Kings Country Club – The Drifters, Martha Reeves, Johnnie Ray -1970’s memories from Andre Martin(Chris Gentry)

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advert 26th January 1978

Mike Wright…..Drifters with the great lead voice of Johnny Moore

Philip Meston……The only performance I saw at Kings was The Three Degrees and that was because I free tickets!

Andre Martin…..Philip for you –

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Robert Searle….Saw Three Degrees there, the place was packed out .A really good night with Clodagh Rodgers in support.

Colin Fox….. also saw them at Kings and they did a great harmony version of MacArthur Park

Gary Kinch…..All together now, one, two, three……………………….Under the Boardwalk, down by the sea.

Jacqueline Patton… I used to go with my parents it was a grand night out as a child

Colin Fox… The Drifters had 60 different singers over the years, and the last original Drifter died in 2007. I remember reading years ago that their were 42 different groups called The Drifters touring the world in one year.

 

The Mobiles – Long Time 1982 & chat

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The Mobiles featured David Blundell, Chris Downton,  Russ Madge,  Anna Maria,  Eddie Smithson,  John Smithson

Nick Prince… Who remembers The Mobiles, who were based in Eastbourne. The bands members came from Hastings, Eastbourne and Bexhill. I distinctly remember Anna Maria, the lead singer came from Ore. They had two hits, Drowning in Berlin, and Amour Amour, having been doing the local pub circuit for a while. Did anyone on here see them?

Mark Randall… Only on TOTP with a Bowie at Victoria Station stylee salute

Henry Mann… She used to live just round the corner from me. Big surprise to see her on TOTP.

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John Miles – Congress Theatre Eastbourne – 21st March 1978

Jan Warren… Love the song Music! Found the single in a charity shop last week for 20p

Pete Fisher… saw him supporting Robin Trower that year – he did a grand job – great show!

Paul Morfey… Saw him at Reading fest. ’77 Great!! Thin lizzy were dancing in the moon light!!

Virginia Davis… Saw him at the Congress Eastbourne

Robert Searle… Still got Rebel album on vinyl

Alan Esdaile… So have I.

Iain Cobby… I was there at Eastbourne, was I with you Mr Davis or am I dreaming. I seem to recall overtaking Rod Hull in his RR on the marsh road in my little red mini,coming back to Hastings ……….. or was this a cruel dream?

Tony Davis… Cruel dream mate. I’ve never seen John Miles or your little red mini

Iain Cobby… That’s odd, wonder who it was then?, could have been Steve D. still you missed a really good gig. I remember the stage sets were excellent, and the band spot on. Music was my first love……………………

Tim Moose Bruce…. Was at the congress in 83 and 84 too

Mark Hudson… Listeniing to John Miles on R2 it reminded me I went to that concert at the Congress. I worked at the Burlington Hotel in Eastbourne and this was my first concert I ever went to. Interested to see The Stylistics and Candi Staton were playing at the Congress back in the day. How times have changed as I cannot imagine Eastbourne would get acts like that these days.

Alan King… he sang with Jimmy Page for a while, I did some stuff back in London at the same time with a Venezuelan bass player Durban Laverde (sp ?) who was on the same album/tour, Miller Anderson also worked with him in Germany for a while, nobody had a bad word to say about him

Paul Dallaway… He came to the Congress twice and i saw him live on both occasions. Superb under rated man.

Mark Little… I saw him, great player!!!

Steppin’ Out – Archery Tavern Christmas Eve 1977

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Paul Dengate…. I’ve checked through my diaries and I reckon this was taken at the Steppin’ Out “party night” at the Archery, Eastbourne, 24th December 1977. Used to do the sound for the band, but this was probably a special party-piece. L-R: Wesley Magoogan, Ray Fenwick, Paul Dengate, Martyn Baker, Roger Hubbard. Drummer is possibly Andy Knight.or Kevin Hoad.

Andy Qunta… Great band!

Nigel Ford… Was Tich Turner in Steppin’ Out at some point,…soon after he left Stallion, I seem to remember?

Alan Esdaile.. Yes your right Nigel. Here’s a press photo from 1977…

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John Wilde… One word. Hair.

Wesley Magoogan… Serious flairs!

Martyn Baker… Yeah, nice pair of lionels Wesley but I think if there was a biscuit around then Paul would have taken it.

Paul Dengate… Yes.

Dave Nattress… Samisen played the Archery Tavern once when I was with them – mid-week I think and If I remember correctly it was one of those gigs where the unappreciative audience had just about made double figures.

Geoff Peckham… in the main photo, The drummer? I reckon, by the jutting elbow, it’s Andy Knight. Am I right?

Len Smith… Believe you are correct, it is Andy Knight

Yvonne Cleland… I thought that was bonkers, but looking at that elbow – I know exactly what you mean!

Martyn Baker… It was definitely Kevin Hoad with us by then.

Ernest Ballard… Archery in Eastbourne. Archery shut down years ago. I remember seeing Jason Bonham there in his band Bonham

Pete Prescott… That would have been Kevin. Me and Titch were on that gig. We did Christmas songs and Smoke on the Water for the first time. Great band, Roger Hubbard wrote some wonderfully songs by himself and with Titch. I moved down to Hastings from north Kent that day. The band split up on new years eve.

Ernest Ballard… Happy days not splitting up lol on New Years Eve

Jackie Clarke… Loved The Archery. Good music venue.

Tim Moose Bruce… Great venue for Eastbourne. Saw Dr Feelgood there, Wilko with Norman Watt Roy and another memorable gig was Dumpy’s Rusty Nuts. Played there myself with the Blind Bats a couple of times. Now gone and a hideous Co op store there in its place.

Barry French… I played at the Archery with 1st Emotion in the early 70’s. The area where the band played was then called the Dilly Dally Bar. All the staff were dressed like Victorian waiters. The Victorian theme was carried carried on through the bar with Velvet upholstery on the Chairs & Velvet curtains. All very posh.

Terry Pack… I wasn’t there, but the drums look suspiciously like that stainless steel kit that Kevin had for a while.

Pete Prescott… If it was Dec 77 I was singing in the band. I was in it from Sep till they split in new years eve (7 days after I moved to Hastings to join them !) We played some Christmas songs and an impromptu smoke on the water. It was a great band that needn’t have split. But that’s what bands do best !

Martyn Baker… I was there. With Kevin Hoad, on drums. No question.

 

Deep Purple – The Happening Club around 1967

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The local ‘Deep Purple’ around 1967 with original singer ‘Kevin Clark'(who was later replaced by Tich Turner). So I think the rest of the band are Peter Horton, Tony Bird, Ian McGilvray & Len Benton.

Joe Knight….WOW!!!!

Mick O’Dowd….This pic was taken at The Happening in Kings Road St.Leonards the home of Jon Wilde!

Geoff Peckham….I saw them several times in Bexhill. Enjoyed a bit of faux-fame because of their namesakes and even covered “Hush”. Loved Mac’s drumming. Eventually changed their name to Whiskey Mac.

Alan Esdaile Johnny Mason….When I first started going to gigs I think every band played ‘Hush’ and ‘Knock On Wood’.

Geoff Peckham….I played those and Midnight Hour, Hold On, etc. in my early bands too. But when I first heard the Bexhill Deep Purple playing Hush, I asked Mac if it was his band that had the single; he just put his finger to his lips and went “ssshhhhhh”!

Tonny from Cornwall…..Any idea how long the Bexhill Deep Purple existed? I’m trying to work out if some info I have about ‘Deep Purple’ supporting Kippington Lodge end of May 1968 in Goudhurst, Kent relates to ‘your’ Deep Purple or the more famous later version who were just back from a tour of Denmark.  Kippington Lodge were on Parlophone records; so were ‘Deep Purple’ of ‘Hush (and more) fame….

Andre Martin….If it helps in the calculation – Friday 27th September 1968, they had their first public appearance as Whisky Mac at the Tackleways Boys Club in Hastings. Kippington Lodge were one of the “back-up” bands for Hastings Pier, when John Schofield ran the Sat & Sun nights, they would appear almost at a moments notice. They were still playing a Deep Purple up to April time, I have some reference to this at the Regent Hotel. I have posted this picture before – in the write up it mentions that they will be playing the Witch Doctor – or the newly renamed club the Cobweb, that did not open until the end of February 1968 !

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Andre Martin….The group played in Eastbourne – The Continental in October 1967 – billed as The Deep Purple

Battle Memorial Hall November 1967

Ken Copsey… Great picture

John Wilde… Wonderful to see these images. I was there in my Fathers club The Happening.

Paul Sleet… I remember seeing them at Woodlands Girls school if memory serves me right. Must have been around 1968 or 69.