Baker Gurvitz Army & Tea – Hastings Pier Sat 1st Nov 1975

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Flyer supplied by Mick Mepham , cuttings supplied by Sarah Harvey

Michael Mepham….One of the best Typos ever, Pea! They were actually a Swiss band called Tea and were excellent, great sense of timing. Got a feeling they may have supported Golden Earring but I can’t be sure of that. I have the album they had out at the time – really good.

Mick O’Dowd….Great band. I worked on the Pier with them. I stood sidestage about 6ft from Ginger. Wot a drummer! Made it look so easy. There were only three of them but the support band had to set up on The Ballroom floor half way up the side.

Glen Piper….Yeah, worked both gigs with these guys on the Pier

Tony Court-holmes….yes i was one of the in house roadies with glen piper

Sarah Harvey…..Baker Gurvitz Army. The article actually appeared in Stephen Turner’s Group Scene article on February 8th, 1975 just after the release of their first album, and they appeared on the pier some 9 months later

Gary Kinch…..Remember that one. Well, when I say “remember” 😉

Nick Webb….I was there again.

Henry Mann…..So was I

Peter Gladwish… Thanks for posting this Sarah Harvey. I went to this performance but whenever I mention the B.G.Army to anyone, I get a blank response. I’ve often wondered if I’d imagined the whole thing! (Maybe I did!!!)

Sarah Harvey… Well if you imagined it Peter Gladwish, then so did I 🙂

Peter Fairless… My ears still hurt just thinking about it

Jim Breeds… I’m more interested in the folk article alongside it. I’m sure I saw Hemlock at the Black Horse, I was there or at the Hayloft regularly at about this time. And the late great Peter Bellamy gets a mention too. 🙂

Eric Cawthraw…  Yep, a great gig and only 40 years ago. I liked the Gun – who morphed into Three Man Army, who morphed into BGH. Tea were spot on too. Here’s a sobering thought – if I’d written this in 1975 about a band seen 40 years ago, it meant I was going back to 1935! ….I’m off to play my Al Bowley wax cylinders.

Alan Esdaile…Jim, there was another band called Hemlock in the 70’s. Interestingly featuring Miller Anderson who has been playing a few local gigs lately.

Jim Breeds… “at” Hastings but “in” Eastbourne 🙂

Graham Burfield… I remember went to that one..

Yvonne Cleland… I remember being here. I’m sure it was with Dave Garland and Will, but could be mistaken.

Mark Syrett… I remember it well. Ginger Baker did about 20 minute drum solo that wasn’t boring!!

Jim Hobbs… Good gig as I recall.

Nigel Ford… I woz there too!

Dennis Torrance… I was there but also can’t remember much about the gig

Martin Richter… £1 ??????

Sue James… I saw them there

Tony Court-holmes… was a pier rodie that night with Glen Piper

Peter Houghton… Yes it was a great night and had a chat with Ginger Baker and Adrian Gurvitz

Anne Deuce… I went to that too!

Dave Weeks… Me too

Pete Houghton… I love the support band Tea the were brilliant I think they came from Europe somewhere I got both their two albums


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