Mick Hawksworth R.I.P. 28th January 2017.

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supplied by Phil Little

Phil Little… Absolutely bereft to hear that Mick Hawksworth passed away this morning. Only twelve months ago he was sitting in with Mick Bolton trio at The Hastings Arms. Mick was a fantastic player with an immense pedigree going back to Andromeda who I first heard in 1969 on John Peel’s Top Gear. His grandest years were with Alvin Lee and drummer Tom Compton in Ten Years Later. At the end of the 70’s Mick and I teamed up with Mickey Jones in The Flying Pigs and the picture is from an early gig at The George Canning in Brixton. This is leaving a massive hole in my and many others lives because he was such a great person. For years he ferried me and my drums around in his multi coloured panel Ford Cortina with never once a wince or a moan. God bless you and Rest In Peace my brother.

Kathy & Sheri Berry… What incredibly sad news to have only learnt today of Mick’s passing Still in shock. So many memories flooding around. We think we will always be around to get in touch when we get around to it. Time passes and then it’s too late. So sad too that Mick played at Hastings Arms only recently. Down the road and I missed you dear Mick !! Only we know what we shared.
Deepest sympathy to Mick’s family for your sad loss. An amazing person and talented musician.
With love. Kathy and Sheri Berry xxx.

Stallion – The Way 1976

John Wilde… “Some new dreamers town” 1975. We were young and knew everything.

Alan Esdaile… Love this track.

Andy Qunta… Superb! One of their best, and I love all their stuff! Great band!

Phil Gill… Thanks Andy I love all your stuff too! And it’s cool that you’re on this album too.

Andy Qunta… Yes, that’s what I like best about it! 😉 Just kidding! I am very happy to be on it too! Thanks for asking me, you guys!

Phil Gill… Well Andy, we were desperate and cheap and you were cheap and available …. Joking aside, you probably don’t know this, but I was never completely happy with the final mix of Arsony in the UK, so in 1992, I took the 2″ 24 track master to Advision, Geoff Downes’ studio in Brighton, and remixed both songs from that session. The engineer was really young and totally impressed to hear the quality of the recordings, especially the Hammond. He actually said “Is that a real Hammond?” (“Yes son, it is. Great isn’t it?”). He’d grown up on MIDI and samples and never recorded a real Hammond before and was knocked out to be mixing one with real drums, in analogue. And rightly so, you had a great sound and and turned in a great performance. And that’s what’s on the album. It’s a fabulous contribution, so thanks.

Andy Qunta… You’re welcome! It was fun! Great story about your remixing! (Funnily enough, I met Geoff Downes recently!) For your future reference, I am now slightly less available, but just as cheap!

Geoff Peckham… How much, Andy? I know three guys who could do with your services.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Listened to this then clicked on another video of Stallion at Windsor (or Reading – seems to be a bit confusing). Very emotive seeing Steve D up there on stage 😢 Took me back to those heady days xx

Alan Esdaile… Makes me upset as well Leigh. I’m pretty sure its Windsor and Reading on the other video. Phil or John should be able to confirm.

Phil Gill… It’s a compliation of both Alan. And don’t be upset it’s a wonderful memory of Steve at one of the highlights of his life. I love how he stands up and takes a bow at the end.

John Wilde… It is to be celebrated. Heady days indeed.

Jan Warren… Haha, yeahhhhhhhh – trench coats!! 🙂

Jon McCallion… Great stuff, great memories

Dave Nattress… Great days and THE Hastings band. Supported Stallion on the pier a few times in Damaris. Looked up to and were inspired by you guys. I was delighted to get the CD a while ago. RIP Steve D and Tony B. John – what can I say. An amazing performer.