Spooky Tooth – Hastings Pier 6th July 1968

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Sarah Harvey… Spooky Tooth formed in October 1967 and played on the pier on July 6th, 1968. 1969’s Spooky Two LP was the last album release by the original lineup. It included the song “Better By You, Better Than Me”, which was covered by Judas Priest on their 1978 release Stained Class. Many different line-ups for Spooky Tooth but after the original lin-up split in 1970, the band reformed in September 1972 with a different line-up. The best known member of these line-ups (from March 1973 to September 1974) was Mick Jones (guitar / vocals), later in Foreigner. Also from February — May 1974, Mike Patto (vocals) who replaced Harrison for the 1974 release The Mirror. The group then split again in November 1974.

Alan Esdaile… I remember Die Laughing doing a great version of Better By You Better Than Me.

Mick O’Dowd… I’ve only just caught up with them i’m afraid to say. Their version of “I Am The Walrus” is a blaster and being a bit of a “purist” that is saying something.

John Storer… Sarah, you forgot to mention Gary Wright …. he was the principal songwriter, went on to have a worldwide solo hit with “Dream Weaver” and reformed the band in 2004 for a successful tour. He has also been one of the mainstays of Ringo Starr’s backing band

Sarah Harvey… Hey John…..good spot! Sorry for the omission. Will be doing a Spooky compilation on my Hastings Pier Music Show in the early Spring. 🙂

Nigel Ford… And what about Bassist Greg Ridley, ‘ went on to join Humble Pie at the request of Steve Marriott! “Better by Better than me” was also in the set done by Maidstone band Krishna Kudu at the Battle dances.

Robert Searle… Did anyone mention Luther Grosvener,i think thats how you spell his name,on lead guitar. He left to join Mott the Hoople as Ariel Bender..

Bernard Tiltman… I can’t remember Spooky Tooth at Hastings Pier but I can remember them playing Hastings College. I was there from 1965 to 1970 so it could have been anytime between 67-70. Still remember them as one of the best if not the best live bands I have ever seen.

Graham Burfield… as Robert Searle mentions Luther Grovesnor was in spooky tooth as well and later in Mott the Hoople.

Iain Cobby… …. and another fact; both Ray Whisker (Drums) and Marc Eden (Vocals) were in the Luther Grosvenor Band at the same time as being in the Led By Zeppelin line up that recorded a live gig at Kerrang with me around 5 years ago. Luther tried to call the band Mott the Hoople until Ian Hunters lawyers told him the would sue.

Philip John… Just thought I’d mention that Luther also spent time in Stealers Wheel alongside Gerry Rafferty and continues to release solo albums, the last one in 2011 entitled ‘ If You Dare’ on Angel Air. Luther back in the ‘Mott’ days. Rooftop of The Hyatt Regency’ on Sunset strip in early ’74 after replacing Mick Ralphs who departed to form ‘Bad Company’ mid tour.

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Geoff Peckham… Kippington Lodge was Nick Lowe’s first band of note, wasn’t it? He went out with a girl who attended Hastings College with us, and he popped in occasionally.

Andre Martin… John Schofields of Strand Promotions stand by band, who appeared many times on Hastings Pier, when other acts were replaced at a moments notice !!

Mick O’Dowd… They weren’t bad either Marshal Scott.

Julian Wheeler… Loved this band. Sadly never got to see them live

 

4 thoughts on “Spooky Tooth – Hastings Pier 6th July 1968”

  1. Sarah, you forgot to mention Gary Wright …. he was the principal songwriter, went on to have a worldwide solo hit with “Dream Weaver” and reformed the band in 2004 for a successful tour. He has also been one of the mainstays of Ringo Starr’s backing band

  2. And what about Bassist Greg Ridley, ‘ went on to join Humble Pie at the request of Steve Marriott!
    ” Better by Better than me” was also in the set done by Maidstone band Krishna Kudu at the Battle dances.

  3. I can’t remember Spooky Tooth at Hastings Pier but I can remember them playing Hastings College. I was there from 1965 to 1970 so it could have been anytime between 67-70. Still remember them as one of the best if not the best live bands I have ever seen.

  4. …. and another fact; both Ray Whisker (Drums) and Marc Eden (Vocals) were in the Luther Grosvenor Band at the same time as being in the Led By Zeppelin line up that recorded a live gig at Kerrang with me around 5 years ago. Luther tried to call the band Mott the Hoople until Ian Hunters lawyers told him the would sue.

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