Jack & Sonia London – The Record Shop Photos from Tony May

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all photos Tony May

Tony May… I’ve managed to find the photos of Jack & Sonia London I promised to look for. With LP’s coming back I wonder what Jack & Sonia would have to say. Such a nice couple and they gave us 44 years of faithful service…

Phil Gill… Wonderful couple, lovely photos. Always a joy to visit their shop.

Peter Fairless… Brilliant, Tony! Brings back many memories, as Phil just said, it was – never knew what Jack was going to suggest I listen to next!

Andrew Clifton… Very nice Tony. Shame they never had children to carry on with the shop.

Phil Gill… Always remember going into the booth with a couple of 13 year old friends to listen to Thunderclap Newman’s Something in the Air. He knew we didn’t have any money to buy it, but he still played it for us. And when Hey Jude was released as the first single on Apple, he had a box of apples and gave away a free one with every copy he sold. Diamond geezer.

Alan Esdaile… Wonderful. Thanks for posting Tony.

Jon McCallion… Brilliant place so many hours spent there

Alan Esdaile… Great to see Abrahams in the background and the rack of Steam records.

Alan Pepper… Yes what a great man he was always time for any customer ! Thought I knew a lot but he was something else . He would reel off the catalogue number and everything. Jazz in particular. Fab memories. Thank you. TAKE ME BACK TO THAT SHOP!!

Mick O’Dowd… The real Gent of record shop owners. Never be able to replace these.

Cliff Wootton… Fantastic. So nice to have pictures of Jack & Sonia. They were close friends of Mum & Dad and always had time for their customers. Happy memories of hours spent chatting to Jack about records.

Eugene Hughes… Omg. I remember The Record Shop so well and the Fab Boutique over the road. Then it became Two Plus One in Havelock Rd. I understand Brian Fisher is still going well and living in Westfield.

supplied by Andre Martin

 

 

The Record Shop Queens Road – Jack & Sonia London – Video by Andrew Clifton.

A great video from Andrew Clifton.

Alan Esdaile…..I can remember buying my first album from Jack. It was the ‘Bee Gees First’ and I paid 6d a week and he wrote the amount on the back of the sleeve until it was paid in full. I’ve still got it. As a kid ,I used to love looking in the window  at all the record sleeves.

Jim Breeds….Lovely memories of the man. And I think the video I saw before didn’t have the memorial tribute tagged onto the end, though I had heard that elsewhere. Nice to see it again.

Graham Burfield….first album I got there was Cockney Rebel

Pete Fairless….I used to love the story of how he tracked down the album and went to collect it for you!

Chris Meachen…..Dear old Jack, He would occasionally come out with peculiar questions, like ‘Were you breast-fed?’ he was such a character

Jim Breeds….I mostly used record vouchers and birthday/christmas money when I was a kid and then when I was working from age 17 onwards I used to save up in my post office book 🙂 I particularly remember on one occasion I pre-ordered (as we now call it – I don’t remember that term being used in the ’70s?) a copy of the upcoming limited edition release of The Free Story LP, a best of compilation. I went to the shop on release day and you would have thought his Mum had just died. He was emotionally upset that he had been unable to source a copy due to overwhelming demand. He said he had tried everything, including phoning around to other record shops. He was still apologising for that some weeks late. What a character.

Mick O’Dowd….Jack &Sonia were one of life’s best. He actually sold me my first Dansette record player and knocked 2/6 off the price for my Mum ( God bless Her) as he suddenley found that a bit of the leather cloth was loose! it was precisely 1/8th inches wide. Great couple. He would always call me “Chiefy”. Did he call anyone else this?

Andrew Clifton…..Hello Jim, I’m Andrew’s brother, Steve. We knew Jack and Sonia for many years. We’d go to the Record Shop searching for nostalgic recordings. Unfortunately we missed his retirement in December 2006 and then of course his sad demise in June 2007. I took the video camera to the funeral to chronicle the event as he, Sonia, and The Record Shop became a significant part of Hastings social history. Fortunately the proceedings were light-hearted and sprinkled with anecdotes, so it became a ‘watchable’ record…so much that Sonia asked for several copies for friends and family.

Chris Russel…..Great to see this film of Jack and Son, but so sad to hear that they are both gone. When I worked at Swift in Bexhill in the 80’s and 90’s Jack would come in every Wednesday and buy stock. At first he used to arrive in an orange Morris Marina that was 90% rust but later would get the train over. As far as I know they never had any children but had several cats that Jack would refer to as ‘the kids’, the most famous of which was Monty. Occasionally I would pop into the shop on a Saturday and knew I would be in there at least an hour as Son would insist that I had at least one cup of tea and usually at least one cheese sandwich.

Lauren Gower….The best kind of record shop,along with Alans of course!just before they close they got me a copy of ‘songs for drella’-Lou reed,John cale…when i tried to order it in Hmv(of maybe it was virgin at the time),they asked me who Lou reed was!!! There are no words for that!

Andrew Clifton… Unfortunately Jack and Sonia. Didn’t have any children as for the railway films Jack took. I think a family friend has got them. We got a lot of records through Jack. Also from The Disc Jockey. Both Jack and Al were great people to know.

Sid Saunders… I got all my music from Jack, a true gentleman sadly missed.

 

Pam Dor Coffee Bar – Early 60’s Hastings

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Peter Millington….Eric behind the counter at the Pam Dor Early 1960’s.

Mick Knights….That’s the ever popular Eric, the owner, serving. I, along with just about every teenage lad, was banned by him at one time or another!! The Pam Dor had the first Discotec in Hastings, which was on the second floor, a place I never entered, nor did very many, as it soon closed. its second incarnation was the Astral club, which morfed into Toff’s.

Peter Pursglove….i did the door up there for a few years until it closed Alan ,Mollly Russell ran it ,busy little club

Tom Boyer….Great times, we loved it, a fabulous place to meet. Tom & Lin Boyer (nee White)

Sue Bartholomew (Nee Finch)… I remember the Pam Dor, it was the best place to go, we paid a shilling entrance and that also got you a coffee or a frothy hot chocolate, and sit in there for as long as you wanted, it was always busy and behind in Middle Street was a long line of Lambrettas or Vespas belonging to some young lad who was in the Pam Dor.

Colin Bell… Love this photo Pete, met my first ‘proper’ girlfriend there…happy days…

Mick Mepham… Who were your ‘improper’ ones Colin and are you still in touch with them?

Nicola Dobson… Spent a lot of time in there…I remember that seating area..they should have coffee bars again Im sure they would be popular!

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John Otway – The Fountain Queens Road Hastings – 9th March 2017

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Sarah Harvey… This will bring back memories….. as Hat Trick, along with Roger Carey and Dennis Wootton, we used John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett’s studios near Aylesbury to record some songs back in 1980. Even remember having a play on Barrattt’s home-made guitar he used on TOTP. 

Peter Thomson… Shame it’s such a limited capacity. I saw John Otway in Cambridge a few years back, touring with The Hamsters. Probably the funniest, musically-driven comedy act ever. Highly recommended to all!

Masons Music – 187 Queens Road Shop. Early 80’s.

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Recognise a few Toyah Singles.

Andy Qunta… What’s wrong with this picture? Absolutely nothing!

Martin Richter… it`s a mystery….?

Matt Thomas… coco lol. Oldies Unlimited. Good times,even though i didnt start until the move up to 190

Darren Holmes… memories – used to get so many old and rare records from there especially when Andy got the catalogue out!

Mark Gilham… A proper shop

Mick O’Dowd… Same haircut as today. Change your stylist Alan.

Yvonne Cleland… There was a time… when everyone had those plastic coloured strips in the doorway hahahahaha

Julie Findlay-jones… Great times there x

Andy Qunta… Yes, Yvonne, I had those plastic strip things in my bedroom doorway!

Tony May… A great picture to see. Many memories…

Iain Cobby…  I remember a sixteen year old bassist being regularly taken to your shop by one Stevie D, to hear bands for the first time such as ELP eponymous album, Santana, Genesis and any other bands that he was into. Such great memories of you the shop and of course, the man himself.

 

The Disc Jockey Press Ads – from Andre Palfrey-Martin Collection

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Andre Palfrey-martin collection

Phil Gill….My grandfather bought me my first electric guitar from the Disc Jockey in 1969 – a Vox Super Ac, 27 guineas…wish I still had it.

Pete Fisher….bought my first singles here, later albums, sheet music, and my first decent acoustc, a 12-string, which was pretty hard to play.

Alan Esdaile Johnny Mason….I used to ring up all the time and see if any jobs were going but was unsuccessful, as Alan mainly wanted girls working in the shop. Mind you thinking about it now I was also turned down by Woolworth and The Green Shield Stamp shop!

Jim Breeds….Some of my vinyl LPs still have their plastic zip lock sleeves with “The Disc Jockey” printed on them.

Pete Fairless….I used to go to Woolies record dept. to buy singles from Louise (Illman?) but with the Disc Jockey, Stylus, Record Shop, Smiths aand Boots all selling records, there was usually never a problem getting a new release. For albums, The Disc Jockey and Stylus were best but with the back up that Jack would always be able to track down anything obscure. Remember this guy?

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 Andre Palfrey-martin…..Having looked back in archive – I think this Big Al character did not appear until 1974, that’s the earliest record that I have, round about Christmas that year. I am sure if I had come across [him] it before I would have saved.

Jim Breeds… I was at school with Tony Harris. I used to ask him in the shop what he thought I should buy this week 🙂

Dave Luck… Us oldies certainly remember the Disc Jockey, a proper record shop, and always packed on a Saturday.

Philip Meston… I  used to work with Tony Harris, not seen him for ages!

Andre Martin…  It would be good to he a Blue Plaque on the site of the Disc Jockey shop at the Memorial end of Queens Road to remember Alan and all that he did for young people in the 1960s & 1970s. I know he was a business man, but a very generous man as I am sure we have all experienced.

Mick O’Dowd…. Totally agree

John Storer… Remember going in there and asking for “Sticky Fingers” and everyone bursting out laughing! Also remember buying “New Rose” by The Damned in late 76 … Alan had heard of “punk” but had decided to keep the 3 or 4 punk singles he had in a tupperware box behind the counter for some reason. However, once he realised there was a market for this stuff, he would get in just about any single you wanted, even though most were being released on obscure indie labels. Most Saturdays I would leave with 3-4 singles and bought classics from Slaughter & The Dogs, Ed Banger & The Nosebleeds as well as the more “established” punk bands. Bought “Anarchy In The UK” there the day it came out (I do hope my sister still has it … an acquaintance recently sold his copy for an astonishing£12,000) and remember playing the Buzzcocks “Spiral Scratch EP” pretty much non-stop for 48 hours 🙂 Tony Harris became a good mate around that time. Last heard, he was living in Cambridge.

Peter Gladwish… As well as going to the Disc Jockey on a regular basis, to listen to all the latest records, I bought my first 12-string guitar from Big Al (c.1968) and I’ve still got it. Yes, he started selling a few musical instruments to supplement the lack of income from record sales!!!

The Record Shop – Advert 1967

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advert from The Priory Magazine(Priory Road School) 1967.

Alan Esdaile….Interestingly the Record Shop advertised in all the copies I have but nothing from The Disc Jockey. This maybe due to the fact that when I worked in the cake & tuck shop at school, the reward apart from broken jammy dodgers and split bags of crisps, they always gave you a Record Shop record token at the end of the year.

Mick Hymans…..I believe that Jack and Sonia London also had a passion for railways and took much cine film. As they have sadly now passed on, does anybody know if they had any offspring that would have inherited their films. Thank you

Pam Dor to Astral to Toffs Club 1976

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Andre Palfrey-Martin Collection

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Andre Palfrey-Martin Collection

Mick Knights…..Seem to recall it was the Astral first, which morfed into Toffs, which was an attempt to go up market, one question on the membership application form was “what car do you drive” I seem to remember putting Thomsons Taxis down!!!

Phil Gill….Toffs run by Margarite “Molly” Russell, the members only den of iniquity where I spent many happy late night hours in the late ’70s? Oooh, the stories I could tell…

Chris Meachen….. I remember ‘Toffs’ used to provide a ‘meal’ as a condition of their licence;- usually consisted of a kind of curried goo mostly filled with baked beans…

Andre Palfrey-martin…..Pamdor closed and the whole market changed it became Toffs in 1976

Danielle de Rijk….Does anyone know a dj who was working there sometimes with the name Bruce Furber? He must be about 54 years old now and he used to live on the Sedlescombe Road in St. Leonards. I’m a researcher for a Dutch television program who reunites friends all over the world, so please contact me if you have information about Bruce. mail: danielle.derijk@kro.nl