Stallion – introducing the band 1974 & Stallion poster 6th November 1973.

 

 

supplied by Mick Mepham

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supplied by Phil Thornton

Alan Esdaile… Great find Phil.  Stringer Jones, was a duo with Martin Stringer and Malcolm Jones.

Martyn Baker… Malcolm Jones was the other half of Stringer-Jones with Martin Stringer in Hastings (1975-6). I kind of re-met Malcolm again when we both worked for Capital Radio in the 80’s. Martin now lives in the west of Ireland. Both top geezers.

Harry Randall… RIP Vic/Tony and Steve gone to young! Sadly missed I’m sure by all who new them!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… My that takes me back. Fond memories of Steve D, rest in peace dear friend.

Martin Stringer… Crikey.

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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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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Who remembers The Golden Hind Pub Havelock Road Hastings?

Tony Davis says… Was looking through SMART the other day and saw some photos of Steve D and it took my mind back to the days when I worked at the Golden Hind. Started me thinking if anyone has any photos of those days circa 1979-1983. If you’ve got any photos, stories or thoughts lets see if we can get a thread up and running on SMART.

Alan Esdaile… Any photos or memories, please feel free to post.

Graham Belchamber… Remember the pub and I’ll have a think through the old grey matter!

Peter Fairless… Yes, I remember it, very well!

Mike Mitchell… I met my wife in The Golden Hind. Sticky carpet and video juke box. That’s the pub not the wife.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Went to the Golden Hind most weekends before going nightclubbing! Worked in Havelock Road & often popped in at lunchtimes too. Loved that place – lots of good memories!

Jane Dorsett… the good old days leigh……..x

Peter Fairless… Wow, those town centre pubs!

Stephen Kolimbarides… Remember it well. Had a couple of really good years running the bar for Steve. Great crowd of regulars made it one of the best pubs in town. Lived next door to Saturdays till I moved into the Hind. Yes it was a long long time ago.

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photo of Stephen Kolimbarides

Leigh Weiland-Boys… Remember you from my time with Steve D back in the mid 70s & behind the bar at the GH. A couple of lifetimes ago!

Julie Findlay-jones… Was that the pub with the guy who picked up the empty glasses but would sit and pretend to play cards n spoke to himself .

Stephen Kolimbarides… Mustapha. He collected half full glasses as well as empties and necked them on the way to the bar.

Matt Thomas… Sticky carpets!!!!!!

Eddy Slaug… I help clean the cellar and the back of the golden hind when  Derrick Stapley and Dee stapley took it over around 35 years ago.

Denise Killick… Went to the Golden Hind back in the summer of 1980 with my friends Chantal Lacelle and Alexis Christmas. Chantal and I were visiting from Canada seeing my Gran in Bexhill but the only pub there was closed. So we hopped the train to Hastings. After getting turned away from a Club because they told me I was looked too young, even though I had my passport and drivers licence and I was 23. Then they told me they wouldn’t let us in because I was wearing joggers. For crying out loud! This guy at the back of the club heard what was going on and quickly came after us in his car – he was a cabbie and he told us about where we should go. We weren’t sure of his intentions but he calmed our nerves and took us to the Hind. Shelf beer and all. It was really crowded and loud. But I’ll never forget it. We had to drink our beers in a real rush in order to catch the last train back to Bexhill. What a drag because I really starting to enjoy the place.

Jim Breeds… From an old street map.

Peter Fairless… Yes, I didn’t use it a lot but I do remember it.

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.

 

Popular Beat Combo and Uome – Music Files Christmas Party The Crypt 22nd December 1997

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photos by John Kenward. Supplied by Phil Little. http://littledrum.co.uk

Martin Richter… wow – what a line-up! (the crypt).

Alan Esdaile… Popular Beat Combo – Rick Pentecost, Dave Blackman, Roger Carey and Steve Demetri on drums in both bands.

Ernest Ballard… What a lovely man Steve was. Bless him. Huge talent on the drums inspired by Steve Gadd

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 😉

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

 

Steve Demetri – 1952 – 2012

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photo by Chris Meachen 

Born 27th August 1952.

Alan Esdaile….Happy Birthday to the late Steve Demetri. So many happy memories of a very special person and friend. Always in my thoughts.

Janine Hemsley… Amazing Guy xx

Andy Qunta… Happy Birthday, Steve! Miss ya! You were a lot of fun, to be sure. Gone but not forgotten! x

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Wonderful man, wonderful memories xx

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supplied by Leigh Wieland-Boys

John Wilde… Scared the chit out of me.Traveling 6 inches off the ground in a fiberglass car @ 1000mph!  Our Steve x

Steve Kinch… Knew Steve from our days at Priory Road School. Got up to all kinds of shenanigans through the years – some musicaly related, and others not so musical :/ They were fun and exciting times. Sadly, for one reason or another, we lost touch in later years. I do have a lot to thank Steve for. Happy birthday ol’ mucker x

Leigh Weiland-Boys… Steve D introduced me to you in 1975 Steve, you both came up Saturday’s when I was working as a cocktail waitress, probably your one & only time in there! Frightening to think that was 41 years ago! Xx

Jan Warren… Great photo – Hastings in the 70s!! – sorry I didnt know Steve?!

Andy Caine… Happy birthday Steve!! Hope you’re enjoying yourself!

Gary Kinch… I remember Steve driving his white MGB GT to school. I remember him taking me to the headmaster for some discipline. I worked in the Golden Hind when Steve was running it. I certainly remember that Lotus Europa, it must have been about 1973.

Chris Meachen…. I remember how difficult it could be getting out of it, particularly if he’d parked next to a slightly higher than average kerb. My solution was to get my bum onto the pavement and then roll backwards.. Not elegant but I wasn’t a contortionist…

Jon McCallion… Remembering a good friend on this day and all the good times in the band the cars and the girls. Never forgotten.

Andy Knight… Steve and I used to go drum lessons in Dartford in this car, didn’t take long!