Hippo Band – early line up

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supplied by Gerry Fortsch

Gerry Fortsch… Remember the Hippo band, this is a very early line up, comprising of Brian Reeve guitar, Peter Parson guitar, Graham Blanch drums, Peter Webb lead guitar and me on bass. We may not have been the best band in the world or even Hastings but we had some bloody fun. The band was run like a business and when on band business we always ended up drunk. This is the line up that supported the Glitter Band and Mungo Jerry on the Hasting Pier, Graham stayed loyal to the Hippo Band until he joined Brian on the stair way to heaven, they are both greatly missed.

Yvonne Cleland… Look familiar

Mungo Jerry – Hastings Pier 28th August 1976

I did have this date down for The Sounds Summer Rock Show but could that have been 1975?

Lance Collins… Gerry, did you support at this gig ?

Gerry Fortsch… Lance, yes the old Hippo Band was there and enjoying a beer. The lads in Mungo Jerry were a great bunch of guys.

John Mcewen… I was there! Great night. Hippo good as always!

Stuart Moir… Great band saw them in the early years in London.

Marcus de Mowbray… “In the summer time When the weather is a bit naff, grey, cold and damp”  Pretty bad lyrics, but more likely than the original ones!

Kate Recknell-Page… I loved them great music x

Hank Marvin at The White Rock Theatre Hastings 27th November 1998

review by Colin Bell

Jane Hartley… I was there too. Didn’t he also have Brian Bennett’s son with him or did I dream that?

Colin Bell… Yes he did Jane, you weren’t dreaming

Stephen Singleton… Hank is one of the greatest musicians ever.

Mick O’Dowd… Was there for that one. Think I still got the programme.

The Peddlers – De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill – November 1973

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Sarah Harvey… Jazz trio The Peddlers at the De La Warr in Bexhill – November 1973. I remember these….a very energetic trio when they played live.

Alan Esdaile… Love this track, Brilliant.

Geoff Peckham… Great trio, who could really play and deserved more recognition. I know Andy Qunta was a big fan too.

Mick O’Dowd… Had a budget issue LP of theirs but have never seen it since. Roy Phillips vocals were very bluesy/jazzy. A good band that only had that one hit.

Andy Qunta… Loved that band! Saw them on telly a few times. Bought their singles “Birth” & “Girlie”, both of which are now on my iPod & still sound great!

Tony Qunta… Not sure what happened to them but I remember the drummer did some interesting stuff afterwards.

Chris Sambrook…. I think the the drummer, Trevor Morias joined a studio band called Quantum Jump. Released a track called The Lone Ranger. Also i think he was involved with Howard Jones in the 80′s

Tony Qunta… Yes Quantum Jump was the band I was thinking of! That Lone Ranger track is great!

Neil Steadman… 1973 eh? Bit risque for the DLWP

Lew Lewis Reformer, The Teenbeats plus more – Rye Festival 1st September 1979

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Peter Fairless… That was great, if a little odd… The Photos were good!

poster supplied by Ken Copsey

Ken Copsey… Aggro with the skinhead contingent which wasn’t very Greenpeace. Looking at the list of promoters at the top of the poster I wonder if that is the Andy McConnell the glass specialist who lives in Rye now?

Tony Ham… The name I remember is Blast Furnace and the Heatwaves, think they only had two as the ice cream van got tipped over by skinheads.

Ken Copsey… Blast Furnace was Charles Shar Murray’s band. Lee Lewis was always great. We played with him again in Swansea.

 

 

Hawkwind & Ace support – Hastings Pier 1st September 1973

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Martyn Baker… My parents banned me from going to this one…. but I went anyway, which made it all the more exciting. Maybe they’d heard about Stacia dancing semi-naked onstage?

Phil Gill talking about Ace ‘How Long’….Brilliant single “How Long”, great guitar solo, fab Paul Carrick vocal. A great song is ageless.

Phil Gill… Stacia! I met her once, she was lovely. Every band needs a shaman.

Phil Thornton… did many gigs supporting Hawkwind !! a jolly bunch and no mistake ! – prepare for the sonic attack …..

John Storer…  In 1973, this was a fairly expensive gig to go to … 99p! Remember going to the gig but was only really interested in hearing Silver Machine because I found the rest of their stuff a little … overblown. Would echo Phil Gill’s comments about Paul Carrack … may be no coincidence that he appears (and sings) on my two favourite Squeeze albums … East Side Story (the brilliant “Tempted”) and Some Fantastic Place (the excellent “Loving You Tonight”)

Gary Kinch… I was there but don’t remember much of it…..I have vague hormone driven memories of Stacia though. Ace’s How Long was always a juke box favourite for me. …..and agree I with John, Tempted is very good.

Andrew Freeman… I used to work with a guy who played bass guitar with Hawkwind, but not sure which years as they had many changes over the years.

Pete Fisher… I was there (I think!)…vaguely remember the light show (mostly strobes) and the wall of sound…and Stacia of course…probably another of those gigs where everyone sat cross-legged on the floor, apart from a couple of stand-up dancers up front, who people occasionally threw beer cans etc at!!

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