Bill Withers R.I.P.

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Mike Curtis… I know, I know, I know etc

Geoff Peckham… no no no!

Alan Testot-newick… But what a great song …..every pub band played it ? And so many f……. it up …ha ha

Eric Harmer… Gutted

Monica Bane… Me also gutted. Loved all his songs!

Alan Esdaile… Great songwriter and singer, very sad.

Ian Mantel… So Bill Withers withers

Kevin White… What a sad loss,great singer/songwriter.RIP Bill Withers

Shane Wright… Not such a lovely day

Jan Deane… What a loss to the music world. RIP Bill x

Chris Jolly… He wrote from the heart… Such a loss!

Dennis Torrance… Made some great music my condolences to his family and friends to many deaths so much heartbreak at the moment

Graham Finch… What a songwriter, what a star, one of the best. His songs will live on for eternity thoughts and prayers to his family.

Mick O’Dowd… What a loss. First heard Lean On Me when I was DJ at Bonitas. A guy came in who was a sidekick of Eddie Grant and gave me a bunch of singles. Included was Lean on Me. Listened on headphones and immediately put it on the decks and played it. Great reaction and it became a popular request. That night this guy Frank took me to see Eddie Grant at his flat behind the then Cricket Ground. He is a really nice guy.

Jan Warren… R.I.P Bill Withers.

Who remembers seeing the film ‘If’ with Malcolm McDowell?

Haunting theme ‘Sanctus’… 

Tony Qunta… Wonderful film which certainly gave me some ideas while at public school!

Adam Seigel… My old school

Rick Pentecost… Fantastic! Probably my favourite film!

Bernard Goffredo… Great film I still have the vinyl single of Sanctus

Stephen Moran… me too Bernie!!

Peter Houghton… This was a great film and l loved the Sanctus theme song and I still have the vinyl single

Coco Pops… Him holding a bottle of Tomato Sauce asking the spinster type woman ‘Do You Want Some’?? Have the film on my hard drive.

Cilla Black & Sounds Incorporated – Hastings Pier 4th April 1964

all cuttings Andre Palfrey-martin collection

Andre Martin….Its the 4th March 1964  and  its the visit from the Liverpool Lass – Cilla Black, plus Sounds Incorporated and supporting group Rock and Roll outfit from London Earl Sheriden and the Houseshakers.
I have found out a very interesting newspaper cutting from the Hastings Observer following the show and it gives some interesting information. Cilla was about to release her follow-up to “Anybody Who Had A Heart” at the beginning of May “You’re My World”, was an English language rendition of the Italian popular song, “Il Mio Mondo”. Produced by George Martin at the Abby Studios and featuring Johnny Pearson at the baton, incidentally looking into my crystal ball, this single would reach the no 1 spot in the UK by the end of May – just in time for the next Bank Holiday.
A great part of the show was the music of Sounds Incorporate, who hailed from Dartford and had been part of the Brian Epstein Empire scene for about 18 months, and during this time had worked with many of the Liverpool acts on the numerous touring shows that were so popular in this country. They had a excellent recording pedigree and had been regulars as supporting many popular US artistes such as Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Brenda Lee and Sam Cooke.Very little known about the support band, they were a south London outfit, that had previously played at the Pier – if any more comes to light I will post.

Alan Esdaile….The story I remember from Bob Knights the pier manager on Cilla Black was that on her first appearance on the Pier she was so broke they could not afford accommodation and they usually slept in the van and looked like they hadn’t eaten for days. After the gig they stayed at Bob Knights house for the night and he gave them a big meal.

Andre Martin…..Knowing Bob, that sounds like a true story, thanks for sharing – I know Bob could be a “old Woman” at times, but he had the Pier at heart and made our lives safer, even with the gaps in the planking !!

Susan Duck… I was there. Went to the dressing room to get her autograph. Brian Epstein was there. Cilla was so full of personality even back in those early days.

Moya Wilson… Wow that’s brilliant Susan.