Blue Bayou – Country & Western Bexhill group

supplied by John Gale

John Gale… Dad, Tony Gale, had a small spell drumming for a bit of country, with Bexhill outfit Blue Bayou, wasn’t his favourite spell, don’t think he liked squeezing into the pink leggings

Mick O’Dowd…This is a name i’d forgotten. Played with them (DJ) many times and they were a friendly group, regulars at Pebbles when I was there. Competent band.

Jan Warren… I was at School with Carol (Shoesmith), my Mum and Dad liked Blue Bayou

Phil Gill… So he didn’t go back someday, come what may, to Blue Bayou?

Dave Nattress… Blue Bayou were quite a name band around the Bexhill area late 60’s early 70’s. Did see them. I remember Carol Shoesmith from school maybe a couple of years above my year. Her Sister Linda was one of the “babes” of the year I was in all the way from from the age of 7 to 16 and later had a fashion shop – boutique (they were called) in Western Bexhill. I think Blue Bayou must have played on for some years.

Elvis Costello – Hastings Beach 1991



Elvis Costello on Hastings Beach, 1991 by Keith Morris.

Thanks to Andrew Clifton for finding this and Stuart Huggett for the links.

Stuart Huggett… It’s an an out-take from the shoot for his ‘The Other Side Of Summer’ single.

Mark Gilham… Fished that effluent pipe many a time and never knew.

Ernest Ballard… I was working in The Queens hotel when Elvis was staying there. We were told strictly not to badger him and allow him space. On the third night in the bar after a few drinks he shouted ” why is everyone blanking me? Do you lot not know who I am ? “. We told him we weren’t allows to speak to him. Ha ha he then bought us all a drink. He was recording at Paul Mcartneys studio locally. I’ve fished there with you Mark. Caught some eels and whiting as I remember, And dabs I think.

Andre Martin… Great piece of beach art in the background !

Head On and Hat Trick – Hastings Pier 16th February 1979

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flyer supplied by Mick Mepham, poster supplied by Roger Carey, ad supplied by Sarah Harvey, photos by Chris Meachen, Hat Trick playlist Roger Carey.

Head On featured – Tony Qunta, Mark Thirsk, Steve Kinch and Andy Qunta and Hat Trick featured Barry French, Dave Shirley, Roger Carey and Dennis Wootton.

Andy Qunta….those pics do look like they could be from that gig! Can’t believe my moustache! That was a great night, as I recall! I especially like the travel arrangements at the bottom of The Hat Trick playlist.

Geoff Peckham… Thought that was the encore!

Steve Kinch….I can’t believe my hair!

Pete Prescott….you could pick up radio 4 on those didnt look like that when i was in the you remember falling off the front of the stage at a gig andy ? when you told me the story i nealy wet myself ! over to you. . .

Sarah Harvey… One of those moments when I suddenly remembered playing in a gig! This time with Hat Trick supporting Head On! Doh! This is the set list for ‘Hat Trick’ when supporting ‘Head On’ at the Pier…. ‘The Rooter’ was a progressive rock song about derelict railway steam engines (Roger described it is an epic) …. would have appealed to Mr. Cooksie. Opening number ‘Maybe Now’.

Conan Howard… here’s to all you boys that never left Hastings in your lives.

Jeff Hull & Frank Jasper -The Angel St Marys Terrace, Hastings 1985

Alan Esdaile… Any reason why Skinflint didn’t turn up?

Phil Gill… They were too tight to pay for the petrol.

Stuart Moir… Great venue for playing with your shoulders touching on the stage area

Tony Court-holmes… yet another good old pub on the west hill not one open up there now and think how many there were