The Valiants – The Adur Pub – Portslade 1979.

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photos by Marie-Louise. supplied by Colin Norton

Colin Norton… I lived in Switzerland between 1975 and 1996… On one of my trips back to the UK in June of 1979 I met up with a bunch of old mates in a Pub. After a little ‘liquid refreshment’ we decided that it might be fun to put together an instant band and play a couple of gigs. We found a willing venue (The Adur Pub in Portslade) and the next weekend we played two gigs playing mainly rock’n’roll stuff that we all knew (Just as well because we didn’t have time to rehearse).  Anyway, here are a couple of photos from that event. The line-up was: Colin Jenner – Vocals/Guitar, Ken White – Vocals/Piano, Tony Langford – Bass/Vocals, Steve Denyer – Lead Guitar, Colin Norton – Drums. On a sad note … I am the last surviving member of this line-up which was known as The Valiants for the gigs on June 15th and 16th. They were all dear friends and I miss them.

Patricia Maslin… you speak of Tony Langford on bass.  Is that the same Tony Langford who was in The Black and Tan Group.  I’m asking on behalf of his son as Tony (his dad) has now passed away, and I wondered if the photos you posted were of him with the beard.  It would be nice to show Chris (his son) if it was the same Tony Langford.

Colin Norton… Yes, it is most certainly the same Tony Langford that was in the Black and Tan. In fact, I met Chris Langford in September so I am pretty sure that he knows about these photos.

Wishful Thinking and The Brotherhood – The Cobweb St Leonards 3rd August 1968

Colin Norton… Hi Alan, I was the drummer with The Brotherhood. Other members were Keith Hurley on lead guitar and Kes Jenkinson on bass/vocals. It was a good gig as far as I recall. Here’s the actual poster… No photos of this band unfortunately.

Supplied by Colin Norton

 

 

 

Freeway – Hastings Pier 1971

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supplied by Andy Knight

Alan Esdaile…  Great photo. Remember when the band used to dress up (or was that Shaft?) and do comedy routines on stage.

Paul Dove… Think that was early Shaft Alan.

Andy Knight… The second photo is Colin Norton at (Hastings Pier 1971) with John Kingdon (and my head)

John Kingdon… Freeway, such a long time ago. thanks Andy.

Rusty Butler – The Marquee November 1973

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Supplied by Colin Norton

Colin Norton… Rusty Butler at the Marquee in London in November, 1973. It seems a lifetime ago now, maybe because it was 🙂 Top left: Dave Greenfield – Keyboards, Top right: Tony Savva – Vocals, Bottom left: Eddie Renouf – Lead Guitar, Bottom right: Colin Norton – Drums and Dave Poxon – Bass Guitar.

Rusty Butler – publicity photo December 1973

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Back row l to r – Eddie Renouf – Lead Guitar, Colin Norton – Drums, Dave Greenfield – Keyboards, Front l to r – Tony Savva – Vocals, Dave Poxon – Bass Guitar.

Alan Esdaile… How did you come up with the name of the band Colin?

Colin Norton… Hi Alan, I’m not really sure… Eddie Renouf and myself were the last two to join the band and they already had the name 🙂

 

Ivy & the Features -Beat Time 1964

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supplied by Colin Fox and Colin Norton

Colin Fox…..Ivy and the Features, played several gigs around Sussex in the 60´s. I remember Ivy was from Kingston near Lewes and they used to practice in Uckfield,

Robert Searle…..Another classic picture Colin

Andre Martin…..Laurie did he not come from Lewes ? I  am sure that Laurie was one time member of the group from Eastbourne called SKANDELLE who did a lot of work for me 1977-79 including Coombe Haven Caravan Park for a Summer season. Touch of the old Eastbourne Beat Scene, with Lawrie on Lead.

Colin Norton……Hi Colin, Thanks for posting this photo. Yes, we used to say that we were from Uckfield because we were based in the Hideaway Coffee Bar in Uckfield although none of the band were actually from there. We played a lot in Eastbourne (Diplocks, Pier Hotel) in 1964 and used to see the Spooks regularly.

Colin Norton….Hi Andre, Lawrie Broadway was from Ringmer, Nr. Lewes but currently lives in Eastbourne. He took up keyboards sometime in the late Sixties but has recently reverted to the guitar. I am not sure if he was in a group called Skandelle but could have been.

Andre Martin…..yes knew him well back in the days before he took up the organ and played in several groups, the in mid 80s decided to branch out and become more Bar/Cabaret entertainer, knew he did do some work for Butlins in this field. he was a member of the group SKANDELLE with Debbie Lee James as the vocalist.

Colin Norton… Above is an old newspaper clipping from June, 1964 – Mid-Sussex Times. It’s funny to think that we were once 17 and 18 years old but it must be true because it says so in the newspaper .

The Rebels – Eastbourne Teachers Training Collage – Jan 1966

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supplied by Colin Norton

The Rebels at Eastbourne Teachers Training College in January, 1966. L to R: Colin Jenner – Bass Guitar, Colin Norton – Drums, Mick Noakes – Guitar, Baz Cooper – Organ, Pete Alland – Vocals.

Andre Martin… VOX PA that takes me back!

Colin Norton… Yes, the good old 50 watt Vox PAs were the ‘Industry Standard’ at that time 🙂

Andre Martin… I had 4 for my disco bought them from Maccarios ? In Shaft bury Ave in 1968-secondhand with 100watt amp, imagine playing with that today!I used to use that regularly on Hastings Pier and was thought very loud at the time-oh the simple days.

Rusty Butler – 1973 featuring Colin Norton on drums

An early recording by the Stranglers’ Dave Greenfield made in late Autumn, 1973. The band was called Rusty Butler and this was made at Saturn Studios in Worthing, Sussex, England.
The line-up was: Tony Savva (Vocals), Dave Greenfield (Keyboards/Backing Vocals), Eddie Renouf (Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals), Dave Poxon (Bass Guitar), Colin Norton (Drums).
The song was written by David Poxon.

Colin Norton… Hey Alan, Thanks for posting!

Alan Esdaile… I remember Saturn Studios. Spend a few long nights their. Probably with Steve D’s bands?

Colin Norton…  I think that it’s called Pebble Beach now, not sure…

Anthony Ruffell… Saturn Recording studios was in teville road Worthing by the train station run by David Ruffell my dad from about 1972 to 1978 i think he sold it on, he had a trident mixing desk.

The Humperdinks – transport – red tender fire engine. 1966

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supplied by Hastings groups from 1958 to the present

Colin Norton……I remember when this photograph was taken. Colin Tapp was missing. He always seems to be missing 🙂
Front right is Alan Cosham. The others are Colin Norton, Mick Nixon, John Kingdon, Mick Bradley and Baz Cooper. We had roadie by the name of Mick Green who was the driver. It can’t have been easy to drive! It was from 1944 and had a ton of room for gear in the back. This photo was taken on Eastbourne seafront around May or June 1966. Colin Tapp was definitely a member of the group at that time.

John Kingdon….My one and only time I drove this little monster was late at night on the way home to Eastbourne from a gig somewhere up north, I was very tired and perhaps asleep when I changed the shape of a lamppost, there was no damage to the “1943” fire tender and the rest of the little babies carried on sleeping. Crazy night.

Alan Esdaile….Thanks for info Colin & John. Any other groups compete with this and memories of vans/transport to gigs. I always think back to transits, smokey vans, certain roads you avoided due to hills. I remember Paul Casson’s van held together by posters, one of the doors tied to the seat to stop it flying open and to start it a screwdriver in the ignition.

Terry Pack….The Enid bought a Fordson ambulance, like the one in ‘Ice Cold in Alex’ in 1976. All the same observations applied to it re hills, etc.