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The summer weeks just pass by, and before we know we will have reached the August Bank Holiday weekend, and the special attractions over that weekend. In the weeks editions of the History of Hastings Pier – the Happy Ballroom, this Saturday 25th July 1964, we see the return visit from regulars – Patrick Kane & The Quite Five, and in support from the hub of south coast music [as they were always telling us] Brighton – The Sabres.Both of these had appeared together only a few weeks earlier, and must have been a successful night for their prompt return to Hastings. Patrick Dane and his group hailed from South London and had been around for many years; having served their time as it were in Hamburg like so many name groups in the 60s. There has also been a comment about the group on this FB page in the last couple of weeks. So I will not repeat. The Brighton based Sabres, were regular attractions at many of the dancehalls and clubs in the South and would go onto professional status in the coming year, and they were to have a successful career mainly in Scandinavia and Denmark – yet again here in Hastings “we saw them first” Let’s have a quick look at what else is happening – Ready Steady Go – one of our mainstays of current music and fashion is going from strength to strength on the Friday Night – and this week the line up would have included – The Rolling Stones – “It’s All Over Now.” -The Animals “House of the Rising Sun” -The Mojos – “Why Not Tonight.” -Sandie Shaw – “As Long As You’re Happy Baby “ – KingTaylor and The Dominoes “Somebody’s Always Trying” -The Fourmost & The Paramounts – so another good line up there, featuring some acts that we have seen or would be seeing shortly in Hastings.
That’s it for this week a short History Lesson, just leaves me to remind you that with Carnival FM returning to the airwaves on Saturday HASTINGS 87.9 or via the internet, will be plenty to tune into – in particularly on Monday 28th – 20.00 to 22.00 Time Machine returns and this year will be featuring many of the bands that visited Hastings Pier Happy Ballroom in it time, and on Friday 1st August as part of The Weekend Starts Here from 20.00 to Midnight, another special “The truth about the Mods and Rockers & The Second Battle of Hastings“ – Just what did happen that weekend, so do have a listen.
I will leave you with one last fact – Love him or Hate him – Tony Blackburn – aka Mr Magic, started his radio career with Radio Caroline South – 199meters in the medium wave band – exactly 50 years ago on 25 July 1964.- AND to update – his first record played was “Rag Doll by The Four Seasons”, and he started broadcasting at 4.00pm that afternoon. Congratulations to Arnold for having put up with him for so long!! Next week it’s the Bank Holiday Weekend, and we all know what happened then …… Andre Martin
Philip Meston…..Wasn’t Tony B the opening DJ on Radio 1 and the first track he played was Flowers In The Rain by The Move..?
Alan Esdaile….Yes that’s right, Tony Blackburn always gets a lot of stick but he introduced us to lots of great records, especially lots of Motown.
Nicola Dobson….I met.him around rhat time at Biggin Hill air show still got.his autograph!……I met.him around rhat time at Biggin Hill air show still got.his autograph!