Andy Qunta… I remember this somewhat! I was excited to see Mick Abrahams, first of all, and also I was part of the “backing band” for the event. I don’t think the band had a name at the time, but later we became Jim Jim & The Jims. We had started in weekly jam sessions at Ray Fenwick’s house. Anyway, that’s how I remember it. Good times!
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Sarah Harvey… Some familiar names from March 2nd, 1980. Pete Prescott , Kevin Hoad, Ray Fenwick, Terry Pack Tony Bird .
Andy Qunta… Excellent!
Terry Pack… I remember those Sunday gigs. I enjoyed that band.
Robert Searle… I wished i had seen that band
Pete Prescott… We didn’t gig that much. I remember doing Stevie Wonder ‘ s loves in need of love today. A few Chatsworth gigs and it was done.
Peter Millington… I was there, great band and venue
Terry Pack… Sunday lunchtimes. Kevin used to joke that nobody would come to the gigs because people would think it was all lies.
Tim Anderson… And the support act….Post Truth.
Phil Gill… They later changed their name to Alternative Facts.
Sarah Harvey… Peter Prescott !!! How posh ☺
Mick O’Dowd… That’s alot of Lies!
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Paul Dengate…. I’ve checked through my diaries and I reckon this was taken at the Steppin’ Out “party night” at the Archery, Eastbourne, 24th December 1977. Used to do the sound for the band, but this was probably a special party-piece. L-R: Wesley Magoogan, Ray Fenwick, Paul Dengate, Martyn Baker, Roger Hubbard. Drummer is possibly Andy Knight.or Kevin Hoad.
Andy Qunta… Great band!
Nigel Ford… Was Tich Turner in Steppin’ Out at some point,…soon after he left Stallion, I seem to remember?
Alan Esdaile.. Yes your right Nigel. Here’s a press photo from 1977…
John Wilde… One word. Hair.
Wesley Magoogan… Serious flairs!
Martyn Baker… Yeah, nice pair of lionels Wesley but I think if there was a biscuit around then Paul would have taken it.
Paul Dengate… Yes.
Dave Nattress… Samisen played the Archery Tavern once when I was with them – mid-week I think and If I remember correctly it was one of those gigs where the unappreciative audience had just about made double figures.
Geoff Peckham… in the main photo, The drummer? I reckon, by the jutting elbow, it’s Andy Knight. Am I right?
Len Smith… Believe you are correct, it is Andy Knight
Yvonne Cleland… I thought that was bonkers, but looking at that elbow – I know exactly what you mean!
Martyn Baker… It was definitely Kevin Hoad with us by then.
Ernest Ballard… Archery in Eastbourne. Archery shut down years ago. I remember seeing Jason Bonham there in his band Bonham
Pete Prescott… That would have been Kevin. Me and Titch were on that gig. We did Christmas songs and Smoke on the Water for the first time. Great band, Roger Hubbard wrote some wonderfully songs by himself and with Titch. I moved down to Hastings from north Kent that day. The band split up on new years eve.
Ernest Ballard… Happy days not splitting up lol on New Years Eve
Jackie Clarke… Loved The Archery. Good music venue.
Tim Moose Bruce… Great venue for Eastbourne. Saw Dr Feelgood there, Wilko with Norman Watt Roy and another memorable gig was Dumpy’s Rusty Nuts. Played there myself with the Blind Bats a couple of times. Now gone and a hideous Co op store there in its place.
Barry French… I played at the Archery with 1st Emotion in the early 70’s. The area where the band played was then called the Dilly Dally Bar. All the staff were dressed like Victorian waiters. The Victorian theme was carried carried on through the bar with Velvet upholstery on the Chairs & Velvet curtains. All very posh.
The Continental Bexhill 22nd September 1982 – supplied by Pete Prescott
Pete Prescott, Terry Pack, Dave Easton, Pete Shaw, Andy Caine and Ray Fenwick.
The De La Warr Pavilion 5th October 1983 supplied by Pete Prescott
Pete Prescott ….it was one of those short lived (and everyone new it ) fun bands.ray was good at getting everyone on board and organising rehearsals.i learned 48 rock and roll songs in a week.the best 24 were picked and the rest dumped.i could still sing most me then now.we all learned a lot.especially how good rock and roll is.and how influential it is.
Robert Searle… Good pictures of Pete and great picture of some great musos.
Jane Hartley… Nice legs!
Phil Gill… You wouldn’t want to take any of ’em home to meet your parents, would you?
Harry Randall… I’m wondering what’s happened to them all?
Janet Rennie… Lovely boys
Mark Gilham… What is it with Ray and promo pics?
Pete Prescott… Great band ! Andy and Ray played so well. Fantastic players. We had our moments.
Terry Pack… did a number of recordings with him, including a country blues album(!). I liked him and he was a very good player: much more than a rocker.
Andy Caine… Bags of fun!!!
Martyn Baker… Great band photo!
Pete Shaw… What fun we all had..before Harry R, during the mad days of Harry R and after where we all did a bomb burst back into more mad music in varying bands!! Great lessons learnt…22 minute guitar solos..easy!!!
Pete Prescott… Yeah ray solo Andy solo Andy Qunta solo Tony Qunta West solo ray solo in a blues jam. 28 sodding minutes ha ha !
Phil Gill… I believe Rev Stockdale’s mum met several of them one morning when she walked into her living room and found them asleep on the floor.
Pete Shaw… What fun we all had..before Harry R, during the mad days of Harry R and after where we all did a bomb burst back into more mad music in varying bands!! Great lessons learnt…22 minute guitar solos..easy!!! And I’m allegedly a drummer…!
Andy Caine… Making as much noise as possible!
Martyn Baker… I’ll have you know, my parents met at least 3 of them.
Pete Prescott, Ray Fenwick, Terry Pack and Pete Shaw.
Pete Prescott….yes early 1980.taken to promote the single shine it on me.we were told to look mean and serious.we look like we are suppressing a fart ! ray ran the session.most bands were trying to look like van halen. . . we were more blue peter.
What was the single like?
Terry Pack….The playing and singing were good. Nice arpeggiated guitar part over a pedal bass. Good hook in the chorus. Lacked a bridge. Lyrics a series of unconnected cliches. A song of two repaying sections: verse, chorus x n, choruses till fade. One key: no melodic, harmonic, lyrical or instrumental variation or development. Little dynamic variation except in the drum part. I had to overdub a second bass part, down the octave from the top, because Ray wanted the beginning to be as weighty as the end(?!). This was a recurring theme on dozens of sessions: I would use dynamics and rhythmic variation to build a song from start to finish, and Ray would ask me to come in all guns blazing at the top.
Pete Shaw….Got it on my Wurlitzer 2600 S which lives in my kitchen….and yes PP, what was I trying to say with those clothes! Only the scarf still fits (although that’s a bit tight!!)…..it felt important for all of us at that time….we were all trying hard to get on and pay the mortgage!!
Here’s a rare photo of Cozy Powell taken by Pete Prescott, rehearsing at Catsfield Studios playing the hammers!
left to right ray fenwick, chris cozens, cozy powell, pete prescott, neil murray
Wesley Magoogan, Kevin Hoad, Martin Baker, Roger Hubbard, Tich Turner, Pete Prescott, Ray Fenwick.
all photos supplied by Pete Prescott
Wesley commented….I remember that gig well cos while I was singing my teeth flew out my mouth into the audience and I had to quickly jump down to pick them up and carry on playing !
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Andy Qunta… Would like to have seen that!
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Photo of Sergeant and in the studio with Ray Fenwick for Forcefield recording.
Colin Fox…..I always thought Pete would have made it big in America, he´s got the sort of voice they like.
Ralph Town…..I don,t want to appear to be hi-jacking but talking of voices,does anyone know or remember a lady called Michelle Jackson.Her Dad was an actor and her Mum ran a store on the West Hill.She went to the US and had a great voice.Would love to know what became of her.We were childhood chums 🙂
Pete Shaw…..That’s Ike Nossel of Park Gates Studio under the cap!! Captivating chap!
Pete Prescott….yes thats Ike..amazing studio, remember the shine it on me session ? that was Jan 1980.wow ! time flies !
Andy Qunta…..Great voice indeed! Park Gates Studio – fun times! I remember the Shine It On Me session too’
John Storer…..You’ll be pleased to know that Ray Fenwick no longer wears white socks but is still one ace guitarist:-)
Pete Prescott…..He is a fantastic player, wish i had some photos of the stuff he used to wear when I first met him. He looked like an explosion in a paint factory. Don’t get me wrong, he looked amazing, not sure if Hastings was ready for it ha ha ! he played some amazing stuff live.wish some of that could have been recorded. The photo was taken at b.b.c. radio in reading.trying to remember the d.j.’s name (brian pithers ?)
Colin Fox…..I agree, he is a great player, but he once said, “if I judged a guitar player as a ladder, I would only be on the first rung”. He was talking to Les Harding at the time.
Mark Gilham…..Ray has done so much amazing stuff to help Hasting’s musicians get started in the industry. We were talking about him just the other day, singing his praises.
Terry Pack…..He was being falsely modest. Ray was and is near the top of the ladder in terms of rock, pop and blues. The best rhythm guitar player I’ve ever played with, which is saying something, and a very fine soloist.
Pete Prescott…..Ray is certainly the most melodic player.he could occasionally go into that 5th gear some players do.if was amazing then (i saw liane carrol do that once.never seen anything like it !) ray rarely played in a studio (that i saw or heard anything near what if played live ) would love to hear him again one day.