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

 

 

Hastings Town Magazine – May 2017

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Donovan photo 1965 Jac. de Nijs / Anefo Nationaal Archief  Punks photo Rejects and Reprobates the Site Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/56370080766/

Tony May has a write up about Sally James on Saturday Scene and Tiswas in this months issue. His letters from Keith mention that Donovan in the early 60’s set up home in a Pill-Box outside Hastings. Anyone know anymore information? He also has a write up on Hastings Punk Rock Days with photos from 1970 & 80’s plus lots more. Now available from your local newsagent.

 

Medicine Head and Factory – Hastings Pier 12th March 1976

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ticket supplied by Mick Mepham,          review supplied by Sarah Harvey.

Tony May… A personal appeal here for some help from you all. I am looking for pictures of the band Medicine Head which appeared in the local newspapers from their Hastings pier gigs during the 1970’s. One particular picture is said to include my friend, Simon Griffiths (otherwise known to a lot of you as Karl) who was a bouncer on the pier for a short time in the background. I do not have many pictures of Simon (only those from the Bexhill Observer of 1977) so would really appreciate any of him from any time period. If anyone here can help I would be very grateful.

Andy Qunta… Wow! 40 years to the day! I don’t really remember this gig, but I’m sure I wasn’t thinking that 40 years from now, Factory will be about to release their first album!

Steve Kinch… I don’t recall ever playing with Medicine Head… then again, I don’t remember what I had for breakfast.

Peter Fairless…. As well as the 12th March 1977 they played in September ’74, too. What a great band!

Jim Munday… Yes, but not very good at sums… 

Hastings Town Magazine – February 2017

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In this February 2017 issue, Tony May has his latest ‘Letters From Keith’ feature, with Keith talking about his chats with Leonard Cohen, Melanie, Mary Millington and Kate Bush. Also Tony’s write up on Charlie Hutchinson and the memories of  the album Hutch Hutchings Feels Like Rain. Many comments from people in SMART.  Lots more interesting features and now available from your local newsagent.

Jan Warren… I hope I can get this in Bexhill, I would love to read Tony’s article about Hutch Hutchinson!! 🙂

Dennis Torrance… The old building on where the entrance to Morrisons is now remember waiting there to get bus to school

Martin Stringer… Can I get it in Ireland?

Tony May… For those of you wanting to know where you can pick up a copy of the magazine the best thing you can do is contact the Editor, Jim Hollands via Jim@ryesown.co.uk. It is possible to take out a subscription and have the magazine sent to you electronically wherever you are. Ask Jim for more details…

 

Hastings Town Magazine – September 2016

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September 2016 issue of Hastings Town Magazine, features a four sided tribute from Tony May, to the sad loss of ‘Mr Merchandise’ Alan Gaywood. Tony also writes about ‘Letters From Keith number 9’ with further info on Ruperts People Reflections from an interview with Colin Bell. Keith also suggest another Whiter Shade Of Pale sound alike ‘ Reputation’ by ‘Shy Limbs’.  Also in this issue is a feature on Conquest Hospital Radio from Jeff Belton plus lots more. Now available from your local newsagent.

Hastings Town Magazine – July 2016 features from Tony May

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In the new edition of Hastings Town, Tony May has a special feature, in his Great Characters of Hastings column, on Dave Arnold. In the latest episode of ‘Letters From Keith’ talk is on pirate radio and the various tribute singles, Kevin Carlyon, Hutch Hutchings, favourite song of all time, Enya and much more. Now available from your local newsagent.

 

Hastings Town Magazine June 2016 by Tony May.

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Tony on his ‘The Tony May Pages’ is talking about Harvey Summers, Hastings Pier website, Battle Rock Choir and Factory CD review. As well as his ‘Letters From Keith’ column, with Keith talking about when he met David Bowie, Ed Stewart, Episode 6 on Hastings Pier plus lots more. Now available from your newsagent.

Hastings Town Magazine – May 2016 and The Record Shop chat.

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photo supplied by Tony May

Among the features in this months Hastings Town Magazine May 2016 are… The View From The Pier book by Anthony J Berry, Tony May’s thoughts on the reopening of Hastings Pier, Hastings Pier the early days, Hastings Pier is born again and The Dolphin Rock A Nore. Also the latest instalment “Letters From Keith’ including the above great photo of Jack London in The Record Shop. Chat about answer records, single b sides to flip and remembering Keith Emerson with talk when Jimi Hendrix was going to join ‘Nice’ and they would have been called ‘Help’ and collecting record shop bags. Congratulations to Hastings Town on reaching your 100 edition. Now available from your local newsagent.

Peter Fairless… What a great picture!

Steve Sampson… Is that Brian London ?

Dave Stevens… Jack London

Jim Breeds… Awwww. Wow, I can smell it – paper and plastic. Wonderful memory! Any clues as to date from the LP covers? I don’t think I recognise any for certain. There’s music cassettes on the right, and a picture disc above those. 1980s?

Lynn Graham… Dear old Jack

Peter Fairless… Diana Ross, ‘So Close’, single, picture bag, makes it 1983, Jim.

Alan Esdaile… Well spotted Pete. I think it is Culture Club Time above this.

Peter Fairless… Yes, ‘Time (Clock Of The Heart)’ released in November 1982. I’m going to call this as the end of January, 1983

Chris Meachen… I miss Jack and Sonia.. They gave me my first kitten.. Jack would often come out with the most inappropriate things.. “Were you breast fed?” being the one I recall most vividly…

Mick O’Dowd… Jack & Sonia. What a duo! They sold my Mum my first Dansette and knocked a bit off because it was a bit more than she had budgeted for.This was my first real(as apposed to second-hand) machine. !0 stack of singles and all the speeds! Wowee! God bless ’em both!

Paul Bridgett… Could get you any album no matter how rare or unheard off.

Tony May… Well done for posting this Alan! Sorry, I completely forgot to send you the original. Might have one or two more somewhere – I will see if I can find them. I wrote a song called ‘The Record Shop Revolution’ as a tribute to Jack & Sonia – its on my STILL to be finished ‘Elementary’ album.

Peter Fairless… Oh, yeah, the number of times Jack said he’d have it by next week, and always did!

Alan Esdaile… I bought my first lp from The Record Shop, Bee Gees 1st. I couldn’t afford to buy it straight away and paid something like a shilling a week and Jack wrote it on the back of the album sleeve until I paid it in full. Really lovely couple and many happy memories of staring at all the new exciting record sleeves in the window after school. Then off to the Pam Dor and probably one drink between four of us!

Clifford Rose… I learnt a lot about pop/rock groups from their 33p discount singles box.

Peter Fairless… Jack’s breadth of knowledge must have been phenomenal, whatever you were into he’s always think of something to suggest you listened to. Usually, got another sale out of it, too!

 

Bands We’ve Seen On Hastings Pier – Tony May

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Tony May talking about  Bands On Hastings Pier

Hastings Pier may just be a derelict and rusting shell at the moment but its great to know that ‘the old girl’ is far from forgotten in the minds of many in the town and a number of nostalgic groups have popped up since the fire on social media websites like Facebook.

One such group –‘ Bands We’ve Seen On Hastings Pier’ http://www.facebook.com/groups/196962362327/ has proved particularly popular and has become THE place to visit on the Internet for those who desire to wax lyrical about anything to do with the Pier’s illustrious musical past.

Reading through the many posts makes you realise just how special a place Hastings Pier was in its heyday and its amazing to see just how many popular performers have contributed memories and/or photos to the group pages. In fact, almost anyone who has ever meant anything to the musical side of Hastings seems to have joined the conversation at some point and told a story or shared a memory or photograph.

Interestingly, those who had a close association with the Pier in the 1970’s seem to be the most vociferous members and there are numerous posts from Hastings favourites like Phil Thornton, Mick Mepham, Pete Fairless, Johnny Mason (Alan Esdaile), Terry Huggins, Ken Dengate, Robert Wren and a host of others.Don’t for a second though think that the party is an all male affair. Oh No! Plenty of ladies including Pam Shallcross, Yvonne Cleland and Margaret Haywood are regular posters and are just as passionate and chatty regarding their own personal memories.

It never ceases to make me smile when I think of the ‘eclectic’ selection of acts to have appeared on the Pier over the years…One of the weirdest groups of all perhaps was ‘Gong’. A ‘space rock, psychedelic, progressive rock band’, the group was never one to do things by half and Phil Thornton remembers that “UV lights, gliss guitar and paper plates” were all ingredients of the bands stage show.

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