Have you ever meet someone well known and not known? asks Mick Bean

Albert Lee coming to Hailsham Pavilion 2nd March 2019. more details… http://spyboy.co.uk

Mick Bean… Have you ever met someone well known and not known who they were? I spent time chatting to a bloke in a London pub back in the day, we drank together and shared our thoughts about the pop music of the day. Dave from Chas and Dave came over and joined us, after a while the penny dropped and I realised it was Albert Lee. I was at a pre “Buddy Holly Week” get together. The following day at the concert I again met Albert in the toilets, we shared urinals… He later played on stage with the gathered musicians. Oddly enough I attended the same event the following year and it was Albert who came and spoke to me. I told him that I had no idea who he was the first time we met and he said he realised that and enjoyed the “normal” chat that he so missed.

Pete Fisher… My very first pro recording session was in London in 1976 at Tin Pan Alley studios in Soho, and I was incredibly nervous…the drummer and bass player were so good I could hardly bring myself to play. I had no idea who they were, we just used first names. The bassist, Dave, suggested we go for a coffee, sensing my nervousness. We sat there and chatted, and I told him this was all new to me, and I’d played in a few bands, but never at this level. I casually asked what about you? He said, oh, I get around a bit, just done an album and tour with Joan Armatrading…oh right, I coughed…this was Dave Markee, I realised afterwards, who also worked with Clapton and many other big names….

Pete Prescott… Great story. I’ve heard he is a lovely guy.

Gerry Fortsch… Brilliant guitarist.

Tim Moose Bruce… 1986, at the 6 Bells at Chiddingly. Johnny Mars band on that night. Talking and drinking with a guy at the bar. 2nd set he got on the keyboard and did an amazing version of Green Onions. The band then introduced Keith Emerson!

Pete Prescott… I did a gig at the six bells for his sons birthday. Kieth Emerson played a few songs with us. I ended up singing In the back bar with him. He was very drunk. Hilarious and a nice guy. Never forget it.

Sandy Max… Yes I once spent a lovely afternoon in a pub in Notting Hill talking to a nice lady…when she left a group of youngsters came running up to her begging for her autograph….the penny dropped and I realised I’d been chatting to Annie Lennox

Dion Five – Hailsham band 1965


supplied by Len Smith Eastbourne Bands From 1960 on

Dion 5, 1965. Les Harding, Allan Williams, Dave Funnell, Ray Lloyd, Bernie Marchant

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photo of Bernard Marchant. supplied by Bernie Marchant through Joe Knight

Stuart Moir…..”Where’s ur chest hair Bernie ???”

Will Cornell… Pants on the drummer, I’d say they’re due for a comeback.

Slayve – Mid 80’s The Crown Hailsham


supplied by Kris Hannah

Kris Hannah…. Paul Tanner, circa 1985 Probably The Crown at Hailsham and 1987 Ernest Ballard (I think) on drums and Pete Lees on bass.

Robert Searle… Looks like Tony Kenward on the second photo in the background.

Mark Little… Before I joined I think, but Paul Tanner and Ernie Ballard for sure!

Len Smith… Yes looks like Tony Kenward in the background.

Gary Sykes… Paul Tanner was a good guitarist, anyone know what he went on to?

Terry Pack… I played a couple of gigs with Tony Kenward, Paul Tanner and Pete Shaw in Eastbourne around 1985.

Ernest Ballard… Yep that’s me on drums. Paul is still living in Eastbourne. He joined the Teenage Idols in London after this band. Great cool bloke. I’ll try contact him