Simon Dupree & The Big Sound – The Cobweb – 25th Jan 1969

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Sarah Harvey… January 25th, 1969. Simon Dupree And The Big Sound….I loved ‘Kites’ …..very haunting song for the time. And there are Status Quo yet again!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbS2KmEecTo

Alan Esdaile… Brilliant record.

Andy Qunta… Kites! Still sounds fantastic! Have it on my iPod! Some of this band went on to form Gentle Giant, I believe!

Terry Huggins… That’s right. Their retrospective view of Kites was that it was crap. Simon Dupree didn’t exist. If I recall correctly it was three brothers and a few friends. They were all multi instrumentalists

Andy Qunta… Indeed, Terry, i think they were the Shulman brothers? Our own Roger Carey played with a later version of Gentle Giant, I believe!

Sarah Harvey… Roger did indeed play with the later version of Gentle Giant….Three Friends….. they are a band starring several former members of Gentle Giant Gary Green (guitar, vocals) Malcolm Mortimore (drums) ….here is Roger playing with them in Tokyo….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KP3hRiVKG8

Phil Thornton… saw Roger Carey with Three Friends, (faultless recreations of GG classics) 3 times ! – top class Bass and vocals from Roger !

Mick O’Dowd… I saw this show by Simon Dupree & Big Sound and was so moved I went out and bought their LP Without Reservations the next day! Excellent blue-eyed soul band (am I aloud to say that?) and they only had the one LP before they morphed into Gentle Giant. Incidentally Kites wasn’t on this Lp and only saw the light on the compilation album afew years back with the other gem Parade of Broken Hearted Pirates.

Andre Martin… Kites used to get a lot of plays on BBC Radio London by Robbie Vincent in his soul show days – Saturday Morning was always a cracker of a show, with lots played for the residents of Sunny Sydenham where I had friends.

Sarah Harvey… I adored Kites…. such a haunting song.

Andre Martin… It was a fantastic tooon without a doubt Sarah.

Tony Court-holmes… your not old enough to remember that sarah i remember sunday nights were tamla nights.

Ernest Ballard… Far out man

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Is it too late to enter the Go-Go competition?

Tony Court-holmes… go for it

Dan Nattress… The luscious Leigh, no way is it too late for you, go go for it!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Dave the mind is willing but the body isn’t these days

Favourite Instrumental track.

What’s your favourite instrumental track? This has got to be one of mine

I  was also thinking of The Shadows Apache or Wonderful Land but for something a bit more rockier what about Edgar Winter Frankenstein, Area Code 615 – Stone Fox Chase, Love Sculpture – Sabre Dance.

Pete Fairless…..Because They’re Young

Kieron Brown…..Has to be this. Can’t hear it without being transported back to my parent’s front room and the valve stereogram. Love it now.  Stop – Al Kooper & Mike Bloomfield.

Matt Thomas…..Lily was here – Dave Stewart & Candy Dulfer

John Austin…..Acker Bilk. Stranger on the shore !

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Helen Shapiro, Eden Kane, The Vernon Girls – ABC Cinema Hastings 28th November 1962

cuttings supplied by Andre Palfrey-Martin Collection. photo Nationaal Archief in Netherlands 1963

Joe Knight…..Do you remember when she first came on tv just a school girl !! the voice seemed to be someone else’s

Andre Palfrey-Martin….Not bad for a 13 year old – great start to the 60s music scene.

Jim Breeds….Eden Kane, Peter Sarstedt’s brother.

Richard J.Porter….Saw Peter Sarstedt at White Rock. I think Eden Kane lived in Peasmarsh

Sarah Harvey…..Helen Shapiro – Walking Back To Happiness…. whooopa oh yeah oh yeah! Am I showing my age?

Andy Qunta.. Several well-known names. I would love to go back in time and see these shows! Anyone have a time machine I could borrow? 😉

Barry French… In 1962 when I nine years old living in Brentwood Essex, my Mum was a volunteer helping with the local youth clubs in the area. Each year they had a big bash at the Keys Hall (A big venue on the outskirts of Bentwood). Top of the Bill in 1962 was Eden Kane. Well, that night my Mum & big Sister were in the Keys Hall Kitchen in charge of hot dogs & soft drinks, while I sat in the corner by the draining board totally bored out of my mind. Eventually news that Eden Kane hadn’t turned up filtered through to the kitchen.
As the night wore on I remember lots of foot stomping from the crowd & cry’s of “We want Eden we want Eden”. As I sat in my corner, I heard a tapping on the kitchen back door . Above the mayhem I told my Mum “Some ones knocking on the door” When she opened it, there standing, was a scruffy unshaven Eden Kane. With a very cultured accent he apologised for being late & asked if he could have a wash & brush up. My mum being star struck, eventually answered “Of course Mr Kane”.
He then took a bag off his shoulder, stood by the sink, next to where I was sitting & proceeded to take off his shirt, run hot water & then have a shave. While doing this he was talking to me the whole time asking “what music I liked, what do you want to do when you grow up etc.” When he was all shaved up he got a clean shirt out of his bag, tapped me on the head, kissed my mum & sister on the hand & thanked them for use of the facilities (made them both go giggly) left the kitchen & walked the length of the hall with the crowd cheering & screaming. He then joined his band on stage & had a brilliant night. In between his shaving I asked for his autograph, which he scribbled on a scrap of paper. I shall now have to go up into the loft to see if I can find it !!!.

Andy Qunta…  Brilliant story! Love it!

Nick Prince… Not forgetting Robin Sarstedt Jim.

What Records remind you of fairgrounds?

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Colin Bell mentioned on a previous post that he has fond memories of hearing Runaway by Del Shannon at the fair on the oval. Two records that always remind me whenever I hear them, are Doris Day Move Over Darling and Chris Montez The More I See You.

Caz Simpson… Let’s Dance, Chris Montez. Fire, Crazy World of Arthur Brown.

Jim Breeds…. Anything by Fairground Attraction? 😉 Actually, Edgar Winter Group – Frankenstein. Although it also reminds me of bank holiday at Santa Pod in the 70s.

Pete Fairless… Ah, I remember the fairs on The Oval in the mid ’70s, so it was a lot of Glam – Slade, T. Rex, Suzi Quatro and, of course, that bloke we’re not supposed to mention… Think I might have first heard R Dean Taylor at the fair, too!

Peter Millington… “Timing a tick a tick a tick Timing” Jimmy Jones-1960

Caz Simpson… I loved Timing!!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… My Coo Ca Choo (or however it’s spelt) by Alvin Stardust immediately came to mind

Peter Millington… Caz I think it must be an age thing – Music was never louder than at the fair in the early 1960s

Caz Simpson… The fair was the most magical place in the world Peter, and it was the louder than loud music that made it so.

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Wimpy Bar memories and new one coming to Hastings?

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The old Wimpy in Queens Road, Hastings. supplied by Nick Prince 1066 and all that Facebook page

 

Wimpy Pelham Place

Nick Prince… As Hastings looks set to get a Wimpy Bar again, its a great opportunity for some retro talk about some retro cuisine. What was your favourite? A bender in a bun? a double decker? A banana longboat? Mine was the Wimpy Brunch and a Knickerbocker Glory… So…. Is it true that Wimpy are returning to Hastings after two decades? The area covered by “1066 and all That” has had five Wimpy Bars dating back to the early 1960’s – Three in Hastings and Two in Bexhill. The Hastings ones were at Pelham Place (now an amusement arcade), Queens Road (now a travel agent) and George Street (now Whites Seafood and Steak Restaurant), while the Bexhill ones were situated in Devonshire Road (now Little Maroubu) and Western Road (now Bentley’s Steak House). Eventually becoming a British firm, Wimpy started off life in the US in Indiana back in 1934 and Lyons introduced the brand to the UK at their Lyons Corner House in Coventry Street twenty years later. Lyons went on to form Wimpy UK, which was totally independent to the USA version which has since disappeared. Wimpy were established in both countries before the world had been introduced to both McDonald’s and Burger King. At their UK peak, which didn’t actually come until the early 1980’s, there were 500 operating with many towns and cities having several, Brighton at one time had eight open at the same time and now the nearest one to that city it at Peacehaven. Half of the Wimpys became Burger King’s in a merger in the late 1980’s before a management buy out saved the name, which derives from the burger chomping J Wellington Wimpy from Popeye. At the beginning of 2016 just 86 survived and this has dwindled to 80 today. Two new ones have opened in Oxford and Surrey. However, Eastbourne lost their very busy one this May when its lease ran out and the site being used as part of the Arndale redevelopment. The chain will be reopening in Eastbourne. The one in Streatham has seen off the McDonald’s.  Where in Hastings is it going? A lot of empty shops in Castle Street!  What do Wimpy themselves say about returning to Hastings? They say; “Watch this space!” .

Ernest Ballard… Brilliant

Ian Mantel… 1979, Friday mornings- HCFE, lunch at Wimpy, Queen’s Road before BSM driving lesson with Hastings DJ, Johnnie Stuart (?) in his Triumph Dolomite Sprint .

Jan Warren… I’m sure they used to do some sort of “doughnut dessert”, was it called a “brown derby” (or something) …… maybe that was in the 60s??!!

Chris Meachen… Used to like a brown derby, ring donut covered in soft ice cream, drizzled in chocolate sauce with a sprinkle of chopped nuts… The wimpy by the deluxe used to be our biker’s base in the 70’s, we’d all meet up in there before going out for a ride somewhere.. The Mandovi brothers were always very welcoming, & traffic was so light in those days, we could line our bikes up outside.. I always liked the quarter-pounder burger, brown derby, & proper milkshakes..

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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 haircuts.you didnt look like that when i was in the band.do 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’.

 

Die Laughing, Head On, Plastix – Hastings Pier 16th February 1978

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ad – Sarah Harvey     ticket – Mick Mepham     Head On Andy Qunta, photo David Mmirb.

Phil Thornton….I remember this one ! the plastix had to play on the floor due to the stage being full of gear. They were excellent ! I had forgotten that DL were headlining !!! ( I think it may have been my last gig with them ?) Head On were great of course !!!

Alan Esdaile…..Bizarre to see Soul Fever 78 tour, as that was the tour I put together when I managed Delroy Williams. I can’t remember putting this on at the pier but think we change venue to Emmas(below Queens Hotel) as not enough tickets were sold.

Phil Thornton…..no no no ! not my last gig with Die Laughing ! but it was Mick Mephams first Hastings gig with them ! I must have been there to cheer him on !!!

Mick Mepham…..I think it might have been Phil as I think I joined in late ’77. That billing is a bit dicey though!! Head On were excellent and the Plastix weren’t too shaky either ….

Janine Anne Hemsley… ”Remember this night lol”

John Wilde…  I was there. It was a great night. Plastix won the night.

Phil Thornton… its official …. the Plastix stole the show !!

Peter Fairless… Plastix, a St Valentine’s attraction?

Mike Mitchell… That well known Welshman….Die Laughing

Phil Thornton… …. and no it was not the sex pistols in disguise !

Kev Carlyon… 80p to get in!

Budgie & Factory – Aquarius 14th February 1973

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handbill supplied by Iain Cobby

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cuttings supplied by Sarah Harvey

Andy Qunta… Wow! What a gem! Thanks for finding, Iain, & thanks for posting, Alan! I  also like the ads for the Disc Jockey, Aquarius, and especially Ace Promotions! If my memory serves, that was Graham How’s company around the time he was designing the “Factory man” logo! Good times! I was wondering what I was doing that day! Budgie were always great, and lovely guys!

Graham How… And Ace Promotion’s philosophy and belief in Hastings peoples’ love of good live music came true. Big time! Was proud to be part of Ace Promotions and I still have my business cards!

Glenn Piper… Ace Promotions gave me my start as a Pier roadie – thanks Graham. I was there, I remember it well (which is surprising in itself 😀) After the gig had a good time with Budgie.

Tony Court-holmes… same as Glenn where did our youth go