John Tout – R.I.P. – tribute by Colin Bell.

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Colin Bell… I’m personally deeply saddened to report the passing of John, wonderful musician, very old friend and a lovely sweet guy. John was the keyboard player in Ruperts People, Hastings Pier stalwarts and as some of my SMART friends will know RP are a band ive had a long association with since 1967. Away from his work with RP John will no doubt be best remembered for his decade with the ‘classic’ line up of Renaissance from 1970 1980. And I guess from that time in particular the song ‘Northern Lights’. Always a shy and modest guy I sometimes wondered if he ever appreciated what a great musician he was. Me, Ray, Rod and Steve will miss him greatly as will many others who were touched by his music and his gentle spirit. R.I.P. old friend.

Andy Qunta… RIP John.

Bob Marley’s first gig in the UK 1972 was at De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill by Mike Curtis.

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live in concert in Dalymount Park on 6 July 1980. source: Eddie Mallin

cutting Bexhill Observer 8th July 1972 source: Bexhill Museum

Mike Curtis… A bit of local music history.
1. Bob Marley and the Wailers’ first ever UK gig was at the De La Warr Pavilion.
2. Paul Simon played DLWP 30/8/1965, with Shirley Collins.
3. Paul also played at The New Inn in Sidley at around the same time.
4. Paul Robeson played at DLWP, pronouncing it to be be the best venue, acoustically, he had ever played.

Anyone lucky enough to go to any of these gigs?

Yvonne Cleland… I thought Bob Marley and the Wailers’ first ever UK gig was in Nottingham. When are you claiming they played the DLWP? Do you have any documentary or pictorial evidence please? Oh no, hang on, he toured as support for Johnny Nash first, with Wailers as backing band. Spring-Summer 1972. However, did 2 shows at Bexhill and Bexleyheath without Johnny Nash (I think). All info gratefully received plus any documentary evidence. This needs to be in Bexhill Museum archives!

Pete Fisher… Here’s the link about Bob Marley with autographed programme

Yvonne Cleland… The first ever Bob Marley gig in the UK – at the DLWP: Found out more from an old newspaper at Bexhill Museum. On the bill were:- Bob Marley and the Wailers, The Equals and Johnny Nash. It was a charity event.