The Lonely Ones & The Laymen – The Dolphin Ballroom 29th October 1965

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Andre Martin… Turning out some old tickets, I found the attached from 29 October 1965 at the Dolphin Ballroom, St Leonards – you know the one, down one floor from the Witch Doctor. Thinking back I remember the main group The Lonely Ones – who were regulars at the WD and other local venues. They were based in Folkstone and can remember the late Chris Sayer once telling me that he thought they were good. What many of us did not realise at the time was who played in the group Neil Langdon who would go on and record with The FlowerPot Men – Lets all go to ….and on lead Guitar Noel Redding – who would change to bass and become one of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Small world, but just goes to prove that we had some of the up and coming names cutting their teeth in our clubs and dance halls.

Alan Esdaile… Also Neil Langdon & Noel Redding were both in the band Fat Mattress which I’m sure a number of people here remember.

Andre Martin… From The Witch Doctor in 1964, one of the bands that Neil played with before the Lonely Ones.

Alan Esdaile… Looking at ‘Fab’ all round the ad, I can remember saying the word ‘Fab’ and my parents going mad and saying that its not a proper word, so I said it more!

The Confederates & The Jazz Caverners – Dolphin Ballroom 17th December 1965

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Joe Knight… like the girl bit!!! LOL & price!!

Mick Mepham… 25p to you young’uns.

Caz Simpson… Ha! I’d get in for two & six now!!

Andre Martin… Typical Alan Jensen SOH – Ha Hah!

Andy Qunta… I love the bit about free admission for girls wearing plastic macs, rubber aprons & leather knee pads! What was that all about?

Andre Martin… Andy, if you knew Alan Jensen you would understand, he has a great SOH and would put out such crazy offers to see who would take the bate – many of us know Alan from way back, he was a great guy, a businessman, a gentleman and somebody who would help you if he could, with no alterative motive.

Andy Qunta… Well, I didn’t know him that well, but I always thought he was a great bloke! I wonder if any girls took the offer that night!

Peter Millington… We played many gigs under the dubious management of Alan and can’t remember one taker for the plastic mac and knee pads – However, there were many blokes that came in the hope of seeing the dressed up girls – shrewd businessman as Andre says.