Aretha Franklin R.I.P.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-45169609

Jim Breeds…  I don’t say “RIP” as it implies that while living they had no peace. A great talent no longer with us

Martin Richter… certainly the Queen of Soul – sad news

Patrick Lewis… Sad loss, great artist!

Alan Esdaile… A true talent, very sad news.

Jan Warren… Very sad news, R.I.P Aretha, Queen of Soul

James Westlake… Very very SAD

Kevin Sherwood… What a voice she possessed the like of which i doubt we will see again.

Margaret Fletcher… Brilliant singer

Dennis Torrance… A truly amazing singer done some great songs RIP your songs will carry on

Lyn Humphrey… What a loss. True legend.

Alan Pepper… An end of an era that’s for sure. Truly the most soulful voice I have ever heard . The like of which we will never hear again. James Brown is waiting for a sing off !

Alan Parker… sad, so sad

Mick O’Dowd… Another great who I have grown up with now sadly gone

 

Ricky Norman Sound – 1970’s.

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supplied by Len Smith Eastbourne Bands From 1960 on.

Ricky Long… First picture 1976 at Moor Hall Hotel. L–R Norman Bennett, Ricky Long, Roland Dann, Marcy Scott. Second picture I think early 70’s Winter Gardens. Same 3 guys with Jillian Wheeler.

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Queens Hotel Hastings 17th May 1974.

Janine Anne Scott… Omg, I worked with Ricky too.

Andy Knight… By coincidence I am trying to track down Chris Dann, Roland Dann’s son who played bass with me around 1968/69, we did a gig in Battle Road, St Leonards I recall for the Youth Choir, with a guitarist whose name I can’t remember (Gary rings a bell though), if anyone knows the whereabouts of Chris or Gary that would be good. Tx

Christopher Dann… Hi Andy,  just saw this post so apologies for the late reply.  I do remember the gig in Battle road for the youth choir. The guitarist’s name was Gary Trent and he played a Gibson. He was in my class at the Grove.  I seem to remember that we only knew a couple of songs  !!

who remembers Shaun Hart – Hastings 1979

Nastassja Kaschevsky… Wow! that’s a blast from the past!

Alan Esdaile…  I was looking for the single track ‘Hastings’ but can’t find.

Nastassja Kaschevsky…  think I had it on vinyl somewhere! He went on to act in Brookside for a while x

Pete Brazier… You know I do! I was his sound engineer and roadie! 😂 Haven’t heard from him since he was on Brookside! Can anyone pass my best wishes to him? I got the record, and the one he did with Eddy Grant under the name of “The Javlinares”

February Frolics – 558 Entertainments – Footloose, Loggerhead, Beez Neez, Priway Music Road Show, The Piranhas, The Teenbeats, Centre Page. The Carlisle 1979

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supplied by Mick Mepham                cutting supplied by Mick O’Dowd

Tim Bruce….I went to the Footloose gig. Loggerhead if I recall were a prog type band playing their own material.

Mick O’Dowd… Here’s on of my gigs from 1979. Footloose were a very good band in the Thin Lizzy mould if I remember rightly. I know the drummer was called Will but I don’t remember any other names. Can anybody help with names/pics? The following night Will actually played drums for Beez Neez because Mark Harris (now a Likely Lad)( He was then as well!) got held up and couldn’t get to the gig. Will did an excellent job. What can you say about the Piranhas/Teenbeats gig. Then there was those stalwarts of the local music scene Centre Page whose line-up over the years reads like a whos-who of local talent!

Peter Millington… There’s a job for you Mick – create a family tree of who’s played in Suspect/Centre Page over the 50+ years they’ve been entertaining the locals and the not so locals.  Group family trees are a complicated business – I’ve just finished one for myself which goes from the CONFEDERATES – SPYKE i – SUSPECT – SPYKE II – JINKS I – EVOLUTION – JINKS II with all the members comings and goings. Not very adventurous with names were we? 53 years non-stop so no complaints!

Iain Cobby… Yes, I was the bassist in Footloose. Will on Drums (cant remember his surname) Brian Setchfield on vox, Guitars were Tony (Vic) Bridger RIP and Harry Randall. Good times were had with a mixture of covers and our own stuff. We did record one with two Saxon covers. I think we went on stage to Widors toccata in F. Such pomp!

Dave Nattress… I still see Brian Setchfield quite often along Cooden Sea-front. He walking his dog, me walking mine, and we often walk along chatting about all those old times, bands and characters. Brian was in Boulder a parallel universe to Damaris and they morphed into Footloose. Mick Kemp and Tony Barraclough played in both bands. Boulder actually earned money doing weekend gigs. Really glad you’ve “signed up” Iain – catch you soon. Loggerhead’s bassist was Steve Watson who later joined up with Mick Bridgeland, Andy Leaney, (RIP), and me in The Charts. Mick, Andy and I had been in The Prisoners for a year or two with Robin Heggie. Robin joined the Hollywood Killers and I think it was then actually Steve Watson joined us.

Mike Mitchell… I remember that gig: The Piranhas and The Teenbeats…a great night. And I found a silver Parker biro on the benches too.

Colin Fox… I like THE GENTLEMEN OF POP under Centre Page.

Mick O’Dowd… Will from Footloose took over the drumkit from Mark at this one. It’s ok Mark Harris, he was still sitting at the back!

Mark Harris… I think you might be right Mick about Will deputising.

Chris Pook… Think that was the only gig you missed Mark. Agree Mick, Footloose were a great band – Dave Neal included!!

Ernest Ballard… Piranhas Great Band

 

Radio Caroline ‘319 Special’ Fun Bus – Hastings 1978

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photo Peter Messingfield.                Supplied by Kevin Carlyon

Kevin Carlyon…. See top left window

Andre Palfrey-martin…..I think this also came to Eastbourne – Kings Country Club – somewhere I have the press cutting from the Eastbourne Local paper, as this was arranged by myself and Alan Parris the Assistant manager.

Jim Hobbs….Good to know Caroline is still on the air.

http://www.radiocaroline.co.uk/#home.html