Teleaerials Old London Road Ore Hastings1974

supplied by Tony May

Tony May… Another odditty I have discovered from a Hastings Herald Newspaper 1974. Anyone remember this shop? A bit before my time…

Jim Breeds… Yes, I do. Now the site of the motorcycle shop.

Dennis Torrance… Not sure if this is a shop that used to be in ore opposite Tesco’s . I remember also it sold records also late 60s I remember.

Graham How… I think it’s now French’s Rentals in Ore

Roland Clarke… Graham, they still seem to be there. I remember when they had branches all over.

David Edwards… Graham, I’m sure you are right.

Mick O’Dowd… Yes I remember it well but not for records/tapes. I bought a record player from him and a big TV all of 21″. Front room was so small had to sit in the kitchen to see it properly!

White Rock Pavilion Hastings 1981

Matt Thomas… I think there was a lot of these acts signed photos framed on the bar walls when I was working there

Gerry Fortsch… Sadly I missed the Nolans.

Martin Richter… wow! what a variety

Stuart Huggett… If you don’t remember the Oky Doky Man you weren’t there, man.

Peter Fairless… Oh, we were there, Stuart. “Oky Doky, then!”

Paul Huggett… Geez, no wonder I never went there then..

Dennis Torrance… The prices then quite amazing I think

Clifford Rose… You’d a thought March would have been the best month for the Grenadier Guards?

 

 

The Crocodiles – 1980

 

supplied by Tony May

Mike Guy… They were snappy dressers!

Pete Prescott… I used to have this. I remember this !

Terry Pack… Lovely Dave. What a wonderful bloke. Steve was a fine singer and writer.

Andy Qunta… I remember Dave! What a lovely fella!

Martin Curcher… I remember hanging with Dave whilst he played drums when enjoyed my first recording experience doing backing vocals to a song Wesley Magoogan had written, played Sax and sang on.

Martin Blackman… Only yesterday I was listening to some old Blackman Brothers Band live recordings of me and dear Dave doing our harmonies, such great memories, never a day goes past without me thinking about him.

Pete Prescott… Martin, you two were great together. I remember drunkenly climbing over the barrier at the Black Horse festival to join you for a song one night. It meant a lot when you pointed at me and invited me up. Great band.

SMART SOUNDS by Colin Bell reviewing Ray Fenwick: Playing Through The Changes – Anthology 1964-2020, 3CD

Playing Through The Changes : The Anthology (1964-2020)     RAY FENWICK
Released this Friday this compilation will be of interest to many, especially some from the local music scene. Where to start with Ray? Well firstly i’ve sadly not had the pleasure of meeting him, which given the amount of bands and projects he’s been involved in is surprising, however i know some of you reading this have, so any innaccuracies that follow are entirely mine and i’ll stand corrected. Ray is one of Rock’s supreme journeymen whose career has spanned over 6 decades and has encompassed a myriad of genres from Ska to Hard Rock. He is not only a gifted guitarist but also a singer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and a noted session player. I strongly recommend that you follow the link to https://www.cherryred.co.uk at the conclusion of this piece for more information as i would need a book to do full justice to his story. In short he began playing guitar at an early age fully encouraged by his parents and by the age of 15 joined his first band Rupert & The Red Devils and though underage trod the established path to playing the seedy clubs of Germany & Holland where in the latter he would later play frequently having met & befriended Jan Akkerman & Focus. Returning to the UK he joined The Excels (formed by another Ex Red Devil) the infamous Don Arden became their booking agent and off they went to the South Of France to play on the more salubrious Riviera, making the acquaintance of Brigitte Bardot along the way (lucky man!). After this sortie he joined The Syndicats replacing the outgoing Steve Howe, then utilising his connections he moved on to Dutch band Tee Set. By 1967 he’d joined The Spencer Davis Group as they entered their second phase after the departure of Steve Winwood. I’m particularly fond of this period that started with ‘Time Seller’ as i really enjoyed the shift to psychedelia the band experimented with. Although Ray wasn’t on ‘Time Seller’ he did play on the excellent ‘Mr Second Class’. After 2 years with The SDG Ray was off again to pastures new with The ian Gillian Band via recording some sessions with Bo Diddley along the way. By 1974 he’d become part of rock band Fancy who had a surprise American hit with a cover of ‘Wild Thing’. Fancy were a group of session musicians put together by Ray’s long term mentor and friend celebrated music arranger Mike Hurst. In the eighties another of Ray’s projects would come together as Forcefield (in 3 incarnations) more of which later. As is plainly obvious Ray has been a very busy and ubiquitous figure in the industry and i’ve only really scratched the surface. This new release compiled with Ray’s full involvement consists of 3 CD’s containing 61 tracks housed in a very sturdy fold out digipack crammed with photo’s and an exhaustive booklet with tells the extensive story of this remarkable career. CD1 is rich with the many facets of Ray’s playing from the opener ‘Mercury High’ Gillan Band track through to Ska represented by The South Coast Ska Stars ‘Range Rider’ the groove laden rock of Fancy & ‘She’s Ridin The Rock Machine’, Spencer Davis, Rupert & The Red Devils, Eddie Hardins ‘Wind In The Willows’ Ray’s sublime take on The Shadow’s ‘Apache’ and joy of joy’s the mod revival sound of old friend Tich Turner’s Escalator ‘Are You Wiv’ are just some of the other delights and highlights. CD2 is more rock and project orientated kicking off with Forcefield’s (Mk1) cover of ‘Smoke On The Water’ (a track we’ll return to at the conclusion). Artists featured include Tee-Set, David Coverdale, Roger Glover (& friends) Eddie Hardin’s Wizard Convention, Forcefield (Mk2), Hardin & York & Graham Bonnet. And if you are someone reading this who thinks  i haven’t been aware of Ray through all these tracks, well maybe, but you will have heard him as a kid growing up if you watched kids TV as he also co-wrote the theme to ‘Magpie’ included here, boy has this guy been prolific. CD3 is another eclectic mix featuring the Ian Gillian Band, Forcefield (Mk3), Eddie Hardin, Mike Hurst, Spencer Davis, Bo Diddley, a wonderful version of Mason Williams ‘Classical Gas’ featuring Cozy Powell and 2 tracks from Ray Fenwicks White Lightning ‘Shine It On Me’ & ‘Mail Box’ both featuring our very own local lad Pete Prescott on lead vocals (there’s a rather endearing photo of the band featured on the inside of the compilation….hair metal rules!). It’s Pete that gets the final word on this marvellous compilation. I rang him as i was somewhat puzzled as to why any band would record a cover version of the iconic ‘Smoke On The Water’ (as referred to earlier kicking off CD2 as Forcefield), doing it as a live number i could understand, i’ve heard a million rock bands do that. But to record it is surely superfluous?. Over to Pete, it came about when he was living and gigging in Switzerland in the mid-80’s where he made the acquaintance of one of the singers from the band The Far Corporation who had a hit in 1985 by covering LZ’s ‘Stairway To Heaven’ (masterminded by Boney M creator and producer Frank Farian). spurred on by this if you can cover an iconic song like that…so Ray, with an eye on the Japanese market (who love their metal) invited Pete, Cozy etc to Catsfield Studio’s where he was working to record SMOTW. So that’s answered that, thanks Pete. I apologise for my lack of Forcefield knowledge! So in conclusion, this is a fascinating collection of work spanning a remarkable career and space has precluded me from all the story but i trust i have whetted your appetite. Ray has been an influence and a helping hand to many a musician local and otherwise and Lemon Records have done a fine job with this package celebrating his many talents. Enjoy.

for more information go to https://www.cherryred.co.uk

Till next time, stay safe…Colin

 

Decades The Sweet in the 70s – by Darren Johnson coming shortly

Coming soon!  Published 29th July 2021. Available to pre-order now.

More information… https://darrensmusicblog.com/?s=the+sweet

Iain Cobby… fantastic band, saw them on Hastings Pier back in the 70’s, what a crew. No pop hits but pure heavy metal . not many in the audience but wow! Thats how I will remember them ………..

Darren Johnson… was that the 1971 New Year’s Eve gig? It gets a (very) brief mention in the book, if so!

Alan Esdaile… yes it would be 31st December 1971

 

Oldies Unlimited

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Anyone remember the firm Oldies Unlimited? We used to give out these catalogues in the shop. Interestingly the owner Antony Lewis lived in St Leonards before he set up Oldies in Telford. I used to buy Led Zeppelin USA import singles from him to sell in Stylus.

Redstar Richter… yeah!!

Nick Prince… Yes. Ive still got a credit note from them somewhere.

Darren Holmes… Being young Mods in late 70s/ early 80s it was like our bible trying to get hold of certain sounds! I use to biy loads from your shop!!! Lol

Karen Sweatman Was Blackman… Ordered lots from them

Matt Thomas… Spent a big chunk of my wages on them lol

Nigel Ford… Yes I still have a catalogue somewhere. I bought a number of ex-juke-box 7″ singles though from ads in Disc & Music Echo in the mid 60′s with the plastic inserts in place of the original centres, sometimes receiving 2nd choice items as what I really wanted had sold out.

Mike Vawdrey… I used to buy from them in the early 1990 s but they dropped me off the mailing list when they relocated – to Wolverhampton I think. Some good bargains especially vinyl at a time when it was going out of fashion(no more of course). There is still an Oldies Unlimited Shop in Wolverhampton ….

Carol Healy… I have a catalogue sales no 2, when does this date too?

Alan Esdaile… Sorry don’t know the date Carol.

Tony Ham… I remember Oldies Unlimited, also remember Adrian’s, who I have just Googled and found they’re still going.

Barbara Foulkes… Brilliant company, I bought loads of singles from them

Mido Leppard… Yes i bought from their catalogue many time and they shipped me the records but where are they now ? and is the shop Oldies unlimited on facebook belongs to them ?

 

 

WD40 do you have tight nuts?

original source: unknown

Peter Thomson… A wonderful product, it apparently stands for something like “water dispersal project, attempt 40”. It was American – not British. Apart from traditional engineering uses I discovered that it cleans almost anything off almost anything else! If you can tolerate the smell for a few hours, the chrome radiators in the bathroom come up like new.

Peter Millington… I’ve been using it for years

Allyson Breeds… Funny but fake

Roger Simmonds… Good stuff used to spray in damp distributers to get engine going again back in the day!

Will Cornell… I hate to weigh in with yet another pun, but it’s true. If you spray it on a lure, it helps catch more, ahem, fish.

Gerry Fortsch… Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it?

Ross Holter… Nothing is worse than tight rusty nuts

Conan Howard… never use this stuff on car door locks as it turns into jelly . its fish oil based…..be warned..its not a lubricant but a water repellent…..

Continental College, Witch Doctor Dance Floor & HiFi Ad – Andre Martin

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Andre Martin….The Continental College, was in the old Pitmans College buildings and they ran a Sunday Night Youth Club, a way of getting their resident students to mix with locals, this was first a Jazz Club, but by 1962/3 The Confederates we almost the resident group – Pete Millington for info

The Witch Doctor

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The famous Witch Doctor Club floor

Hi-Fi Club

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All info & cuttings  Andre Palfrey-martin collection

Peter Millington…..I played as a member of The Confederates in both. The Nest Club was at the very end of Trinity St. and is still a coffee house although the music in the Nest Club days was downstairs. The Contenental College had live music for the students (to keep them in rather than mix with the dodgy locals I think) every Sunday afternoon/evening. That would have been in 1962/3- great fun for us starting out with our ambitions to become a big group ha ha

Caz Simpson… Witchdoctor, I’ll never tire is seeing this.

Mick O’Dowd… Remember it Well.

Jane Hartley… was too young, did go to a Christmas party with my mum, Cobweb I think!

Colin Norton… Amazing place! Great atmosphere and crowd!