Soul X Press first gig 22nd June 1991 – Kings Head Hastings

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Chris Sayer(guitar out of shot), Dave and Martin Blackman, Kirk Ronchetti(drums), Len Benton(bass), Russell Field(saxophone) and Steve

Amanda Brooks… Brill pic. Other sax player would’ve been Mick Allen. X OR maybe the other sax player is big Steve from the Thunderbirds ! Looking at it closer ! ..

Russell Field… it is Steve, about three years before Mick joined the band x

Martin Blackman… Or Sexy Steve’ as Dave called him, fun times!

Amanda Brooks… Yeah ! Big bird !. Does anyone know where he is now ?

Spyke – Pete, Chris & Paul 1968 and 1969

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Peter Millington, Chris Sayer & Paul Burton.

Yvonne Cleland…..Lovely one of Chris

Chris Baker….Excellent band! Remember them well.

Peter Shaw…..Looks like Val Doonican at the front helping out in the Blue Peter studio! Chris was a talented player and with musicians Ginger and Paul should’ve appeared on TV!!

Peter Millington….You are spot on Peter Shaw. Our gear was held together with “sticky back tape” when we first started as SPYKE, so I can relate to the Blue Peter link. I’d sold all my gear when The Confederates ended after Johnny Conroy emigrated to Canada. Within weeks of it all going out the door at a knock down price and me spending the proceeds on my first car, Paul and Chris asked me to start again – hence the DIY gear lol

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An early picture of Spyke playing at the White Rock Pavillion (Hastings) supporting Bob Miller and the Miller Men in 1969 — with Paul Burton, Peter Millington. and Chris Sayer

Andre Martin…..Great looking stage set as usual thanks to the stage crew of the day, now I wonder who was working with them !!

Janine Anne Hemsley…..Omg. I was with Bob Miller but on the early 80s. Don Lang was also playing with Bob. Great times.

The Talismen & Cliff Bennett – Big Beat Reunion 14th November 1987 video by Peter Millington

Peter Millington…..video features The Talismen, another group local to Hastings and who were very popular. They played a mixture of pop and rock in the 1960s and also reformed for his very special event.

Peter Millington…..The Big Beat Reunion party on Hastings Pier on 14th November 1987. features Cliff Bennett and Friends, Ray Fenwick, Pete Shaw, Pete Head and co-organiser of the event, Chris Sayer.

Alan Esdaile….WOW, we are spoilt today.

Stuart Moir….Ray Fenwick on Gibson Les paul lead guitar, and Pete Shaw on drums and of course Peter Head on bass. We were support band for Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers around that time playing at Chislehurst Caves.

Peter Millington….I think you’ll find that Ray was playing a Yamaha and not a Gibson Stu!

Pete Shaw…..I remember it well! We all met, on the pier late that afternoon and ran through some numbers that Cliff had outlined…a couple were really versions of Johnny Mars set pieces as Ray and I were still gigging with Johnny…Cliif B was great  and after the gig he asked if we could work with him at other gigs he had…Ray and I did some more for him but Pete H and Chris S could not! Great fun and hey, that kit wasn’t even mine but even with only a couple of cymbals it sounded period authentic although some of my staggered breaks were a bit modern! Ray’s guitar was one of two Yamaha specials he had picked up from Yamaha themselves?? His accomplished and searing sound accompanied me and my kit for years!! I’m very thankful for his friendship at that time…Chris Sayer and Pete Head all time Hastings musical heroes! Thanks Pete for posting this…I’ve never seen it before!!

Caz Simpson…. I can’t believe I missed the Big Beat Reunion on Hastings Pier in 1987! Cliff Bennet played, where was I??

The Talismen – Top Hastings group from 1964 to 1967

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Supplied by Peter Millington Hastings Groups from 1958 to the present – photos Lloyd Johnson

Peter Millington… The Talismen – One of the best Hastings Groups between 1964 and 1967. Chris Sayer, Keith (Budge) Harrison, Henry Harvey and Peter (Jonah) Jones. Pictures from Lloyd Johnson. Sadly, Chris, Budge and Henry have all passed away.

Yvonne Cleland… I think this is the band that came round to our house and played a few numbers when I was a baby in a cot. Chris played something, and I plunked along with him on my red plastic guitar!

Jon McCallion… Had lunch with Chris nearly every day in the early 70s. Lovely man.

The Talismen – Old Town Beach 1964

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The Talismen on Hastings Old Town Beach in 1964. From left to right is Keith (Budge) Harrison-Burgess, Chris Sayer, Henry Harvey, Pete Jones.  Photo from Peter Millington.

Mick Knights…..The winch huts don’t seem to have aged that much!

Pat Harrison Burgess… Do you have any more pictures of The Talismen? Would love his daughters to see more pictures.

Alan Esdaile… Hi Pat, I expect you have seen the other ones on the site but will check with Pete Millington to see if he has any others. Anyone else, got any photos?

Eugene Hughes… Wow. My first job in 1972 was with Henry (Henners) on the GPO.

Roger Saunders… Great to see the photo. I was the original drummer with the group for a couple of years. Happy Days. Good gigs at the Market Hall in George Street, and always great laughs with Henry.

Andre Martin… Life was always a laugh with ‘enry.

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Ken Mulley… I remember seeing the Tallismen performing at the Caves in Hastings, it had to be about 1964/ 5 . If I remember right . They dressed in Denim . Levi 501s . Fantastic band

Pat Harrison-Burgess… Thanks Ken

Sandie Carlyon… Loved Henry. Ace postie as well.

Spyke – Queens Hotel Hastings – 10th April 1971

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Chris Sayer, Ian Williams, Terry Chedzoy,  Peter Millington.

Pete Millington… The fourth line-up of SPYKE playing at the Queens Hotel 10th April 1971 – Looks like we’ve just been told “Trust me lads – the cheque’s in the post”

Chris Baker… I thought I was the only one with a daft haircut in those days! 😁

Pete Millington… We all had ’em along with everyone else!

Yvonne Cleland… Ah still miss Chris. x

Tony Court-holmes… who remembers the band called the Town Council?

John Busbridge… I always remember Chris singing “Lady came from Baltimore”!

Spyke – White Rock Theatre1968

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SPYKE – 1968 L-R Paul Burton – Peter (Ginger) Millington, Chris Sayer – Playing in support of Bob Miller and the Millermen – ITT Annual Christmas Dance – White Rock Theatre.

John Storer… My Mum and Dad went to this

Robert Searle… Was Terry on drums Pete

Peter Millington… No, Robert .We were a trio for about a year then a duo after Paul left then I managed to convince Chris that a drummer would be a good idea. Spyke played without a drummer for about 2 years. I have to say, playing bass and holding a consistent beat in front of the ITT dancing crowd of 1000+ was testing. Good training though.

Yvonne Cleland… Lovely Chris x

John Kingdon… What a memory, dear old Chris, God Bless him and Henry both sorely missed.

Henry Harvey & Chris Sayer guesting with The Scratchers in 2007 and Pete & Henry.

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Yvonne Cleland…. Aw, lovely Chris x

Patricia Landamore… Henry Harvey= LEGEND & Chris, wonderful ,happy , magic, days

Darren Holmes… Good Old Horse!

Dennis Torrance… What a smashing guy Henry Harvey was remember him singing in the royal std pub with various bands asked to sing with them great guy fond memories

Peter Millington… Me and very good long term friend – Henry Harvey gigging at the Royal Standard – with the help of a small libation!

Carol Arnold… Walking the dog!

Peter Millington… My Babe, Talking ’bout You, Rock and Roll Music – Brilliant stuff!

Bobby Posner… So many good memories of Chris and Henry.. If they appeared at any gig all the bands would ask them straight away “come and do some songs” and they did and it rocked.. Played with Chris many times with Grundy.

Janine Anne Scott… That was a great day xxx

Spyke – Regent Hotel 1968

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L-R Peter (Ginger) Millington, Paul Burton, Chris Sayer — at Regent Hotel, Hastings, downstairs before it became Scalliwags.

Madeline Joyce Morton….Christ Sayers on the right

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Robert Searle...Once again, great photos Peter

Mark Edir…..Yes

Richard J Porter…..My wife is there, it was her 21st!!

Andre Martin…..Richard – Tell Jacqui – Nice Top – where is the bottom half ?

Richard J Porter…..I have been instructed to write, saucy!!

Charlie Ball… That’s  the late Chris that had a shop down Tower Road.

Paul Burton, Chris Sayer, Nigel Davies and Bob Posner – Tudor Rose 1997

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Peter Millington… A very sad picture of a spontaneous acoustic set. Picture is of Paul Burton RIP, Chris Sayer RIP, Nigel Davies RIP and Bob Posner, the latter still going strong thank goodness. Taken at a 50th Birthday party upstairs in the Tudor Rose in May 1997.