Mysterons – Hastings 1968

supplied by Bernard Goffredo

Bernard Goffredo… Thanks to Tony Killick for the photo, probably the first proper gig. I think it was the church hall at the top of Clifton Road. Stephen Moran singing and he also played piano, me (Bernard Jeffrey) on drums and Tony Killick on guitar on the right. The other guitarist is I think called Paul Snook but I might have got that wrong

Supplied by Stephen Moran

Stephen Moran… This is one of Bernard Jeffrey and I playing one of our church hall gigs I’m fairly sure this was about 1968. Tony moved to Manchester and the short-lived Mysterons were no more! We did have a couple of auditions for TV shows! Bernie and I played together as a duo just for fun really. We played a few times at the RAF club in Wellington Square or anywhere that had a piano! It was clear then that Bernie was a very talented drummer.

Robert Calvert – The Marquee London

all photos by Clive Richardson

Dave Nattress… Haven’t looked this up yet to be sure, but wasn’t he in Hawkwind early on and a bit later known as the space cadet or something like?

Clive Richardson… Photos are about 1979/1980. Bob Calvert much acclaimed album Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters included Arthur Brown on guest vocals and some members of Hawkwind. BobCalvert/Nik Turner are accredited with introducing Stacia to Hawkwind. She danced with Nik Turner’s band in 2018, first time for 43 years. Bob Calvert is buried at Minister in Kent.

Xifer… indeed – resident Poet in the early days with readings on the Space Ritual and writing Silver Machine, later lead vocalist during the late seventies Hawklords phase before going Over The Top and splitting with the band in Paris on Tour where I believe they escaped bob chasing their car.  They could not longer trust the onstage sword fighting amongst other things. Many later solo records feature hw members personally I love his Freq album covering social issues the miners strike, work and machines.  Please discover this unsung visionary.

Jazz Caverners at The Regent Hotel

supplied by Brian Hills

Brian Hills… Here is pic of four of the Jazz Caverners taken at the Regent Club, Hastings showing l to r – Pete Kitcher, Trevor Richards, Brian Towers, and Ian Scriven. No date unfortunately.

John Gale… Fantastic photo. The Regent Hotel was another venue that my dad enjoyed playing drums in with his bands.

Alan Esdaile… I remember the wallpaper!

Paul Coleman… Never saw the Caverners but remember “The Unabridged Telephone Directory” with Roy Sanderson on bass. Saw them many times. Always packed & very loud. Great!

Trevor Spears… I thought our volume was tastefully balanced and gentle on the ears!

Nick Prince… I’m sure that is the wall paper the Orion Cinema had going up it staircase to the foyer!

Mike Waghorne… Were’s Min ?

The ‘Expedient Brass Band’ and the ‘Indiana Jazz Orchestra’ supplied by Brian Hills

Brian Hills… here are some pics from early days in/around Hastings. The ‘Expedient Brass Band’ and the ‘Indiana Jazz Orchestra’ with Jane Griffiths doing the vocals. Trevor Richards leads his own New Orleans Trio for some time now. And that is me on saxophone.

Geoff Peckham… Fantastic! Any idea what year(s) these may have been?

Alan Esdaile… In the street photo, looks like the shop is called SMART!

Geoff Peckham… Yay! That should be your new front page, Alan!

Brian Hills… Here is an audio file MP3 of Indiana Orch. playing Tuxedo Rag – 1965’ish

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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Dave Easton R.I.P. 2015

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Dave Easton R.I.P. Very sorry to report that Dave has passed away. My thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.

Susie Prescott… So sad. What a decent bloke he was. RIP Dave xxx

Graham Burfield… RIP Dave a true gent will always remember you,condolences to Pearl and family.

Kevin Burchett… R.I.P Dave my memories go right back to when i was 17 you playing at the Battle hop.

Richard Moore… Wonderful character of the local music scene. May he be at peace and in a special place now.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Sad news, my thoughts are with his family & friends.

Virginia Davis… R.I.P. Condolences to his family.

John Wilde… Sincere condolences to Daves family. He was a truly wonderful Man.
His passing will send ripples of sadness. Soar high good Soul, journey on.
Thank you for your Voice and personality. You will be remembered fondly.

Phil Gill… Very sad news Alan, Dave was a top bloke. My condolences to Pearl and the family.

Pete Prescott… Very sad. I have great memories of singing with dave at the hop gigs.we had to dance as well. We had a lot of fun. Nice guy. Very good singer.a real character. A loss. There will be a lot of stories. A legend.

Chris Cozens… Dave meant so much to so many of us locals. It was a rite of passage to work with Dave for so many of us. It was a pleasure and a privilege to know and work with you Dave. X

Karen Sweatman… Very sad news. Condolences to his family and friends.

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These albums are 50 years old in 2021

supplied by Brandon Platt

Mark Rodrigues… Linda McCartney Ram?

Stephen Singleton… With a little help from Paul

Tony Court-holmes… got a lot of them

John Gale… Wow, thats quite a list… A classic year clearly

Mark Gilham…Rather sobering tbh

Peter Thomson… I remember at the time reflecting on how wonderfully timeless all my 1921 albums were.

Pete Prescott… I’ve got a good few of those. I still play them. I wonder long the list will be of today’s classic albums in 50 years and how they would compare. Obviously each generation has their own music but some of these are being listened to by young people today. Some wonderful albums. I’m glad I was lucky enough to have heard (and sometimes seen) them as a teenager.

Graham Sherrington… I have two CD’s in the car Marvin Gaye and Yes both bought in Woolworth’s in RYE.

Mick O’Dowd… I know it has always the older generation downing the music of the youth of the day throughout time but, when I listen to todays music, with only few exceptions, can I see REAL classics in the making. Too over produced so how can they recreate them live without miming? I know this practice has been going on for a great many years and we probably have seem “live” performances that weren’t.

Dave Nattress… Got over half of these on vinyl obviously and then a good few of them on cd’s also. 50 years – almost unbelievable but true. To have really started listening to the pop of the day in about 1963 when I was 10 lived through the rest of the 60’s, the pirate era, 70’s, punk, 80’s and indie, etc. etc. and been to many gigs, done a good few with local bands, and still music is so important- a charmed life indeed!!! A great period to have lived through.

Alan Pepper… Have still got about ten of these, but have seen twice as many slip through my hands in the past. What a great year though !

Earl Grey… “Linda” McCartney: Ram is a personal favourite. Who wrote this list?

Julie Findlay-jones…That’s just scary .

Patrick Lewis… I have 18 of them. Classic year

Colin Bell… The greatest albums of The Doors & The Who here, where did the time go?!

 

The Original Mojo Rhythm Kings – 1960’s

Supplied by Brian Hills

Brian Hills… some pics of the Original Mojo Rhythm Kings, (‘Mojo’ because we played the Lovie Austin Blues Serenaders ‘Mojo Blues’ as our signature tune! personnel is Pete Kitcher – tpt, Vic Goede – tbn, Brian Hills – clt, Max Nye – bjo/gtr and Chris Dyson – dms. No date but 60’s

Tuesday’s Children 1967

supplied by Colin Fox

Colin Fox… I’ve looked through some of the photos on this site, but couldn’t find this: Tuesday’s Children, July 1967, shortly before Phil Cordell left for a solo career. Formed in mid 1966 from the ashes of The Prophets the original line up comprised: Phil Cordell lead vocals guitar, Mick Ware vocals guitar, Paul Kendrick bass, Derrick Gough drums

Colin Bell… I have their autographs from when i was working backstage when they appeared on Hastings Pier in 1967 or 8, can’t remember exactly. The signatures are Paul Kendrick, Del Gough, Bob Hodges & Mick Ware (guitar). Happy Days!

Ashley Davies… Phil Cordell is my old band mate Charlie’s dad both great guitarists

Charlie Cordell… Here is a pic of the magazine 15th July 1967. (My dad is in the middle) he told me they were on a photo shoot for it and broke into the cloakroom to “borrow “ clothes for the photo, Tuesdays Children were on the front cover and look who was on the back.

Robert Searle… He was a good bloke Charlie.

Stuart Moir… Wow look at those stage clothes, Centre Page used to dress for the stage but not to that extent, I’m impressed

 

 

The Mariners – rear cover photo 1975

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supplied by Jim Breeds

Jim Breeds… This is from the rear cover of their 1975 album “The Best of Folk. Sleeve notes by Shirley Collins, another Hastings musician. The Mariners were (With where they are in the photo for the ones I can be sure I have matched names to faces properly): John Towner (2nd from left), George Copeland (3rd from left), Ted Bishop, Michael Verrall, Geoff Marchant, and Garry Blakely (2nd from right). Garry lived next door to a good friend of mine (Brian Chainey, who had something to do with Mad Jack’s Morris at some point) and George and I were in the scouts together.