Chris Squire – Yes bassist dies



Alan Esdaile… Another Great musician, very sad news.

Jim Breeds… It’s like playing skittles lately 🙁 I guess they are all getting to a certain age.

Chris Meachen… Shocked & saddened, another huge talent lost…

John Wilde… Thank you Chris. You were a gentleman when we met. still in awe of your contribution. Journey on good Soul.

Graham Burfield… a great loss to the music world

Graham Belchamber… Very sad news.

Andy Qunta… One of the very best bass players I’ve ever heard. Was fortunate to meet him a couple of times, and he was a lovely fella. RIP.

David Miller… It’s been a pleasure…bless you on the journey.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Sad news

Steve Kinch… A real influence on me. A true one off!

Barry M Dyke… Steve, that explains your skills. Where did Gaz miss out?

Mark Gilham… Another legend lost 🙁

Lucy Pappas… So sad, a great musician

Sarah Harvey… This is sadly becoming all too frequent. Its all so sad :-{

Jim Breeds…. I only saw Yes the one time – at Glastonbury in maybe 2004, 5 or 6. I think Chris Squire was in the lineup. Rick Wakeman certainly was, unusually! On the Jazz stage I think. I know the sun beat down with a vengeance, unusually for Glasto. Superb stuff. I  just checked – Yes’s August 2015 gig will be the first that Squire didn’t play at, so he was at Glasto.

Andy Qunta… Sorry to hear about the passing of Chris Squire. Met him briefly a couple of times, and seemed to be a lovely fella! He is one of the greatest bass players I’ve ever heard. However, “bass player” is not enough to describe him, as that would put him in a category with many others, whereas I would put him in a category of two – him and John Entwhistle. They were the first players of the rock era, in my opinion, that brought bass playing to the fore, playing lead lines as much as bass lines. Thanks for the music and the inspiration, Chris! RIP!

Phil Gill… A sad loss and a one off in terms of bass playin. He was a huge influence on me and inspiration for my seminal forays into the dark arts of bass playing.

Alan Wood…. How sad,still full of life last year at the Albert Hall,RIP

Dennis Torrance… Just watching Who on tv, just seen news, totally gutted, am Yes fan

Paul Dove… Yet another legend gone sad day

Iain Cobby… My reason for buying a Rickenbacker 4001 back in the mid 70’s. My 4004 now has a black ribbon on it. This man defined the instrument with his innovative lines, and lets not forget his vox. with Jon Anderson their harmony’s were peerless in creating that Yes sound.
“All those moments, lost in time, like tears in rain” thanks for you legacy Chris, R.I.P.

Jim Breeds… Brian May on Chris Squire. Fascinating read about the connection between Yes and Queen.

The Happy Ballroom and more 26th June 1965 by Andre Martin

The history of the Happy Ballroom, Hastings Pier continues after the enforced break, thanks to BT making such a mess of a simple operation to move my telephone and broadband to our new location – but that’s life. Here we are its Saturday 26th June 1965 and things have not changed with regards to the entertainments that are being offered on the Pier, I did take a look at the minutes of the Pier Management over the last few weeks, and there is almost nothing mentioned about the Ballroom other than something needs to be done to improve the décor. We will have to wait, all that is happening is the Wrestling once a week, and the advanced publicity for the Old Time Musicals that will start in July.
Along the other end of the Promenade – In Marine Court the Witch Doctor is making more use of Record Nights than live bands, but they are still giving the young people in the area some excellent night’s entertainments. This Saturday we have two popular and regular acts – The Sons of Men and The Lonely Ones, sill very good value for 6/-. Sunday bring the Sunday Afternoon spin – 2.30pm – 5.15pm for only 1/6 !! in the Evening The Sunday Club presents from Ready Steady Go – The Cathy McGowan Show 7.30pm-11.00pm for only 4/-. The next live band will be on Friday with the Defenders – who are described as a FAB Band in the publicity. On the other nights is the record spinning crew doing their best to keep everybody happy?
The weekend would have started off with our regular Friday visit to the London Studios for Ready Steady Go this week Cathy and Keith would have presented some excellent sounds from the likes of The Animals – We’ve got to get out of this place : Donovan – Colours : Bobby Goldsbro – Voodoo Woman : The Hollies – I’m Alive : P J Proby – Let the Waters Run Down.
Saturday on the BBC would have a good mix, 10.00am Saturday Club with Brian Matthews, this week included – Solomon Burke, Them, Julie Grant, Cliff Bennett and The Rebel Rousers, The Migil 5. Following this would have been the ever popular Jack Jackson record Roundabout. 2.00pm and it would have been Saturday Swings, Bruce Wyndham would have introduced – Tom Jones and The Squires, Dennis Loftus, Julie Jones and the New Faces. Brian Matthews would have been back at 4.00pm with Top Gear this week featuring P J Proby, The Yardbirds, Doris Troy and the West Five. Later that evening 11.00pm Pete Murray would be in the hot seat for late night Saturday, which this week featured the new Matt Monro LP – “ I have dreamed”.
Sunday would be the usual mix of Easy Beat at 10.31 with Keith Fordyce and a selection of the current hits and popular tunes { BBC editorial quote}. At mid-day we would have had the regular “ Two Way Family Favourites” BBC London and BFBS Cologne. For any film fans,3.00pm this week in Movie Go Round, one of the featured soundtracks was from “ The Hill “ with Sean Connery, Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen and Ian Hendry. This was followed by Alan Freeman and Top of The Pops.
Television highlights’ this weekend – Juke Box Jury with David Jacobs, and his guests were Sam Costa, Miriam Karlin, Sylvie Vartan and Bobby Vinton. On the other side would have been “ Thank Your Lucky Stars” Brian Matthews presenting from Birmingham – Solomon Burke, The Marvelletts, The Pretty Things, The Searchers, Dusty Springfield and Them. For those waiting for their Saturday night music spots, would have seen on the BBC at 5.00pm The Telly Goons – with Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers.
The Pirate Radio stations were working as hard as ever in keeping us also entertained and giving us a choice of what we want to tune into, so we were very lucky with the choice. The summer was almost upon us and for many like myself the thoughts of summer jobs from college and materialised into work, after a bad start with Butlins in Skegness, when I went all that way to find the job did not materialise I came back to Hastings and this weekend 50 years ago started with Maidstone & District working as a conductor from Brook Street in the town centre – KK 51072 was my licence number and somewhere I still have my badge – but please don’t ask to see it, it is somewhere in all the unpacked boxes and crates. That is one of the down side of moving home, add to that books and tapes and records, and you can see the problems !!
It’s good to be back and many thanks to Alan for keeping you posted as to why “ The History of the Happy Ballroom on Hastings Pier “ had been missing for the last few weeks. Let’s hope that we have some nice weather and that the summer continues to be a happy time. Until next week, you all take care.                 2015 © Andre Palfrey- Martin

Pete Fairless… Welcome back, Andre

Andre Martin… Its a pleasure to be back and things working, should be getting some more RAM on the system tomorrow so that should eliminate any technical problems, fingers crossed.

Alan Esdaile… Welcome back Andre, we missed you.

Alex Chapman… Did you moved to Siberia? B|

Andre Martin… No Alex would you believe only about 2 miles, but BT made such a mess of my communications that it has taken since 26 May to last week to get it all up and running, am still surrounded with boxes and crates but we are slowly getting things sorted. xx

Jim Breeds… Welcome back from the vortex Andre, we’ve missed you and these excellent posts! Donovan sang colours when I saw him being interviewed for the BBC Radio 4 Mastertapes programme earlier this month. To be broadcast later this year. He kept saying he was from Bohemia but I don’t think he meant the Hastings one smile emoticon

Bath Festival of Blues & Progressive Music – 1970


source: Hallucinogenic Mausoleum

Alan Esdaile…. This is what I call a line up!

Patrick Lewis…what a line up. Legend after legend.


Gary Kinch… Nice to see Jefferson playing twice…..well, most of them anyway.

Chris Giles… That would have been awesome

Gramovox Floating Record – what are your thoughts on this?

Phil Gill… OK, it’s nice, but three observations. Jukeboxes have been playing vertical vinyl since the 1940s. And gravity is a very efficient force which was put there for us to harness for free. Which is why the horizontal turntable is a cheaper, more efficient device. And the average punter can’t real discern the difference between a £500 turntable and a £5000 turntable. Hifi has a lot of smoke and mirrors. On a scale of 1 to 100, £750 will get you up to 95. £5,750 will get you up to 97. And your ears will be hard pressed to notice £5,000 worth of difference.

Chris Meachen… A very attractive gadget, but I’d not trust my precious vinyl on one. Much prefer decent vintage hifi;- I’m still using the amp I bought new over 35 years ago….

Phil Gill… So, still in mono then Chris?

Chris Meachen… Haha… Only the photos from back then, Phil..

Phil Gill… I’d love to spend some time with you looking through those photos Chris. You documented our youth.

Alan Esdaile… Likewise Phil would love to look through Chris’s photos. Perhaps we can get him to bring some along to the next SMART meeting?


Paine Electrics – Kings Road, St Leonards-on-Sea


Eric Cawthraw suggested this post.

Eric Cawthraw … I’ve seen the article on local Music Shops. Well, I’ve come up with another one, now long gone. It was Paine Electrics and it was about half way down Kings Road in St. Leonards.

It had an odd selection of LPs – I remember buying ‘Brainticket’ in there. I think the only other people who popped in to buy a copy were Simon Pont and Clive Richardson! Euro Space Rock – and they are still going. They must have just got back to our galaxy….naa noo naa noo.

Anyone got anymore memories and cuttings/photos?

Phil Gill… I bought the first Taste album and Zappa’s Live at the Fillmore there. Young Carey and i were always in there.

Patrick Lewis… Brought several albums there: Barclay James Harvest Live Tapes, Joni Mitchell Blue and Beach Boys 20/20.

Andre Martin… Always had a good selection of records, when they sold out, the back catalogue was really fantastic, bought lots of London American from their old stock.

Mick O’Dowd… Yeah I bought the odd disc in there but there was a second-hand/junk shop(now that’s an oddity) at the bottom that I picked up American imports and first got “Tracks of My Tears” by The Miracles on import even though I had no idea what it was! Snobbery was the name of the game as I used to supply the records at The Grove Road YC and I thought with all these imports I could impress the birds (sorry girls!)

Nick Prince… They also sold televisions and we got our first colour tv from them. It was a 14 inch Grundig portable and cost over £400 around 1976.

John Wilde… I  lived at 8 Kings Rd and often bought Lps from the two guys at Paines. They were a cheerfull pair.

Chris Meachen… Used to cycle there specially from Ore on occasions, then more often once I was at college, & it was conveniently close.. Bought a couple of Gentle Giant albums on my last visit there, but missed it going…

Terry Huggins… Was this company anything to do with Farley Paine who had a shop at the bottom of Castle Hill Road where the car park is now?

SMART SOUNDS by Colin Bell reviewing Nearly A Sin by One The Juggler.

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I must confess that for whatever reason until receiving this album OTJ flew completely under my radar back in 1984 when this was first released. Their best known single ‘Passion Killer’ rang a distant bell and that was all. So here for the first time on CD is this release with an additional nine bonus tracks for good measure. So what do we have, well the immediate impression is of a post punk band with glam rock leanings and the odd touch of strings ala ABC. I try to avoid comparisons but I don’t think anyone would argue with the obvious Bowie/Mott/Roxy vibe going on here. Indeed Bowie was a hero to the band and Mick Ronson was lined up for the producers chair on the follow up album. N.A.S. needs, in my view, a good few listens to get the aforementioned influences out of the head and get down to the essence of the band. Clever lyrics and some memorable melodies emerge ‘Djangos Coming’ and ‘Damage Is Done’ are two examples. The interplay between acoustic and electric guitar is neat and the band can certainly rock when they want to. I get the overall feeling that like so many bands OTJ were no doubt a great ‘live’ act who didn’t quite capture their all on disc.
However if you like glam rock with a twist you’ll love this and the quality of the recording is first class. The band has recently reformed and will be playing gigs. I think its quite possible i’ll go along to one!

For more information go to                                                                   Coming soon ‘Stone the Crows’ til then….                                         colin-head-111x150


Janet Crowl…. Did you get to a gig Alan?

Alan Esdaile… No sorry missed them, so did Colin Bell who wrote the review. However keep us updated on any future gigs.


The Talismen – 1987 Hastings Pier big beat reunion.


supplied by Hastings Groups from 1958 to the present

The TALISMEN (Chris Sayer, Henry Harvey, Peter Head and Peter (Jonah) Jones playing at the 1987 Pier Big Beat Reunion.

Jenny Tyler… I was there.

Colin Fox… Does anyone know if Peter Head is still about? He must have retired from Hastings police some years ago.

Peter Millington… Hi Colin, Pete is still about but has now retired from “Sleight of Hand” and I believe he’s doing some gigs with his Sister. He did a “cracking” musical tribute to Paul Burton along with several other groups, acts at his “wake” on 3rd February last, at the East Hastings Angling Club. He’s certainly not wearing Blue any more!

Colin Fox… Hi Peter. Glad to hear he is still playing.

What is your most treasured vinyl?


source: vintage tv tv channel

Philip John… Okay Alan, it’s hard to choose just one so I’v pared it down to the top 5. No.1 would be LOVE / FOREVER CHANGES. No.2 MOTT THE HOOPLE / MAD SHADOWS. No.3 THE ROLLING STONES / LET IT BLEED. No4. FLEETWOOD MAC / RUMOURS. No5. SPIRIT / 12 DREAMS OF DR.SARDONICUS.

Phil Gill… Signed copy of Todd Rundgren’s “Back to the Bars”. He signed it for me the first time I met him.

Lucy Pappas… Pink Floyd Relics and the hugely scratched Yes Album

Jim Breeds… All of it!

Chris Meachen… Original Blue Horizon label ‘Albatross’ autographed by Peter Green…

John Wilde… Marvin Gaye

Patrick Lewis… Pet Sounds (Beach Boys), American Beauty (Grateful Dead) and the eponymous Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Keith Forbes…  little feat, waiting for columbus.

Amanda Brooks… Witchcraft Coven – Blood on Snow

Martyn Baker… Kokomo

Andy Qunta… Too many to mention all of them! Top of the list ‘Axis: Bold As Love’

Eric Cawthraw… In an age where media access is all so easy with download this and Spotify than, you no longer have to hunt down those little gems of musical magic. It took me about 10 years to track down a copy of the Canned Heat album ‘Livin the Blues’ – mono, on the blue Liberty label. I still love it. I finally tracked it down in good old Flyright Records in Bexhill. Happy days!

Dave Nattress… A good few vinyl specials – T2 “It’ll All Work Out in Boomland”, Mike Bloomfield/Al Kooper, “Live Adventures”, England “Garden Shed”, “An Electric Storm” by The White Noise, these will do for now. Delighted to say I’ve also managed to pick them up on CD.