Ginger Baker chat by Mick Curtis

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Mick Curtis…. About 30 years ago my wife Vanda was an air stewardess with British Caledonian. Ginger Baker was travelling in First Class to Buenos Aires, Vanda worked in First Class, and asked him to sign a menu card. He asked what her name was. “Vanda”. To he wrote “To Banda, love Ginger Baker”. She said “My name is spelled with a V”. So he changed it to “Banva”. I’ll find the evidence today and post a picture on here. He was apparently very proud of his new snakeskin boots that had been hand-made for him in LA. Enjoyed a drink or 30, she seems to remember.

Mick O’Dowd… Sounds about right.

Richard J Porter… LOL, good old Ginger, a friend of ours, still playing and with his son sometimes

Geoff Peckham…. My Ginger Baker story: I once worked with this lovely prudish Oxbridge educated teacher called Annie. On noticing a picture of GB in a magazine I was reading Annie told me she’d met him. Intrigued, I asked how. She said at a May Ball at Cambridge where Cream were playing, she was in the Ladies’ washing her hands. Suddenly, the door burst open and a red-haired man dashed in and threw up in the basin next to her. When she was told he was Ginger Baker, Annie still wasn’t impressed!

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SMART coffee meet 18. Friday 6th March 2015 – White Rock Hotel.

SMART COFFEE MEET 18. The next SMART coffee meet is Friday 6th March 2015 – 3.30pm at the White Rock Hotel. Please bring any photos, cuttings, records etc that would be interesting for others to see or just bring yourself. Please mention it to other like minded people and new people are most welcome to join us.

Kevin Burchett… must try and get there

Paul Dove… yeh gonna make it at last, got some bits to bring along, Dovey

SMART 4

SMART 4

Nice Day and good to be back at the White Rock Hotel, great venue for a coffee and a chat. Talk was about a paper gig guide, new logo on our website www.ninebattles.com  which reflects a 70’s feel. Hastings Pier, will  the theatre be big enough to attract top names, Bob Knight’s memories. Excellent tv show on David Bowie. Possibilty of organising an early evening get together. ‘Venuu’ in Geroge Street has gigs lined up and  a new venue in Kings Road ‘Kave Gallery‘ which used to be ‘The Happening‘ many years ago and John Wilde’s connection.  Andre’s press cuttings and lots of interest in the local 60’s band ‘Deep Purple‘ featuring Titch Turner. Andre has promised some more great pictures soon, so watch this space. Don’t forget if anyone has any old band cuttings photos etc, please feel free to post them here. More talk on the Disc Jockey Record Shop and Alan Jensen. Kevin Carlyon has been asked to screen test for the new series of ‘Big Brother’.  Mick Mepham’s write up in the paper. Carnival FM Radio from the Jenny Lind in August. Still trying to track down Colin Parker aka Colin Bell.  Also chat on Steve Maxted, The Equals, Geno Washington still putting on a great show and looking forward to seeing the flight of the Vulcan over Hastings on 16th June.

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Another good session at the White Rock Hotel – we covered a lot of ground and I have some more research to do – that’s what happens when we get together and share experiences and stories, great stuff, great location, great people, and I can also confirm as I had lunch beforehand GREAT FOOD – well done Lawrence and the staff. Will keep posting and looking forward to the next meeting.            Andre Palfrey-martin

 

 

SMART 3

Another successful afternoon and with the sun at last shining, it was good to see some new people. Thanks to everyone who turned up. Having taken along samples of a potential gig guide review pamphlet , talk was about what pubs and cafe’s to get on board and how to proceed to the next level. What happened to ‘Ultimate Alternative Mag’, ‘The Entertainer’ etc. Lots of chat about Stallion reforming for a one off gig at  the Big Green Cardigan festival. Phil Gill showed some rare photos of Stallion at the Marquee Club and anyone remember when they played ‘Bonitas Club’ when Tich was singing, promoted by Trevor Bolton from Disco 45 magazine?  Lots of memories about Steve Demetri. Kast Off Kinks at the White Rock but missing the Davies’s, Mini bus idea to gigs, vinyl selling again. Barry’s Blog, Barry Taylor has written a blog which I will post here seperately. Also talk about the clubs ‘Lazy Bones’, ‘Astral’, White Rocks Baths & The Fountain. Apparently ‘Pretty Things have played Falaisle Hall in the 60’s with Ted Crouch Band supporting!  Glen Matlock, Stranglers, Gary Moore,  Roger Daltrey memories of playing the pier,  Jools Holland series back on tv, Sham 69 coming to Flairz, memories of Monkey Dave at the Hi Fi, Beatles Day 14 and more.

 

Was a really good gathering – thank you so much for choosing us  Rosemary Turner    Franks Front Room     7:35pm Apr 19

SMART 2

Another very good and interesting afternoon. Thanks to everyone who came. Chat was about Alan Jensen and The Disc Jockey, The Witchdoctor, Cobweb,  Expandis at The Carlisle, Beatles Day, John Peel,  Pam Dor,  Kings Country Club, Jazz FM, Roberts dab radio, Liane Carroll at St Marys in The Castle , The Crypt to reopen under the name ‘West Exit’ , Girlschool, Die Laughing  etc etc  and didn’t you used to have hair!,   Barry had some interesting talk on when Steamhammer supported Led Zeppelin. Also showed us a rare Rolling Stones  book. Mark came up trumps again and had a large collection of laminated  classic pier posters on show. I took along a collage events group prices for June 1975 and you could book ‘Judas Priest’ then for £350, ‘Shakin Stevens’ for £250 & Thin Lizzy for £450.  Also talk about the next get together being on a Sunday afternoon. Anyone up for that let me know

SMART One!

15th February 2013

Thanks to everyone for turning up to the first coffee get together of SMART(Seventies Music And Retro Talk) and making it a great afternoon. Some excellent very rare pictures and cuttings were shown by Mark Rymell and hopefully the book about bands who have played the pier, is not too far from completion.  Some interesting chat about the Great  ‘John Martyn’ , missing out seeing Skunk Anansie, Pretty Things to play the Carlisle? and lots more. I will post details when a date is arrange for the next one.

SMART – Join Us

We have recently set up a coffee chat group called SMART(Seventies Music And Retro Talk).As long as you are music mad, all are welcome. We do not just talk about the 70’s but cover all era’s. Like minded people, chatting about music. groups, pier talk, records, Hastings bands etc and bringing along photos, cuttings, memorabilia to talk about. After two successful meet ups we all looking for more people to join us.