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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supplied by Colin Bell

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.

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.

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!

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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?

Johnny Francis Disc Jockey

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supplied by Kevin Burchett Scalliwags Facebook page.

Johnny Francis will be the disc jockey for the Scalliwags reunions

Alan Esdaile… Who remembers Johnny Francis? Great memories of The Crypt.

Mick O’Dowd… Johhny Remember Me.We know a song about that don’t we children

Martin Stringer… I remember Johnny Francis. Good to know he’s doing OK. Stringer.

Mark Edir… Ehh upp

 

 

 

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).

Read moreHastings Records Shops by Tony May for Hastings Town Magazine

Haze 13th Jan and Sweet 20th Jan – Aquarius 1973

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Ticket supplied by Diane Leigh

Robert Searle… Back left is Robert Searle on bass, Les Harding guitar,Colin Rotheroe guitar. Front is Les Pennock vocals Bernie Marchant vocals and Dave Funnel drums. Bob, Les Harding and Colin Rotheroe backing vocals. Got my trusted Fender bass in my right hand. Hated those steps at the back of Aquarius where we bought the gear up but had a great night. We also did the Cobweb before the Aquarius opened. John booked us.

Robert Searle… Saw the Sweet at the Aquarius.Ive heard bad reports of the Sweet but that night , they were brilliant.Their playing was just as good as say Deep Purple ,their vocal harmonies were fantastic. That night at the Aquarius proved how good they were.A great rocking group with great vocals.

Alan Esdaile… I was at that Sweet gig and we were packed in like sardines. They were very good.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… I was there too, remember it like it was yesterday!

Robert Searle… A real great thumping backing ,great musicians.Vocals were fantastic with Andy Scotts high vocals were unbelievable, real professionals.

Chris Giles… I saw Sweet at the Aquarius …my friends dragged me along…. I wasn’t keen to see them… I was shocked they were brilliant one of the best acts I’ve seen.

Barry French… I was knocked out by Sweet at the Aquarius, I was expecting a pop band, & if my memory serves me correct I think they opened up with a WHO medley.

Matt Thomas… Too young but got sweets autographs

Ian McGilvray… Great Band. My favourite

Ronald Burgoyne… That must be when we saw them Mac

Ian McGilvray.. I think it was Ron. Great band with excellent harmonies.