Steve Maxted photos and chat about George

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photos supplied by Jozef Maxted

Jim Breeds… Brilliant 🙂

Caz Simpson… Oh wow! That brings back so many memories!

Janine Anne Hemsley… OMG

Eric Harmer… I remember going on stage on the down a yard of beer comp

Caz Simpson… Does anyone remember George? The lovely guy who always ate the raw eggs

Kevin Burchett… I  remember George I think he came over from Bexhill he was always on the stage

John Wilde… George was never afraid to get out on the floor and be the first to dance.

Mick Knights… He also walked from Bexhill and back every evening!

Andre Martin…. Steve [ with the shades] taken at the Black Umbrella Promotions Day for PYE records at Shepperton Studio – mid 1970s, he is standing next to the handsome hairy one – ME !!

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Pete Pursglove… ha ha remember him well ,good show he used to do

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Hastings Records Shops by Tony May for Hastings Town Magazine

As regular readers will know, I have a very soft spot for all things musical and have written a number of articles for H.T. about local record shops and characters associated with them.

Well, I’m delighted to inform you this month that a new website called ‘The British Record Shop Archive’ has been set up by another such enthusiast, Leon Parker.

The aim of the website is not just to record for posterity the name of every record shop to ever open its doors in the U.K. but to also make sure that the social interaction, culture and day-to-day way of life that was buying a physical music product from a real person over a counter is documented and remembered.

Having been in more record shops than Sir Richard Branson over the years I have been having a whale of a time contributing photos, memories and memorabilia to the site and you will be glad to know, have personally made sure that Jack & Sonia London’s ‘The Record Shop’ webpage has been royally decked out and the part they played here in Hastings for 44 years properly recorded.

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In fact, Hastings Town has played quite a large part in helping me to see that Hastings record outlets are not forgotten. As well as my article on Jack London, I have contributed my article ‘Remembering Alan Jensen’ about the man we knew and loved as ‘Big Al’ of The Disc Jockey and submitted the photos our sadly missed friend, Ron Fellows, sent me of Stylus Records.

Being a true ‘anorak’ I also sent in photos of a few old local record shop bags I found stored away in the loft as well.

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Its sobering to think now that at the height of the popularity of vinyl records in the 1980’s there used to be thousands of independent record shops in the U.K. In 2009 that figure had dropped to just 269 (according to The Independent newspaper).

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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.

Nick Shute… Remember listening avidly every Sunday night on Radio 1 to Alexis Korner on at 8pm followed by Stuart Henry’s ‘noise at nine’….both great shows!

Colin Bell… He was one of my favourite radio jocks, whenever i play or hear ‘Soul Finger’ i think of Stuart and him opening his show, sadly missed, taken far too young.

Tony Davis Merlin’s Music Box – The Crypt Hastings 1971/72

Tony Davis… This is a bit of a grim photo but thought you might like to see the first disco to play at The Crypt in about 1971/72. This is me at the controls of Merlin’s Music Box. We used to play there between 7.30pm and 10.30pm on Sunday and Thursday nights. At one stage we also had Gogo dancers.

Iain Cobby… Love the light show Mr Davis, obviously not wanting to overload the electrics!

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.

Jon Royle Road Show/Music Machine Disco – Eastbourne.

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supplied by Chris Coleman

Anyone remember Jon Royle?

Chris Coleman…. Was called Music Machine Disco. we did a lot of work for Martin Casson in the early days

Alan Esdaile… Remember it well Chris and so does Andre. Great times.

Neil Steadman… I  do too!!!

Stuart Moir… Brilliant band van, we had the long wheel base version and did many miles up and down the motorways during our Centre Page years, I could get back from Folkstone to Hastings in under the hour after our gig at Neros, admitted it was 3am in the morning

Chris Coleman… Stuart, I took Raven to Neros a couple of times lol

Colin Fox… Stuart, 3am eh? probably had to drop a few girls off first, like we did. Nudge nudge, wink wink, know what I mean guv?

Michael Humphrey… How much for the transit

David Edwards… Looks like a life on Mars time warp

Jamie Goddard… That’s amazing!!!

Pete Prescott… Great photo !

Keith Veness… 1972

Trevor Unwin… Remember him well. Was in Bournemouth with him.

Barry Upton… So real at the time

Andy Qunta… Great pic!

David Wilkinson… East Sussex reg.

Chris Gentry DJ (Andre Martin) Kings Country Club 1974

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Janine Anne Hemsley…..I remember it well .

Joe Knight…..GREAT PLACE!!

Andre Martin…..These were taken Summer Season 1974 in the small building next to the new club that was being built by Ray King, when that Opened the whole scene changed and we then could deal with 2500 on a busy night. I have just worked that out – These photos are 40 years old !!

Ian Hargraves….You have not changed much!

Polly…  I was just thinking about Kings Country Club and realised I have no surviving pictures of my life there. Before Janine came along I was the girlfriend of Colin and we came to Eastbourne together after Colin left the Eric Delaney Big band. Meridian was named after the local knicker factory where we came from. Pete Brent was guitarist, Barry Goacher was the drummer, Colin Hadley keyboards, Steve Devine was saxophonist. There was also a trumpeter called Keith Bolton and his wife Paula. When we first came Colin was part of the Mick Urry band. After Mick and the band parted Meridian was formed. I have many happy memories of Ray taking us for dinner on our birthdays in his Rolls Royce,as Colin was the youngest member of the band. I also remember the band who played downstairs and one of the members Laurie Broadway, who was a mate. Eddie was the entertainment manager and Lenny was one of the barmen. I remember Pete Bonner well, as we had a party at his house once and I threw up all over his prize roses! Those were the days!

Janine Anne Hemsley… Polly are you there ??? xx

Jane Hartley… Kings put on great shows, saw many a big act there. Sundowners over the road, we used to belt over the marshes after the pubs chucked out, to get there before they shut the doors! Not to be recommended kids!!!!

Mick Knights… Kings was a bit too posh, ( which really means they wouldn’t let me in) it was the Sundowners every time.

Alan Esdaile… Agree with Mick. Used to go to the Sundowners. Saw The Real Thing, Mud & The Troggs among others.

Colin Norton… We (The Rebels) were one of the first bands to play at the Sundowners. It was quite a small building at the time. When we were playing somewhere else in Eastbourne in the evening till 11 pm. We would go over to the Sundowners and play from 1 am till 3 am or something like that. We played for steak and scampi 🙂 …. Oh, and fun as well 🙂

Sandie Croft… I was singer with Meridian in 1978 & ´79. Line up then was Barry Goacher drums, Pete Brent bass, Andy Flack Keyboards.Pete was replaced by Larry Barton in ´79 & singer Ronnie Collins joined us then also. We made an album “In The Mean Time Meridian. Which I still have a couple of copies of. We were all good mates & had such fun working there.

Freddie Smith… My Mum was probably there

Willie Wicking… Used to go to kings & sundowners my 1st company dinner was at Kings 1976 & the Stylistics were the band playing also saw shawadywady at Sundowners think it was one of their 1st gigs last band I saw at kings was glitter band

Tony Court-holmes… seems like a long time ago mate