Chicory Tip & Horslips – Hastings Pier 23rd June 1973

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poster supplied by Mick Mepham,         handbill supplied by Iain Cobby

Kev Towner… I remember seeing Chicory Tip in more recent years in The Standard – they were awful!!

Yvonne Cleland… My memories of them were that they were awful all the time in everything they ever did anywhere, as it goes, Kev!

Kev Towner… Oh no, I loved songs like Son Of My Father, Good Grief Christina and What’s Your Name. When I saw them they didn’t even have a synthesizer!!

Wendy Weaver… We saw them at a private do about 3 years ago playing mainly covers plus their hits. I think they are still going

Mick O’Dowd… Horslips were the better band and they are still going.

Chris Giles… Horslips we’re the they a Canterbury based band ?

Alan Esdaile… They were based in Ireland as far as I know Chris.

Mick O’Dowd…. Yeah your right  Alan.

Gary Kinch… I’m sure I’ve seen Horslips but I definitely wouldn’t have gone to see Chicory Tip. Did they appear more than once on the Pier?

 

Ronnie Lane & Slim Chance plus Mike Storey – Hastings Pier 21st June 1975

ads supplied by Sarah Harvey, Ronnie Lane photo 1975 (venue unknown) Rik Walton https://www.flickr.com/photos/rikwalton/5069642148/in/photostream/  Mike Storey photo supplied by Clive Richardson from the gig at Hastings Pier

Peter Fairless… …how come?

Mick O’Dowd… Nice one Sarah. Keep em’ coming!

Peter Fairless… Love it!

Steve Cooke… He has to be one of our most underrated songwriters! Went way too soon.

Dennis Torrance… Was there fantastic night

Pete Fisher… Would love to have been there, but saw him with The Faces at Reading in ’72…great documentary here…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6mpuMwLnak

 

King Rod & The Alamo – Hastings Pier 22nd June 1973

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cutting supplied by Sarah Harvey.             photo supplied by Peter Gladwish

Peter Gladwish… Above is a piccy of me playing with King Rod on Hastings Pier around the time of this poster!

Andre Martin…..King Rod were a group that played many venues in and around Hastings during the 60s onwards. They were very much part of the Musical/group scene at the time.

Alan Esdaile…..Both King Rod & The Alamo were popular but not sure about sexy smith? Mind you the lead singer of Alamo was Bob Smith so that might have had something to do with him?

Peter Millington….Well here goes for all you “group watchers” – King (Kingsley Trowell – RIP) and Rod (Rodney Trowell) were brothers and went out as King Rod and Co. The Co were Paul Freeman on drums and Greg Pierce on Rhythm guitar. A really good harmony group. Rod joined JINKS in 1974 with Ian Williams, Vocals and Lead guitar, Terry Chedzoy, Vocals and Drums, Peter Millington, Vocals and Rhythm guitar. In 1976 Ian left and Trevor Spears joined. This partnership born out of The Confederates in the ’60s, lasted until January 2002, 26 years! when each took a break for 12 months. JINKS reformed in January 2003 (Ian Williams, Terry Chedzoy and Peter Millington) and continue to play. Trevor Spears and Rodney Trowell now play in LOOSE CHANGE with Stuart Moir on drums (formerly of Suspect and Centre Page and Clive Drew-Clifton on Bass and formerly of the ’60s group The Springbeats.
The ALAMO had quite a few personnel changes but at their height the membership included Bob Smith – Lead Vocals, Kirk Ronchetti Drums, Nigel Davies Lead Guitar, Dave Levett Bass Guitar. This version of the Alamo was converted into GRUNDY (Nigel, Dave and Kirk) with the addition of Nigel’s brother Clive Davies. GRUNDY continue to play although Nigel passed away in 2005. A very sad loss.

Mick O’Dowd….King Rod always seemed to be around somewhere right from the 60’s onwards. One of the most enduring bands maybe?

Maggie Shearin… I so need to put my glasses on…i thought that said kings road…then i thought well friday is not the 22nd lol

Paul Dengate… I was playing with the Alamo at the time of this gig. Don’t remember it, but it’s in the diary. Played a lot on the pier.

 

Mungo Jerry – Hastings Pier 19th June 1981

Pete Fairless… In The Summer Time… Now, what was that lyric? “If her Daddy’s rich buy her a pier…”

Mike Guy… I’m still performing The Man Behind The Piano, Mighty Man, and Baby Jump! How many songs do you know where a bloke gets drunk, touches a woman, gets a thump from her husband, & gets peed on by a dog?

Joe Knight… See him early 80s Kings Country Club

Gerry Fortsch… Is this the gig that we the Hippo Band played support at? Mungo Jerry were a great bunch of guys.

Alan Esdaile… Not sure Gerry who the support band was. Anyone confirm?

Linda Day… We saw Mungo Jerry in a field somewhere can’t remember where

Mike Berry & The Innocents – Hastings Pier Sat 20th June 1964 by Andre Martin

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all cuttings  Andre Palfrey-martin collection

The next episode of the History of the Happy Ballroom – Hastings Pier, takes us almost midsummer in 1964 – its Saturday 20 June and Bob Knights and brought back one of the most popular acts that regularly appeared in Hastings – Mike Berry and the Innocents, backed with Chris Star and the Orbits.
Mike Berry started off as “Kenny Lord and The Statesmen” and then became “Mike Berry & The Outlaws” before “Mike Berry and The Innocents.”
“The Innocents” were originally a band called “‘Bobby Angelo & The Tuxedos” who had backed Mike once or twice. When ‘Don’t You Think It’s Time’ made it into the charts, Mike needed a band so offered them the job. The change in name came about when the guys were travelling in the group van one day to rehearsals. They were suddenly surrounded by police at traffic lights near their manager’s office thinking five young guys in a van looked suspicious. Whilst being questioned, their manager came along to explain who they were and that they were quite ‘innocent,’ and so the name was born!
The original Outlaws date back to 1961 when they, as members of the then recently disbanded ‘Billy Gray & The Stormers’, reformed without Billy, on the promise of better things to come in the shape of a recording contract from the legendary producer Joe Meek, initially to back his newly signed artist Mike Berry. As it transpired, when Joe realised what a talented bunch they were, he was very keen to get them to record in their own right, as well as back virtually every other solo artist under Joe’s control. Including Carter-Lewis, Gunilla Thorne, Michael Cox, Jess Conrad, Freddie Starr, Dave Kaye, Dave Adams (Burr Bailey,Silas Dooley Jr) and Houston Wells (Andy Smith) among others.
The Innocents became to the Joe Meek Organisation what Earl Van Dyke & the Soul Brother were to Motown.
They had several singles early in their career – including a cover of the Goffin & King classic – Will You Still Love Me tomorrow http://youtu.be/7wea1hYNP6A
the one that really put them on the map as Mike Berry & The Outlaws – A tribute to Buddy Holly http://youtu.be/5IQhJ-VVGyo
A month earlier The Outlaws had achieved, backing another Meek’s protégé, singer John Leyton on his number one hit ”Johnny Remember Me”.
A further hit came from the same producer Joe Meek in 1964 with http://youtu.be/kgNbN9mPiW4
This again was an example of how The Happy Ballroom was bringing down to Hastings some of the most popular and entertaining acts available in the country for its young people.
Again – The Chris Star Orbits, have proved a complete mystery, I wonder sometimes with these support bands, if they are simply a bunch of musicians that have been put together for the show, using an existing name .. Does sound a little like something promoters and producers would do when pushed.
Several people were interested to know about the new feature on these weekly posts – who appeared on ITVs READY STEADY GO the Friday Night before – in this case it would be 19th JUNE– I can confirm, we would have seen the Animals – The House of the Rising Sun, being promoted as it was due for release the following Thursday, and we all know what happened with that single ! – The Crickets, who were touring the UK at the time and promoting (They call her) LA BAMBA and Troy Dante & The Infernos who were currently supporting the Crickets on their UK tour. Andre Martin

Catherine Ireland… I remember making a commercial with Mike Berry. For Cadburys drinking chocolate with Elaine Delmar not sure which year.

The Armargyll Waad Group plus Tyme – 10th June 1972 Hastings Pier

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Anyone know anything on this group?

Mick O’Dowd… Who????

Martin Richter… for 30p it’s worth a look ?

Geoff Peckham… (Andy Qunta) Was this anything to do with the American drummer who attended college with us? Rob? He used that name when imagining a band. Do you remember, we auditioned him for what became Factory before we got Laurie?

Andy Qunta… Hi Jaffa, I think the guy you’re talking about was Nigel Band. Very funny fella! He & Tone were always getting into trouble for excessive giggling in the library! I think you’re right, this is one of the band names he came up with. Another was Curbstone Muffin! Just think, that’s what we might have been instead of Factory!

Geoff Peckham… Yes, Nigel Band! That’s the one. Curbstone Muffin’s s great name! So he did get a band together and called it Armagyll Waad! Nobody else could have thought of that name.

Andy Qunta… ‘Gnome Gas’! LOL! Really, Nigel?

Dave Nattress… And as I’ve said a few times, I somewhat naively thought really strange band names started in the 70’s/80’s – Pink Military etc. Teardrop Explodes, Orchestral Manoeuvres etc. but as so many of the adverts for 60’s bands that have been posted on this site prove, I was 10/20 years out. Andy and Jaffa, (Geoff), I love Curbstone Muffins!! When starting up “The Prisoners” with Andy Leaney, (RIP), Mick Bridgeland and Robin Heggie, (RIP), Andy fancied “Thwack Niarggs” or something like. We also dabbled with “This is This” which looking back I think was good and not so strange, but my favourite at the time was “Hawaiians Land of Mars First” – but “Prisoners” won the day.

Whichwhat and Beat Syndicate – Hastings Pier 14th June 1969

Alan Esdaile… Don’t remember this band, does anyone? Apparently came from Nottingham and sound interesting… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqZalgKd0SQ

Alan Parker… Very 60s sound, especially the keyboard. like it, where are they now? , what are they doing? wonder if thay are still playing!

Mick O’Dowd… Remember The Beat Syndicate but Whichwhat?