Heatwave (original band) – Eastbourne 1970




supplied by Martin H Samuel  http://www.heatwave.n.nu

John Fellows (bass / vocals), Terry Shea (rhythm guitar / vocals), Richard Steen (lead guitar / vocals), Martin H. Samuel (drums / pyrotechnics), Peter Allat (lead vocals / percussion).

Martin H Samuel… 1970 outdoor gig in Eastbourne.

Alan Esdaile… Anyone remember going to this gig?

Martin H Samuel… I am the drummer with Heatwave ca. ’69… the 1st and original, south London-based, band by that name not the funk/disco group who ‘borrowed’ our good name in ’75. I know we played in Hastings one winter, I don’t remember where, but our van broke down in the snow on the way home. 1970.  Our record, ‘Sister Simon (Funny Man)’ b/w ‘Rastus Ravel (Is A Mean Old Man)’, was written by our agent, ex-pirate Radio City & Radio London DJ, John Edward.  The 45 was released on the Larry Page Penny Farthing Records label on 13th November 1970. The A-side has backup vocals by The Ladybirds, Rick Wakeman plays piano with Doris Troy singing backup on the B-side. I just learned John Edward passed away last August. 1962, he played guitar in The Manish Boys with David Jones (aka, David Bowie) as the vocalist.  Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) played lead guitar on their single. Having played a week at the Cavern Club in Liverpool in ’70, Heatwave is proud of its commemorative brick, 20 rows above ‘John’, in the Cavern Wall of Fame.

Alan Esdaile… Anyone remember seeing them in Hastings?

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