St Johns Wood – 1969/1970

St. Johns Wood

supplied by Colin Fox

L to R: Ray Harper, Colin Pierce, Dave Shaw, Robin Sargent, Colin Fox and Rod Pittam sitting below.

Robert Searle….Nice one Colin

Andre Martin….Found this from my Hastings Pier Files


Andre Palfrey-martin collection

Peter Millington…..I make the date as being 7th February 1970

Rob Sargent… I remember the photo session, on the beach just below the Wish Tower. Hope you’re all still rocking and enjoying it as much as I am.

Lynne Norris… I found this site accidentally and it triggered many memories of my teenage years and some really good music. I remember The Spooks and 4-Bidden well when they played upstairs at Club Continental. As a 16-year old, I absolutely adored Dave Shaw and I was beside myself when we moved to Burrow Down and Dave Shaw and his family lived just over the road from us at Den Hill.  Dave had this big old tank of a car and he would give me a lift sometimes.  I am pleased that he kept on rocking and am I sad to hear that he has passed away.

Anyone recognise this lady from the Thomas Cook Advert in the 1980’s? asks Colin Fox

Colin Fox… I wonder how many people recognise this young lady in the Thomas Cook advert of the 1980s. She’s is/was from Hastings and went out with a guitrist who lived there.

Stuart Moir… from the Harry R and the jump jets days, “Kathy”

Pete Prescott…She’s an amazing dancer. All the girls were lovely. You guys did a fantastic job on backing vocals. I was bloody useless at those then (not that I’m much better at it now!) Wouldn’t it be great to go back and do it all again

Colin Fox… Pete, I always had great respect for your vocals Pete, every note spot on, and as Tom Jones would say “I like the tone of your voice”. I believed you had a voice that would have gone down well in the US.

Stuart Moir… Pete, It would be so nice to see all the people who are still around and able to perform, obviously all the lead vocals would down to you, Colin and Chris are still active on fb so they would still be good for BVs, I wonder how many of the girls are still dancing at their various homes with their grand children he he , I hold such lovely memories of our days with HarryR as I’m sure you do, I’m in touch with Pete Shaw regularly as we share a passion for Porsche but not so much Ray as he is the other side of the Thames border and I’m not sure if he’s a fan of Facebook but I’m sure he’s still making his guitars sing as they used to down South, I know Phil is still on the band scene but playing a brilliant lead guitar rather than the bass as he was in the band, anyway I’m glad your still active and performing well as per the Beach Concert blues brothers set, look forward to catching up face to face .

Steven Singleton… Kate Moss ?

Colin Fox… She’s also in this photo that I took at the Conservative club Bexhill in the 1980s, on the far left.

photo: Colin Fox 

Stuart Moir… That photo was taken at the Bexhill club at one of the rehearsals. They were our dancers at the Harry R and the jump jets concert at the De la warr pavillion . We were only talking about the gig we all did together, Colin, Chris and me on backing vocals, Pete Shaw on drums Phil Gill on bass guitar Ray Fenwick on lead and I think Revie Stockdale played keys for that one, lead vocals were Dave Easton and Peter Prescott, a brilliant band that we could have sold anywhere .

Colin Fox… Private party, Herstmonceux Castle

photo: Colin Fox 

Pete Prescott… Good Times

Chris Howard… The beautiful Kathy.

Lyn Humphrey… Kathy Collins went to Bexhill Downs Secondary School in the mid/late ’60s. She was also in an episode of ‘Doctor in the House’, in 1970, when (in the programme) she thought she’d become engaged to the show’s star, Barry Evans.

Paul Coleman… The girl in the pic i believe came from Bexhill but may have moved to Hastings. I saw her many times in Bexhill & I think her name was Cathy Collins. I could be wrong but I thought she went to school in Bexhill?

Stuart Moir… Kathy with a K was her name she was a Bexill girl initially married to a local accountant whos name escapes me .

George Turner… Bexhill’s very own superstar. I believe Kathy kept the surname of Day from her first marriage. I used to attend aerobic dancing lessons with her at the Continental Club. I believe she was part of the Second Generation dancing group. Ray Fenwick was her significant other. I’m old now so my memory sometimes writes it’s own script.

Ricky Adelaide… Yep then Kate Day back in the White Hart Catsfield days…met at an airport couple of years ago in Spain! She spends time there now

Chris Howard… Kathy was lead dancer when we played at The Hops in Bexhill in the eighties.


Lysander – Aquarius 18th March 1972



photo supplied by Hastings groups from 1958 to present.

L-R Back Row = Roy Sanderson, Tony Kenward, Rev Stockdale, L-R Front Row = Colin Fox, Pete Shaw, Ray Harper.

Robert Searle….A really good group.great vocals, Good material. Had the pleasure of playing with Colin Fox,Rev Stockdale and Pete Shaw. Tony Kenward has announced his retirement from group activities.

Terry Pack….I had the pleasure of playing with four of these guys: Tony, Rev, Colin Fox and Pete Shaw,during the 80s (and 90s in Pete’s case).

Pete Prescott….Pete looks like john bonham.petes a very good player.very that steve gadd thing down so well.i only played with rev in the jims a couple of times.and colin in the harry r’s.

Phil Thornton….agreed Pete looks like John Bonham and plays like Steve Gadd – haha ! great player and top bloke !

Dave Nattress… Roy Sanderson worked with a bunch of my old mates and we used to go and see him in The Road back then. I ended up buying my second car from Roy and his Wife back in about 1971 – a light Green Ford Anglia – 997 cc – £140.00. It was the old Anglia that I put my first cassette player in – sounded pretty poor I guess but with Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple Made in Japan blasting away – no prob. Did me well for a year or more till I could afford my Ford Cortina Mk 2, 1600E. Absolute dogs wotsits that was!!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Hey Gringo… Pete!  The hair?? The moustache?? What a great photo!

Andy Qunta… Great hair, Pete.

Jan Warren… We all had great hair in the 60s and 70s, thankfully I still have mine, I just can’t bear to cut it, its part of me and my history, and I will always love guys with long hair, hard to find these days ……… think hippy/bikers!!! – yeahhhh man!! 

Pete Shaw… Hi fans! Haha, that photo was actually taken on the steps outside EMI after we had recorded “Funny Little Things” and b sided it with “Rejoice” all for Polydor with Tony Rivers producing it…! Great guys, great hair, great fun…and for the record (!) we were named “Performance” ! Harmony Hairspray anyone???

Robert Searle… Love the photo love the group and still got my copy of the single.

The Marty Wilde Show – De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill 28th January 1960 supplied by Colin Fox

Colin Fox…I just found this. The concert was on the 28 January 1960 at Bexhill (De La Warr Pavilion). I’m surprised it didn’t include a photo of Joe Brown.

Alan Parker… Joe Brown backed everyone, even Eddie Cochran when he toured here

Alan Esdaile… Jezebel was one of my favourite Marty Wilde tracks.

Colin Fox is playing again

Colin Fox… I’ve come to the conclusion that the best drug, and most expensive over the years, is playing an instrument or singing in a band. Back in the 1970s, I sold all my equipment and gave up playing. In 1982 I popped into Bonners music shop in Grove Road Eastbopurne, to see how gear had progressed over the years. On the wall was a cherry sunburst Fender Stratocaster. I looked at it for ages……… and then bought it! Of course, I then had to buy an amp, followed by fx pedals etc. six years ago I again sold all my equipment and actually made a profit on the 1982 Strat, as it had become a collectors item. It still looked brand new, because I’ve always believed that an instrument is a tool and should be looked after. So why am I going on about this, because I’ve only bloomin’ gone and bought another Strat and amp. Admittedly this time they are secondhand from ebay, and were bargains at the price I got them for. I suppose the next thing will be an fx pedalboard. When will it stop, I ask myself. Well I’m coming up to 74 so it might not be for much longer. Anyway I can plonk to my hearts content again. I was quite often called a plonker in the past.

Colin Norton… Personally I think that this is great news and I’m glad to hear that you are playing again!

John Williams… I have done just that but i was a singer got meself a ukulele so now i sit at home playing and singing im 69 lol

Rob Soundman… Welcome back to the old plonkers club it keeps you fit and if you keep at it gets you out of the house (a lot)! (2 x real kits + 2 x electronic kits and a micro electronic hashup for the smaller venues) no room left in garage – Rob

Colin Fox… I expect you are the same as the rest of us, spent more than you earnt.

Len Smith… Thought you would not be able to leave it for much longer, let me know if you want(cheap) management!!!

Colin Fox… A couple of beers and a burger?

Len Smith… It’s a deal, contract in the post, better deal than I got before!

Jacqueline Marsh… Glad your back on track!! Since I started singing again I have had nothing but fun, and at 71 been out and done a Charity gig, gave me such a buzz, cant beat us oldies, we know the real music!!

Alan Esdaile… music is the best medicine.

Lynda Whatley… What a great “open story” thanks for sharing it – enjoy it all again Colin

Pete Fisher… keep on plonkin Colin.

Dave Nattress… An encouraging story – so best of luck. Inspires me to add the elusive third chord to the 2 I’ve had for 50+ years. I must get the book out again.

Colin Fox… yes go for it, you’ll be able to play some Status Quo then. lol

Tony Ball… May be a plonker but a good musical one, good on yer, keep it up.

Dave Nattress… LOL – nice one Colin. Good luck.


The Road – Cinema Hailsham 1970


supplied by Colin Fox

L to R: Roy Sanderson, Ray Harper, Bob Aylwood on drums, Tony Kenward and Colin Fox.

Geoff Peckham…..I can’t recall this band, but remember playing an interesting gig at a cinema in Hailsham in 1970 with Min. It must have been this place. Can anyone tell me more about it?

Colin Fox….Geoff, try this site:

Robert Searle… Geoff Peckham Didn’t you support us there?

Geoff Peckham… Quite likely, Bob. All I can remember of the gig is a weird light show, and a seemingly stoned audience gazing at us and occasionally laughing. Then I noticed that old silent movies were being projected onto a screen behind us!

Robert Searle… It’s a lovely place now, had some good bands here. I’ve seen Fairport Convention, Dylan Project,Albion Band, and Albert Lee who I’m going to see again in May,and Paul Jones and Dave Kelly.