Dave and The Debutantes reunion supplied by Jacqueline Marsh

all photos © Jacqueline Marsh

Jacqueline Marsh…Had a lovely afternoon, Dave and the Debs were reunited once again (at least the last four of us) It was terrific reminiscing about days gone by and its amazing just how different our memories are. Lyn didn’t remember working with Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, and I had totally forgotten working with the Tornadoes, when Lyn had to use their drum kit. Dave had forgotten about the actual songs we recorded at EMI Abbey Road, and Val remembers using Manfred Man’s keyboard at one gig. And Lyn still does not remember working with Johnny Duncan and his Bluegrass Boys back in 1964. Dave mentioned he also bitterly regretted selling his Gretsch guitar as it would now be worth a considerable amount of money. We had lots of laughs looking at old photos and listening to a poor copy of our 60 year old record. We also were surprised to hear that Dave actually formed the original Plain and Fancy, along with Christine Newman his then girl friend and sax player after the Debs disbanded. The last photo in black and white shows the band playing at the Eastbourne Winter Gardens and Dave using his famous Gretsch.

Alan Esdaile… sounds like a great reunion with some interesting memories x


The Debutantes – 1960’s




source: Jacqueline Marsh – Eastbourne Bands from 1960 on

Sarah Harvey… Jacqueline’s Sister Linda was also in this band….looks like her on the drums. My guess is about 1963 or 1964 …… They lived in Upperton Gardens Eastbourne. Remember Mum Phil coming home with their new single and playing it straight away….can’t remember what it was called.

Alan Esdaile… Yes your right about Linda, Sarah. These look great but don’t think I ever saw them. I used to book an all girl group from Denmark called The Ladybirds. Any all girl bands you can remember?

Jacqueline Marsh… if you look on Brighton Beat there is a recording of this. Its very old and was taken from a reel to reel recording onto a cassette tape which over the years has stretched a little, but unfortunately my copy of the record was given to a producer and I never got it back!!, not sure if an actual disc is still in existence now as it was about 50 years ago now. In case you cant find it on Brighton Beat, will repost it ,so you can hear it, and I have posted loads of photos on here. Lynda and I are hoping to meet up with Dave next month if he gets down to Eastbourne, should be great fun talking about the old days. I am still singing but only for my own entertainment As Chris Coleman knows, but he seems to like my work LOL.

Here is the record. Thanks to Chris Coleman for this….


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Gypsy and Alias – Hastings Pier 21st July 1973.


supplied by Sarah Harvey

Flyer supplied by Roger Carey

Sarah Harvey… This day July 21st, 1973 on Hastings Pier. American progressive band Gypsy. I have a lot of their music in my library and it is really worth a listen.

Alan Esdaile…  Alias were signed to Martin Casson Agency and sure Andre has memories of them.

Pete Fisher… ust by the way here, seeing Status Quo billed for July 28th, my diary tells me I was at their pier gig on 2nd March that year, one of those gigs where I really did think those wooden floorboards were going to give way under the bopping masses any minute! Date confirmed on this page, which gives you an idea of the gruelling touring schedule bands had back in the day…https://www.quogigography.net/92.html

Pete Fairless… Shows what a major venue the ballroom was! 1973 was the year Quo really took off, you can see from the link, they put the work in!

Louis Comfort-Wiggett.. Isn’t this the band Gypsy (from Leicestershire I believe) rather than the US lot?

Clive Richardson… Gypsy were excellent. Really good sound. They had no roadies, no manager at the time and did the sound themselves. Paul Casson was very impressed and was interested in managing them.

Pete Houghton… I saw Gypsy on pier and it was a good concert and my fav track is per me take you home and is one of my fav track’s