Them – Witch Doctor 30th April 1965



Ad Andre Palfrey-martin collection. photo London Records Ad 1965

John Storer…Does this get votes as one of the most influential singles ever? both tracks are now standards and both sound as brilliant today as they did back then. “Gloria” was the b-side to “Baby Please Don’t Go” when it was released in the UK but the tracks were reversed when the single was released in the States. Yet it was “BPDG” as a b-side that caught the imagination of many American bands and it was a cover of that song by The Amboy Dukes in 1967 that brought a certain Mr Ted Nugent to prominence.

Andy Qunta…..Funnily enough, Gloria was the B-side to Baby Please Don’t Go, although it is perhaps the better-known one now. I like both, but I still prefer the A-side!  By the way, they say that if you drop a guitar down the stairs, sooner or later it will play Gloria!

Len……Saw ‘Them’ in the club upstairs above the Fiesta Coffee Bar, on the day they played the Witch Doctor.

Alan Esdaile….Anyone remember seeing Van Morrison at The White Rock Theatre in 1991?

Mick O’Dowd…..Yes I was there. Fantastic show from The Master and if I remember Mike Cotton Sound were a more than adequate band.

David Edwards… Well I never knew that Them had played the Witchdoctor.

John Warner… Mike Cotton, came across him again on a cruise, great trumpeter. Them – Van Morrison. Lonely Ones – Noel Redding. Great times!

Anti Nazi League Rally – Victoria Park 30th April 1978

Supplied by Ken Copsey

Ken Copsey… Area Haider’s film about the inception of rock against racism White Riot, brought back happy memories of traveling up from Hastings with Dave Blackman and Mick Bacon  amongst others to see X-ray Spex , Steel Pulse and the Clash at Victoria Park in 1978. The eagle eyed ever twitching Mick Bacon said he was sure he’d seen Dave in some of the footage. I thought he was deluded until he sent me the screen shot he had taken. Who else from Hastings went on the march and to the gig?

John Gale… Thats definately Dave mate, who else would have worn a shirt like that. Having said that though he was the first person I knew who owned a punk record, New Rose and played it to me in his bedroom in Castledown Avenue so what he lacked in sartorial trend setting he made up for in the musical department.

Steve Sampson… Definitely Dave … ah yes the New Rose single … that got played a few times! Quite a few of us from Priory Road went in small groups … I also remember The Clash and Stranglers playing at something … was this the same thing or another one … I know we went to London a few times on RAR

Mick Bacon… I am deluded  Ken, but that’s another issue. Dave was easy to spot – he always stood out in a crowd. I remember him singing along to Tom Robinson- “Sing if you’re glad to be cough, cough..”. He was always so politically correct!

Andrew Bancock… I was there!

Martin Blackman… great to hear stories about dear Dave from his old mates after all these years, highly entertaining, he was such a character and I still miss him terribly, cheers guys and seasons greetings to all.

Peter Thomson… I was there with Perri Ann Haste and her mate Sally. I also went to the second one in Brixton.

Perri Ann Haste… That was quite a day, I still have a few pics somewhere.

Jack The Lad – Hastings Pier 15th March 1975


jack the lad

supplied by Sarah Harvey

Alan Esdaile….Very good band ‘Jack The Lad’ . I think it was the remains of ‘LIndisfarne’ after they split up. Also we put them on at Eastbourne Collage.

Andy Gunton….I saw them a few times myself. Good band & yes, some of them were in Lindisfarne beforehand.

Jim Breeds….I  have a couple of Jack The Lad LPs. Great stuff. “It’s Jack The Lad” CAS 1085 and “The Old Straight Track” CAS 1094. Both LPs from 1974, bizarrely. They must have been on a roll! Billy Mitchell, Simon Cowe, Ray Laidlaw & Rod Clements. Rod Clements founded Lindisfarne with Alan Hull. When they broke up in ’73 he founded JTL.

Peter Thomson… Remember that one fondly. Excellent gig.

Jim Breeds… I saw them then. Still have that album and another. “The Third Millennium” seemed so far away at the time!

Who remembers J S Beeching Ltd and typewriters?

Fiona Evans… I do ! I think his daughter went to my old school,St Mary’s School,Baldslow.

Steve Fox… A seven day approval period? Who would have the balls to offer that nowadays?

Alan King… t’s OK the Money Shop and Cash Converters have both closed down

Jim Breeds… I still have my typewriter that I bought there. It struggles with emails these days though.

who remembers having a bullworker?

Jeff Belton… I used to have the same one of these, had it for a Christmas gift from my dad. Exactly the same, even the box it came in.

Keith Blizard… Still got mine, but sadly not the body i once had !

Leigh Michael… My Dad had one!

Chris Baker… Of course I never had one!

Graham McCallum… Yes

Ian Brown… I couldn’t get it out of the box

Dave Nattress… I bought one. God knows why not sure how old I was. Maybe 15/16.  Not sure I got any more from it than a load of aches and pains. What a poser I must have been!!

Alan Pepper… I did have some chest expanders. But no hairs to get caught on !

Lyn Humphrey… Still got mine–haven’t learnt yet how to do any posing though, Dave!

Steve Hamilton… I remember one in the corner of the room for years.

Adrian Purser… I remember not having one

Hot Chocolate – Aquarius Club Hastings 28th April 1973

28th april 1973 - hot chocolate

hot choc brother

Mick O’Dowd… Good little band. Saw them several times including this one.

Tony Davis… I was the house DJ at the Aquarius on this gig. I remember that the band went on first without Errol who was standing in the wings talking to me. We both noticed that he had missed his cue but he wasn’t bothered commenting they would get back to it in a minute. Nice guy and a good night.

Barry French… Does anyone else recall seeing Hot Chocolate on the Pier in the 70’s or did I dream it?

Alan Esdaile… Yes Barry, July 1975, great night remember it well as I did the disco.

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Mick O’Dowd… Osibisa were one of the most exciting concerts i’ve worked on. They were absolutely electric. Trouble was they couldn’t transfer this exictement to disc. Great band though.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… I was there at Hot Chocolate that night!

Tony Court-holmes… i think i was there