Kevin Hoad R.I.P. (23rd December 2020)

photo supplied by Wesley Magoogan

Liane Carroll and Roger Carey… Hello. Roger and I are so very sad to hear the news that our lovely friend Kevin Hoad passed away this morning. A wonderful man, fabulous drummer. Many of mine, Sophie Bancroft and Sara Colman’s jazz vocal students would have sung with him at Porters. He absolutely LOVED those Sunday lunch concerts. We will miss him greatly and are sending Nicky all our love. R.I.P.Kevin.

Alan Esdaile… Very sad news. I know he’s been ill for awhile but still a shock. One of the nice guys.

Jim Penfold… thats really sad

Pete Houghton… I’m really sorry to hear this Kevin was a really great guy RIP Kevin

Dave Weeks… indeed a really nice guy. So sad.

Phil Thornton… RIP Kev (old goat) very sad news x

Diane Knight… Ohhh…that is really sad news …such a kind ,gentle soul

Tony Qunta… Very sorry to hear the sad news. He will be missed by many friends and fellow musicians.

Chris Howard… So sorry to hear of the sad news of Kevin an ex band member in Elite in the nineties had passed away this morning R.I.P Dear friend.

Terry Pack… We all have very fond memories of Kevin. He was a lovely, warm man, and, speaking as a bass player, he had a great pocket, too. RIP, Kevin. You are missed.

Steve Fitzy… Very sad news a really nice guy

Bernard Goffredo… sad news

Nicola Dobson… Sad news..I was in the same class as him in the infsnts school RIP

Janine Hemsley… So sad, great bloke, great drummer. RIP Kevin.

Harry Randall… Very sad to hear this and right on Christmas! Condolences to all concerned! A great guy and Great drummer!

Andy Qunta… So sorry to hear of Kevin’s passing. Lovely fella & great drummer. R.I.P.

Mark Gilham… Lovely bloke. Sad news.

Trevor Spears… RIP Kev,enjoyed all of the gigs we shared!

Elaine Roberts… So sorry to hear this. Thinking of you and all his family and friends xx

Martin Stringer… So sad

Dave Nattress… Truly shocked to learn this terrible news.

Stephen Winterbottom… Played with him back in the day. One of the very best in the south east. Rest well Kevin

Iain Cobby… Did a session with him many years ago , great drummer, RIP

Barry French… Such sad news, a great drummer & lovely guy.

Martyn Baker… What a fantastic bloke he was, and a very good friend. Drummers as good as Kevin Hoad are very rare. I’m very proud to have played bass in rhythm sections with him in Steppin’ Out, The Roaring 80’s and Missing Persons plus loads of sessions and one-off gigs. He was the groovy beat behind a lot of great music. Goodnight Kev mate.

Tich Turner… Only just heard from my old pal Tony Bird about the sad passing of Kevin Hoad. Shocking news. As others here have commented, he was a truly lovely fella and a very fine drummer. Like Martyn, very privileged to have shared a stage with him and some great times. Just one more dreadful poke in the eye from 2020! Sleep well Kevin.

Jacquie Hinves… Dear all, Kevin’s girls have asked me to send you the link to our darling friend’s funeral next Wednesday. If there is anyone I have missed out please would you forward the information on.  Sending love to you all at this very sad time. Stay safe.Jacquie.xx

Yvonne Cleland… Too young x

John Wilde… Farewell rythmn master. Soar high.

Mike Curtis… Kevin used to turn up at the occasional Factory practice evening at Hatters, and Lol Cooksley would let him sit in and play on I Can’t Explain. He looked about 14 at the time, but played it perfectly, just like Lol (and therefore just like Keith Moon). Such sad news.

Ashley Pepper… Very sad to hear about Kev, had the pleasure of playing in various bands with him many times over the years. A top player and top guy. He had a way of making every gig that bit more enjoyable both with his playing and his wacky humour. RIP Kev.

Neil Duncan… Sad, sad loss of a very dear friend and great musician. So long Nobby. MrD

Steve Forshaw… He was the Guv. When tall penguins come he will stand again. Love Steve

Chris Howard… He was a great drummer he played with Colin Fox and I in Elite in the eighties.

Jacquie Hinves… My beautiful Kevin. Together from our teenage years and remembered every day. RIP Hoady. Xxxxx


Malcolm, drummer in Hastings around 1977? Can you help?

Ness Freeman… Hi all , I’ve been reading through lots of these posts and am wondering if any of you can help me. I’m trying to trace a gentleman by the name of Malcolm who I believe used to be the drummer in a band that played in venues around Hastings during 1977. The only other information I have is that by day he was possibly a bus driver , long shot I know but any help would be much appreciated.

Diane Leigh… Was he based at Silverhill or Hastings bus company ?

Ness Freeman… Thanks again for adding my comment. I now have further info on a definite venue Malcolm played in was The Inn at Crowhurst during early 77’. I did see a post on here from 2019 that mentioned this venue but am unable to find it again. As before , any info no matter how small would be greatly appreciated. Diane, hi, I honestly wouldn’t know. We have such limited info at the moment. We are literally starting from scratch.

Will Powell R.I.P. – Willfest, an event to celebrate a life well drummed. The Duke 26th October 2019.

Supplied by Paul Huggett

Mike Waghorne… Drummer of Footloose!

John Williams… I am shocked I worked with this man he also played in our band for some time RIP will

Andy Qunta… RIP Will.

Mick O’Dowd… RIP Will. One of life’s good guys!

Martin Curcher… RIP Will, Remember the Jam sessions, when I was about 15/16 years old, rehearsing “Sultans of Swing”.

Paul Huggett… Hope as many SMART people as possible will come along and support the event, run on behalf of Will’s family and two wonderful organisations

Iain Cobby… Great memories of Will and the gigs we did in Footloose all those years ago. Such a lovely guy who was always smiling, shine on you crazy diamond.RIP

Kevin White… Can’t believe he’s passed.He was a lovely guy, always smiling as IC says. I worked with him for a while on Anglian Windows in the 80’s, he was always willing to share his carpentry skills with me. He was a great drummer too. RIP Will

Ginger Baker R.I.P.

photo: Zoran Veselinovic. 1980

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Kev Carleonis… The best must sadly die

Mike Cope… RIP at The Great Gig in the Sky with all the other Greats. What a Session that must be…?!

Alan Parker… R.I.P. Ginger Baker.

Tony Court-holmes… worked on the pier the night he played hastings with the army. r.i.p.

Jan Warren… Oh nooooo, probably The best drummer ever!! R.I.P Ginger

Eric Cawthraw… I’ve just heard that Ginger Baker has just joined the Rhythm section in the sky. That’s Ginger and Jack gone – just Eric left!  Spooky, it was only earlier that I was paying some Cream in the car to my lad and I mentioned that Mr. B was getting on a bit.

Alan Esdaile… I remember we promoted Baker Gurvitz Army at Chatham Town Hall but he wasn’t happy. I think it was down to the stage size or may have been the support bands equipment. However was a fantastic gig. R.I.P. Ginger Baker.

John Warner… Last saw him many years ago at the Cellar club, Kingston with Cream. Great group, great drummer!

Mick O’Dowd… Worked onstage with him at Martin-Casson Pier gig. Support band had to play half way up Pier even though The Army were only a 3 piece. Stood throughout set about 6 feet from him and that was an eye-opener! He made drums talk with hardly any effort. RIP Ginger.

Mike Waghorne… RIP

Deborah Mould… It’s sad that the drummers don’t get the recognition they deserve!

Danny Goyvaerts… Sad! Best drummer ever!

Peter Houghton… I saw the Baker Gurvitz Army and I think there were 4 Ginger the two Gurvitz Brothers and one other have to check my album cover I think the other guys name was Snips?

Neil Partrick… He was wonderful. If anyone’s not seen Meet Mr Baker, it’s strongly recommended. Not always pretty but entertaining.

Doug Prentice… Saw him with Cream on the revolving stage at Glasgow Locarno Ballroom and later leading Airforce at Glasgow Apollo – Magnificent.

Jimmy Copley – R.I.P.


photo: Jimmy Copley  facebook

Steve Kinch… Anyone who played with Jimmy, or heard him play couldn’t fail to realise that he was one of the drumming greats. RIP Jimmy x

Ernest Ballard… I followed Jimmy when he was with you Steve. Such a wonderful master of the open hand style. He was a very talented and unique drummer. And he was a Spurs supporter too. Such sad news and will be sadly missed.

Alan Esdaile… R.I.P. Jimmy Copley.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Sad news, my thoughts are with his family & friends

Martyn Baker… Upp!

Chris Sambrook… Sorry to read Jimmy Copley has passed away. He had a wealth of experience within the Rock Industry. Jeff Beck, Tony Iommi, Paul Rodgers, Members of Deep Purple and of course MMEB.

It’s Cool Man – New Album by Phil Little. 2015


It’s Cool Man is the new album by Latin drummer and live music campaigner, Phil Little. Born in Widnes, Lancashire, Phil has been playing drums since childhood and has enjoyed performing live in a wide variety of bands for almost fifty years including playing at Liverpool’s The Cavern Club in 1969. In the seventies and eighties Phil was a well known drummer on London’s busy live music scene before ending up in Hastings. In 1993 Phil founded the Live Music Forum which became the principle pressure group for live music in the UK and made a great contribution to the Live Music Act 2012, which made it easier to put on live music in England and Wales than it had been for a hundred years.

Phil plays all the instruments on this album, including drums, percussion and guitars. Except for, Barry Jones – Bass on Mozambique Tom, Yambuitar, Conga Santiago and Breakout. Mick Bolton Vocals and Organ on Conga Santiago for which he also wrote the words.

Alan Esdaile… This is rather good. Well done Phil.