Tony May DJ – Speakeasy Club Kings Road 1982

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Tony May….While we are on the subject of D.J’s in situ, here’s a pic of me D.J’ing at ‘Speakeasy’ along Kings Rd from around 1982. How things have changed these days! No, mics for D.J’s, no record decks – no records!

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Pete Fairless….The DJ played a lot of ABC and Spandau Ballet, as I recall

Tony Court-holmes….i remember humping gear up into some strange places you had gigs

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all photos supplied by Tony May

Tony May…..Yes, wonderful days – I was busy busy busy then most of it concerning a search for RECORDS – HA HA.

Matt Thomas…..HAIR!!!!!!!! LOL

Leigh Wieland-Boys…..we always used to wait for the first person to get up on the dance floor…..so that was you, was it?! Unfortunately I can’t seem to enlarge this photo so can’t see them very well. I worked various pubs & clubs, glass collector at Aquarius 1971-1972 – Cocktail waitress at Saturdays 1975-1976, Cinque Ports 1976-1979, also Scallis during that time (as well as a full time job)

Tony May…..Thanks guys! Yes, Leigh – I was always one of the first to ‘get on up and get down’ HA HA

Pete Fairless…..It was a great little club, spent quite a bit of time there, early ’80s…

Paul Bryant… I particularly liked the cinema section they had there,always showing a dodgy horror movie. Sure it was Colin Russell djing down there but my memory isn’t as good as it used to be,plus it was a long time ago

Jeff Belton… Reminds me when I did my second disco. In a place called Marlow House, Sidcup, Kent. Had their own set up, two decks, and a lighting control. All I had to take was my records , headphones, mic. This was in the late 1983.
Notice the pop group on the poster, The Thompson Twins or is it Imagination ?
After 1983 I carried on doing discos for 21 years , 2004. Those were the days lol.

Pete Fairless… That’s Imagination, Jeff

Paul Bryant… Sorry it’s actually Shalimar.

Terry Hardwick… I was the DJ Speakeasy Colin Russell worked with me . This is where I met Tony.

 

 

The Nashville Teens – Aquarius 14th July 1973

Alan Oliver… I think I saw them at the White Rock about 1988

Ronald Burgoyne… They were the first group I saw they opened first night at the Witchdoctor

Mick Knight… Me to!

Mike Wright… Saw them back Carl Perkins and Chuck Berry at Hammersmith Odeon in about 1964….what a show

Paul Huggett… Portsmouth Guildhall, about 1965 with my late mate Pete Thurlow who lived down there.

Lazybones Disco 1976 and Police Ball.

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Anyone remember Lazybones?

Peter Fairless… Which one was that, under the Queens?

Jim Breeds… That rings a distant bell … was it under Queens Hotel?

Alan Esdaile… Yes Pete and Jim, trying to remember the chain of different names, was it The Flying Machine at one time? Bonitas, Emmas etc.

Chris Giles… Bonitas I remember chicken and chips on a Sunday Eve

Alan Esdaile… Thanks Chris! You just reminded me of the smell and the greasy taste. I feel sick!

Jane Hartley… Bonitas, Lazybones, Queen of Clubs, JRs.

Virginia Davis… That brings back memories

Andy Qunta… Yes indeed!

Jim Breeds…  Bonitas I could have volunteered as a name but Lazybones had gone from the memory until now!  Gosh yes. Chicken in the basket wasn’t it? And Scampi too, probably!  lol.

Chris Giles… Yep it was in a basket.

Jon McCallion… We played at bonitas after recording fooling around the same night I think.

Mick O’Dowd… Don’t forget cockroaches in a basket at Bonitas.

Gary Kinch… If I remember right Lazybones was fitted out in November December 75 and opened Early 76 ( I could be a month or so out). Simon Falla was the manager at the time. He employed several college friends for various duties at the club. Justin (surname ? long blond hair) was taken on as a doorman, amongst others. I was taken on as a helper/labourer during the re-vamping stage prior to opening……..One of the perks of the job was a free lunch in the Queens Hotel staff canteen 🙁

Jim Hobbs… I was the first DJ at Lazybones and did the sound system install with zero budget. We reused the old Tannoy speakers from Bonitas days powered by a small amplifier and driven by a cheap mixer with a pair of old Garrard SP25 decks (remember them?). The only piece of quality kit was my own Beyer microphone. I was there for some time as it built a bit of a crowd before falling out with a young Simon Falla.

 

Disco & DJ Wanted for private party in Surrey.

Tony Davis says…. Hi everybody on SMART. I’me looking for a disco and dj for a private party in Surrey on 22 October 2016. Is anybody interested and if so how much would you charge please.

Happy to pass on any messages to Tony.

Tony Davis… I think someone sent me a message in response to this post but I seem to have lost it. Can you message again please

Spyke and Jinks at Scalliwags 1975

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supplied by Kevin Burchett Scalliwags and sober judge Facebook page.

Kevin Burchett… SPYKE PLAYED AT SCALLYS THE FIRST WEDNESDAY AFTER OPENING SOON AFTER THEY REFORMED TO BECOME JINKS

John Storer… Aah! …. those halcyon days of crimpolene flares! 🙂

Peter Millington… We didn’t reform, we just added Rod Trowell to our line-up and changed our name from SPYKE to JINKS. That change happened after 28th May 1975 and before our return to Scalliwags on 11th July that same year. Thanks for posting Kevin – my “style cred” has just hit the buffers!

Peter Gladwish… Just noticed my band, ‘Vogue’ were on this advert. We were regulars at Scallywags for quite a while.

Pete Prescott… I still have the Jinks album on cassette (light blue cover )

 

Bonita’s Place – 1971 anyone fancy Chicken & Chips?

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Chris Coleman… now that brings back some memories.

Caz Simpson… I loved Bonitas!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Moved to Hastings in 1971 & spent many evenings down Bonitas during the next few years – wasn’t Colin Bell one of the DJs? Great Memories…!

Mick Knights… Did anyone successful gain entry via the gents toilets in the Queens bar, I tried several times but was always intercepted!

Colin Bell… When I was the resident DJ there and was keeping the crowd happy i’d nip off to the kitchen to get my portion of chicken and chips and spend a happy 5 minutes flicking the cockroaches off…! Happy memories flood back, those were the days!

Gill Harrod… 25p !!!!!

Carol Tree… Omg had some great times lol

Leigh Wieland-Boys… I’m not sure I wanted to hear that Colin😏! But I’m still going strong so it didn’t do me any harm!

Janine Anne Scott… Loved it xxxx

Mick O’Dowd… I got a cockroach in a basket too when I DJ’d there. Took over from Colin. Great venue made lot’s of friends. Track I inherited from Colin was I heard it through the grapevine by Creedence Clearwater Revival, all 15 minutes or so of it Oh happy days!

Jon McCallion… Played there after recording Fooling Around good venue.

Leigh Weiland-Boys… Just heard Sex Machine on Gold..now that always reminds me of Bonitas!

Alan Esdaile… In a cold sweat.