String Driven Thing and Stallion – Hastings Pier 7th September 1974

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poster supplied by Mick Mepham. pier photos Chris Meachen.

Tich from Stallion at the pier gig supplied by Roger Carey

Here’s a great recording of ‘Circus’ venue unknown.

Wesley Magoogan…. Those Observer adverts were the center of some of our lives then.Whomever was on the advert for the pier were that week’s big deal !

Phil Gill… I was there, it was a brilliant gig.

Small Faces – Hastings Pier Sunday Club 3rd September 1967

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Alan Esdaile… Some great tracks from The Small Faces, love Tin Soldier but Afterglow is excellent and hardly gets played now….

Alan Pepper… Wow !! Bet that was a fantastic gig . In their heyday they were one of the best . Loved to have seen it . Shame closing time was eleven o clock ! What happened afterwards couldn’t go on from there surely ? Or where there places to go !?!

Peter Fairless… Who could we ask, Andre?

Mick O’Dowd… All or Nothing. I agree with Alan Esdaile that his is a good choice too. For all Zep fans there is always “I Need Love”.

Pat Dargan… Claim to fame. Had a beer with Steve Marriot before the show in the bar.

Glynis Phillips… Loved The Small Faces.

Gerry Fortsch… I was there, good and loud with a tiny PA system.

Terry Corder… It was on a Sunday. Nothing happened all day!

Sandie Carlyon… Loved the Small Faces.

Stray and Snake Eye in support – Hastings Pier 2nd September 1972

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photo and badge supplied by Pete Fisher

Pete Fisher…  Photo of Del Bromham from Stray and badge, Hastings Pier 02.09.72

Chris Sambrook… I remember Snake Eye and they were good. Stray played the Pier a few times and managed by Charlie Kray for a while. Guitarist Del Bromham still performs as Stray although not with the original line up, and solo gigs. Check out his Website for further information.

Chris Meachen… Del Bromham playing the somewhat unattractive replacement Gibson firebird after his original reverse model was stolen..

Phil Gill… He must like it – he’s still playing it!

Pete Prescott… I saw them at Dagenham Roundhouse with Dave Morse and Andy Holliday in 1975. All in your mind.

Dennis Torrance… Liked Stray happy memory’s seeing them on the pier.

Dave Weeks… First band I saw on the pier

 

Hawkwind & Ace support – Hastings Pier 1st September 1973

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poster supplied by Mick Mepham.   Ad supplied by Sarah Harvey

Martyn Baker… My parents banned me from going to this one…. but I went anyway, which made it all the more exciting. Maybe they’d heard about Stacia dancing semi-naked onstage?

Phil Gill talking about Ace ‘How Long’….Brilliant single “How Long”, great guitar solo, fab Paul Carrick vocal. A great song is ageless.

Phil Gill… Stacia! I met her once, she was lovely. Every band needs a shaman.

Phil Thornton… did many gigs supporting Hawkwind !! a jolly bunch and no mistake ! – prepare for the sonic attack …..

John Storer…  In 1973, this was a fairly expensive gig to go to … 99p! Remember going to the gig but was only really interested in hearing Silver Machine because I found the rest of their stuff a little … overblown. Would echo Phil Gill’s comments about Paul Carrack … may be no coincidence that he appears (and sings) on my two favourite Squeeze albums … East Side Story (the brilliant “Tempted”) and Some Fantastic Place (the excellent “Loving You Tonight”)

Gary Kinch… I was there but don’t remember much of it…..I have vague hormone driven memories of Stacia though. Ace’s How Long was always a juke box favourite for me. …..and agree I with John, Tempted is very good.

Andrew Freeman… I used to work with a guy who played bass guitar with Hawkwind, but not sure which years as they had many changes over the years.

Pete Fisher… I was there (I think!)…vaguely remember the light show (mostly strobes) and the wall of sound…and Stacia of course…probably another of those gigs where everyone sat cross-legged on the floor, apart from a couple of stand-up dancers up front, who people occasionally threw beer cans etc at!!

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Wooden Lion and Storm Crow – Hastings Pier 31st August 1974.

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Chris Meachen… Don’t remember wooden lion, but I paid a visit to stormcrow’s lady vocalist in bromley before heading to an ELP gig..

Peter Fairless… Was that disco any good?

Alan Esdaile… Probably wooden like the band Pete.

Peter Fairless… Did you keep set lists?

Alan Esdaile… The only thing I would have definitely played at the start of every Rock gig, would have been In A Gadda Da Vida by Iron Butterfly. Always went down well and guaranteed to get people asking what it was and I know The Disc Jockey and Stylus used to sell loads of it.

Reg Wood… Blimey Alan weren’t we still at school when that came out!

Roy Penfold… Would that have been the full 17 minute version?

Alan Esdaile… I’m pretty sure I first heard In A Gadda Da Vida down the Hi Fi Club, High Street, mind you trying to work out the dates I was probably only 14 when I started going down the HiFI. Mum & Dad just going round a friends house to do my homework! Yes Roy, the full album track to start. Mind you most people popped in, asked what time the support are on, do I know if they are any good and then made their way to the bar.

Shaun Pont… Wooden Lion here http://www.woodenlion.com/woodenlion.php

Clive Richardson… I remember the unusual start to Wooden Lion’s set with the vocalist behind a psychedelic piece of Perspex and the synth guy vcs3 synth, wearing flying goggles, it was a really interesting set. Another band that deserved more success. I seem to recall one of the band had played in Hawkwind at some point . I saw this band 3 times including Watchfield free festival -1975 I think.

Matt Thomas… Sorry I couldn’t make it, I was only 5

Pete Houghton… Yes Wooden Lion put on a good show

The Springfields supported by The Midniters – Hastings Pier 31st August 1963

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John Storer…..I cannot understand why I never went to see the wonderful Dusty Springfield at the Pier Ballroom …. oh, that’s right …. I was only 7 at the time!  For me, THE greatest female singer of all time!

Alan Esdaile…..Agree, the GREAT Dusty but what is she wearing here….

Stuart Moir….A lamp shade .

Barry M Dyke…..I  saw them the same year at Weymouth. The under card included an almost unknown comedy duo, Morecombe and Wise.

Andre Martin…..When I was researching for this weeks edition of the History of The Happy Ballroom – I found out that Dusty had appeared on the Friday night 12 June 1964 on RSG and this was the number that she performed.

Peter Millington… Saw them on the Pier – I was in the front row – Lovely legs! She didn’t wear that dress on the Pier. I was in the front row at ankle level. That dress would have sent me home a happy teenager . I seem to remember the short programme! Wasn’t very impressed, they seemed to be out of their depth with a list of numbers more suited to appearances on the TV.

Sarah Harvey….That is one hell of a dress! 🙂

Mark Gilham…. Mike Hurst on the left

Terry Pack…..On her left is Mike Hurst. I did a lot of sessions and gigs with him in various guises.

Andre Martin….Sarah – every time I see this publicity photo I just crease-up, its just such a strange shape !!

Carol Ann Bolton……Those were the days when women wore frocks that could stand up on their own when you took them off.

Andre Martin…..Interesting statistics -1638 patrons for Joe Brown and the Bruvvers – true or the Pier method of counting ??

Pete Prescott….I did some sessions for Mike Hurst. He told some amazing stories about her, not sure if its on You Tube but find the live version she did with Burt Bacherach singing House is not a home its wonderful ! she was so good. He also signed a couple of songs Chris Cozens and I wrote to southern music.

Mick O’Dowd… In answer to your question Andre, she is wearing the latest fab creation by Millets.

Andre Martin… Your quite right Mick it was Pebble Camo just right for the beach !!

Allan Osborne… I was there that night and still have the entry ticket signed by all three. Its not for sale to anybody either. To me its priceless! as is the memory of the performance . I should live so long already!

Andy Qunta… She would be invisible in the company of 101 dalmatians, and that can be useful sometimes! Did a keyboard session with Mike Hurst years later when he was with Sundance, with Mary Hopkin and Mike d’Alberquerque. We were doing a song called “What’s Love”. Ray Fenwick, Steve Demetri and Steve Price played on it too.

Karl Holden… I was bass player for The Midniters that night and me and our drummer got asked to support The Springfields for their act. Well pleased to accept of course but didn’t get paid any extra!

Andre Martin… Ah – the management were in charge – heh heh!!!!

Pete Fisher… wonderful photo…Dusty in her Springfields days, and in her Springfields dress…she did the right thing in 1963, the year this was taken, and left the band (and hopefully the dress) to go solo…the rest is history…

Pauline Lindsay… I also saw them that night & if I remember she had a skirt on with braces type straps and of course that thick black eye make up.

Lloyd Johnson…  was at this gig and there we not a lot of people in the audience maybe 30-40 max, it’s was almost empty wasn’t it!….I think she left The Springfield’s shortly after…..she was a wasted talent in that trio…..

Dave Boutwood… So was I!

Andre Martin… You have some good selections as ever. well that will mean a Dusty spot on Thursdays show on Conquest Hospital Radio without a doubt

Lloyd Johnson… You have to play ‘Can -Can 62’ Peter Jay and The Jaywalkers Andre… I can remember everyone going mad dancing to that on the Pier in the early 60s!…

Pete Prescott… I did a couple of sessions for Mike Hurst with Chris Cozens. He told some brilliant stories. He and Ray were funny at Chris’s wedding. Over to you Chris…

Pete Kelly’s Solution – Hastings Pier 31st August 1968

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Sarah Harvey…..Pete Kelly’s Solution – 31st August 1968 – Originally known as Rhythm & Blues Inc., with Pete Kelly on vocals and Ollie Halsall (later of Timebox and the Rutles) on drums, and hailing from the Liverpool area, this group prospered locally with its soul sound but never found its niche as a recording outfit. Its one and only single for English Decca, “If Your Love Don’t Swing” b/w “Midnight Confessions,” never charted in England but found its way overseas and also onto various reissues over the decades. Ollie Halsall was one of my guitar heros and discovered him when I listened to Patto (roll ’em Smoke ’em Put Another Line Out)

David Miller… Ollie Halsall was and still is one of my hero’s too. I also first heard him and the rest of the band on “Roll’em, Smoke’em…” and there was no looking back…especially after “:Loud Green Song” . Big fan of his playing and contributions to The Rutles (along with Admiral Halsey from The Pattos’ too…).

Pete Fisher… interesting…I think by this time Ollie was playing vibes with Timebox…it was Tony Qunta who first introduced me to Ollie’s guitar genius when he brought round Patto’s 2nd album “Hold Your Fire” in 71/72…recommend the Ollie Halsall and Patto fan page here at FB, and the website…http://www.olliehalsall.co.uk/

David Miller… Some very splendid soloing when Ollie was with Alan Holdsworth in Tempest.