Happy Ballroom Hastings Pier & more – 13th March 1965 by Andre Martin

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Andre Palfrey-martin collection

Andre Martin… Mid March already, and we had similar weather 50 years ago, a mixture of some days Cold and other warm, the only different is that in 1965 we had Snow at the beginning of the month! Saturday 13th March 1965 in the Happy Ballroom on Hastings Pier saw the usual programme of The Gordon Rider Dance Orchestra providing music for both “pop” dancing and the more traditional “togetherness”. The Witch Doctor in Marine Court was working Seven Days a Week, with a variety for the young people of the town. Saturday night, a double bill. – Guy Darrell and The Midnighters, supported by Jon Best and The Challengers. Sunday Club – Johnny B Great and The Quotations. A change was planned for mid week – Thursday Night was now branded Big Rave Night with all the TOP records. Friday it was Sonny Child and the Elder Consolidates. We had started the weekend with Friday night – Ready Steady Go, this week Keith and Cathy had presented a good variety – Donovan “ Catch the Wind” – Gerry and The Pacemakers “ I’ll be there” Francoise Hardy “ All Over the World”, The Temptations and Little Stevie Wonder. And from Brighton, Gary Farr and the T Bones. BBC Radio Light programme had kept up the pop provision [ perhaps driven by the competition from the Pirates ] Saturday Club : Ivy League, Danny Williams, Brian Poole & The Tremeloes, Tammy St John, The Artwoods and Long John Badry. Brian Matthews would be spinning top discs. Saturday Swings at 2.00pm with Clinton Ford, Patsy Ann Noble, The Travellers, with the Morgan James Duo. Brian Matthews was back at 4.00pm with Top Gear – Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames and Roy Orbison.Sunday was Easy Beat time, Matt Monro, Kenny Ball and the Johnny Howard Band. Juke Box Jury was taking a break, but on the commercial channel – Thank Your Lucky Stars was going strong – Bachelors, Joe Brown & the Bruvvers, Troy Dante, Marianne Faithful, Moody Blues, Them and Tommy Roe with Brian Matthews and Janice Nicholls. There is not much else to report from 1965, things have settled down and we are all looking forward to the Easter Weekend, but that would be some 4 weeks away, and would the Mods & Rockers Invasions return ? Until we answer that question, you all take care out there, wrap up warm and hope that the month will “go out like a lamb, and not like a Lion “.    Andre Palfrey-Martin ©2015.

Blue Oyster Cult – Tour Programme 1978 (a few pages featured) supplied by Eric Cawthraw.

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supplied by Eric Cawthraw

Eric Cawthraw… it was a tour to promote their Spectres album. The gig I went to was at the Hammersmith Odeon – as it then was. The support was Japan when they were still heavy long-hairs, so before they changed their image and musical direction. I think it cost BOC £250K to put this on – serious money in those days – and the laser show was amazing for its time.
Some things never change – we went by train and trying to get back to Hastings was diabolical. We ended up catching the mail train to Brighton at 3.00 am, then came along the coast. The coach we travelled in was one of those old ones where the walkway ran down the side and the separated compartments had those overhead nets for you luggage. 2 of us slept in them with 2 more stretched out on the seats underneath. I think Kev Potter and John Storer were in the baggage rack! The jouney was as memorable as the gig!, These are just a few of the pages.

Carol Bolton… Mick met them whilst he was touring with Mott in the 70s. He said he was surprised to meet musicians even smaller than he was. 😉

Leigh Wieland-Boys… I  went to that BOC gig too, was absolutely brilliant! Loved Japan! We parked in the British Oxygen Company (BOC) opposite – very appropriate!

Nigel Ford… Bernie Martin of ” Warehouse Light & Sound ” worked with them for some time, I think he said he was their roadie. We stumbled across them by accident in “Downtown” Las Vegas several years ago playing free at the Harley Davidson centenary celebrations there and Steppenwolf the following evening!

Graham Belchamber… Sounds like the train journeys I endured after Rush at Hammy Odeon in 1979 and Rainbow at Wembley in.1980, where a mini riot took.place as Blackmore refused to do an encore as the crowed were too quiet. Chairs lobbed at stage, fire extinguishers set off…,

Robin Thicke Marvin Gaye Blurred lines

suggested by Wesley Magoogan


Alan Esdaile…  I like the line… there’ll be about 20,000 indie bands from the last 30 years getting extremely nervous that they’re about to hear from the Velvet Underground’s lawyer.

Jim Hobbs… Jimmy Savile (yes that one) made a comment on ‘Juke Box Jury’ in the sixties that we must be running out of ways to create original music. Maybe we have got to the point where we sample (modern word for steal) riffs or tunes from music of the past. Every tunesmith today is bombarded with music from so many sources that it must be tricky to create something that is completely fresh and new.

Jim Breeds… I remember that Saville comment well. I was horrified at the time that we might run out of new songs over the following couple of years! I expect that the Velvet’s lawyer is too worried about hearing from the lawyers of several late experimental classical composers who influenced John Cale and subsequently, Lou Reed. 😉

Carol Bolton… The Scissor Sisters took plagiarism to new heights, but they done it with style.

Daevid Allen – Gong founder dies aged 77



Thanks to Jim Breeds for posting this.

Alan Esdaile… R.I.P. Daevid. Many people here will have happy and bizarre memories of Gong on Hastings Pier.

Nigel Ford… Yes I was there, bizarre indeed. I seem to remember listening to some of their stuff in a record shop or maybe my brother’s friend’s album and still not “getting” it!

Gary Kinch… I never made it beyond “Wet Cheese Delirium” ……sad to hear non the less.