Sunstroke – 1970’s rock n roll group

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Alan Esdaile… They were managed by Cy Whitfield Aaran International in Hastings and did loads of gigs. Anyone remember them and can give names?

Mark Hardwick… I remember them playing at The Royal Standard around 1977.(The same day a big Rock N Roll event was on the pier) Not sure of names though.  I also knew Cy Whitfield (sadly passed away now)

Tom Doyle… Hi Sarah I have a few photos of Sunstroke Kinds Regards Tom

photos supplied by Tom Doyle

Tom Doyle…  I saw them play in Hastings. The second photo was when they backed Ricky Valance.

Sarah Baggaley… Ah my dad isn’t in these, it’s a different bass player. Nice pics though!

Tom Doyle… The line up changed. Sunstroke broke up around 1978 and the piano player started a new group under the same name and still managed by Cy. The piano player was called Big Lou. The first line up, the lead singer was called Cochran after Eddie Cochran. I’m afraid that’s all I know about them and they broke up again in 1979

Tom Doyle… Hi again Sarah your dad could be on that record Alan displayed on his website (Hot Stuff Records) also Be Bop Bella might be able to help you out with your search for more info (if you could trace her), she did a lot of gigs with Sunstroke the first lot and the second lot your dads band was very good. Lou had a clash with the singer that caused the break up of the first band but remained friends with the drummer and your dad. He live in Milton Keynes, now if you could find a contact for him, he could tell you all about your dad. Be Bop Bella lives in Gloucester somewhere I hope that is helpful to you. Kind Regards Tom Doyle

Mark Hardwick… Be Bop Bella was a DJ as I remember..Also a band Cy managed who worked with Sunstroke regularly was Crepes and Drapes.Hope this helps.

Crepes’ n’ Drapes – Boogie Bop Dame...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQnZAPIdJbk&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2ZZ53EbP800MO-qzZbX6ZwZNSbjdmhjHfmjAEOoKWGZGeQGpvbmS6sYYk

Pete Dee… That first black and white promo photo on this page, I believe that’s my uncle (Danny Wild) in the gold suit! That Gretsch of his is unmistakeable. I’ve still got his copy of the Sunstroke 7″ he handed down to me. He left Sunstroke in ’78, then recorded a solo album and a couple of singles as “Danny Wild and the Wildcats”. I know he was playing guitar for Shakin Stevens for a while in the late 70s, anyone got any photos of that era of the Sunsets? The bassist in the top photo I believe is Geoff (Rawle?)

Mark Hardwick… I have an album Danny Wild and The Wildcats (Wild in The Country) I think?.. looks like the same Danny Wild and not sure someone told me He,s related to Marty Wild,is that true?

Pete Dee… Correct on the album, incorrect on the relation. Here’s Danny (on left in white suit) with the Sunsets. Sarah,  what was your Dad’s name? My Mum (the singer’s sister) looked at the top photo and reckoned the bassist was called Geoff, and used to be a tailor when he wasn’t playing music.

Sarah Baggaley… Hi, my dad’s name was Adrian and the top photo is mine, I sent it to Alan in the hope it would jolt some memories! Since then, Ray the drummer has been in touch with me which has been amazing. My dad played bass with Sunstroke from 1974 to 78ish. Maybe your mum is thinking of one of the bass players in Tom’s photos in the comments.

Tom Doyle… I was having a clear out and came across a couple more photos of Sunstroke.

Nick Lucock… Big Lou Pantlin, piano. Barry Reynolds, bass. ‘Dave the rave’ (Danny Wilde) and myself (Nick) on drums were the original Sunstroke. I quit in around 76/77 to go sidecar racing. At that time Adrian was bass player , he replaced another guy who took over from Barry in around 74/75. As i remember Adrian was with the original Procol Harem. Dave /Danny was a rare character and had been around a long time in bands like ‘Moggy’, ‘Memphis Bend’ etc. He played a pre-cbs strat and a gretch ‘chet atkins’/workshop. used a fender bandmaster amp. Lou was one of the old Harrow Rockers and had also been around in the music game for years with the ‘magic rock band’ and Johhny Quantrell and the Confederates. I was just a very young bum hammering out rock’a’billy. The USAF bases all around south of England were our most common gigs.

Mick O’Dowd… Promoted them at The Carlisle along with Be Bop Bella(DJ)

Sara Bernard… Hi Pete, yep that’s definitely your Uncle! I should know he’s my Dad! Hope you are well, love, your cousin. In reply to Nick… Danny Wild is definitely a rare character! I should know, he’s my father and I couldn’t be prouder! He gave me my love of the English language, my love of history and of course my love of music! Finding his Wild in the Country album on iTunes seemed a bit odd but again I am so proud. My cousin Pete who commented further up was right the Gretsch was unmistakable.

 

 

8 thoughts on “Sunstroke – 1970’s rock n roll group”

  1. Hi Alan not sure how to send photos of Sunstroke I can send them by text if that will help you out Kinds Regards Tom

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  2. Hi again Sarah your dad could be on that record Alain as display on his website hot stuff also be bob Bella might be able to help you out with your shearch for more info ,she done a lot of gigs with sunstroke the first lot and the second lot your dads band was very good Lou had a clash with the singer that cause the break up of the first band but remained friends with the drummer and your dad he live in Milkeans now if you can contact him he could tell you all about you dad and be bob Bella she live in Gloucester some were I hope that is helpful to you Kinds Regards Tom Doyle

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  3. That first black and white promo photo on this page, I believe that’s my uncle (Danny Wild) in the gold suit! That Gretsch of his is unmistakeable. I’ve still got his copy of the Sunstroke 7″ he handed down to me. He left Sunstroke in ’78, then recorded a solo album and a couple of singles as “Danny Wild and the Wildcats”. I know he was playing guitar for Shakin Stevens for a while in the late 70s, anyone got any photos of that era of the Sunsets?

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  4. Hi Allen I was haveing a clear out came accross a couple more photos of Sunstroke I will send them to I have lots Moore of other group but none played in Brighton Kinds Regards Tom and Happy New Year

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  5. Big Lou Pantlin, piano. Barry Reynolds, bass. ‘Dave the rave’ (Danny Wilde) and myself (Nick) on drums were the original Sunstroke.
    I quit in around 76/77 to go sidecar racing. At that time Adrian was bass player , he replaced another guy who took over from Barry in
    around 74/75. As i remember Adrian was with the original Procol Harem. Dave /Danny was a rare character and had been around a long time
    in bands like ‘Moggy’, ‘Memphis Bend’ etc. He played a pre-cbs strat and a gretch ‘chet atkins’/workshop. used a fender bandmaster amp.
    Lou was one of the old Harrow Rockers and had also been around in the music game for years with the ‘magic rock band’ and Johhny quantrell
    and the Confederates. I was just a very young bum hammering out rock’a’billy. The USAF bases all around south of England were our most
    common gigs.

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    • Danny Wild is definitely a rare character! I should know, he’s my father and I couldn’t be prouder! He gave me my love of the English language, my love of history and of course my love of music! Finding his Wild in the Country album on iTunes seemed a bit odd but again I am so proud. My cousin Pete who commented further up was right the Gretsch was unmistakable.

      Reply

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