Hastings Rock – Top 100 – 2015


Hastings Rock – Top 100.
100: Aqualung – Jethro Tull99: Blame It On The Boom Boom – Black Stone Cherry98: Hush – Deep Purple97: Sonne – Rammstein96: Still Of The Night – Whitesnake95: Sympathy For The Devil – The Rolling Stones94: Thunderstruck – AC/DC93: 2 Minutes To Midnight – Iron Maiden92: Hall Of The Mountain King – Savatage91: Hotel California – The Eagles90: In Too Deep – Sum 4189: Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd88: Touch Too Much – AC/DC87: Wishing Well – Free86: Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden85: Breadfan – Budgie84: Fear Of The Dark – Iron Maiden83: Now – Def Leppard82: Phantom Of The Opera – Iron Maiden81: Sheep – Pink Floyd80: Wind Of Change, Scorpions79: Dr Feelgood, Motley Crue78: Dude (Looks Like A Lady), Aerosmith77: Children Of The Grave, Black Sabbath76: Heaven And Hell, Black Sabbath75: Long Live Rock N Roll, Rainbow74: Love In An Elevator, Aerosmith73: Teenage Kicks, Undertones72: Behind Blue Eyes, The Who71: Black Sabbath, Black Sabbath70: Bridge Of Sighs, Robin Trower69: Eyes Of A Stranger, Queensryche68: Fade To Black, Metallica67: The Devil’s Answer, Atomic Rooster66: 21st Century Schitzoid Man, King Crimson65: All Along The Watchtower, Jimi Hendrix64: Another Brick In The Wall, Pink Floyd63: Bring Me To Life, Evanescence62: Layla, Derek And The Dominoes61: Rockin’ In The Free World, Neil Young60: Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin59: Brothers In Arms – Dire Straits58: Burn – Deep Purple57: Killing In The Name Of – Rage Against The Machine56: Sloe Gin – Joe Bonamassa55: Caroline – Status Quo54: Rime Of The Ancient Mariner – Iron Maiden53: Welcome To The Jungle – Guns N’ Roses52: The Chain – Fleetwood Mac51: Knights Of Cydonia – Muse50: Zombie – The Cranberries49: Master Of Puppets – Metallica48: Mr Crowley – Ozzy Osbourne47: Holy Diver – Dio46: She Sells Sanctuary – The Cult45: Alright Now – Free44: Back In Black – AC/DC43: Since You’ve Been Gone – Rainbow42: Blackbird – Alterbridge41: Wasted Years – Iron Maiden40: Hysteria – Def Leppard39: Parisienne Walkways – Gary Moore38: Emerald – Thin Lizzy37: Doctor Doctor – UFO36: Nothing Else Matters – Metallica35: Hallowed Be Thy Name – Iron Maiden34: Highway Star – Deep Purple33: Run To The Hills – Iron Maiden32: Highway To Hell – AC/DC31: Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd30: Carry On My Wayward Song – Kansas29: Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin28: Iron Man – Black Sabbath27: Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi26: Paint It Black – The Rolling Stones25: 21 12 – Rush24: One – Metallica23: Paradise City – Guns N’ Roses22: November Rain – Guns N’ Roses21: Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana20: Shine On You Crazy Diamond – Pink Floyd19: Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen18: Paranoid – Black Sabbath17: Voodoo Chile – Jimi Hendrix16: Spirit Of Radio – Rush15: The Trooper – Iron Maiden14: War Pigs – Black Sabbath13: Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses12: Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple11: Ace Of Spades – Motorhead10: Whole Lotta Rosie – AC/DC9: (Don’t Fear) The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult8. Child In Time – Deep Purple7: Stargazer – Rainbow6: Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who5: Kashmir – Led Zeppelin4: Enter Sandman – Metallica3: Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin2: Freebird – Lynyrd Skynyrd1. Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd.

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Jenny Tyler… Thanks to Hastings Rock, for some brilliant rock.

Alan Esdaile… some great classic. Not many new bands and the bands that changed our youth are still at the top.

Wendy Weaver… What no WASP? I”m getting the DTs

Jim Breeds… Some duffers in that list! Six by AC/DC for starters.

Alan Pepper… Thanks for that ! Didn’t hear it all on Friday night. I had three in the top ten on my list that was entered . Won’t get fooled again was top of mine.  Hasn’t changed much over the years has it ? but loads by sabbath and AC/DC I notice !! By the way where do you draw the line in this genre Does new wave count –  Jam / Ian Dury / Pistols etc. ? Great music nevertheless  ROCK ON TOMMY !!

Alan Esdaile… I thought they would have had a lot of younger listeners voting for Avenged Sevenfold, Slipknot, Black Veil Brides etc. but perhaps they agree that early rock is better.

Terminology – The Rock & Roll Doctor Henri Batasuna – Hastings Music Files 1995.


supplied by Hastings Music Files.(Phil Little, Jacqueline Wearn, Jeremy Gillet and Martin Richter).

Still agree with most of these. Anyone got any new ones to add?

Yvonne Cleland… True that!

Martin Richter… Henri Batasuna….? who was that masked band?

Roy Penfold… Isn’t Jazzy more than two chords (three if you count the bridge)?

Dave Sutherland – The Filo Thursday 28th May 2015


Anyone remember Dave Sutherland who used to gig in the George Street Hall?  He’s back and playing @ The FILO – tomorrow night – Thurs 28th May 2015.

Alan King ….. He’s a singer songwriter with more than a touch of ‘Americana’ about him (compares with Ralph McTell, Gordon Lightfoot etc) – he’s a decent guitar player and a very good songwriter. I used to give him gigs at the 12 Bar in Denmark St back in around 95 when he first started and we used to do gigs in the George St Hall in the Old Town about 20 years ago, Bert Jansch produced his first album. Nanci Griffiths took him under her wing about 10 years ago and he toured america with her a few times – he has a bit of a following in Hastings so it should be busy – ish

The Scalliwags 40 years reunion video by Kevin Burchett.

Kevin Burchett…Madeline Joyce Morton & Kevin Burchett would like to thank all you Scalliwagers. We raised £2.574.39 for Hastings Lifeboat. Plus £80 cheque from The Alexandra Social Club Bexhill made out to the Lifeboat but was given to us to donate. So grand Total of £2.654.39. Think we should all be very proud. Hope you all had a fantastic night and have recovered. Kevin and I are getting there slowly lol. Who’s up for another one? Xx

John Wilde… Wide waistlines and grey hair.

Battle Memorial Hall – 1970. She Trinity, Martyn James Expression, Couriers, Sunny Jay Breed, BB James Express, Krishna Kudu, Embers and Genesis Creation.

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Alan Esdaile… I remember seeing She Trinity and supporting Martyn James Expression.

Nigel Ford… Roy was telling me they had a huge heavy piano or Hammond organ that they needed lots of hands to help get it down the stairs and up onto the stage. (before the lift was there and that wouldn’t have been big enough) I was there later for the gig and most other weeks too.

Andy Knight… Not at this gig but saw MJ Expression, I was in Material Sunlight Expression about that time.

Alan Esdaile… Andy, don’t remember Material Sunlight Expression. Who was in the band?

Andy Knight… Bit vague Alan but we rehearsed at Chris Dann’s house so Chris on Bass, me on drums but can’t remember who was on guitar

The Happy Ballroom and more 22nd May 1965 by Andre Martin.

Fifty years ago – Saturday 22nd May 1965 – the Happy Ballroom on Hastings Pier is empty as it had been the week before, nothing in the press gave any indications as what was being planned. All that was listed was that Wrestling would be presented every Monday from 17th May, and that an Old Time Music Hall was to be presented SIX nights a week from early July. No reference to any Dancing, Pop or otherwise, no reference to the Longest Bar in Town. The management must have thought about different uses for the coming summer season. We will have to see what time brings.
The weekend started as ever in the hands of Redifusion Television and Ready Steady Go – Friday 14th included The Kinks, The Dave Clarke Five, Spencer Davis Group and Sandie Shaw. This week it was topped by The Four Tops, The Who and Connie Francis. That would have put everybody in a good mood for the coming days.
The last couple of weeks had seen the Witch Doctors continue to present some of the best working and recording bands at the time. I wonder just how many of these you remember seeing at the Club or elsewhere at the time. I think that Saturday 15th May was one of the best nights – OK I am biased – Tony River & the Castaways, supported by the Eccentrics. Tony and his band were one of the hardest working I had known and he had a good following in Hastings. The Sunday Club presented Herbie Goins & The Nightimers – another excellent R&B act.
The following weekend would see on Friday – Up and coming The Equals, featuring Eddie Grant. Saturday brought a sensational double bill – Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band and the Puppets. Sunday R&B night was recording artistes the Herd. Friday a new attraction for the club – The Blues Creatures. In between the happy trio of Trevor, John and Tony [Ginger] would keep the discs spinning. I understand that these records were supplied by Alan Jensen of The Disc Jockey so all tastes were well covered.
The BBC were up to strength with the range of music on offer, over the two weeks, all the regular shows offer some good music, Saturday Club featured such as Val Doonican, the Ivy League, Mr Acker Bilk, Spencer Davis Group, Billy J Kramer, The Everly Brothers, Manfred Mann Heinz and The Wild Boys, all kept under control by Brian Matthews. Saturday Swings included Zoot Moneys Big Roll Band, the Hollies, Julie Grant, The Searchers, Sandie Shaw – plus a good selection of discs! Top Gear – The Rockin Berries, The Artwoods, The Checkmates and The Lady Birds.
Sunday lunchtime national treasure – Family Favourites – had a three way tie up with London, Cologne and Malta. I remember when we open up the new BFBS Studios in Malta a few years later, when working with MOD/MPBW who was responsible for the construction and commissioning.
Television pop was still mainly limited to Thank Your Lucky Stars from Birmingham, Brian Matthews introducing a wide range of US and UK acts, i9ncluding Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, Ray Anton & The Peppermint Men, Twinkle, Danny Williams, Unit 4+2, Screaming Lord Sutch and many more. David Jacobs was in charge with Juke Box Jury – whose panel members included – Mrs Mills, Peter Murray, Sandie Shaw, Tsai Chin, and Russ Conway & Suzy Kendall.
There we have it a potted version of the two weeks covered by this episode – with very little about the Happy Ballroom on Hastings Pier. Next week will be the first Spring Bank Holiday – last MONDAY in May to be exact. Again there is nothing listed for the Pier ??
Until next week, keep safe out there, the summer will soon be with us, and perhaps the sun will always be shining!!   Andre Palfrey-Martin ©2015

Twinkle – 60’s star of Terry hit dies.



Matt Thomas… R.I.P. Twinkle

Alan Esdaile… R.I.P. Twinkle. I think the single was banned at one stage by the BBC.

Jim Breeds… Awww. 🙁

Barry Newton… Terry and Tell Laura, take me back everytime I hear them. Great times

Chris Giles… Loved that song R.I.P Twinkle

Jane Hartley… Loved that song too, yet another gone too soon

Peter Fairless… Here’s something other than ‘Terry’…

Nigel Ford… Got the 7″ single still and played it on Hastings Rock more than once. RIIP Twinkle.

Stuart Moir… RIP Twinkle, at the gates of heaven with TERRY