Aardvark – 1970

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supplied by Philip John Mott Road Crew Live

Philip John…..As you probably know if you’ve ever been to one of our shows , Rich & I worked freelance for numerous bands before and after Mott the Hoople. One of the outfits we spent quite sometime with back in 1970 was Aardvark a prog rock band featuring Dave Skillin vocals, Stan Aldous bass, Frank Clark drums and Steve Milliner organ. If you check out the back cover there’s a tiny pic of us looking very Hairy ! We had some fun times with them and there’s a lot of stories to tell so here’s one of them.:- I got on pretty well with Dave the singer and he would often get me up to play tambourine (badly, if that’s at all possible) Well the band wanted to get the audience more involved and I came up with this great idea, or so I thought. After each gig I’d collect up all the empty drink cans lying around then take them home wash them out and seal them up with a handfull of dried peas inside them. I’d then paste labels on them with the immortal words ‘Shake Like Fuck’ scrawled on them.
At the next gig when it came time for me to join Dave on stage with my tambourine I came on dragging a sack of the SLK tins. i chucked 10 or more out to the front of the audience and they dutifully followed the directions on the labels of these make shift maraccas. Now filled with confidence I hurled the rest of the sack into the crowd . Within seconds a can came whizzing past my ear followed by a whole fusillade of them. Soon we were ducking and diving and throwing them back. The audience loved it but the music suffered and after a number of similar outings we dropped the idea. Mind you if you’re in a band and you need cheap maraccas…………..

Grundy – 2001

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playing on Carnival night 2001 in the garden of the Royal Standard Pub in Hastings Old Town. RIP Nigel – very much missed. (Clockwise top left to bottom left) Bob Posner, Nigel Davies, Kirk Ronchetti, Clive Davies

Mick O’Dowd….Bob Posner only seems to speak Spanish on Facebook. Is he located in Spain now?

Yvonne Cleland…..He speaks Italian

Stevie Beale…..yes he has moved to Italy permanently now, and doing well in his old band ( dont know the name) but touring etc.

Yvonne Cleland….It’s The Rokes.

Mick O’Dowd…..f you are on FB you can’t miss The Rokes & Rokes Fan Club but most of it is in Italian!

Antonio Piras Scanu….Sei troppo forte…appena posso verrò a vederti cantare!! which translates as….You’re too strong … I will come to see you as soon as I can sing!

Eric Cawthraw…..it must have been about 6 years back that Bob Posner told me he was hoping to go back to Italy and would like to get the old band back. As many of you know, he had a big hit out there in 60s/70s.

Mysteries – Hastings Carnival 1988


supplied by Chris Sambrook

Featuring John Wilde & Chris Sambrook.

Jon McCallion….I remember c sambrook.

John Wilde…..This was the Royal East Sussex Hospital float. With Chris Sambrook, Myself and the late Chris Turner. I cant remember the name of the guy playing rhythm guitar. It was a fun day.

Mike Curtis…..Chris. You have not changed a bit

Northern Soul Living For The Weekend – 25th July 2014 BBC4 – what do you like?

Leigh Wieland-Boys ….Thanks for reminder – can’t wait for 9.30! Keep the Faith :o)

Redstar Ritchter……I`m out on the floor as we speak 🙂 ktf 🙂

Alan Esdaile…..The trouble is if I get down on the floor, you have to somehow get back up again! Likewise looking forward to watching this and feel free to post any of your favourite Northern Soul tracks here.

Leigh Wieland-Boys……Do I Love you, Indeed I do by Frank Wilson (Steve Ellis did it justice when I saw him live, he dedicated it to Paul Weller who was sitting in front of me!) and For the Love of Mike by Brenda or Patrice Holloway, so many great NS tracks out there.

Alan Esdaile….Here’s some great tracks….

John Storer…..In the early 80s, Mrs S and I became friends with a couple who were northern soul afficianados … he had been a professional northern soul DJ for many years and had a massive collection of 45s. Frequent visits to their home led to me becoming a huge fan. My two favourites, without a doubt, are the following – Patti Jo Make me believe in you and Gene Chandler There was a time.

Alan Pepper….Enjoyed the documentary , although had seen a lot of it before
Was a Motown man in my youth but do love a few of the classics,
I’m on my way by Dean Parrish, Love love love by Bobby Hebb and my favorite being Moody Woman by Jerry Butler. Can’t dance like that anymore but nice to see
the young generation keeping the faith going !

Alan Esdaile….Gene Chandler There was a time, used to play the James Brown version at Bonitas a lot. Still love the Dean Parrish track, Alan.

Angus Webster….Halcyon days, enjoyed the documentary, Northern Soul was massive in Scotland KTF

Andre Martin…..Had the opportunity to catch up with the Living for the Weekend – Northern Soul, excellent programme with some of the key players from the days of the Wheel, Torch and Blackpool etc. If you have not seen this it is still on iplayer for the next few days.