Glen Campbell – His Final Epic Ballad.


Alan Esdaile… Very sad.

Mark Gilham…He is one of the greatest writers, musicians and performers ever. (In my humble opinion)

Jennie Tocock… Oh :(. That’s so sad.

David Miller… Only his brain is impaired. His heart and spirit will always know. One thing I picked up from hospice volunteering is that (and this is just a generalisation, epiphanies and the unexpected nonwithstanding) what ever the family dynamic was, it will become more so leading up to and around the time of passing – more grasping and fighting or more loving and supporting etc. Sometimes this miraculous transition, one of two that bookend each equally miraculous seemingly individual journey, opens up the eyes and hearts of some or all of the participants. Time will tell. Human beings being human…..bless us all.

Jim Breeds… 🙁 I used to think “I hope I don’t go because of cancer” or “I hope a heart attack doesn’t get me” and suchlike. But as time has gone by and the human race has cures for many of the diseases and conditions that used to kill us and generally we have healthier lifestyles than even our immediate ancestors did, many of us are now living to an age where the brain is likely to go first, which personally, I now think is probably a more terrifying prospect than the diseases.

Liz Dianto… Heartbreaking

John Kingdon… I have had a stroke and then lost my speech, now I walk around with an oxygen bottle strapped on my back and I still sing at least once a week . Don’t give up until you are ready and certainly don’t worry about something you may get. The anxiety worrying about something you may get is and can be far worse than actually having real problems.

John Wilde… Having lost a parent to Dementia I know just how cruel this can be. Bless his Soul.

Jane Hartley… It is sad, but what’s worse is his family apparently fighting over his care.

Jon McCallion… It is so very sad

Barry Newton… Not a great end to a great artist/legend

Mick O’Dowd… He once played in The Beach Boys.

John Storer… Very moving song and video. For me, the bloke would still have been a god if he had only ever recorded “Wichita Lineman” and “Galveston”. His last album, “See You There” is well worth a listen


Southern Sounds & Guy Darrell & The Midnighters. Sat 10th Oct 1964 by Andre Martin


Andre Palfrey-martin collection. photo of Southern Sounds.

Andre Martin…October moves along and here we are at Saturday 10th, – History of the Happy Ballroom – Hastings Pier. The whole attractions seems on the surface, to have gone into a vacuum – things are happening, but nothing much is being reported, and with our ability to look back, know that things are about to change. However back to the Ballroom, and tonight me have 2 groups all for 5/- and if your 18 and over [laugh] access to the longest bar in town ! Top of the Bill are – Guy Darrell & The Midnighters, supported by Southern Sounds
There is little about Guy Darell and The Midnighters, although they did leave a few releases from the 1960s, and the Midnighters are not to be confused with the Merseyside band of the same name that featured Freddie Starr in the early 1960s. They recorded for Oriole having a couple of minor hits in 1964. The support act, were from Portsmouth – Southern Sounds, a five piece group, playing a lot of covers of both US and UK standards. Apart from this, very little is known about them, they had worked clubs, ballrooms and for the Navy.How times had changed, looking back over the past few months when you think that we had been able to see Chart Hitters, such as the Stones, Animals, Kinks on a regular basis, and now very much run-of-mill entertainments.
The Witch Doctor, had continued with its 7 nights a week policy and this week had included in the line up : Saturday – from Nottingham – The Sheerwoods supported by well known local group -The Talismen : Sunday from Merseyside – The Rhythm & Blues Incorporated : Wednesday it was Johnny Mike & The Shades : and a Blues special for Friday with Little Water. The weekends had started off with its usual bang, if you were able to get to see Rediffusion Cable TV with Ready Steady Go – and on the programme for the Friday night was –The Dave Clark Five –The Honeycombs – “Is It Because?” -Manfred Mann – “Sha La La.
Till next week’s episode, I will leave you with this thought, Bonfire Night processions are upon us, and Hastings for next Saturday will be one not to be missed – enjoy and be safe !! somewhat calmer than I remember from 50 years ago !!                Andre Martin