Pete Cunningham, William Powell and Alan Turner
Paul Edmonds, Chris Meachen, Paul Waite, Les Norman, Min
Gerry Fortsch… I was friendly with min and then lost contact, can someone tell me what happened to him please?
Glenn Piper… Sorry Gerry, but Min died several years ago now, heart attack I think
Gerry Fortsch… I remember he enjoyed life a lot, as did many of us at the time, thank you.
Martin Richter… simon medhurst ?
Harry Randall… Is that Min on the Clarinet? Went onto Sax?
Chris Baker… Min always played both Sax and Clarinet AFAIK. He was an excellent gold and silversmith too. Loved him.
Peter Norman… Never seen this before but that could be my brother Les Norman in that photo…? I know he played the guitar back then, next time i see him i’ll ask! 🙁 Sadly he’s not on facebook.., 🙁 I believe he also played in a group called “SUS” or something like that!
Alan Esdaile… t must be him Peter, as it says he was in Suss in the write up, underneath the photo. It would be great if you could get some comments from him about the group.
Pete Fisher… On seeing this I thought that guy on the drums looks familiar…nestling among my photos of Pueblo (taken by Chris Meachen), the photo I’m posting below has puzzled me for decades, as I couldn’t remember who it was. It must be around ’73/’74, but I only vaguely remember we might have experimented briefly with having two drummers, and I guess it was Paul Waite. Maybe Bernard Jeffery, Roger Carey or Phil Gill could fill in more details…
Chris Meachen… Ye gods, I’d completely forgotten about this.. Used to bump into Les in record shops a few years ago, but not seen him in ages.. (nor anyone else in these pics..). Yes, one of my pictures, but further details completely escape me.. If I manage to find that sequence of negatives I might be able to add some context…
Phil Gill… Paul Edmonds on the far left. Pete, we played a couple of times in the college basement, where the band was you and me on guitar, Roger Carey, and two drummers, Paul Waite and Bernie Jeffries. No idea what we called the band.
Jan Warren… I remember Min, nice guy
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source from: Tonny Steenhagen. Unknown photographer.
Deep Purple Appreciation Society say… I was hunting for old pics taken on Hastings pier the other day (one of my other projects is researching commercial outdoor portrait photography 1920 – 1960!), after all the press given to the new award winning pier building there. I quickly got diverted by pictures of Episode Six who not only played a number of one-nighters clubs in Hastings, but also appeared in the Pier Ballroom itself in 1968. This unseen shot of IG was taken on Hastings Pier by one of the band’s fan-club members earlier that day, and was sent to me by Tonny Steenhagen. I think this shelter was one of the only buildings to survive the fire a few years ago and has now been restored. Time for another blue plaque?
Jim Breeds… That’s possibly the biggest business card I’ve ever seen.
Pete Fairless… Great find. I think the description is mistaken, though. I’d say, this was taken further down the pier. What do you think?
Alan Esdaile… Yes definitely further down the pier Pete.
Andy Pilkington… hazarding a guess thats by the old penny arcade
Roy Penfold… I would say the same as Alan – most definitely the windows adjacent to the Penny arcade and just before the bar on the old town side of the pier.
Jim Breeds… He probably stepped outside to have a smoke on the water.
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Alan Esdaile… They were managed by Cy Whitfield Aaran International in Hastings and did loads of gigs. Anyone remember them and can give names?
Mark Hardwick… I remember them playing at The Royal Standard around 1977.(The same day a big Rock N Roll event was on the pier) Not sure of names though. I also knew Cy Whitfield (sadly passed away now)
Tom Doyle… Hi Sarah I have a few photos of Sunstroke Kinds Regards Tom
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Tom Doyle… I saw them play in Hastings. The second photo was when they backed Ricky Valance.
Sarah Baggaley… Ah my dad isn’t in these, it’s a different bass player. Nice pics though!
Tom Doyle… The line up changed. Sunstroke broke up around 1978 and the piano player started a new group under the same name and still managed by Cy. The piano player was called Big Lou. The first line up, the lead singer was called Cochran after Eddie Cochran. I’m afraid that’s all I know about them and they broke up again in 1979
Tom Doyle… Hi again Sarah your dad could be on that record Alan displayed on his website (Hot Stuff Records) also Be Bop Bella might be able to help you out with your search for more info (if you could trace her), she did a lot of gigs with Sunstroke the first lot and the second lot your dads band was very good. Lou had a clash with the singer that caused the break up of the first band but remained friends with the drummer and your dad. He live in Milton Keynes, now if you could find a contact for him, he could tell you all about your dad. Be Bop Bella lives in Gloucester somewhere I hope that is helpful to you. Kind Regards Tom Doyle
Mark Hardwick… Be Bop Bella was a DJ as I remember..Also a band Cy managed who worked with Sunstroke regularly was Crepes and Drapes.Hope this helps.
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Pete Dee… That first black and white promo photo on this page, I believe that’s my uncle (Danny Wild) in the gold suit! That Gretsch of his is unmistakeable. I’ve still got his copy of the Sunstroke 7″ he handed down to me. He left Sunstroke in ’78, then recorded a solo album and a couple of singles as “Danny Wild and the Wildcats”. I know he was playing guitar for Shakin Stevens for a while in the late 70s, anyone got any photos of that era of the Sunsets? The bassist in the top photo I believe is Geoff (Rawle?)
Mark Hardwick… I have an album Danny Wild and The Wildcats (Wild in The Country) I think?.. looks like the same Danny Wild and not sure someone told me He,s related to Marty Wild,is that true?
Pete Dee… Correct on the album, incorrect on the relation. Here’s Danny (on left in white suit) with the Sunsets. Sarah, what was your Dad’s name? My Mum (the singer’s sister) looked at the top photo and reckoned the bassist was called Geoff, and used to be a tailor when he wasn’t playing music.
Sarah Baggaley… Hi, my dad’s name was Adrian and the top photo is mine, I sent it to Alan in the hope it would jolt some memories! Since then, Ray the drummer has been in touch with me which has been amazing. My dad played bass with Sunstroke from 1974 to 78ish. Maybe your mum is thinking of one of the bass players in Tom’s photos in the comments.
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I’m sorry to announced that Les Martin has passed away. I know a number of people will remember him.
Andre has just posted this on The Pam Dor Facebook page…
It is with great regret that I have to report that Les Martin passed away early this morning in the Conquest Hospital. Les was to so many of us a great friend and supporter in our early youth. Our prayers go out to his family. As soon as I have any more information I will post.
Madeline Reade… Omg. What a lovely person. RIP Les. Xxx
Kevin Burchett… RIP Les a wonderful person
Ernest Ballard… Sad news thinking of his family and friends today
Sandy Max… Another one bites the dust. RIP Les Martin
Matt Thomas… R.I.P.Les, many childhood memories, sending condolences to his son Jason and now reunited with his daughter Tracy
Andy Qunta… RIP, Les.
Leigh Wieland-Boys… Sad news
Carol Paffett… RIP Les Martin
Martin Stringer… So sorry to hear that. I used to work with him at the Pam Dor in the sixties. Vicki.
Josie Lawson… R.I.P.
Terry Hopper… R I P Les a real gentleman
Janine Anne Scott… Loved Les.
Maureen Fuller… Elmer Leslie Martin known as Les Martin
Sadly passed away 10th November at Conquest Hospital Hastings East Sussex.
The Funeral Director is Douglas Mercer & Son 01424 421805 they have set up a Tribute Page https://elmer-martin.muchloved.com/ with those details to let everyone know and it has somewhere people can post memories and make a direct donation to MacMillan Cancer. Les funeral service is at Hastings Crematorium at 10:15a.m. on Monday 26th November. Then, the wake after is at The Harrow Inn, The Ridge all friends welcome .
Paul Huggett, Barry French, Jenny Kebel, Bruce Cameron
Paul Huggett… We did one heck of a lot of gigs in the clubs and a few pubs with that band. For pretty much the same figures pay wise as some bands get now.
Barry French… Remember that photo shoot well. What I wouldn’t give for that head of hair !!!!!
Alan Hopkins… Barry French’s hair is AMAZING! I’m jealous
Neil Cartwright… Ahhh. ‘Hammer Fist’ !!!!
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Peter Millington… First Big Beat Reunion – 14th November 1987 – Hastings Pier – what a great event! The surprise guests included Cliff Bennett being backed by a group comprising of Ray Fenwick, Pete Shaw, Chris Sayer, Pete Head and others from the show.
Chris Giles… And a brilliant night was had by me and hubby
Peter Millington… 1963 was the hey day of the big names playing the Pier – this “Big Beat” reunion was 24 years later. We’ve now moved on another 28 years – b****y frightening! A night I shall never forget, playing with my long term friends in the Confederates and being on the stage with all these legends, Wow! lump in the throat stuff.
Mick O’Dowd… I was there. I thought The Searchers looked too young to be any of originals but they were.
Pete Prescott… I was at the first show. Brilliant gig. Fantastic line up. Packed. Crowd loved it. Some came in their original old clothes (the ones who could still fit into them !) Cliff Bennett was great ! The organisers didn’t know if many would show up so there were only a few people behind the bar. Very difficult to get a drink, so a lot of people were sober. lots of dancing. Fun night. The next one was packed. Lots of people behind the bar. Lots of drunk people. Not such a good night. Obviously just my opinion. I often watch people get plastered and pay less attention to what they came for and stagger and shout their way through the night. the music was great on that night as well.
Pete Millington… I played with Confederate friends at all 3 “Big Beat Reunions” but the first in 1987 was the best
Robert Searle… Great stuff
Mark Hardwick… I Believe i have a 45 of The Talismen (whispering bells) given to me by a relative of theirs 30ish years ago. I’ve found the record on CREZENT label 1978 Whispering bells b/w Sounds in our minds. taken from LP album Sounds in our minds (Lightning records) b/w was written by M.Swift and B Baker. the wife was a lady cleaner from Hastings College, Archery Rd can’t remember her name, hope this helps.
Pete Millington… The Talismen broke up in 1966/67 if not earlier. Without the wife’s name and her husband’s surname we can’t do any verification. Let me know if you find any names that might help in validating this mystery
Dave Luck… That takes us back a bit
Julie Findlay-Jones… Oh god I brought a pair of brown cordoroy jeans from there and a striped zip up cardigan thought I was the bees knees lol
John Wilde… Sexist!
Peter Thomson… Very Peter Wyngarde – is it the fag?
Keith Cowper… My God I bought some fab gear in there in the 50s and 60s /anyoneremember Kep Casuals another fab gear shop!!?
Roxine Lucas… Great shop 2 buy ben sherman shirts my bruv loved this shop such along time ago
Jon McCallion… Kep casuals was run by Keith Griffiths good shop. Kep stood for Keith Edward Perry my wife tells me
Stephen Moran… Blimey! That brings back memories! I used to buy my Ben Sherman shirts in Huckells in 1969 for £3!
Carl Ridley… Bought some great bits from there in the day
Eugene Hughes… I can picture the little fella with the beard that worked there. Nice bloke.
John Busbridge… I used to buy a lot of my clothes in there!
Lloyd Johnson… I only bought one item from Huckell’s .A pair of grey trousers like the ones Tony Meehan wore on the first Shadows L.P. Once Keps Casuals open I thought Huckells was naff.Keps Casual raise the style bar!..
No Home Jerome… Thought you were more a Millets guy!
Lloyd Johnson… Millets use to do some good stuff in the early 60s…Suede Levi’s Jackets Etc….I use to buy jeans from Baldocks in George Street, shoes from Winters in George Street and go to London on a cheap day return and buy clothes.in the late 60s I opened my own shops in London.