Anyone remember ‘Contrast’?
Martin Richter… *full bar service*
poster Andre Palfrey-Martin Collection
Andre Martin….Plus – Support acts Tony & The Defiant from Eastbourne and Earl Richmond from Radio London ” Big L 266 Mts ”
Bob Cockburn….I’m sorry to own up but I used to like Tony Rivers !!
Andre Martin….Bob you have nothing to apologise about – he was and still is a great vocalist, with a track record that puts a lot of the so called “star” to shame. Saw him at the Witch Doctor several times, and with other bands that he created. Did you know that he appeared on Band Aid London show, as one of the backing vocalists. He is highly respected within the industry. Tried to get him as an interview on my Carnival FM show during the Hastings Carnival, but was prevented by technical problems. he was very keen to be interviewed.
Peter Millington…He was asked by Bruce Welch (Shadows) to arrange the vocals for a couple of songs for Cliff Richard in 1975. He became the driving force for Cliff’s backing vocals for 10 years and toured the world with him. All you have to do is listen to “Miss You Nights” to hear the genius of the man. His discography is truly stunning.
Jan Warren… Shouldn’t that be “Unit Four PLUS Two”?
Eric Harmer… Were the blues flames before the fire? Alway looking for the cause.
Gavin Martin… Worthing Town Hall with The Manfreds in autumn
Andre Martin… OMG This brings back memories from 52 years ago this week.
Melody Maker review cutting thanks to Mick Bolton for finding.
ads supplied by Sarah Harvey, Ronnie Lane photo 1975 (venue unknown) Rik Walton https://www.flickr.com/photos/rikwalton/5069642148/in/photostream/ Mike Storey photo supplied by Clive Richardson from the gig at Hastings Pier
Peter Fairless… …how come?
Mick O’Dowd… Nice one Sarah. Keep em’ coming!
Peter Fairless… Love it!
Steve Cooke… He has to be one of our most underrated songwriters! Went way too soon.
Dennis Torrance… Was there fantastic night
Pete Fisher… Would love to have been there, but saw him with The Faces at Reading in ’72…great documentary here…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6mpuMwLnak
Glenn Piper… I remember the Ronnie Lane gig 😀 brilliant
Martyn Baker… Me too Glenn. Ronnie’s songs left a lasting impression on me that night. Once heard, never forgotten.
Pete Houghton… I was there . Great memories What a great night and Ronnie and Band signed something for me.
Flyer supplied by Andre Martin, Tony Rivers & The Castaways photo – supplied by Mick O’Dowd
Andre Martin… they made lots of appearances at The Happy Ballroom, The Witch Doctor, The Cobweb etc in Hastings – Great bunch of guys – enjoy this real music for a while, playing this also for Peter Millington, who I know is a personal friend of Tony’s . Great nights all those years ago.!!
Mick O’Dowd… Thanx for the info. They were a really excellent band. I believe at the time they were the only band to play Good Vibrations live. Not even the Beach Boys were doing it then.
Andre Martin… Yes that was all 51 years ago this weekend – some great memories
Nadia Compagnone… My birthday treat every year. Absolutely loved it, especially Bobby Crush!
Alan Esdaile… Bobby Crush could certainly play but his cheesy smile was annoying!
Tony Davis… I had a summer romance with one of the dance troupe on this show. I met her at the Astral Club
Barry French… Went to see his “Take A Tripp” show at the White Rock. This would have been early seventies. It was a typical, entertaining seaside holiday show. I remember his opening song was “Along the prom prom prom prom promenade” (You don’t get song titles like that any more)
Jacky Mould… I went to see his show in August 1971 with my family, aged 11. Loved it!
Elaine Stock… I remember going to this!
Anyone remember Prinny’s? Next to the Pump House
Martyn Baker… Ray Darlison on drums? He was my first musical mentor. Great bloke – Fabulous drummer too.
Pauline Sims… Think it was Alan (I’d been trying to remember its name for ages!)
Tony Davis… I remember going there quite often for a while. I seem to remember it was run by a jazz musician called Ken who had an asian wife. I remember there being a drummer called Brian I think. Can anyone confirm this or am I imagining it!
Martyn Baker… Ray Darlison was my first musical mentor too. I moved to Hastings at the age of 12 from Bow, East London. Ray knew about my interest in music as I played the bass (a bit). He lived next door (on the top of West Hill) .He encouraged me and I learned a lot from him about music over the next few years, and ended up playing jazz as my first style of music in his bebop band. I didn’t know much about the history of this stuff though of course. Piers Clark played guitar in our band, and from this I soon met Roger Hubbard, Wesley Magoogan, Tich Turner, Martin Stringer and Andy Knight, who had formed a soul/funk band called Steppin’ Out. We rehearsed in the Old Town Arts Centre on the corner of All Saints Street and London Road. We were soon playing a lot of gigs – mostly in pubs at first, but we did OK, and nearly got signed to Rod Stewart’s label RIVA records. I was doing 3 nights a week in licensed premises before I was even allowed to drink alcohol, as I was too young. Ha! That did not stop me in Hastings though! I got my music biz breaks later….. But that’s another story.
Gaynor Duke… Ken with his Korean wife (Lee) ran the Safari Club in the premises
Tony Court-holmes… I worked there as a pot bar when Don Stuart had the anchor back in early 70s god I am old
Ray Davies… (in reply to Martyn) Ray Davies opened Prinny’s for Don Stewart