The Sound Of Music film back at Classic Hastings 24th September 1967

Lyn Humphrey… At the time, I hated that film. Bexhill Cinema had it on exclusively for six whole months–so there were NO WESTERNS FOR ME TO WATCH! I can appreciate it more now (but I still prefer a good old-fashioned western).

Dennis Torrance… I remember seeing A fist full of dynamite on a wet Sunday evening at The Curzon when it was first released. I thought it might be a bad film as without Clint Eastwood but brilliant with Rod Stieger James Corben the music was brilliant to

Cupids Inspiration – YMCA Hastings – 23rd Sept 1970

supplied by Sarah Harvey

Andre Martin… That was a good show for so many reasons ????

Alan Esdaile… I heard the dj was pretty good that night.

Andre Martin… Sensational would be the best description !!

Mick O’Dowd… Whatever happened to Marshall Scott?

Andre Martin… Retired and lives his life remembering the past ! lol

Dr Feelgood – Hastings Pier 14th October 1978

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Sarah Harvey… in 1978….Hastings Day celebrations (October 14th in case you didn’t know) with Dr.Feelgood, with Siouxsie and The Banshees and Dead Dogs Don’t Lie following soon after. Spizzoil…..anyone remember them?

Alan Esdaile… I remember ‘Where’s Captain Kirk’.

Redstar Richter… Phil Jupitus was wearing a Spizz badge (where`s captain kirk?” on telly last Friday 🙂 I`m friends with spizz on facebook – nrw single – city of eyes – out now! 🙂

Robert Wren… Where’s Captain Kirk….

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John Storer… This was the Feelgoods after Wilko and, however good John “Gypie” Mayo was as a replacement, a bit like fish without chips! How many of us saw them in Eastbourne in October 1975 when they were in their pomp? Ably supported that night by GT Moore & The Reggae Guitars, Wilko tore the place apart with some of the best guitar playing I’d ever seen.

Mick O’Dowd… Quite a week. I was involved with Siouxie and Dead Dogs was one of my promotions.

Sheila Maile… My brother got tickets he told our mum”I am going to see Dr feel good”she said no way your not going there.he had to explain that this was a group not a drug dealer

Tim Moose Bruce… Went to this one. Support were Squeeze.

Dave Nattress… Delighted to say Wilko is still ripping that Telecaster into shreds.  Saw him a few weeks back at the De La Warr of all places.  Anyone else there?

Pete Fairless… This gig was after Wilko had left.

Tony Court-holmes… saw them at reading back in the 70s with Yes

Barry French… Yes I also was at the De La Warr to see Wilko, absolutely awesome gig. How he can hit the strings so hard without a pick is beyond me. In an interview he was once asked “Why the red pick guard” Wilko answered “To hide the blood”

Neil Partrick… Does anyone remember seeing Nico (who was supporting Siouxie & The Banshees along with Spizzoil, according to the bill poster)?

Alan Esdaile…Nico didn’t appear Neil, replaced by Gang Of Four.

 

The Big T Sound & Town Council – Hastings Pier 21st September 1968

all cuttings supplied by Sarah Harvey

Chris Baker….Brian (Bear) Williams (Drums), Bob Shipway, (Bass), Pete Robertson (Vocals) and (Batty) Bill Willshire whose real name was Pete! Fun times! Bill joined after Steve Hersee left and we got Bob the bass player.

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Here’s Chris at his 18th birthday with the group Town Council. Harry the manager and Bob Shipway in the photo.

Chris Baker… I am not sure I’d quite developed the Rock God image at that point in my career!

Phil Gill… But the Hofner was too cool for school – do you still have it?

Chris Baker… I do indeed Phil. I had a Humbucker fitted and split to two leads for “stereo” many years ago. It can make more different tones than most! I also have a Strat which I love to bits

Mick O’Dowd… Went to school with “Bill” Wilshire and we used to get together at his place in OLd London Road that he called “Fat’s Pad”. We tried to form a band with me on vocals(ouch) , Trev Partridge on bass, Neil (can’t remember surname) on drums, “Bill” was going to be on keyboards when he could manage to buy one, Tim Purcell on guitar and I think Pete Shaw might have got involved near the end. Working name was The Thoroughbreds. First and last time I tried to be in a band so decded to become a DJ instead!

Chris Baker… Bill’s name was Peter really and Willshire not WilTshire.

Conan Howard… played my first ever gig with Chris Baker somewhere in a basement, in George street Hastings BACK IN THE 70S Conan (Len)

Chris Baker… I remember mate! 7 George St. “Showstopper” was the shop we had. The basement got “damp” when it was high tide

Iain Cobby… Nice to see you Chris! and a young Bob and Harry. Thanks for many memories.

Chris Baker… And you too Iain! Looking back at those pics makes me think we were lucky to be playing the music we loved and getting paid for it too!

 

 

Samantha’s Club – New Burlington Street. What clubs and venues do you remember in London? Tiffanys Club and Gullivers People chat.

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All images supplied by Colin Bell

Colin Bell… I was looking for something in my archives (I must organise them one day!) and came across this. I was struck by the artwork and how creative it was then. Samantha’s was in a basement off Regent Street and I was introduced to it on a night out with Clem (from the Foundations) and Jimmy James, from memory  it was around late 1969 early 1970. A great place with soul bands appearing and the D.J. ‘booth’ was the body of an E Type Jag (very swinging sixties). Drinks 2/6d! You could get well pissed for a coupla quid! I was lucky enough at that time to have the use of a mate’s flat in Berwick Street Soho, ideally placed to go to all the great clubs. Many hours spent at the Marquee, Whisky-a-go-go, the Flamingo, Middle Earth and Hatchetts in Piccadilly, a great club over 3 floors with a chill out bar level, a restaurant with a glass wall overlooking the ‘disco’ floor. I’d be interested to hear any memories of this period from other Smart members? Great times and great memories…………..

Alan Esdaile… Happy days in Wardour Street at The Marquee. Also the Speakeasy. Also remember auditioning bands at Tiffanys nightclub in Shaftesbury Avenue and a club in Piccadilly with the disco on the top floor, mirrored lift and the club had records stuck to the wall. 100 club, Roxy, Ronnie Scotts etc.

Peter Fairless… Went to some dodgy, some good clubs in London. Some were very dodgy but very good! Can’t remember all the names but most of those listed above.

Steve Gage… My mate Ray was a bouncer at Samanthas where are you now mate??? 🙂

Mick O’Dowd… Went to The Q Club in Paddington after seeing James Brown at The Rainbow in the 70’s I think. JB turned up after we got there and jammed with the band. Awesome!

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Factory – Hope & Anchor 1974

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Yvonne Cleland….I remember Tony’s tasselled waistcoat, but don’t remember him wearing nothing else

Steve Kinch….Friggin’ eck…! Gonna have to check these guys out

Pete Prescott….when i was on the london pub scene in the 70’p we used to hear about this amazing band that played jig a jig ! never saw them.wish i had.and to end up playing with them years later !

Michael Mepham……. Jig a Jig?

Andy Qunta….Wow! I’d love to play in a band like that!

Martyn Baker….This was inspiring stuff to the teenage me.

Phil Thornton….lamp post lil ?

Geoff Peckham….Hi Philip. I believe we went to the same sunday school! Yeah, Lampost Lil. I think Andy and Tone will remember that when we recorded it at Daltrey’s place, it set off a debate about our musical direction. The guys in the control room (Paul Waldron, our then manager, John Jansen and others) were shocked at the way Lil started gently and then went off ‘at a tangent’. They said we should be playing more ‘laid back’ music a la West Coast bands like Little Feat and the Eagles. We didn’t agree. That band in the picture doesn’t look as though they’re playing Tequilla Sunrise. I also remember, when recording Lil, getting on my knees to play the Hammond bass pedals. I’d love to hear it again if anyone has a copy.

Phil Thornton….Hi Geoff – ha ! sunday school ! – I havent heard lampost Lil since the Greyhound/King and Queen days !! – watching Factory was such a big inspiration !

Violet Brown Decision and Spyke – Aquarius 29th Jan/1st Feb 1972

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Anyone remember seeing Violet Brown Decision?

photo supplied by David Paterson. (before Dave Smith joined)

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Dave Smith… I was in Violet Brown’s Decision. A Mecca band no tamla.?

Matt Carter… In reply to David Smith, Dave, my father in law was also in, Geoff Wigley?

Dave Paterson… Hi Dave, I was the drummer

Dave Smith… I knew that

Dave Paterson… The above coloured photo features Dave Smith at the far right and was taken back stage at the Lyceum Ballroom in the Strand. The other was  just flyers we had made. Sadly there are only two of us left from the original VBD me and the lead singer Dave Seaton.

Jon Camp… I was in the band too!!!

Lyn… What happened to Paul Bennett and Trevor Brown.

Dave Smith… Lost contact with Trev

Sue Seward… Sue Seward (nee Thomas) I knew the boys well in the sixties. Used to sit in to practice nights in Trevor’s mums (Violet Browns) sitting room in Southbrook Rd, Lee. Then was also at all their regular Sunday night gigs at The Dutch House, on Sidcup Rd, enjoying their great renditions of The Four Seasons classics. (some of the most memorable times of my life). I would love to have an update on the boys, especially Trevor (who I dated for a while), Dave and Paul. I still have an original flyer with the Seaton- Paul Management details on the reverse

James Woodhead… Sadly, my grandfather Trevor Brown passed away in 2001 after contracting pneumonia during treatment for asbestosis.

Deborah Ford… (in reply to Lyn) Sadly, both Paul and Trev passed away. Trev, my stepdad, in March 2002. And Paul a few months after. Dave Pattison, my mum Marlene said to say hello. She’s sorry she lost touch after Trev passed. She’s now living in Spain. It was her that found this site but she couldn’t find how to respond.

Deborah Ford… (in reply to Sue) Trev carried on playing in bands for most of his life; The Wranglers, Return Flight and finally The Jaguars. He married my mum in 1988, his second wife. They have a daughter born in 1987. Sadly, Trev passed away in March 2002 after a short fight with asbestos cancer. Paul and Trev stayed close over the years. Paul also continued singing, including backing Cliff Richard and joining Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch around 2000-2001. He was also on his second marriage when he sadly passed in August of the same year. Dave Seaton was doing well last I heard, which was probably at Paul or Trev’s funeral. My mum would have loved to write you back and talk about Trev. She still misses him so much. But she couldn’t work out how to reply so asked me to.

James Woodhead… Sadly, my grandfather Trevor Brown passed away in 2001. Paul Bennett sang at his funeral.

Sue Seward… Hi James, so sorry to hear that. Quite hard for me to get my head around the fact that Trevor was a grandfather as he was a young single guy when I knew him ! Anyway thanks for letting me know, and I hope you have many good memories of your grandfather.

Sue Seward…  Hi Deborah, Thank you so much for the update, but so very sorry to learn that both Trevor and Paul had passed away. Please do pass on my sympathy to your mother, I can appreciate that she still misses Trevor, he was such a great guy. I have lived in New Zealand for many many years but hope to visit the UK again once this COVID pandemic subsides , and have promised myself a nostalgic trip back to all the old ‘Violet Browns Decision’ haunts, I guess they will have changed greatly, but I’m sure my happy memories of those halcyon days will flood back, as the sixties were such a great era. I notice that there are no posts about Dave Seaton ! Wonder if he remained in the music scene as Trevor and Paul obviously did.

Ian Summerlin… Hi don’t forget me I was on the BBC recordings all the gigs two weeks on Southampton pier the Lyceum and unit thirteen with the girl singers, Dezo Hoffman’s photographs that had to be done twice. Did you do the Buckingham palace gig …… then I left and came back to stand in for a few gigs and you had replaced seagoon with a new singer. I’m the one with the golden curls in the Lyceum picture Ian Dicky, Dwight Summerlin known to you as Joe. Check out Dwight Chesham rock reverb nation. Cool

Dave Smith… I’m Dave Smith far right with the strat. Do you remember Maggie at the information centre before we did the pier Southampton. Shanker has 5 daughters. You were very noisy finishing the toilet at rehearsal. Nice to here from you

Ian Summerlin… Hi Dave, Ian dicky Dwight Summerlin here .Was everyone called Dave. ? Whose shanker ? he deserves a medal !! was Maggie one of the girls at the party on the pier. ?? I recall in the daytime going to the Isle of Wight in a boat on skies Looking round QE2 and playing golf On my 1st trip to an Indian restaurant I I had an egg and bacon, the wrestling and the Scottish drummer in the antique shop with a whoopee cushion !! Nice to have a trip down memory lane Merry Christmas to you all.

David Seaton… Hi to everyone Dave Seaton here still alive and kicking and retired, but still involved with music part time coordinating venues and representation. Hope you are all OK, any phone numbers and we could catch up stay safe you all

Debi Brown… Hi Dave, Good to know you’re still alive and kicking. Mum’s living in Spain now. Has been there for 15 years or so. Myself and my kids (they are 28 and 30 now with families of their own) moved to Scotland in 2008 and Donna lives in Liverpool. Next March will mark the 20th anniversary since Trev passed. Can’t believe where those years have gone. Glad to hear you’re still involved with the music industry and enjoying life. Mum is on Facebook Marlene Brown, if you want to look her up. All the best, Debi. (Trev’s step-daughter)