The Happy Ballroom and more – 18th December 1965 by Andre Martin

Fifty years ago, Saturday 18th December 1965, was a fairly quiet weekend, the Pier has promised something interesting for the Christmas & New Year – but more of that next week.
Friday Nights Ready Steady Go had started the weekend off with some super tooons – The Fourmost “ Girls, Girls, Girls”: The Walker Brother “ My Ship is Coming In” – also on the show Tom Jones, Cleo Laine, Joe Tex, and Dee Dee Warwick. My spies tell me that next week is going to be something special.
Along in Marine Court, the Christmas Decorations are out amongst the shrunken heads ready for the coming weeks. This Saturday night it is the return of Pay Anton & The Peppermint Men, supported by Paul Dean and The Soul Savages! Late Bar till 11.00pm!!- Sunday it’s the Top 30 Afternoon Spin between 2.30pm-5.00pm. Tuesday its Candlelight Record Session, and the week ends with Thursday and The “Muscles” Maxted Show. I quote from the advertisement “This idiot must be seen to be believed”
Over on the BBC – The Light Programme presents Saturday Club with The Hollies : Marianne Faithfull : The Kinks : Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames and The Roulettes, with compere and front man Brian Matthew in control. In the afternoon at 3.30pm its “Pop over Europe” 7.30pm from Cologne courtesy of BFBS its Home and Away and this week’s entertainers include George Chisholm, Mike Burton, The Honeys, Brian Poole & The Trems. 8.15 and its “Carols for Everybody” This is followed at 10.00pm from Butlins Holiday Camp Bognor Regis with “Dancing Round Europe” with the Eric Winstone Orchestra. Late Night Saturday features the Andy Williams Christmas Album.
Sunday morning its 10.00am – Mr Joe “ Piano” Henderson and the Sing-along’s. This is followed by Easy Beat a and lunchtimes “Two Way Family Favourites” from London and Cologne. In the afternoon its “The Joe Brown Show” and at 4.00pm “Pick of the Pops”
Television – Saturday Grandstand, 5.15pm “Juke Box Jury” this week with Cilla Black, Con Clusky, Peter Hague and Edina Rowley. David Jacobs in the Chair. 9.00pm that even ing it was “The Benny Hill Show” Over on ITV – Thank Your Lucky Stars included Jim Dale, The Mersey Beats, Freddie & Thee Dreamers, Alma Cogan, Vince Hill, Kenny Ball and His Jazz Men and Johnny Tillotson.
The build up to Christmas is now well underway, and unlike today, the advertising and decorations do not start to appear until the beginning of December, which goes to show just how things have changed. We still had Buses and Trains running throughout the holiday period, but with many not owning their own means of transport this was essential.
Until next week, make the most of the next few days in the run up to Christmas, the next episode of the History of the Happy Ballroom- Hastings Pier and subsequent stories, is due for release on Christmas Day so I will do my best ! Andre Palfrey-Martin ©2015

Andy Qunta… Fabulous! Thanks, Andre! I loved all the music in those days, but not so much now!

What tracks did every local band play in the 60’s/70’s?

Thanks to Pete Fisher for finding this rare video.

Alan Esdaile…What tracks did every local band play in the 60’s/70’s? Hush, Knock On Wood, Morning Dew and Ride Your Pony. Any others you remember?

Jim Breeds… Me and Bobby McGee.

Mick O’Dowd… Mustang Sally. Route 66, Carol(Chuck Berry and many other assorted Chuck songs).

Will Cornell… Over there, your locals did our songs. Over here? Beatles and Stones.

Karen Sweatman Was Blackman… What the hell is Rod Evans wearing? Great song though.

Len Smith… Everybody needs somebody, You don’t know like I know.

A Christmas 1960s Happening – Tuesday 22nd December 2015. In aid of Respond Academy & St Michael’s Hospice.

60s Happening 27Nov15 FINALHCP

Barry Taylor… Pete Brown accompanied this time by Malcolm Bruce, son of the legendary Jack Bruce of Cream fame. Pete performed a great set at BareFacedBlues on 4/10 and now he is accompanied by someone of extra special note! Buick 6 are also playing, the finest Delta-blues exponents in the UK these days. Peter O’Donnell is playing Bob Dylan songs…plus much more besides.

Press Release….

1960s CHRISTMAS HAPPENING – DECEMBER 22, DOORS OPEN 7PM St Mary in the Castle, Hastings

in aid of St Michael’s Hospice and Respond Academy

Featuring both internationally known and up and coming performers, this 1960s Happening promises to be a groovy and eclectic musical mix, a fun-filled evening where live opera meets pop; and where talented young musicians at the start of their career get to perform alongside established artists and legends of the ‘60s.

Headlining the event on December 22nd at St Mary in the Castle, Hastings, are Cream lyricist Pete Brown and composer/multi-instrumentalist Malcolm Bruce, who will be performing classic songs from and about the 1960s, and three-piece delta blues band Buick 6.

Pete Brown co-wrote ‘60s hits including White Rooms, Sunshine Of Your Love, and I Feel Free, while Buick 6 comprises three of the UK’s finest musicians – Roger Hubbard on guitar/vocals, Colin Gibson on bass and Steeleye Span’s Liam Genockey on drums.

The 1960s Christmas Happening will be in several parts. Opening the evening will be talented young artists from Respond Academy performing songs from the era. Respond Academy is an alternative education and youth project based in St Leonard’s, enabling young people to gain new skills in music, media and the creative arts. There will also be performances from two talented young vocalists based in Lewes, Florence D’Haemer and Norina Dixon.

Then a short operetta The Telephone, by Gian Carlo Menotti- a romantic comedy performed on a stylish 1960’s set. It stars two young performers Czech singer Gabriela Bohacova and baritone Timothy Patrick. Gabriela began playing piano and singing in an opera group aged 5, and is now a versatile musical performer, while Timothy has performed with numerous opera companies. Frances Rayner (international prize-winner) will provide piano accompaniment.

The second part of the evening will feature live music from a range of artists including singer/songwriter Odette Michell (“…a smartly crafted blend of soulful narrative set against a backdrop of haunting folk/pop rhythms”- RealCity Magazine) who will perform ‘60s covers; The Locomotions, playing their second ever gig – ‘60s funk by The Meters and James Brown; Peter O’Donnell singing songs by Bob Dylan; and west-end performer Rachel McCarron with songs from 1960s musicals.

Headliners Buick 6 and then Pete Brown and Malcolm Bruce will close the evening.

More acts are still to be announced!

The show is directed by Mischa Frankel who is producing the event in partnership with St Mary in the Castle, and has many years of experience in fringe and mainstream theatre.

Michele Frankel is looking for anyone interested in taking to the stage during the intervals and talking about 1960’s memories. Anyone interested please let me know and I will pass on your details.