Raven – Saturdays Discotheque Hastings February 1977

Shaun Pont… Second right, Paul Ray

Len Smith… Believe line-up is ?, Dave Hacker, Paul Ray & Alan Davies.

John Kitcher… Paul Ray I played with many times.

Chris Coleman… Second from left Dave Acker

Mark Little… Paul Ray, Dave acker

Alan Davies… L to r Aus Tony, Dave Hacker, Paul Ray and me

The Springfields supported by The Midniters – Hastings Pier 31st August 1963

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John Storer…..I cannot understand why I never went to see the wonderful Dusty Springfield at the Pier Ballroom …. oh, that’s right …. I was only 7 at the time!  For me, THE greatest female singer of all time!

Alan Esdaile…..Agree, the GREAT Dusty but what is she wearing here….

Stuart Moir….A lamp shade .

Barry M Dyke…..I  saw them the same year at Weymouth. The under card included an almost unknown comedy duo, Morecombe and Wise.

Andre Martin…..When I was researching for this weeks edition of the History of The Happy Ballroom – I found out that Dusty had appeared on the Friday night 12 June 1964 on RSG and this was the number that she performed.

Peter Millington… Saw them on the Pier – I was in the front row – Lovely legs! She didn’t wear that dress on the Pier. I was in the front row at ankle level. That dress would have sent me home a happy teenager . I seem to remember the short programme! Wasn’t very impressed, they seemed to be out of their depth with a list of numbers more suited to appearances on the TV.

Sarah Harvey….That is one hell of a dress! 🙂

Mark Gilham…. Mike Hurst on the left

Terry Pack…..On her left is Mike Hurst. I did a lot of sessions and gigs with him in various guises.

Andre Martin….Sarah – every time I see this publicity photo I just crease-up, its just such a strange shape !!

Carol Ann Bolton……Those were the days when women wore frocks that could stand up on their own when you took them off.

Andre Martin…..Interesting statistics -1638 patrons for Joe Brown and the Bruvvers – true or the Pier method of counting ??

Pete Prescott….I did some sessions for Mike Hurst. He told some amazing stories about her, not sure if its on You Tube but find the live version she did with Burt Bacherach singing House is not a home its wonderful ! she was so good. He also signed a couple of songs Chris Cozens and I wrote to southern music.

Mick O’Dowd… In answer to your question Andre, she is wearing the latest fab creation by Millets.

Andre Martin… Your quite right Mick it was Pebble Camo just right for the beach !!

Allan Osborne… I was there that night and still have the entry ticket signed by all three. Its not for sale to anybody either. To me its priceless! as is the memory of the performance . I should live so long already!

Andy Qunta… She would be invisible in the company of 101 dalmatians, and that can be useful sometimes! Did a keyboard session with Mike Hurst years later when he was with Sundance, with Mary Hopkin and Mike d’Alberquerque. We were doing a song called “What’s Love”. Ray Fenwick, Steve Demetri and Steve Price played on it too.

Karl Holden… I was bass player for The Midniters that night and me and our drummer got asked to support The Springfields for their act. Well pleased to accept of course but didn’t get paid any extra!

Andre Martin… Ah – the management were in charge – heh heh!!!!

Pete Fisher… wonderful photo…Dusty in her Springfields days, and in her Springfields dress…she did the right thing in 1963, the year this was taken, and left the band (and hopefully the dress) to go solo…the rest is history…

Pauline Lindsay… I also saw them that night & if I remember she had a skirt on with braces type straps and of course that thick black eye make up.

Lloyd Johnson…  was at this gig and there we not a lot of people in the audience maybe 30-40 max, it’s was almost empty wasn’t it!….I think she left The Springfield’s shortly after…..she was a wasted talent in that trio…..

Dave Boutwood… So was I!

Andre Martin… You have some good selections as ever. well that will mean a Dusty spot on Thursdays show on Conquest Hospital Radio without a doubt

Lloyd Johnson… You have to play ‘Can -Can 62’ Peter Jay and The Jaywalkers Andre… I can remember everyone going mad dancing to that on the Pier in the early 60s!…

Pete Prescott… I did a couple of sessions for Mike Hurst with Chris Cozens. He told some brilliant stories. He and Ray were funny at Chris’s wedding. Over to you Chris…

Gigs the ones that meant so much by Pete Prescott.

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Pete Prescott… GIGS, the ones that meant so much. My top 20 starts with my first. HYDE PARK JULY 3rd. Grand funk railroad humble pie head hands and feet. I was 15, went with two mates from school, mick dean and pete attral. It changed my life, everything became music. I was obsessed from that day. All the people there looked amazing, we were school kids. Humble Pie were stunning. They had just recorded the live at the filmore album (yet to be released) same line up. Frampton was in the band. In Highway we did for day creep from that set. Head hands and feet had Albert Lee. He did country boy and chad hodges was in the band. I came home with my head spinning. .when I got the performance album by humble pie it had some photos from Hyde park. I still look at it. What a gig ! I took the photo. The head in the right is mick dean. He became the drummer in my first band Village. Years later I went to live 8. It was July 2nd. I stayed till past mid night. So I was there again 34 years later (slightly bigger stage !)

Alan Esdaile… Anyone else with the gig that meant so much and memories?

Yvonne Cleland… Yup. Bob Marley and the Wailers, Average White Band, Joe Jackson and the Q-Tips. Crystal Palace Garden Party, June 7th, 1980. The stage was in the lake. We waded in for Bob Marley. Best gig in the world ever, but the lake was filthy and we stunk afterwards!

John Wilde… I was 14it at The Windsor Hotel. with my Uncle Tony. Stage was three feet high and I was standing in front of a Wildly dressed trio called The Jimi Hendrix Experience. My life would never be the same. Thanks Tony.

Lesley Brown… My first Genesis gig. No Gabriel, but I was totally overawed by the lighting and the whole set up. It was pretty late, 1980, Duke was out, and I was blown away by the moment that Phil Collins left the drumming to Chester Thompson to take the mic and sing Afterglow It remains one of my all time goosebump moments.

Graham Blechamber… I saw Genesis on The Duke Tour at Brighton Centre. Fantastic show opening up with Deep in the Motherlode. At one point I shouted out “Wally”. Phil Collins slapped me down with a curt ” your more of one than me”! My first taste of fame! Its was a festivsl tradition shouting out Wally! One person would do it then shouts came from everywhere. Carried over into indoor gigs too till the early 80’s.! No idea of why.

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Pete Kelly’s Solution – Hastings Pier 31st August 1968

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Sarah Harvey…..Pete Kelly’s Solution – 31st August 1968 – Originally known as Rhythm & Blues Inc., with Pete Kelly on vocals and Ollie Halsall (later of Timebox and the Rutles) on drums, and hailing from the Liverpool area, this group prospered locally with its soul sound but never found its niche as a recording outfit. Its one and only single for English Decca, “If Your Love Don’t Swing” b/w “Midnight Confessions,” never charted in England but found its way overseas and also onto various reissues over the decades. Ollie Halsall was one of my guitar heros and discovered him when I listened to Patto (roll ’em Smoke ’em Put Another Line Out)

David Miller… Ollie Halsall was and still is one of my hero’s too. I also first heard him and the rest of the band on “Roll’em, Smoke’em…” and there was no looking back…especially after “:Loud Green Song” . Big fan of his playing and contributions to The Rutles (along with Admiral Halsey from The Pattos’ too…).

Pete Fisher… interesting…I think by this time Ollie was playing vibes with Timebox…it was Tony Qunta who first introduced me to Ollie’s guitar genius when he brought round Patto’s 2nd album “Hold Your Fire” in 71/72…recommend the Ollie Halsall and Patto fan page here at FB, and the website…http://www.olliehalsall.co.uk/

David Miller… Some very splendid soloing when Ollie was with Alan Holdsworth in Tempest.

 

The Beatles – Yellow Submarine. The Orion 30th August 1971.

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Peter Fairless… Never mind all that… Paint Your Wagon is on!

Michael Wilson… I remember going to see ‘Paint your wagon’ at the Classic cinemas in Western Road, Bexhill.

Jim Breeds… I have the 7″ single of this. Gawd knows why. Think I might have bought it for my Dad. B side is Clint Eastwood, I Talk To The Trees. Message to Clint: The trees are still not listening to you chum!

Julie Morris… Was this the ‘fleapit’?!!

Alan Esdaile… Yes Julie The Orion was also known as the fleapit.

Dennis Torrance… My mum used to work here.

Chris Giles… I went to see Yellow Submarine there…

Tony Court-holmes… went there a few times