Who remembers Lane’s Ice Cream on the beach?

1965

Kevin Sherwood… I remember a man carrying his cold box along the beach. He would call out “ Their lovely their nice plain or choc”…

Alan Esdaile… Remember it well.

Nigel Sherwood… remember him as well Kevin

Monica Bane… I was always amused that he never seem to run out of ice cream!

Coco Pops… Bloody Hell!!! This is amazing all that Dry Ice he used to carry.

Malcolm Sharp… Was better when the prawn man came along first

Bernard Goffredo… Yep

Gary Benton… It was my uncles business, the factory was at Prospect Place

Madeline Scalliwags Reade.. I remember him well

 

Hutch Hutchings – Feels Like Rain LP – 1977

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Jan Warren… sorting through my records I came across this album Tony Qunta played several instruments, can anyone enlighten me??

Ernest Ballard… That was Charlie Hutchinson. Guitarist songwriter. He was married to the sister of Tony Brooks wife Tony ran Dragon Studios in Hastings. Tragically Hutch was killed in a a car crash in Hastings shortly after the album was recorded. He was a lovely guy. Steve D and Min have sadly passed away too X

Jan Warren… I also remember “Min”, he was a musician who lived in Hastings Old Town in the early 70s, he was lovely, sweet hippy – our friend.

Ernest Ballard… He played sax. Yes a great character.

Phil Gill… Well, I’m on it. What sort of info would you like?

Tony May… This is a very emotive subject for me as ‘Feels Like Rain’ is probably the record I remember most from my days at Stylus Records in Castle St. We had quite a few copies in stock and I always remember Nelson De Souza ( the boss) telling me he had taken them on ‘sale or return’ but that the artist had subsequently died and he could not do anything about returning those we had not sold. Sadly, I have never heard the album. If any of you here can remember anything more about Hutch or the recording of this record I would love to hear it. Thanks Jan for posting this!

John Williams… Min played in our band PLC yes he was nice.

Pete Prescott… I had a copy of the album but lent it to someone years ago and never had it returned. Min was a lovely guy, his funeral was unforgettable. So many amazing stories. Hilarious in places. He took a photo of me staggering along the sea front on the half marathon. Then when he saw me out months later he ran home to get it. I still have it with his inscription on the back.
The album was worth some money abroad at one time I believe. There are some good local legends in it. Now ! Who did I lend it to?

Roland Clarke… Min was a great character, always stopped to have a chat if I saw him in the street. I knew Charlie back in the day. He used to hang around the studio from time to time. He wrote and did this album before he was 25. I remember him giving me a copy on lp, however, I unfortunately lost my copy in a flat move. Charlie was about 6 years older than me but was tragically killed as a passenger in a car accident returning from a pool match. He was sitting in the back but the car hit a tree driving down London road in St Leonard’s, he was only 25 I believe.

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Radio Caroline’s founder Ronan O’Rahilly dies

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https://www.hotpress.com/music/newsflash-radio-caroline-founder-ronan-orahilly-passed-away-22812793

Kev Carleonis…RONAN O’RAHILLY, founder of Radio Caroline in 1964 has sadly died today. He was the real reason radio in this country became as it is today. Radio Caroline lives on on 648 Medium Wave and around the world on the internet www.radiocaroline.co.uk It would be good for his ashes to be kept on, or sprinkled on the Ross Revenge, Radio Caroline’s Radio Ship.

Jim Breeds… Oh, that’s a blow. He was responsible for so much of my listening pleasure and journey of musical discovery in the 1960s.

Julie Armstrong… R I P Sir Ronan O’Rahilly

Elaine Saunders… RIP

Leo Buglehole R.I.P.

Nicholas Prince… There is a great deal of singers, musicians, disc jockey’s and listeners that owe an awful lot to Ronan. RIP

Alan Esdaile… Sad news. Helped to introduce us to some great music and without him the future could have been completely different.

Heather Sidery… Really sad to hear this. Good guy…. I loved RC

Mike Waghorne… RIP

Mick O’Dowd… What would pop radio/music be like now if we hadn’t had this pineer to guide us. R.I.P. Ronan.

Rontenn2001… Such sad, sad news……R.I.P. Ronan.

 

Jason Crest & The Kult – Record Collector Review 2015

Thanks to Mark Randall for finding this.

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Mark Randall… This month’s ‘Record Collector’. Two local bands’ ‘hidden treasures’ from 1969 JASON CREST & THE KULT.

Alan Esdaile… Don’t remember Jason Crest but The Kult were excellent.

Stuart Huggett… I’ve got Jason Crest’s version of ‘Here We Go Round The Lemon Tree’ on a Bam Caruso compilation LP, top stuff.

Dave Nattress… Kult were indeed really excellent and ahead of their time. They’ve had a fair bit of coverage on this site for over a year or so and really brought back some memories. Saw them a good few times in and around Bexhill around 1969 – 1971. The difference was they were doing their own stuff and very rocky and I’m inclined to say on the heavy path and progressive.

Colin Bell… Jason Crest came from Tonbridge and I supported them at 2/3 gigs, they had a great single called Turquoise Tandem Cycle, as well as the mentioned ‘Here We Go Round The Lemon Tree’ another great single! Happy Trippy Days!….

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Nigel Ford… The KULT made several appearances at Battle Dances and were one of the most popular bands to do so, I thought they were great, probably my second favourite of those that appeared after KRISHNA KUDU from Maidstone.

Josie Lawson R.I.P.

Alan Esdaile… I’m very sorry to announce that Josie has passed away. A lovely lady who will be sadly missed. My thoughts are with her family and friends.

Jim Breeds… Yes, I saw the post earlier today. How sad.

Kevin Burchett… Sorry to hear this R.I.P Josie.

Jan Warren… So sorry to hear this R.I.P. Josie xx

Nick Prince… Very sorry to hear this. I have got to know Josie very well over the past 25 years or so. RIP Josie. I know she listened to my Saturday night show from time to time. I will give her a little mention on this weeks show. X

Judith Monk… RIP Josie. Very well known locally. Sad.

Helen Knight… I knew jo for years we grew up together lovely lady RIP jo and thoughts are with the family xxx

Pauline Richards… Oh dear. R.I.P.

Mick O’Dowd… So sorry but not unexpected. R.I.P. Josie x

Elizabeth Turner… No more suffering Josie .Sleep well .xx

Pauline Brown… ❤️RIP

Ernest Ballard… Bless her heart. Lovely lady. RIP Josie x

Jonathan Mendenhall… I.m so sorry to hear this I knew Josie on an informal basis over the years..lovely..open friendly and kind and of course that most wonderful smile..many people I am sure will be thinking of her family…someone who just made you feel a bit better when you met her

Susie Prescott… Sorry to hear that, I used to know her years ago and her son. Lovely lady. May she rest in peace xx

Angela Frances Gardner… I remember her face, was her son at Castledown school? RIP

Tiffany Barton… Lovely lady although I never met her

Claire Louise Maplesden… I remember seeing Josie a lot in & around the town as I used to work in Boots for 14 years. A lovely lady. Rest in Peace x

Kev Towner… I’m truly sad to hear this. Josie was active in the disability movement for many years and I had the privilege of knowing her. Rest in peace Josie.

Ronteen2001… Rest In Peace Josie….so sad to see she’s “left the building!”

Janet Brophy… I Remember Josie From School Days, Rest In Peace

 

Paul Marshall and Zena – Masons Music 187 Queens Road Hastings – early 80’s and early record bag.

welcome to our newest member to SMART Paul Marshall

Paul Marshall… Wow

Tony May… I think the fact that the calendars on the wall say 1983 gives a clue to the year! (lol) Great pic, good times…

Paul Marshall… I am just doing the maths as well. I just turned 51 so I would have been just 17 in that pic  and the lovely Zena.

Tony May… A really early one! I’m not sure if you even had bags when I bought my ‘MUD Greats’ single on the pier?

Alan Esdaile… probably paper bags, white for singles, brown for lp’s and at one stage would have had a rubber stamp name on the bag.

Zoe Honey… you will have the same hairstyle once this lockdown is over 💇‍♂️😅 xxxxxxx

Roger Carey with Three Friends at the Gentle Giant Revival 16th April 2009

Thanks to Philip George Thornton for posting this.

Three Friends play Freehand on their first gig 16th April 2009 at the Ropetackle Arts Centre UK.
Three original members of Gentle Giant Kerry Minnear, Gary Green and Malcolm Mortimore with John Donaldson, Andy Williams, Roger Carey and Mick Wilson

Andy Qunta… Wow! I mean, wow! Amazing musicians, none more so than Roger! By the way, is it true Justin Bieber’s covering this song on his next album?

Phil Gill… I remember Roger playing Gentle Giant to me in our teens and raving about how great they were. Cool how he ended up playing with them.

Phil Thornton… I was at this gig !! – the sound on the video does not do them justice, they sounded great ! very accurate performance with the only differences down to individual playing styles and tones ! – I met Gary Green and Kerry Minnear at the gig, I was a little starstruck !

Terry Pack… I saw the band in Lewes about a year after this. Kerry Minnear was no longer involved, but John Donaldson, Andy Williams and Roger Carey were excellent. Roger was playing a Fender, and getting a great, woody, sound. I was disappointed that Andy was given no solos(!). I guess Gary Green didn’t fancy the competition!When I sold nearly all of my rock LPs in 1978, including all the Genesis, ELP, etc., I kept the Gentle Giant ones. I haven’t listened to them since about 1976, but I didn’t want to part with them. I tried a few times to suggest that The Enid would benefit from vocals, and we used to sing six part madrigals for fun(!!), but it took several more years before the band start singing. I thought that Gentle Giant were the most interesting of all the English bands of that era.

Phil Thornton… yes thats right Andy I heard the same !! I think he will also be doing some Zappa as well …. … and its all rather ironic that my love of Gentle Giant got me kicked out of Stallion back in the day – haha !!!

Terry Pack… When I sold nearly all of my rock LPs in 1978, including all the Genesis, ELP, etc., I kept the Gentle Giant ones. I haven’t listened to them since about 1976, but I didn’t want to part with them. I tried a few times to suggest that The Enid would benefit from vocals, and we used to sing six part madrigals for fun(!!), but it took several more years before the band start singing. I thought that Gentle Giant were the most interesting of all the English bands of that era.

What Was Your Favourite Year In Music? asks Colin Bell

Colin Bell… Alan (Johnny Mason) and I were discussing our favourite year in music, it turned out that both of us said 1967! He asked me my reasons why for a thread on SMART site. I guess its impossible to sum it up without relating it to your own personal circumstances, so forgive me the personal rambling bit! I was 15 loved music and wanted to get into it somehow, so spent my weekends hanging about on the Pier waiting for the bands to turn up then helping them and their roadies lugging the gear up to the ballroom in exchange for staying free for the gig. This was to prove invaluable and give me a start in ‘the business’. The music on the radio (London & Caroline) I loved hearing was to name but a few coming from The Who, Small Faces, The Move, The Troggs etc etc. I was therefore in awe to meet The Move in person in May 67 when they turned up to play the Pier. They turned up in an old van mid afternoon Roy was shy, Carl lively, Ace & Trevor scary(particularly Ace who was very erm stroppy!) Bev however was very friendly and wrote down his address and said if I was ever up North i’d have somewhere to stay. It was a great gig as I’m sure those of you who were there would agree. And so the pattern went on each weekend and all those bands i’d heard on the radio I mentioned earlier I got to meet and form in some cases lasting friendships with, Dave Dee (r.i.p mate) in particular who helped me a lot over the years. In no particular order just some of the records from that year I loved were ‘Night of Fear’ ‘Waterloo Sunset’ ‘Itcychoo Park’ ‘Excerpt From a Teenage Opera’ ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ ‘I Was Made to Love Her’ ‘From The Underworld’ ‘I Can See For Miles’ etc etc etc. August of course saw the ‘festival’ in the Pilot field with The Kinks, Dave Dee, Arthur Brown, Geno Washington etc another highlight of 67. October back on the Pier and having the priveledge of being backstage with Jimi Hendrix and touching that white Strat! and seeing the Experience play! It was of course the year of Sgt. Pepper which changed and influenced bands for evermore and is no doubt remembered as the musical highlight. Much as I love the Beatles it was another band that issued an album in November that  year that for me is the greatest album ever made and that was Love ‘Forever Changes’ to this day I play it at least once a week its just sublime ‘Alone Again..Or’ pure perfection. These are just some of the reasons for my choosing 1967 as my favourite year, I hope its brought back some good memories for fellow Smarties, and over to you for YOUR favourite year for music and why. Off you go Alan it was your idea!…………..

Peter Fairless… On the pier? Has to be 1977…

Jim Breeds… Impossible to have a favourite year.

Alan Esdaile… Since I started helping out with The Conquest Hospital Radio, I noticed that most records I love are from 1967. Previously I would have thought  my favourite year for music was 1969 or the massive disco period in the mid seventies. 1967 the year of flower power. Remember buying a hippy bell from Carnaby Street, a few months later Woolworth and even WH Smith were selling them! Friends arriving at my house with beads on and flowers painted on their shoes. Hippy tie dyed clothes. Joss sticks were all the range and the message of peace and love was definitely for me. Scott McKenzie, Procol Harum, Small Faces, Beatles Sgt Peppers, Magical Mystery Tour on TV, Our World TV Programme with The Beatles All You Need Is Love,  Jimi Hendrix, The Doors,  Cream, Vanilla Fudge, Electric Prunes, David McWilliams, Privilege Paul Jones, pirate radio, the launch of Radio One and loads more.

Reg Wood… Yes 1967 for me too

Wendy Belton… I have always been stuck in the flower power era and the Motown and disco eras. I am true 60s and 70s. Love it. Just think you can’t beat those years…nothing compares to it now. Great to have you on board at CHR Alan.

Pete Prescott… Wow ! Tough one ! So many years to choose from. I was aware of music from as long as i can remember. 50’s and 60’s music. I remember when the Beatles exploded into our lives. My parents told my brother Steve and I we were leaving out home to move to upper Belvedere and I want to hold your hand was being played in the radio. I agree with 67. But 68 was big for me (My brother Chis gave me sgt Pepper).i became obsessed with Glenn Miller. music became very important to me. In 69 Chris gave me 19 albums he bought from a guy on his ship (so many albums ! Santana 1/abraxus and 3, Woodstock and more) and I saw my first concert in 71 (Hyde park. Grand funk/ humble pie/ head hands and feet) a very big deal for me. Music became everything ! I joined a band in 72. what do I choose ? I’ll go for 68 (with all the other years mentioned in dispatches !) I forgot 1970.I saw Free playing alright now on T.O.T.P’s. My life changed and 71, I saw The Who at the Oval. I’ll be thinking all day about this !

Stephen Moran… 1971

Judith Monk… All the above!

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