Procol Harum – Hastings Pier – 9th August 1975

 

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Paul Morfey… I had forgotten, I payed £1.25 to see them. We had some great nights on the pier!!

Jill Lawrence… I was there, love Procol Harum !!!!!

Pete Houghton… Yes it was a great night watching Procol Harum

Kevin White… I was there, it was a great night

John Busbridge… Whiter Shade of Pale the Summer of Love 1967

Merv Kennard… was there for that one great night

Dave Fuggle… Remember this, the weather was really hot. They did a great set. If I remember rightly they did a couple of encores.

Crazy Paving , Love Affair – Hastings Pier 9th & 10th August 1969

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supplied by Sarah Harvey

Keith Veness… Was there for the Love Affair was only 16

Jacqueline Hillier… Was also there for Love Affair ..Great Memories

Andre Martin… That Sunday Club I think was promoted by Frank Shalor from Eastbourne.

Mick O’Dowd… Steve Ellis was a great singer & frontman

 

Alex Harvey Soul Band – Hastings Pier Sat 8th August 1964 by Andre Martin

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cuttings supplied by Andre Palfrey-martin collection

What a week that turned into – Bank Holiday August 1964 – will go down in the local history for so many reasons, but more of that another time, here we are back in the Happy Ballroom on Saturday 8th August, and tonight be have on stage Alex Harvey Soul Band, supported by Johnny and The Spirits. Harvey was born in the Kinning Park district of Glasgow, where he grew up. By his own account, he worked in a number of jobs, from carpentry to waiting tables at a restaurant to carving tombstones, before finding success in music. He first began performing in skiffle groups in 1954. On Friday, May 20, 1960, at the Town Hall, Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, Alex Harvey and his Big Beat Band opened for Johnny Gentle and His Group, “His Group” being the Beatles (John, Paul, George, Stuart Sutcliffe and Tommy Moore), on this the opening night — and biggest audience — of the Beatles’ seven-date tour of Scotland with Gentle.
His musical roots were in Dixieland jazz and skiffle music, which enjoyed considerable popularity in Britain during the late 1950s. From 1958 until 1965, he was the leader of Alex Harvey’s Big Soul Band, playing blues and rock and roll songs and spending considerable time touring in the United Kingdom He also won a competition, that sought “Scotland’s answer to Tommy Steele”. Harvey became strongly identified with British rhythm and blues music, although he was equally able to play rock songs. The supporting band – Johnny & The Spirits, no information can be found, other than it was believed they came from South London.
The previous night, Ready Steady Go had featured music from —The Rolling Stones – “It’s All Over Now.” –Cilla Black – “It’s For You.”–Kenny Lynch – “What Am I To You?”–The Nashville Teens – “Tobacco Road.”–Brian Poole and the Tremeloes – “Twelve Steps To Love.”
A quick mention of the Witch Doctor – on the Saturday one of the regulars in the early days in St Leonards – Steve Marriotts Moments , destined for big things and on Wednesday 12th – The Animals, so the competition was building up.
I could not write this week’s History, without mentioning that the local press – The Hastings & St Leonards Observer, had several pages devoted to the previous weekend’s activities and the post actions : Magistrates Court, locals letters to the editor, the official feedback from the Police and Local Authorities. But I am sure that we have over the years heard a lot about what happened just over half a century ago, and drawn our own conclusions as to who really was behind these events.                                                                                  Andre Martin

Alan Esdaile……Apparently he won a Tommy Steele talent competition when he was young. Here he is, a few years later in 1974.

David Miller…..Now you’re talking…! The clip of Midnight Moses from the same gig is excellent too….Alex and Zal are very disturbing indeed…..!

Yvonne Cleland… Wow look at him – all clean and crew-cut!

Peter Thomson… The Sensational Alex Harvey Band were the support act for Slade when I saw them at Brighton Dome in ’73. I remember reading of his longevity in the music business even then. I was impressed that he had been supported by the Beatles for some early Scottish gigs in the ’60s.

Neil William Michael McGuigan… Shocked, never knew that. I’m a big sahb fan

Big Dee Irwin and Blues By Five – Hastings Pier – 11th July 1964

Blues By Five photos supplied by David Ozholl

please note the advert is wrong and the band were Blues By Five not Strangers Five

Blues By Five biog… By 1963, Ron and Len were then joined by Dick Bryce on drums, Mick Wright on Bass, Bill Blisset on Keyboards and Noel Chartres McManus on Sax (2). This was the Birth of Blues by Five.   From spring to summer ’64, they Toured Britain backing American singer Big Dee Irwin (“Swinging on a Star”), starred with The Hollies – Little & Large – Shane Fenton and Screaming Lord Sutch.  David Ozholl (aka Dave Jones) joined the band in summer 1964 on lead and rhythm guitar after Ron dropped out through illness during their tour with Big Dee Irwin. Early gigs with the new line up included a season at the famous Blackpool north pier, working with Johnny and the Pirates, The Tornados, Heinz, Marty Wilde… In November 1964, they took part of the Brenda Lee/Manfred Mann UK tour. They had one single release on Decca in December 1964: the ‘A’ side was a powerful rendition of John Lee Hooker’s R&B classic “Boom Boom”, the B side was an original “I Cried” written by Rolling Stones Manager Andrew Loog Oldham and arranger Mike Leander. This is now a sought-after 45. David Ozholl played lead guitar on the band’s recording of “Boom Boom” [see the press cutting above] (3)
During 1965, they kept touring UK, supporting PJ Proby in April. By June 1965 they underwent a working tour of Cyprus, Malta and North Africa entertaining the troops, playing in their own right and backing several others including Michael Cox,Twinkle and Little and Large. The Band broke up after supporting The Spencer Davis Group in September 1965.

The Pretty Things- Hastings Pier 4th August 1973

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supplied by Mick Mepham and Iain Cobby

Mark Sims….John from this band lives near me in Spain.

and from 1969 Norman Wisdom with the Pretty Things!

Andre Martin… This site is now getting just toooooooooooo serious !!!

Tony Davies….Ooooh !!! Sally Geeson !!

Phil Gill… Did you know that England’s guitarist Frank Holland plays guitar in The Pretty Things now?

Jan Warren… I saw them at The Carlisle, 26th April 2013, they were amazing, still hoping they’ll play there again soon!!

Gavin Martin… Superb!

Iain Cobby… I have a mono copy of “S F Sorrow” somewhere in the loft that Steve D encouraged me to buy in Woolly’s . One of the greatest concept albums, written before the Who’s “Tommy”.… and yes Phil re FH, it’s on the sleeve notes of England’s “Garden Shed” deluxe edition. Great prog album.

Peter Thomson… I was at the pier gig and seem to recall it was not that well attended. Shame, I thought it was a superb night.

Steve Merchant… I was at this gig in 1973. Memory almost totally shot on it but I do remember some hi jinks involving PA climbing by a long haired chap that was almost certainly Phil May. Not a great turn-out for it as I remember, probably too obscure for Hastings back then. I also remember watching a family with children arriving and fleeing very shortly after, god knows what they expected. Pretty things I expect…ha!

Peter Thomson… Blimey that’s a long time ago….

Dave Fuggle… I remember going to this gig. Still have that flyer knocking around.

Global Village Trucking Company – Hastings Pier 3rd August 1974

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ad supplied by Sarah Harvey                    promo photo supplied by Clive Richardson

Sarah Harvey…..Here is a really good video about the group some of which was filmed in 1973. It tells the story of the band and a reunion in 2007 which was produced as a documentary for the BBC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3K9BEo8UVs

Alan Esdaile….I used to see Pete Kirtley from Global Village play with Liane Carroll at the Filo. Flying Gnome disco was Chris Cornford. Anyone in contact with him?

Mick Mepham…..Another load of bands I missed, doooooohhhh!!!!

Clive Richardson…Global Village were excellent. I always believed that the above photo was taken in Hastings old town. Anyone confirm or deny?

Mick O’Dowd…..Found these pics of Global Village….

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Kev Towner…  Well apparently Seagull Coaches were based in Blackpool, although that scene in the background is rather reminiscent of that farm on The Ridge just before the Harrow Junction.

Alan Esdaile… Thanks Kev, I know where you mean. Could be in the coach broke down on the way to the pier?

Ric Hool… In 1996 Peter Kirtley ex of Global Village was working with a poet pal of mine, Tom Pickard. Peter stayed at my house one time when he was in Wales with Tom. Peter was, I believe, living in Southwold at that time and had just released his excellent Bush Telegraph CD Liane Carroll (keyboards), Steve Lamb (bass), Gregg Leppard (drums)

Jon Owen… Watch out for release of album… soon..

Colin Gibson… Def NOT Hastings. I recognise that courtyard!

The Equals plus Magic Alice – Hastings Pier 3rd August 1969

Colin Fox… That’s before I joined Road. I was in Copenhagen all through August 1969. I believe Trevor Spears was playing guitar with them at that time. Tony Kenward lead vocals, Bob Aylward drums, Roy Sanderson bass.

Neil Partrick… “Gonna walk right down …Priory Avenue…” eh….

Sheila Farmer… I saw them.

Neil Partrick… ..and Eddy Grant..! Colin…When you say “Road”, do you mean Noel Redding’s band?

Colin Fox… No, it was Tony Kenwards band in Eastbourne. Trevor left in 1970, and I replaced him.

Dave Nattress… Roy used to work at Drallim, Brett Drive, Bexhill with a bunch of mates, was in The Road then, later Lysander was it and others I guess. We used to see them a lot to give them support as he was a workmate of my friends. Bought my second car, a “C” reg, light Green Ford Anglebox 105E off his wife.

Colin Fox… We went from Lyzander to Performance.

2nd August 1969 – The Late Hastings Pier and Toast at The Cobweb

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supplied by Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey… A choice of music on this day in 1969. The Late on the Pier and Toast at the Cobweb.

Andre Martin… The Road, were a local Band but I have no knowledge or memories of the Go Go Dancers on the Thursday Night. I cannot think why anybody would try and run against such a strong show at that with Steve Maxted at the Cobweb, it does not make any business logic.

Nicola Dobson… These were my years at the Cobweb loved it there! Summer of 69 first summer out of school!

Tony Prince Radio Luxembourg Roadshow and Jigsaw – Hastings Pier 1st August 1975

 

Jigsaw photo in Japan during 1976 tour. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jigsaw_(band)#/media/File:Jigsaw_in_Japan.jpg

Kev Carlenonis… Won 10 LPs from Tony Prince, a 208 t shirt and two tickets to get in, of which the tickets and poster I printed. Won the tickets, LP’s etc from a competition in the local free paper.