Be Bop Deluxe & Clemen Pull – Hastings Pier 14th December 1974


Andre Palfrey-Martin Collection

John Alexander Wilde… I was at the Be Bop gig and Bill Nelson turned my head around. Be Bop gig was excellent.


from 1975 – Be Bop Deluxe on the Old Grey Whistle Test Show

Dave Nattress….Saw Be Bop Deluxe at Eastbourne Congress (of all places) about 1976, “Sunburst Finish” was out – third albumbut I think it was before “Modern Music” was released.  Their support was Krazy Kat – did 2 albums, got of which I’ve got on vinyl, pretty good support band indeed.  I do recall Be Bop were VERY loud and had a very trebly piercing sound.  Be Bop Deluxe – a truly wonderful band.

Andy Qunta… I saw them at the Pier, could have been this gig, or did they play more than once there?

Peter Fairless… Only this once, I think, Andy.

Janine Anne Scott… Omg , worked with Mick, Keith’s Brother, on the Mecca Circuit in the 70s

Andy Maby… I had no idea they were ever on the pier John! (I was 13)

Mike Cramp… Would have gone to that, had I not been 13 at the time.

Phillip Shallcrass…John’s right, it was an excellent gig. Be Bop Deluxe were a damn fine band

Lloyd Johnson… Who were Martin-Casson Entertainments?…were they Local?

John Wilde… Yes local entrepeneurs.


Brinsley Schwarz plus Chilli Willi – Hastings Pier 6th October 1973



poster & ticket supplied by Mick Mepham

Alan Esdaile…They used to be called ‘Kippington Lodge’ and came from Kent. Played in Hastings lots of times and I think the story goes, the America’s offered them Millions, changed their name and turned them into a stadium band over night.

Andre Martin….They used to be the stand by band for so many shows at the Pier when John Schofield was doing the promotions. They took the name from a large house/estate where the came from Cross Keys Nr Sevenoaks in Kent.

Steve Kinch….Brinsley repaired and re-fretted a couple of my basses a few years back – he was chief tech at Chandlers Guitars, Kew – don’t know if he’s still there, haven’t been there for a while. Jolly good job he made of them too!

Mick O’Dowd….Wish i’d seen this one. I liked the Schwarz and Chilli Willi and I have a couple of cd’s by them including the legendary “Bongoes Over Balham”. They never seemed to find their niche. Pity.

John Foyle… 1973. ‘October’ is nearly the only word that isn’t misspelled.

Michael Wilson… What a line up of pub rock greats

Phil Gill… Ooh I was there. Chilli Willi were fabulous and I had a conversation with the guitar player that taught me stuff I’ve remembered all my life. He was cooler than the other side of the pillow.

Rick Pentecost… I was there too! Wasn’t quite convinced by Brinsley but Chilli Willi were wonderful. I went straight out (well, the following Monday) and bought ‘Bongos over Balham’, still got it,- it still makes me smile!

Chilli Willi & the Red Hot Peppers & Strife 1974

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supplied by Mick Mepham

Strife were a great band and from 1978…

Mick Mepham….Excellent!!!

Mick O’Dowd….Chilli Willi were an amazing band but didn’t seem to know what hat to wear. Check out their “Bongoes Over Balham ” album to hear them at their best.

Neil Cartwright….They once played at our local disco in Tarporley, Cheshire. Would ave been 1972. My best mate’s big brother had some connection with them, though I can’t remember what, exactly. Take that back!! My bast mate was Mick Hobbs, and he’d just started learning bass. Just noticed that their first bass player was Peter Hobbs. It makes sense now.