Where did you buy your first record?

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Peter Fairless… The Disc Jockey

Lucy Pappas… The Disc Jockey! Words by the Bee Gees

Jim Breeds… The Record Shop. She Loves You. But anyone who listened to Alan’s radio show last week would already know that!

Mick O’Dowd… The Record Shop. Cathy’s Clown by Everlys.

James Johnson… The record shop Bowie ‘Breaking Glass’ – Chuck Berry ‘South of the Border’

Nanna Patt… Sounds To Go Holloway Road Islington

Judith Monk… The record shop – John Ogden and Vladimir Askenazy …not very rock n roll…

Pete Prescott… From the record shop In Sittingbourne high street. Sadly now gone.

Judy Struys… The shop in London Road. I’ve forgotten the name 1972.. It was my first ever pay packet. Deep Purple in Rock. I used to play Child in Time at full volume on the stereogram. My mother said desparingly “hasn’t that woman had her baby yet?”

Jim Breeds… My Dad’s stock comment for most of what I played on our stereogram (including DP In Rock) was “What the bloody hell is that racket supposed to be!?”.

Catherine Ireland… Jennery’s or Jenner’s in Devonshire rd Bexhill. Do the Huckle buck, I think

Arthur Sutherland…  I’m sure we have been here before, but I didn’t buy my first record, my late father did. He bought three for a pound which were The Beatles, I Feel Fine, Slim Whitman, Anniversary waltz, and Richard Tauber, Oh Vienna Mine. He gave them to me along with a record player he built and he got them and all the parts except the casing fro, it was almost next doorm a little corner shop which did electronics repairs called Methvens radio, on Raeburn Place in Edinburgh, it was almost next door.

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Aquarius International Club Hastings – Saturday 18th Jan 2020

Aquarius International Club say... Come and join us on Saturday January 18th and kick off 2020 with a groovylicious night of 60s/70s heavy music and cool vibes in the comfort of the basement bar at the White Rock Hotel on Hastings glorious seafront. Your hosts Lauren and Cliff will be joined by special guest DJ ‘Johnny Gorillar’ plus other DJ’s to be announced soon. Hastings very own Johnny Gorillar, mighty frontman/guitarist of 70’s vibe rockers ‘Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell’ and heavy psych legend ‘Gorilla’. Johnny will be spinning his awesome collection of heavy vintage vinyl through the Aquarius sound system so whether you want to have a blowout on the dance floor to the psychedelic backdrop of our liquid light show or chill out in style on a Chesterfield armchair with a cocktail in our chill out room and watch vintage movies, the choice is all yours. Above are a tantalising teazer of some of the mind blowing tunes we’ll be spinning on the night so come and let it all out on the dance floor or relax with a cocktail in our chill out room. Here’s wishing all you cool cats a super groovy festive season and we look forward to seeing you on January 18th – Let’s kick off 2020 in the only way Hastings knows how! We look forward to seeing you all there!

 

Booker T Jones – De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill 9th May 2020


Rye International Jazz Festival presents… Booker T, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, winner of four GRAMMY Awards and recipient of a GRAMMY Award for Lifetime Achievement, Hammond B3 organ.

Join us at the iconic De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on Saturday 9th May to see one of the most acclaimed, respected and legendary American multi-instrumentalist, songwriters, record producers, and arrangers.

For tickets and information https://www.dlwp.com/event/booker-t-jones/

SMART 54 coffee meet – Friday 17th January 2020

New people welcome to join us

Mick O’Dowd… Oh come all ye faithful but not until January!

Nick Warren… I had never been to Hastings until 1990s – I was in Brighton and following the music scene there in the 1960s-70s. Hope to get to a SMART meeting one day but they always seem to clash with other things up until now. Happy Christmas

Monica Bane… Hope to see you there Alan! If all goes well Monica x

What Records Make You Want To Get Up And Dance?

Alan Esdaile… A couple that spring to mind for me are The Doobie Brothers Long Train Running, Osibisa Music For Gong Gong, Curtis Mayfield Move On Up, Los Bravos Black Is Black and Mony Mony Tommy James & The Shondells.

John Wilde… Martha and the Vandellas Dancing in the Streets, Stevie Wonder Uptight, Arthur Conley Sweet Soul Music, Aint Nothing but a House Party The Showstoppers, Sly and the Family Stone Dance to the Music, Prince Kiss, Ramsey Lewis Wade in the Water.

Julie Morris… Earth, Wind & Fire – September … and Let the Music Play!

Peter Fairless… Boogie Nights – Heatwave, Dave Edmunds Rockpile I knew the bride, Bobby Freeman Do You Want To Dance.

Alex Chapman… None, dancing plays havoc with my sciatica! 🙂 but if it didn’t a nice smoochy dance to ‘Only The Lonely’ Roy Orbison

Caz Simpson… Road Runner Junior Walker and Jumping Jack Flash. For a slow one..What does it take (to win your love) Junior Walker, Harlem Shuffle.. Bob and Earl.

Geoff Peckham… Loads spring to mind. First are: Iko, Iko – The Dixie Cups;
Alright Now – Free; Cisco Kid – War; Now That We’ve Found Love – Third World; Boogie Chillun – John Lee Hooker; he mentions Hastings in it too!

Alan Pepper…. Songs that get me out the zimmer …..I can’t help myself 4 Tops, Get up off that thing James Brown, Play that funky music Wild cherry
And any of those chosen by Mr Wilde . You can’t sit down !!

Clifford Rose… I haven’t stopped dancin’ yet – Gonzalez.

Mick O’Dowd… I Can’t Help Myself 4 Tops, Young Hearts Run Free Candi Staton and many many others!

Wendy Weaver… What Ever You Want – The Quo. Iko Iko – The Belle Stars. Lots of others too

Sarah Harvey… Slade Run Runaway.

Dave Nattress… Well Saturday night it was “King” by Years and Years – mesmeric stuff, thankfully (Dad-Dancing) in the secrecy of my own home.

John Wilde… and if I feel psychedelic, I dance to All along the Watchtower, Jimi Hendrix. or Queen, Sheer Heart Attack.

Caz Simpson… Who bumped bums to The Bump? Ashamed to say I did.

Matt Thomas… I Feel Love – Donna Summer, Boogie Wonderland – Earth,Wind & Fire,Funky Town – Lipps Inc

Andy Qunta… Me too, Caz. Funnily enough, Rick Driscoll, the lead singer of Kenny, who did that song, has been a good friend of mine since 1981!

Alan Esdaile… Remember bumping to Joe Tex Ain’t Gonna Bump No More, Caz.

Philip John… Gonna take you Higher – Sly & The Family Stone , most stuff by The Temptations / Isley Brothers and Chic with Nile Rogers.

Mick O’Dowd… Oh come on you lot! Who’s gonna admit their list should include the classics Agadoo, Superman, Hokey Cokey (Judge Dread version) and Macarena to name but a few. Cowards!

John Wilde… I can honestly say I have NEVER danced to those.
Now the Birdie song that’s class.

Clifford Rose… nobody’s mentioned Tangerine Dream yet?

David Miller… Club Country – The Associates, Good Stuff – B52’s, Big time – Peter Gabriel, anything by Dudley Moore.

Phil Thornton… Pure pleasure seeker : Moloko !! how about Open up : Leftfield Lydon ? Chime : Orbital, Born Slippy : Underworld, Phat Planet : Leftfield, etc.

Matt Thomas… Moloko fantastic choice.

Jimmy Kent… To be honest as a dance music fan they’re too many to mention so I thought I the only thing I could do is list 5 records that currently makes me want to waddle on that dancefloor at events I regularly go to :- Love Gone Bad. – Chris Clark, Summer In The Park – East Coast Connection, It’s Just Love – John Andrews, Hold On – Judy Freeman & Blackrock, Mr Big Shot – Gene Chandler. Sorry Mick O’Dowd I’ll mention Agadoo next time mate.

Wendy Weaver… Yellow River by Christie and Just Wanna Dance the Night Away by The Mavericks and then there is Putting on The Ritz by Peter Sarstedt or even Fred Astaire

Eugene Hughes… Something Old Something New The Fantastics

David Miller… I enjoyed this thread a lot two years ago – nice to see it’s still up and running…dancing even…as I am.

Peter Fairless… David Bowie John I’m Only Dancing, Toots and The Maytals Monkey Man

Caz Simpson… Wilson Pickett – Midnight Hour, The Kingsmen – Louie Louie

Lance Collins… Frankie Smith Double Dutch Bus

Jimmy Kent… Freddy King – Now I’ve Got A Woman

 

Who remembers Roy Martin of The Jazz Caverners?

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Ernest Ballard… The late great Roy Martin. Founder of The Jazz Caverners. Who remember his saying at the end of every gig. ” Don’t forget to put the cocoa on mum “. Seen regularly in The Jenny Lind Hastings Great banjo player and band leader. I see he has a road named after him in Eastbourne and also a National Express Coach wow. RIP

Paul Huggett… Good old’ boy.

Roy Penfold… I remember the sheer joy apparent on his face when he led the band marching around at carnivals.

Alan Esdaile… Agree Roy.

Ernest Ballard… Yes he really loved his band. I feel he showed us a true love of music. A true legend and local hero. He brought joy to so many.

Geoff Peckham… Roy was the heartbeat of the Jazz Caverners and the Expedient Marching Band when I followed them around ’69-’72. I think ‘joy’ is the right word – he loved the music and playing it, and gave joy to those who listened. He was always so friendly and kind. Years later, I was playing with Uncle John’s Band in Lewes for the library (we had all the wild gigs!) and Roy, who I believe worked for the library (?) was there. He recognised me and when I introduced him to the band, he asked if he could join us for a song or two. The others weren’t keen owing to previous experiences with oddballs, even though I told them he was fine. Later, in the middle of a Cajun dance tune, Mamou Two Step, he leapt up, grabbed a mic and proceeded to perform a ‘Cajun rap’ over it. The lads in the band were initially a bit concerned, but they soon realised they were in the presence of …..Well, I’m not sure, really! But we all had fun and his fellow librarians loved it! As you say, a true local legend!

Ernest Ballard… Nicely put.

Chris Watford… Roy Martin was a great friend of mine, and a real character on the Sussex jazz scene. However, he was not the “founder of the Jazz Caverners” ! Let me explain :-
When the Hastings band, the Dolphin Jazzband broke up after some 9 years together, trombonist Brian Towers and myself re-formed as the Jazz Caverners, and as Roy had a van and was willing to bring over fellow members of Eastbourne’s Mojo Rhythm Kings, we offered him the chance to join the new band on banjo – although we already had a banjoist in the band, Geoff Coates. This worked out well, as Geoff would disappear to Europe quite often to go busking with his guitar. We were into the Classic style of 1920s jazz, so never sounded like a banjo band, and we recorded for the specialist label Vintage Jazz Music (VJM) in London in the early 1960s. Brian Towers, still playing at the age of 83 out in Toronto, has recently compiled a CD of these early tracks, and if your readers want to purchase a copy, they can contact Brian by Googling ” Hot Five Jazzmakers “. Back in the 1950s, Roy was the originator of the Expedient Brass band, which played at Bonfire Night parades all over East Sussex for many years- often in torrential rain ! It was an authentic New Orleans Parade band with a flexible line up depending on who was available on the night, and usually comprised up to eleven musicians, who came from jazz bands from as far afield as Hastings; Lewes;Eastbourne; Crawley, and even London jazz musicians came down. These would include Colin Bowden (drums), clarinettists Roy Pellett and Tony Pyke, trombonist Mike Pointon, etc etc. Even as late as 1966, when I had married and was living in Hildenborough, Kent, I would come down for the occasional Parade at places like Mayfield and Crowborough. In 2012 we had a Reunion in St.Leonards, and after a lunchtime meal for the musicians, we were greeted by over 150 old fans of the Dolphin Jazz band, and the Jazz Caverners, most of whom we hadn’t seen for some 50 years ! I put together a Reunion Double CD of unissued tracks by the bands, and I still have just a handful left, if anyone wishes to obtain it. Roy Martin is, of course on some of the tracks, playing and singing in his own unique way.

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Pork Dagger with Roy Martin – Regent Hotel 1968

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Andre Martin….I know that some groups come up with really strange names – but what about this from 1968

Geoff Peckham….Would this be the indefatigable Roy Martin who played banjo and sang with the Jazz Caverners?

Tony Qunta….Wow, I had forgotten about them!

Yvonne Cleland…..Who on earth thought that would be a good name?!

Chris Jolly… And they say it’s all in the name…

Terry Huggins… The Pork Dagger no less.

Pete Fisher… sounds like a Spinal Tap song title…

Andy Qunta… Thanks for reminding me about Roy Martin! What a character!