Butch – 18th October 1973

supplied by Cliff Wootton

Featuring Dave Garland, Den Wootton and Cliff Wootton.

Andy Qunta… I remember Butch! Great band! Lovely fellas!

Geoff Peckham… Me too! I don’t recall seeing them, but Dave Garland became a dedicated Factory roadie. (One or two stories there, Andy!?)

Andy Qunta… yes indeed, Dave was Factory’s roadie for quite a while! What a character he was too!

Cliff Wootton… Happy days

Lucy Pappas… That’s the Den and Cliff I remember! Rehearsing in your garage, playing at youth club. Maybe a couple of years before this pic. The beginning of my illustrious career! xx

Dave Nattress… One or two stories Geoff – tell us more. Nothing along the lines of the lurid Led zeppelin Mud-shark story I trust!!!

Geoff Peckham… The once I’m thinking of aren’t for these pages, Dave, believe me!

Alan Esdaile… Probably better to discuss at a SMART coffee meet, Geoff.

Judie Struys… Just tell my brother that I was not the only person in the world who called Motown “Tamla”. It was common pratice in Hastings in the 1970s. He always laughs at me when I say it. So there, David Cash

Glenn Piper… Anyone know where Dave Garland is now?

Andy Qunta… I believe Tony Qunta was in touch with him a couple of years ago. Maybe he knows?

Lucy Pappas… You’re right, Julie, it was always Tamla!

Glenn Piper… Anyone know where Dave Garland is now?

Tony Qunta… Hi Glenn, unfortunately haven’t seen Dave for a few years now. I think the last time I saw him was at Will Thompson’s party. I was in touch with him around the time Factory was about to do the gig at The Carlisle. He was going to be the sound engineer on the gig but it never happened in the end.

Who remembers The Rock Follies?

Lynn Graham… Yep watched all of them and got the album

David Wilkinson… Who are these three ?

Julie Morris… Julie Covington and Rula Lenska – can’t remember the other one but Google says Charlotte Cornwell

Julie Findlay-jones… Oh god yes loved them.

Perri Ann Haste… I used to love this! – I also love Julie Covington’s version of Don’t cry for me Argentina made in ’76 – Better than Madonna’s version by miles.

David Edwards… Julie Covington had a really good voice and went onto do musicals I wonder what she is doing now?

Stella Huggett…  I have the full two series on DVD. Loved the music.

Lloyd Johnson… I remember them…plumb a friend did most of the singing…she also did backing vocals for Roxy..,

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Loved it!

Jan Warren… Oh Yeahhhhh, I loved this series, still got the albums!! – met Julie Covington a few times, she used to come in my local pub in the 80s, we sang together in karaoke and drank together, she was great, good times!!

Gin Genie… Julie Covington Rula Lenska.

Pete Prescott… I do ! Julie Covington (she sang the original and best version of don’t cry for me Argentina) and Rula Lenska.

Dave Nattress… Yes, Julie Covington’s version was superb.  Remember the series well.

Tony Ham… The show that gave The Buzzcocks their name. It’s the buzz, cock.

Tom Hodkin… Now I do feel old …..

Jon McCallion… Great stuff, ive got the album somewhere.

Cliff Wootton… I have the season 1 DVD boxed set on the shelf. Seasons 1 & 2 are available if you want to catch up with some history.

Pauline Richards… Isn’t that Rula Lenska on the end?

Pete Prescott…  It is.

Sandie Carlyon… Brilliant. Think I’ve still got the album from the series

Chris Cozens… Great series. Great band led by Ray Russell with Peter Van Hooke, Chris Parren, Tony Stevens and Brian Chatton with songs by Andy Mackay. Got the CDs, the songbook and the DVDs. Bit of a fanboy.

Alan Parker… If I remember correctly the series never got finished coz of strike action.Last I saw of Charlotte Cornwall was acting a small part on an american tv series, may have been Cold case. Very minor and forgetable, shame. Rula Lenska -coronation st. Julie Covington did a lot of theatre work— what voice she had.

Jacquie Hinves… Yes I do!

 

Unit 4 Plus 2 – Hastings Pier 20th August 1967 – Pink Floyd cancelled.

Alan Esdaile… Did you find out anymore about this Pete Fairless? Here’s the 1967 tour list with Hastings cancelled.

http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/…/1967-tour-dates…

Pete Fairless… Pink Floyd didn’t play, they were having a ‘holiday’. The date was rearranged for the following January, Syd’s last gig, famously

The Happy Ballroom Hastings Pier, The Who & more 21st August 1966 by Andre Martin

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supplied by: Andre Palfrey-martin collection

The month continues and we are now almost at the next Bank Holiday Weekend. However it is still only Saturday 20th August 1966, over on the Pier the entertainment continues to attract many different visitors and residents alike. This Saturday it is the return of one of the most popular regular bands that appear in the Happy Ballroom – Tony Strudwick Big Band Party Night. The big attraction for the young people comes on Sunday with a return visit from The Who – the band had been recently on major tours in France and would shortly being going to Scandinavia, their music included such standards as Heatwave, Dancing in the Street, Barbra Ann and Daddy Rolling Stone, plus I Can’t Explain, Substitute, I’m Boy, A legal Matter & My Generation. They were working on their second album at the time – “A Quick One”. Tuesday it was Wrestling and in addition to the “Sensational American Style Tag team Contest” included in the bill was the Heavyweight contest between Steve Veidor and Al Fontayne. The week ended with Tony Strudwick Show Band. Friday night [19th] it was a great start to the weekend with the visit to “Ready Steady Go” Cathy and Keith in the hot seats and presenting live in the studio Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers : Got to get you into my Life, Salena Scott : I am Yours, Manfred Mann : Just Like a Woman & You gave me somebody to Love, Twice as Nice & The Who : A legal Matter & I’m a Boy. This would also have seen one of the very first appearances of Mike d’Abo in the new line up for Manfred Mann, with Paul Jones having left earlier in the summer. The Witch Doctor following its summer schedule of groups only on Saturday Night – this week it was a visit for the Oxford group Felders Orioles and the Yes “n” No. On Sunday Night it was a Record Rave and the rest of the week advertised as “ make sure you’re in the In crowd”
Let’s take a look at what was on radio, BBC Light Programme for Saturday – 10.00am Saturday Club – Brian Matthew introduced Manfred Mann, Twice as Nice, The Fourmost, Friday Brown & The Checkmates. Later in the day on Swing into Summer included Barron Knights, Acker Bilk, Clinton Ford, Ivy League, Billy J Kramer, Pinkertons Assorted Colours, Searchers, Jackie Trent & Wout Steenhaus. With the football season being under way, another feature on Saturday Afternoon – Association Football was back followed by Sports Report. In the evening it was time for BlackPool Night with Ken Dodd, Mrs Mills and Freddie Davies. A regular visit to the Promenade Concerts would have been followed with Time for Latin and Simon Dee.
On television – BBC 1 had Cricket with Brian Johnson, Peter West, Denis Compton and Richie Benaud, followed by Grandstand. Juke Box Jury this week with David Jacobs chairing –Don Moss, Patsy Ann Noble, Meg Wynn Owen and Fred Emney on the panel. Later in the evening the programmes included Laurel 7 Hardy, Creicket, Till Death us do Part, The Troubleshooters and a Visit to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo with Tom Fleming giving the commentary.  On Sunday we had a choice of BBC Light Programme – David Nixon, Children’s Favourites, Mrs Mills and Easy Beat. The forces link up this week at noon would include London Koln and Borneo, later in the afternoon it was the Morecomb & Wise radio Show, Movie Go Round – How to steal a Million with Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole. Singe something simple followed by Steptoe & Son. Sunday half hour this week came from HMPrision Exeter. A womens hour special from Moscow was followed by Jazz scene. Over on television there was “It’s a KO” between Lytham St Annes and Fleetwood, and Ked Dodd from Blackpoo was another high light of the day
Over on the Pirate ships, this week’s charts would include Big L Radio London: Small Faces: All or Nothing, Ken Dodd : More than Nothing, Beatles : Yellow Submarine, Napoleon XIV : They’re coming to take me away, Ha Ha. Cliff Bennet & The Rebel Rousers : Got to get you into my Life. Over on Caroline South – Beatles : yellow Submarine, Beach Boys : God only Knows, Lovin Spoonful : Summer in the City, Mamas and Papas : I saw her again last night, Los Bravos : Black is Black. Here we are at the end of the week, and from records it shows that the weather went from warm in the early days to wet and cooler towards the end, I do recall that we had several days of heavy rain towards the end of the month, so much so that on some of the bus routes, the water came under the doors and made the floor a little wet and slippery. The 900th celebrations continue towards their climax on 14th October, and the town was decked out with bunting and flags making it very festive. Until next week episode, all take care out in the big wide world and watch this space for events and changes that are about to take place.
Andre Palfrey-Martin © 2016

Here’s The Who a few weeks later at Felixstowe on 8th Sept 1966.

Andre Martin… OMG – Lynne that would  have been within 200 yds of my Uncles house in Felixstowe, I wonder if my Lynne cousin would have been at that.

Peter Fairless… Hastings Pier 21st August, 50 years ago, today!

Andre Martin… As you say Pete, 50 years ago almost to the minute – the headline bands would start their act around 9.00pm/9.15pm to ensure that it was completed by the early Sunday Closing hours. No quite sure if that was the National Licencing Hours or Bob Knight’s Rules !!

Jim Breeds… Thanks as always Andre for an entertaining piece. Ked Dodd from “Blackpoo” boggles the mind, though! 🙂

Andre Martin… I could say a typo – but if you have ever work with Ken Dodd, you never knew when he would end, I have seen him stretch out a 1hrs cabaret for over 3 hours ! so I left the last “l” untill the show wnds. Hope your feeling better and enjoying getting out and about.

More from Samisen 1976

Sarah Harvey… I have received some lovely comments about the recording I made with my first band Samisen, which is really nice….so here is another one from my musical past and another from the 1970s….I am often quite shy about posting these things up because I ain’t one for making a song and dance about things…. but here goes anyway! I definitely wrote the main riff for this one!! Its another prog rock offering, this time an instrumental and a prog thrashy one called ‘Commercial Cash-In’. Another one that I may re-work one day and perhaps perform…. if I can find anyone who wants a go at it. Its SAMISEN again. I think this one was recorded at Ore Centre in 1976!! ‘I have no idea why I called it ‘Commercial Cash-In’. Its prog rock….. what do you expect…. anything goes
– Sarah Harvey (Lead Guitar – Happy Maureens)
– Ralphy (Rhythm Guitar and backing vocals)
– Bernie Smirnoff (Drums – Kingbathmat)
– Conan Howard (Bass Guitar)
Just remember, its 1976…. reel-to-reel tape…. I am still proud of it and love the people I have been in down the years, and proud of the band I currently play with, The Happy Maureens.

Pete Fisher… sounds great Sarah! The wonders of reel to reel tape! Sounds similar to the recordings I did on reel to reel back in ’72-’74 – that wonderful rehearsal room reverb, and of course the same noisy drummer…some great guitar happening here too though…a real feast of good riffs!

Sarah Harvey… Thanks Pete. Coincidentally I thought about you and Pueblo playing in the 70s. My current band this weekend have been asked to play at Bexhill Community centre at a function in October and my thoughts went back to you Roger Carey and Bernie playing there at their Youth Club. Really happy memories and some great tunes you played along with some great musicianship, not always appreciated by the youthful attendees that night…… but I loved it

Pete Fisher… You’re welcome Sarah! Nice that you have such good memories of us back then…we were a very raw outfit, probably under-rehearsed and still lacking confidence in front of audiences – lot of strong competition around back then…I actually still have a “little red book” full of lyrics and chord charts, but also a kind of gig diary for Mae West and Pueblo. When I get a few spare minutes I’ll scan it and post it here!

Conan Howard… Conan here, I seem to remember this tune went on for at least 20 minutes , with slow bits and fast bits.. what a journey that number was at the time. probably a good idea to wind it up short of the ejaculation point

August 16th 1969 at the Cobweb and the Pier. Glenroy Oakley and Suspect.

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supplied by Sarah Harvey

Mick O’Dowd… Went to the Vanity Fare gig but walked out half way through along with alot of others. The between numbers banter was absolutely pornographic. Not what you’d expect from a band like this.

Gerry Fortsch… Suspect did great Spencer Davis covers