old town week please.

Phil Gill… That was the 2000 Beach Concert. I remember it because I did JBB at around 5pm and then played with Stevie Z at 7pm. Just in time to come off stage and discover that Samabalanco had made their way backstage and drunk all the hospitality beer whilst we’d been been playing the Stevie Z set. We were unimpressed…

Tich Turner’s Escalator – Diana

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Phil Gill commented on this photo:

Ray took that picture in the top end of Alexandra Park. Tich commandeered my white jacket, so we went through Ray’s wardrobe and he found me that black leather one. It was really ’70s with a huge winged collar, which was tucked under out of sight. It also had “Marlon” written across the back of the shoulders in huge white letters. We referred to Ray as Marlon for weeks afterwards… 

Ken Wilson…  I remember going round Tich’s house and listening to the Stones first album…..who would have thought they would be playing Glastonbury tonight !!!!! Must have been 63/64 ish. Tich did the best Mick Jagger ever , great guy !!

Bobby Walker….Ray Fenwick now head of music at a college in Lincolnshire. Still plays regularly in local pubs

Allan Peterson… Hi,I remember Tich from the sixties at the Tuesday Night gigs at Langton Hall Battle. A Mick Jagger lookalike. Used to talk to him, a nice guy. Glad he has done well for himself. If only Diana was released later on?

Mick O’Dowd…. agree Tich was a Mick Jagger lookalike & that’s one reason we hired him to front Deep Purple.

Alan Wood… Interesting again,says Tich did well,how well

Andy Maby…. A superb song! Especially played live by the Escalators.. downstairs in the Chatsworth!!! :o))

Andy Qunta… I was just listening to this yesterday on my iPod! Fun times! What has Tich been up to? Haven’t seen or heard of him in a while!

Colin Fox… I remember Tich and his band supporting us at Langton Hall Battle in the early 60’s when he was a young lad just starting out and I could see they had potential. Very friendly and eager to learn.

Mick O’Dowd… I believe he is one of “The Blues Bros” in Soul Express show and also now in The Low-Fi Sneakers or something like that?

Alan Esdaile.. Not sure about The Soul Express Mick but he’s still got soul with the Hi Fi Sneakers.

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Phil Gill… TTE, Lovely lads, but you wouldn’t want any of ’em marrying your sister.

Andy Qunta… Great to see Tich has still got it!

Yvonne Cleland… Brilliant!

Pete Prescott… I still have that record !

Virginia Davis… Remember seeing them often at the Chatsworth