Mungo Jerry – Aquarius 10th February 1973.

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Geoff Peckham… I believe this was the night that my Factory’s Sound City amp was stolen at the end of the evening. I stupidly left it unattended on the pavement whilst loading the van. Anyone seen it?

Phil Gill… I’m sure I saw Tony Qunta using an old Sound City head recently….

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Was there that night too (to see Mungo Jerry, not steal an amp I hasten to add

Phil Gill… Graham How, wasn’t this the gig that you, me and Burke Shelley from Budgie ended up at Rock a Nore in your Reliant Robin?

Geoff Peckham… If so, where did you find the room for my amp, eh?

Phil Gill… We made two trips.

Jim Breeds… I was at the Mungo Jerry gig.

Andre Martin…  And on Friday Night – Sabotage.

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Alan Esdaile… Remember working with Sabotage a few times. They were a great pop harmony band.

Dave Nattress… Very witty Mr Gill. Like it!! Knowing Budgie well and having seen them and got albums and CD’s – amazed they should play the Aquarius! Dance to Budgie?

Rock Night 2 – The Lost Boys, Jump The Gun, No Worries. Marina Pavilion 20th June 1992

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poster & cutting supplied by Pete Prescott

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Pete Prescott….that was a fun night, jump the gun were very good, dave woods was amazing and the place was packed. Probably the best time for the lost boys.we were twenty four years younger and at least that many stones lighter ! The place was always packed. I have a few of those nights on video.
I tried to appreciate The Lost Boys and those gigs. I knew it was never gonna be as good again. It was like a great big social club. So many people going mad. Brilliant times.
At the time there were 5 bands in the u.k.called The Lost Boys, we found that out when we registered the songs on the first tape we put out (remember cassettes!?)

Alan McCleave… Hastings rock night. Dave wood, ernie Ballard, joe rytlewski, Peter Prescott, Jez Gillette, mick burt + a host of others.

Redstar Richter… eek – played on stage with most of that lot!

Ernest Ballard… Hey hey. What a memory. My old rock band JUMP THE GUN. On a fab night gigging with the other rockers in Hastings. It was a bloody great night as I remember. Happy days. And when we all had hair!! X

Pete Prescott… Who fancies identifying them left to right !

Martyn Baker… I think you’re there Pete.

Andy Knight… I remember that night!

Nigel Polley… i was there

Steve Simpson… How weird. The singer from another band I played in now has a band called Jump The Gun.

Roland Groves… Saw Jump The Gun at Berties Bar in the early nineties.

Ernest Ballard… Cassettes yes they worked well. Just used to chew up. Then they were totally trashed. The gig was awesome. Didn’t we have some great times Pete. Happy memories

Martin Richter… nice line up 🙂 some faces there 🙂

Joe Knight… Great!!!

Mike Berry & The Innocents – Hastings Pier Sat 20th June 1964 by Andre Martin

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The next episode of the History of the Happy Ballroom – Hastings Pier, takes us almost midsummer in 1964 – its Saturday 20 June and Bob Knights and brought back one of the most popular acts that regularly appeared in Hastings – Mike Berry and the Innocents, backed with Chris Star and the Orbits.
Mike Berry started off as “Kenny Lord and The Statesmen” and then became “Mike Berry & The Outlaws” before “Mike Berry and The Innocents.”
“The Innocents” were originally a band called “‘Bobby Angelo & The Tuxedos” who had backed Mike once or twice. When ‘Don’t You Think It’s Time’ made it into the charts, Mike needed a band so offered them the job. The change in name came about when the guys were travelling in the group van one day to rehearsals. They were suddenly surrounded by police at traffic lights near their manager’s office thinking five young guys in a van looked suspicious. Whilst being questioned, their manager came along to explain who they were and that they were quite ‘innocent,’ and so the name was born!
The original Outlaws date back to 1961 when they, as members of the then recently disbanded ‘Billy Gray & The Stormers’, reformed without Billy, on the promise of better things to come in the shape of a recording contract from the legendary producer Joe Meek, initially to back his newly signed artist Mike Berry. As it transpired, when Joe realised what a talented bunch they were, he was very keen to get them to record in their own right, as well as back virtually every other solo artist under Joe’s control. Including Carter-Lewis, Gunilla Thorne, Michael Cox, Jess Conrad, Freddie Starr, Dave Kaye, Dave Adams (Burr Bailey,Silas Dooley Jr) and Houston Wells (Andy Smith) among others.
The Innocents became to the Joe Meek Organisation what Earl Van Dyke & the Soul Brother were to Motown.
They had several singles early in their career – including a cover of the Goffin & King classic – Will You Still Love Me tomorrow http://youtu.be/7wea1hYNP6A
the one that really put them on the map as Mike Berry & The Outlaws – A tribute to Buddy Holly http://youtu.be/5IQhJ-VVGyo
A month earlier The Outlaws had achieved, backing another Meek’s protégé, singer John Leyton on his number one hit ”Johnny Remember Me”.
A further hit came from the same producer Joe Meek in 1964 with http://youtu.be/kgNbN9mPiW4
This again was an example of how The Happy Ballroom was bringing down to Hastings some of the most popular and entertaining acts available in the country for its young people.
Again – The Chris Star Orbits, have proved a complete mystery, I wonder sometimes with these support bands, if they are simply a bunch of musicians that have been put together for the show, using an existing name .. Does sound a little like something promoters and producers would do when pushed.
Several people were interested to know about the new feature on these weekly posts – who appeared on ITVs READY STEADY GO the Friday Night before – in this case it would be 19th JUNE– I can confirm, we would have seen the Animals – The House of the Rising Sun, being promoted as it was due for release the following Thursday, and we all know what happened with that single ! – The Crickets, who were touring the UK at the time and promoting (They call her) LA BAMBA and Troy Dante & The Infernos who were currently supporting the Crickets on their UK tour. Andre Martin

Catherine Ireland… I remember making a commercial with Mike Berry. For Cadburys drinking chocolate with Elaine Delmar not sure which year.

What is your favourite Abba Track?

ABBA in AVRO’s TopPop (Dutch television show) in 1974

 Images from Beeld en Geluidwiki

Roger Simmonds… Aren’t they just wonderfull !!!

Matt Thomas… So many great tracks but if I have to choose one it will be ‘Under Attack’ their final official single before splitting.

Mark Randall… Nope – Winner Takes It All

Phil Gill…The Name of the Game. So many hooks, classy pop song.

Alan Esdaile…Maybe SOS but probably Eagle.

Matt Thomas… The Piper.

Nick Webb… None !!!

Jan Warren…Eagle

Alan Parker… ABBA. The band that everybody loves but few will admit to. How great were they.

Alan Pepper… Ditto Mr Parker ! I think their best was S.O.S but Thank you for the music takes some beating . And let’s not forget the triumph in Brighton with Waterloo don’t get fed up with watching that ! Absolute cheese at it’s best .

Dave Nattress… Now then Nick!! Great songs from great songwriters. Several – but seeing them do Waterloo on Eurovision at Brighton – well on TV I mean in my case – 1976? takes some beating. And Anetha – wow….OK keep it clean!

Alan Parker… I think she was everyones fave

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Fernando for me

Who remembers Telefusion 14 Castle Street Hastings?

Alan Esdaile… This was the shop that became Stylus. Bob McKenzie ran this as well. I remember they had lots of E.P’s upstairs.

Merv Kennard…  I remember it very well, I must have spent a few thousand pounds in there even though I got a dj discount. Bob also used to book for the ef student discos in various hotels and the pier ballroom

Who remembers the change to colour television?

Phil Gill… You mean we get TV in colour now? Where? How?

Leigh Wieland-Boys… I believe you can buy a special screen to put in front of your black & white tv…..

Phil Gill… Where Leigh? Will Payne Electrics in Kings Road have one?

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Bound to! Cost about £5 12s 6d – a week’s wages!

Judie Struys… Phil, So easy. You just need an ordinary black and white TV and a twirly spinny thing and if you squint really hard out of the corner of one eye you get the full colour effect. I found out how to do it on Blue Peter in1967 and I’ve never looked back. I’m currently trying to adapt it to get 4k. Watch this space.

Chris van Rock… Or just go to Curry’s and buy a new one. Other shops are available folks

Nigel Ford… Do I remember gatherings on the pavement outside CURRYS watching Grandstand on a Saturday afternoon?

Dubious Connections – 1979 photo by Chris Meachen

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Mick Mepham…..Farid Seddiki (hope it’s the right spelling) on drums but don’t know anyone else except Min.

Martin Blackman….I think it’s an old friend of mine called Alamo Leal, a Brazilian guy who used to live in Hastings in the 70’s good blues player now back living in Brazil

John Wilde….Yep Martin it is in fact Alamo Leal. Spoke with him last week. He is doing very well and playing constanly.

Glenn Piper….Wow, thanks for clearing that up for me John.

Alamo Leal….My first ever band in Hastings, 1979. We called Dubious Connections, and the name was spot on. We were quite a mixed connection. Freddie(from Marroco) on drums; Min on sax; we had Paul”The Viscount” Gumble on guitar there on the right , and Big Roy, behind Min, on bass. If I’m not mistaken, this one was taken at the Etchingham Arms, when we supported Tiche’s band, The Roaring 80’s. We were doing some straight Chuck Berry and Chicago Blues stuff. Love it ! It was the night Jeff Beck turned up, cause he lived nr by the Pub, and after the gig we took him to Tiche’s party at the small cottage in the Fairlight Green wher he lived with Judy, maybe her birthday or something like that.  John Wilde was there with us. He’s got some funny memories from that night.

Andy Qunta… I miss Min!

Tony Qunta… Yes Min was a one off!