Time Machine – memories of the soul band by Stuart Moir

Stuart Moir… I spent 6 years of my life singing lead vocals with a fabulous 12 piece line up called “Time Machine” , our speciality was soul music with a 4 piece brass section, male and female lead vocals, 2 backing vocals, keyboard, lead guitar bass and drums, we packed out Falaise Hall before it became a gym, it was a sad time when the lead guitarist suddenly passed away and the life and of course soul disappeared for ever.

Andy Qunta… Impressive line-up! Wish I could have seen you guys!

Stuart Moir… It was a really powerful brass section driven by bass and drums, I loved every minute singing with the guys .

Robert Searle… I played with you in Suspects at Falaise Hall Stuart.What was the name of the guitarist you mentioned?

Terry Pack… I depped with the band a few times, at Hellingly(?) and Something Cross.

Len Smith… Stuart am I correct in thinking during this period you reduced from 12 and renamed Big Bang before Trevor Pitson passed away?

Jenny Tyler… I saw Time Machine at Falaise Hall, they were brilliant. I think I saw yhem at The Star Inn at Normans Bay. X

Mick O’Dowd… Saw you at Falaise Hall Stuart. Was going to see Bob Geldof at The White Rock but he cancelled at last minute. You totally blew me away. Especially liked the brass appearing from behind with the Soul Finger intro. Fantabidosi!

The Happy Ballroom and more 28th August 1965 by Andre Martin

Who would have thought that 50 years ago we would be celebrating a change to the Bank Holidays ? Yes in fact August Bank Holiday 1965 was the first at the END of the month, not as in previous years, since around 1873 the first Monday in August. It is Saturday 28th August 1965 and in the Happy Ballroom, Hastings Pier the Old Time Musical Company are doing great things according to the local press. However, I cannot find any reference to any Bank Holiday Lunchtime entertainment, music and dancing, which is most unusual.
For many of us the weekend would have started in the time honoured way of watching Ready Steady Go on ITV on Friday Night, and this week’s show had a special Bank Holiday feeling with The Rolling Stones special – “Mercy,Mercy” “Cry to me” “Satisfaction” and “Apache” also on the show The Hollies: “Look through any window”, Lulu “Try to Understand” plus The Yard Birds and Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames. This starting of the weekend in a first class way.
The Witch Doctor had brought together some good acts, on Saturday Night it was the turn of The Beat Merchants plus Chapter IV, on the Sunday Club It was the very popular recording group The Mark Four. The rest of the week would have been Record Nights with a whole supporting cast from the resident DJs at the club.
Over on the BBC –The light programmes offering for the weekend were – Saturday – 10.00 Saturday Club with Brian Matthew and this week his guests would have included Allan Sherman, Lulu & the Luvvers, Cliff Bennett& The Rebel Rousers, Heinz and the Wild Boys. 12.00noon it was Lance Ago go. 12.30 Sports Parade, 12.50 The NDO [Northern Dance Orchestra] with Terry Burton. 1.15pm Country Music with David Gell “ Walk Right In” this was followed at 2.00pm by Saturday Swings – this week including The Ivy League, Dennis Lotis, The Blue Aces Showband and The New Radio Orchestra. 4.00pm it was time for Folk Club with Robin Hall and Jimmy MacGregor their guests included The Strawberry Hill Boys, The Spinners and Jim Dale.
Sunday was very much the usual format, with Easy Beat, 2 Way Family Favourites and Top Of The Pops.
However on Bank Holiday Monday this are different, 10.00am “The Beatles Abroad” Brian Matthew is on tour with the Fab Four in Canada and The US. 10.45am “You Really Got Me” – with the Kinks, Yardbirds, Transalantics, Laure Lee, Kenny Lynch and The Kenny Salmon Sound. 12.00noon Mid day spin with Don Moss. 12.50pm it was Monday with Mack – The Ken Mackintosh Orchestra, Don Lang and The Frantic Five, the Ivy League show introduced by Paul Hollingdale. 2.00pm – Swing into Summer with Simon Dee, Adam Faith, the Hollies, Billy J Kramer, Terry Lightfoot Jazz Band, The Baron Knights, TONY RIVERS & THE CASTAWAYS, Marian Williams, Craig Douglas, The Transatlantics, The Brooks. This was followed at 4.00pm with “The Rolling Stones” introduced by Tony Hall and also featuring Hermans Hermits and the Three Bells, at around 5.00pm it would have reverted to Grandstand/results programme.
Television was a little different – on Saturday there was no Juke Box Jury, and BBC1 would have covered live Grandstand from lunchtime to 5.15pm. 7.00pm it was the Billy Smart Circus, 8.00pm “The Likely Lads “this week’s episode – A Star is Born !! 8.25 it was a visit to the City Varieties Leeds for the Good Old Days, with Leonard Sachs as the Chairman. Over on BBC 2 there was a programme called Gadzooks featuring Roger Whittaker, The Beat Girls and The Three Bells.
Thank Your Lucky Stars was broadcast from Birmingham on the Saturday, with Jim Dale, Cliff Bennett & Rebel Rousers, Ken Dodd and Vince Hill.
There you have a potted history of the Bank Holiday 50 years ago, and not a Mod or Rocker in sight, so I don’t know what the press would have come up with to fill their papers. What infuriates me is that people today, who were not there at the time, but think they know all about that period in our social history, keep going on about the Mods and Rockers and The Troubles. I have just one thing to say and I will end – grow up!!
On that ranting note, which is not like me, let’s look forward to the coming weeks and what is happening here in the town now 50 years LATER – The Pier is on the way to being back in our uses, likewise with Bottle Alley and parts of the seafront, we have some cracking events planned this autumn not forgetting the St Michaels Hospice Concerts at the White Rock – lets enjoy, but most of all, lets enjoy our memories.
Till next week episode you all take care                Andre Palfrey-Martin ©2015

What CD’s (or other forms of music) are you listening to in the car?

Just cleared out the glove box of a pile of cd’s as it would no longer shut! Was listening to Mellisa Etheridge (thanks Tony May) then The Small Faces All Or Nothing compilation and have just replaced with The Late Great Nina Simone.

Phil Thornton… sleaford mods : divide and exit !!

Martin Richter… one tape in the car – will smith`s “willennium” on one side and astrud gilberto on the other :-

Jim Breeds… Mumford & Sons latest is on our car CD player quite a lot. As is Peter Knight’s Gigspanner latest, Layers of Ages.

Tim Phillips… Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson, Lonely Robot & Gazpacho at the mo.

Tony Davis… The Hold Steady, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes

Peter Thomson… Alternating between Best of Robert Palmer and Carol King’s Tapestry. Both 3 quid in Sainsbury’s – which is probably cheaper than the vinyl I bought in certain reputable Hastings record shops!

Bob Cockburn… This week I am mainly lstening to “lnarticulate Speech of the Heart” by Van Morrison & “One from The Heart” by Tom Waits & Crystal Gayle…..I think I may have a heart problem !!

Chris Sambrook… If I had a car, the nearest to playing music on the move is via IPOD whilst riding my cycle on the cycle lane of course. This week is The Race for Space by Public Service Broadcast & Born in the Echoes, Chemical Brothers.

Alan Pepper… At present in the car I have Tammi Terrell The Complete Sessions Paloma Faith latest and 20 Golden Greats by Nat King Cole !

Dave Nattress… Hold Steady – nice one, but ATM, Presence LZ, Foals latest, Maccabees and Taste

Peter Fairless… The Clash

Geoff Peckham… Chico Buarque – Minha Historia; The Very Best of Chinese Music; and Tampa Red – Dynamite!

Phil Thornton… I’ve just orded another Sleaford Mods album … while I’m waiting for that to arrive I have mostly been listening to Leftfield:Leftism and Pink Floyd : Animals

Eric Cawthraw… POD by the Afro-Celt Sound System, and compilations of The Silencers, Amon Duul II and Tangerine Dream – and oh yes, Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake by the Small Faces. Good old Stanley Unwin – he makes more sense than I do. Very good on those eardroves.

Clive Richardson… John Martyn Solid Air and Van Morrison Greatest Hits.

Tony Davis… Had a change today and am giving a listen to the Peter Sarstedt album from 1969. I think its a great bit of psych singer/songwriter stuff

Terry Huggins… I don’t have a car, but I’m playing a lot of Sister Sin, Crucified Barbara, Kobra & The Lotus, Lesbian Bed Death and Doro records lately.

Phil Thornton… Still waiting for the sleaford mods album to arrive !! So I’m making do with the monkees and the B52’s

Jennie Tocock…This week it’s been The Best of REM and The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine album!! Last week it was Spin Doctors “Turn it Upside Down”.

SMART Coffee Meet 22 – Friday 4th September 2015.


The next SMART coffee meet is Friday 4TH SEPTEMBER 2015 – 3.30pm till 6.00pm – The Seafront Room, White Rock Hotel.

Please bring any photos, cuttings, posters, records etc that would be interesting for others to see and please mention it to others.

New people are most welcome to join us.

Keith Forbes… and if you finish on time, you can get to the BGC festival…

Janette Clare Morfey… excellent!

Alan Esdaile… and later on the 4th September don’t forget the Big Green Cardigan Festival – Titus 18.30-19.00, Mick Bolton 20.00-20.20, Expandis 20.30-21.20 and others.

Mick O’Dowd… Oh come all ye faithfull!

Matt Thomas… Might pop down

Jimmy Kent… Hopefully see you there

Linda Day… See you there guys

Tony Davis… Sorry – won’t be able to make it this time folks. Sometimes work comes first – regretably

Mick O’Dowd… Remember it’s now to the left of reception & not in the bar as was.

Jim Breeds… A week too early for me – I keep missing ’em! One day! 🙂