Bob Harris – fit again and raring to go

Chris Jolly… Terrific news Bob! You’re Simply The Best!

Jacquie Hinves… Wonderful news.Xx

Michael Coller… Welcome back Bob

Tony Davis… Great news Bob

Andy Qunta… Excellent!

Martyn Baker… Lovely bloke! So glad he is OK. We have spent many afternoons giggling about the absurdities of the music biz.

Graham Belchamber… Bob. Welcome back.

Paul Richardson… Fantastic News! Welcome back Bob…Good to have you on the air again.

Ernest Ballard… We love a happy ending Bob. This is such fantastic news

Alan Parker… Great news, glad you are feeling better, have missed yougreat news , glad you are feeling better Bob. Looking forward to listening in again

Who remembers Tony Kane/Simon Davies?

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David Kent… Remember Andy, Simon and family very well. Sorry to hear Simon no longer with us. Hi Andy.

Kevin Burchett… Simon was a very good friend of Derek Reade the owner of Scalliwags it was Simon who worked for EMI at the time gave Derek the Scalliwags song it was a demo. he connection to EMI and Simon Davies is in the video

Alan Esdaile… Happy memories of Simon. Remember him waving his plastic legs and all manner of things at his discos! Also listening to tapes at the recording studio in Denmark Street and taking me to a live Top Of The Pops show. He seemed to have access all areas and we were waved through the gates, while the fans waited outside. Sitting in the board room at EMI and would play me the latest recordings and ask my opinion. Used to see him a lot when I was working in London. When I opened the shop and struggling, he got me to make badges for The Eddie Grundy Fan Club and others. I think it was him that got The Breathers record deal? Very much missed.

Mick O’Dowd… A really nice guy and got on well with him. Gave him a few tips along the ways and he helped me as well Sad to hear of his passing. As they say the good always die young. R.I.P. Simon/Tony.

Andy Davies… Lovely to meet you Alan and Mick, couldn’t believe it’s over forty years since I met you guys. i think Simon would be delighted to know we’ve met and people remember him, and people that helped him along the way and knew him back then. I’ve got a few records that he was involved with, I’ll try and find them and bring them along another time. Incidentally I found I do have an original copy of Time Machine by Factory on the Oak label. Hi to David and Kevin too.

Andy Qunta… I remember him well as Tony Kane, the DJ at many of Factory’s early gigs. Lovely fella! Great to have met his brother Andy at the SMART meeting last week!

Tony Court-holmes… I think i went to school with me

Glenn Piper… Did you really? You went to school with yourself, nice one

Henry Hay – 58 Club/Pebbles Club, Winchelsea Beach around 1979/1980

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Marianne Hay…photo of my late husband who used to be the DJ at the 58 Club when it changed to Pebbles and knew all of the local groups including King Rod well.  It would be interesting to hear if anybody remembers him.

Linda Day… I remember going to the 58 club.

Chris Baker… Played there a few times before DJs were invented.

Virginia Davis… I remember going to pebbles

Barry Newton… If its the Henry I remember he had a brother Stuart.

Mick O’Dowd… Yes I remember him. I DJ’d there after him but still remember him. Was his brother Stuart who ran the place for a time? Same gear and the sparkly stage ribbons as when I worked there.

Rob… 58 club, do you remember the bikers from Tenterden ? Always seemed to be fighting with the skinheads – tullett boys ? !!

Harry Randall… 58 club used to be run by our manager Bill Tribe I think his name was 1968 When “The Loyd Milligan Sound ” an 8 piece soul band I was in went pro to Germany!

Gerry Fortsch… What a great picture, I remember Henry very well, had some good times together in the day, always a gentleman. Peace & Love. At a later date than this there was a Scotsman named Colin working at the club, I think he went to Australia, does any one know what happened to him?

David Edwards… I remember doing some building work for the fella who owned it. He was a bailiff/ debt collector absolutely straight as a die and a good egg. Remember rebuilding the stage which was originally ply sheets on beer crates.

Peter Smith… I have just stumbled across this site as I was doing some googling on my Dads old club ‘Pebbles’. He is John Smith the debt collector David Edwards spoke about. What a lovely, accurate description of my Dad, thank you for the kind words, it has made his day!

David Edwards… Glad to make Peter’s dad’s day hope John is keeping well and best wishes to him

Steve Cooke… I knew the venue very well but not Henry. However, he does bear a striking resemblance to Stewart Hay who was the landlord of Pissaro’s in Hastings for years. He was a great supporter of live music and hosted the first ever Beatles Day.

Mick O’Dowd… Yes Steve he was Stuarts brother. Hi Peter was your Dad Peter & His Wife Rispa? If it was I worked for them as DJ and found them both to be extremely nice folks. I’ve still got the cocktail shaker (engraved) that they gave to all their staff when they left. I think he sold it to Henry’s brother Stuart Hay.

Alan Vale… FAL = Futuristic Aids Limited great name for amps and speakers lol

Tramps Disco-Tek Club Opening Night with Bob Stewart Radio Luxembourg 11th June 1976

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go go dancer Mandy from Brighton at the gig

Alan Esdaile… Don’t look!

Martin Richter…  I nearly didn’t

Andre Martin… Bob Stewart Born on 3rd July 1939 in Liverpool Bob did his national service in the army and then worked in various local clubs after becoming a DJ at the suggestion of Pete Best, the original Beatles drummer. He joined Radio Caroline in 1965, spending one month on the South ship before transferring to the North. He was advised that his Liverpool accent might alienate listeners so he developed the very authentic sounding mid-Atlantic accent we now know and love. “Baby Bob,” as he was known, presented the noon-3pm show. His catch-phrase was: “This is your Bobby baby who loves you so crazy” and his theme tune was Image by Alan Haven. Bob stayed with Caroline North until about six weeks before the introduction of the Marine Offences Act in August 1967. He joined Radio Luxembourg and was there for eighteen years. In 1987 he moved to Dallas, Texas, for a time but returned to Europe and was heard again on Luxembourg as well as Jazz-FM, Red Rose Preston, Capital Gold.

Alan Esdaile… When working with Bob Stewart , I can remember doing a gig with him at Gravesend Woodville Civic Hall. We started the show with some smoke bombs and the guy in charge of the theatre came rushing down with fire extinguishers and for a second I thought he was going to spray  foam all over the disco gear. He gave us a good shouting and in future please write and apply in advance if you wish to use smoke and explosions on stage.

Conan Howard… Oh my goodness , back in the days when girls were beautiful and did not look like they had escaped from a farm or been washed up on the sea Shore

 

Stuart Henry Disc Jockey – Aquarius 11th May 1974

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Joe Knight… Use to go on stage with Steve Maxted, back in 68 at Catford London crazy but a great bloke.

Alan Esdaile… Just notice Titanic are a forthcoming attraction. A long forgotten track that I remember playing to death in Bonitas was the hit ‘Sultana’.

Tony Davis… I was listening to the Titanic track the other day and remember that I gave that a bit of a thrashing too at both the Astral and the Crypt.

More Colin Bell photos. Hastings Caves setting fire to his hands 1970/71 and working with Freddie Starr

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Alan Esdaile… Just noticed that’s the back of my head in the first photo. Colin’s setting his hands on fire with lighter fluid and giving me bad ideas. When I did it, I left my hands alight too long, blisters with yellow puss come to mind!

Mick Mepham… A yellow cat Alan?

Andy Qunta… Never forget how much fun it was lugging gear down to the Caves! The sound down there was interesting too! Echo….echo…..echo…. & “natural” reverb!

Mick O’Dowd…. A real rock venue! I agree Andy Qunta it was a long trek especially in inclement weather, but a great venue I promoted & played at several times. It’s rumoured that the Stones played a private gig here in early 60’s. The walk was as nearly as bad as the trek up the Pier to The Happy Ballroom!

Yvonne Cleland… <groan>

Jim Breeds… So *That’s* why there are no hamsters in the caves!

Alan Esdaile… Did a number of gigs in the Caves. Always had lots of helpers to lug the gear in but they all disappeared when it was time to pack up! A bit of a walk and worse then the pier as no trolley. All the leads and cables ended up covered in sand stone. Saw lots of great gigs here, remember seeing The Jazz Caverners a few times and The Breathers did an excellent gig.

Peter Gladwish… I will never forget playing at the caves several times during the early 70’s with ‘King-Rod’. Fabulous place to play but it’s not the gigs I remember…….it was getting the gear in and out!!!

Dave Lee Travis – Hastings Pier 2nd February 1979

Martin Richter… froggy!

Joe Knight… Met him twice once at King & Queens pub Mottingham London Dj-ing. Other time at Centre Pod dragster racing (should never have lost his job )

Dave Coleman…  Dlt =twat

Jim Hobbs… Compared with today’s radio presenters he is a god.

Tim Moose Bruce… Hairy cornflake

Pete Fisher… parallel to DJing on Caroline, he also co-presented Germany’s Beat Club (the equivalent of Ready Steady Go!)…this must have been one of the best assignments

Alan Esdaile… He was always one of the most popular radio dj’s we booked out for road shows.

Mike Day DJ – Pebbles Night Club Winchelsea Beach early 80’s

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Mike Day(Mick O’Dowd) at Pebbles (behind The Ship Pub) at Winchelsea Beach and previous known as the 58 Club. Mick went on to greater success with his promotion company – 558 Entertainments. Any information on records he’s the guy to ask.

Robert Searle….Played there a few times with Haze in the 70s. And seeing King Rod. Good days.

Tony Davies…. had my 10th birthday party at the 58 club back in 1963. My mum and dad owned a small caravan site in Winchelsea beach and we were virtually cut off from civilization due to massive snow falls. My dad, being the local milkman, was the only person who could get about cos he had chains on the milk van and he picked all my friends up in that and took us to the club. Bill and Norah ( the owners of the club) were good friends of my family.First time I got absolutely wrecked was when I was about 16 and Bill had just got some Stingo barley wine in and said that if we, my mate Eric and I, could drink six of these things, we could drink for free for the rest of the night,,,,,don’t think I got past five 🙁

Peter Millington….I played there when it was called the Lintonian Club during 1973-1975 in SPYKE (Peter (Ginger) Millington, Ian Williams, Terry …

Alan Esdaile….Used to go to the 58 club in Paul Wiseman’s bubble car. 3 people in the car or did we squeeze in 4, amps and microphones sticking out the roof. As we went round the corners we all had to pile to one side to stop it rolling over!

PEBBLESsupplied by Mick O’Dowd

Stuart Moir…..Played there many times with the original CP .

Barry Newton…..The 58 club, great times. I worked and played, not instruments, there for a few years when Bill Tribe had it and King, Rod were regulars. Met lots of great people, walked home to Rye on a few occasions, after closing on a few nights shot on mates bike to Battersea to go to anti-war rallies on the Sundays. Great days with great memories.

Hastings Local Band photos…..Played there too back in the 80’s with The Dekorators!

Julie Findlay-Jones……Omg yes dancing to Green onions with your sister, and wondering how were going to get home. lol x

Phil Thornton…..I loved playing with the abysmal sisters btw ! the ‘meh’ was for the venue which I dident bond with !

Alan Esdaile… Trying to work out the names of the groups on the poster on the wall and looks like Genie, Chose, Alpha and Glides?

Tony May…  Ah yes, the old days when a DJ was meant to be an MC and an entertainer as well as being good at keeping the party going. Now its all changed and DJ’s don’t even have a microphone at all – if there is a fire in the club you burn!! HA HA HA

Joe Knight… where I first met CENTER PAGE!!! 1981 RIP DAVE!!!

Mick O’Dowd… Yeah Antony we liked to call ourselves ” personality jocks” and your right we kept the party going on many occasion when bands didn’t give the public what they wanted but these were few & far between. Think you’re right there Alan. Genie were regulars. We also started a “cowboy night” when people turned up dressed as cowboys/girls. Think this was run by a guy call “Twigg”. We had to stop it in the end because they only drank LEMONADE which was not profitable! There was also a “Blues Night” on Sundays and I believe Andy Knight & Paul Dengate recorded a live album with 4AM. Think i’ve still got a cassette of this somewhere. Sadly this was shortly lived due to dwindling interest. Louis Turpin was another who played there.

 

Ez Allen with Colin Bell DJ’s – Vacuum Generators 14th May 1971

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Ez Allen with Colin Bell at the back. Vacuum Generators 14th May 1971 supporting Alamo.

Samuel Freeman…. It was a good night

Colin Bell… Bloody hell! Haven’t seen this before! Where did the years go….

Andy Knight… I just love that pic, where are they now?