Procol Harum – Hastings Pier 26th March 1976

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poster & ticket supplied by Mick Mepham,  ads supplied by Sarah Harvey

Heres a classic track from 1967 – Homburg

Graham Burfield… I remember that gig.

Jo Turner… I so loved those Procol Harum gigs

Peter Fairless… I think I might have remembered if I’d skipped a light fandango!

Fleur Cornes… I was there…:)

Mick Knights… Is the pier gig the one where a fisherman stole their outside broadcast mike they had put over the side of the pier to enhance A Salty Dog?

Dennis Torrance… I was there

Sheila Chamberlain… I was there such a good night ☺

Sheila Farmer… I remember this so well

Paul Morfey… Yes I was there, great night!!

Gerry Fortsch… Remember this well, Graham and me had looked forward to seeing Procol Harum but the sound was awful and we got our money back. I still like the records though.

Dawn Leaney… I went to see them. . I recall everyone sat down on the floor for one of the tracks. . It was a weird site to see the whole of the pier ballroom sat down! Does anyone else remember this?

Peter Fairless… Yep. Although, sitting down for the more ‘mellow’ stuff wasn’t unusual. Of course, all that hippy stuff came to an end in 1977!

Dawn Leaney… So glad some one else remembers it to!

Janine Anne Scott… Me too

Jo Turner… Yes. I loved the pier Procal Harum pier concerts with the Blue Danube rock waltz at the end of the set 

Nick Webb… Was there again!!!

Page Of Ads 1976 Felix, Procol Harum, The Firehills Band

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Sarah Harvey….A whole page of the Observer dated March 13th, 1976. Some things of note…. a good write-up by Stephen Turner about Felix, a preview of the forthcoming Procul Harum gig and not to mention The Firehills band appearing at the Church Cafe in Fairlight. I would imagine they were a pure dance band.

Richard Moore…..I  think the Firehills Band was a one-off gig at the Church Cafe as I seem to think I played there on a Saturday night for Dancing from April to October as well as for coach parties during the week.

Andy Qunta….Felix were really good!  Don’t think I saw this Procul Harum gig, but saw them years later – great show! As a side-note, I wrote several songs with their lyricist, Keith Reid, including “You’re The Voice”.

Alan Esdaile…..Hi Andy, did you make your own recording of ‘you’re the voice’ or did you write it especially for John Farnham?Great track.

Andy Qunta…..Thanks, Alan! I had a bunch of my recent song demos sent to my publishing co. in Sydney, & they sent YTV over to Farnham. Apparently he liked it! Btw, 4 writers on YTV – Chris Thompson, (singer from Manfred Mann’s Earth Band), Maggie Ryder, (backing vocalist for Eurythmics), Keith Reid & myself.

John Wilde……Rousing chorus, goosebumps when the bagpipes come in. A real favorite.

Andy Qunta….Glad you like it, John! Can’t take any credit for the bagpipes, though! That was Farnham’s team’s idea. We had a percussion & bass break-down in that section in the demo. Bagpipes are far better! Got some goosebumps myself when I first heard them!

Perri Ann Haste…….I  did not realise Andy wrote this song – one of my all time faves in the 80’s & it still holds sway now – so many great memories come flooding back…

Mick Mepham….I think it’s a cracker Andy and the bagpipes work well. Like JAW I get goosebumps too.

Yvonne Cleland…..Awwwww. Felix should have made it!