Patrick Dane & The Quiet Five – Hastings Pier 25th July 1964 by Andre Martin


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The summer weeks just pass by, and before we know we will have reached the August Bank Holiday weekend, and the special attractions over that weekend. In the weeks editions of the History of Hastings Pier – the Happy Ballroom, this Saturday 25th July 1964, we see the return visit from regulars – Patrick Kane & The Quite Five, and in support from the hub of south coast music [as they were always telling us] Brighton – The Sabres.Both of these had appeared together only a few weeks earlier, and must have been a successful night for their prompt return to Hastings. Patrick Dane and his group hailed from South London and had been around for many years; having served their time as it were in Hamburg like so many name groups in the 60s. There has also been a comment about the group on this FB page in the last couple of weeks. So I will not repeat. The Brighton based Sabres, were regular attractions at many of the dancehalls and clubs in the South and would go onto professional status in the coming year, and they were to have a successful career mainly in Scandinavia and Denmark – yet again here in Hastings “we saw them first” Let’s have a quick look at what else is happening – Ready Steady Go – one of our mainstays of current music and fashion is going from strength to strength on the Friday Night – and this week the line up would have included – The Rolling Stones – “It’s All Over Now.” -The Animals “House of the Rising Sun” -The Mojos – “Why Not Tonight.” -Sandie Shaw – “As Long As You’re Happy Baby “ – KingTaylor and The Dominoes “Somebody’s Always Trying” -The Fourmost & The Paramounts – so another good line up there, featuring some acts that we have seen or would be seeing shortly in Hastings.
That’s it for this week a short History Lesson, just leaves me to remind you that with Carnival FM returning to the airwaves on Saturday HASTINGS 87.9 or via the internet, will be plenty to tune into – in particularly on Monday 28th – 20.00 to 22.00 Time Machine returns and this year will be featuring many of the bands that visited Hastings Pier Happy Ballroom in it time, and on Friday 1st August as part of The Weekend Starts Here from 20.00 to Midnight, another special “The truth about the Mods and Rockers & The Second Battle of Hastings“ – Just what did happen that weekend, so do have a listen.
I will leave you with one last fact – Love him or Hate him – Tony Blackburn – aka Mr Magic, started his radio career with Radio Caroline South – 199meters in the medium wave band – exactly 50 years ago on 25 July 1964.- AND to update – his first record played was “Rag Doll by The Four Seasons”, and he started broadcasting at 4.00pm that afternoon. Congratulations to Arnold for having put up with him for so long!!  Next week it’s the Bank Holiday Weekend, and we all know what happened then ……                                          Andre Martin

Philip Meston…..Wasn’t Tony B the opening DJ on Radio 1 and the first track he played was Flowers In The Rain by The Move..?

Alan Esdaile….Yes that’s right, Tony Blackburn always gets a lot of stick but he introduced us to lots of great records, especially  lots of Motown.

Nicola Dobson….I met.him around rhat time at Biggin Hill air show still got.his autograph!……I met.him around rhat time at Biggin Hill air show still got.his autograph!

Gerry and The Pacemakers, The Humperdinks and Paul Burton & Chris Sayer in? – Hastings Pier 1993

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Gerry & The Pacemakers – Hastings Pier 1993. Not sure of correct date but fund raising gig for RNLI. Support for Gerry & The Pacemakers were The Humperdinks showing John Kingdon & Kenny Comfort. Also on the bill the second support act featured Paul Burton and Chris Sayer RIP and guest singer? Anyone know who and the name of the band?

Andre Martin……Great Act to work with, he was so not ” I am Big Star – look at me ” just a great Liverpudlian Guy, a real pleasure to be with him.

Karen Sweatman was Blackman…..Saw them at the De La Warr around the same time. Centre Page were supporting.

Madeline Joyce Morton…..Was it Spyke

Peter Millington…..No it wasn’t Spyke Madeline Joyce Morton I played in Spyke for as long as they lasted. Both Chris and Paul were in Spyke although Paul left the trio in 1968. Chris and I continued on for a couple of years and were then joined first by Terry Chedzoy (Drums/Vocals) and then Ian Williams (Guitar/Vocals). That was the hey-day and included a 3 times a week residency at the Alexandra Hotel. Chris Sayer left Spyke in 1973 and the group continued on until 1974 when Rod Trowell joined (from King Rod and Co). They then changed their name to JINKS and we are still playing today although there have been a couple of arrivals/departures.

Madeline Joyce Morton……Those were the days at the Alexandra . Yes Jinks I knew there was another name and it just would not come to me. Must be old age.

Colin Fox……In the first photo, is that Juan Sheet on the right?

John Kingdon….No Trevour Notton a Maidstone based singer.

Alan Esdaile…..When they came up with the name of the band Pacemakers, it meant something completely different to what we think of now.

The Happy Ballroom – 3rd/4th July 1964 The Kinks & Ted ‘Kingsize’ Taylor by Andre Martin

The summer days continue and here we are at the first weekend in July, and what a busy time it was to be in The Happy Ballroom on Hastings Pier. The weekend starts of in true style on Friday 3rd with the local College of Further Education Summer Dance, and top of the bill – The Kinks, who had been down a few weeks earlier in May and given a very entertaining show to the crowds. For those of you who follow the History of The Happy Ballroom, you will have seen in a previous post details of a write up that had been made for the College Rag Mag – HOW and this gave details of the Kinks first single that had just been released and was now starting to move up the charts. Another little known story about this dance was that, back a few weeks when this dance was being planned, the college were offered as headliners a band from the North East, who were starting to make an impact, but it was decided to go for the Kinks for this date. The unselected outfit were The Animals, who had just released “The House of the Rising Sun” and would reach no 1 by the end of that month. The supporting group – The Classmates all that is known is that they were a 4 piece from south London, possible connection was that the Kinks were from Croydon Art College and they could have been from the same management. This was to be another first for the college, as the end time of the dance was to be extended to 3.00am, a little longer for everybody to enjoy the night than usual, when the dances would end by 2.00am.
Now for Saturday 4th July – no reference to American Independence Day – how things would change by the 1980s, the Headliners are King Size Taylor and the Dominos, and in support another regular and favourite of the crowd in the Happy Ballroom – Earl Sheridan and The Houseshakers.
The Dominoes were originally formed in north Liverpool, in 1957, from a school skiffle group called the Sinners, The following year, Ted “Kingsize” Taylor- so called for his 6′ 5″ height – joined as lead vocalist and guitarist. By summer 1960, the group were being billed as Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes. They first performed at the Cavern Club in January 1961, when they featured 17 year old singer Cilla White, who was mistakenly renamed Cilla Black later that year by Bill Harry in an article in his magazine Mersey Beat Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes were signed by Decca Records in Germany, and also recorded there for the Philips and Ariola labels. In 1963 they recorded an album, Live At The Star Club for Ariola, with whom they had a recording contract, but were also persuaded to make a separate album for Polydor. The album, Let’s Do the Slop, Twist, Madison, Hully Gully…, was released under the pseudonym of The Shakers. Three singles from the album – “Money”, “Whole Lotta Lovin'”, and “Hippy Hippy Shake” – were released by Polydor in the UK. All the recordings by Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes were covers of rock and roll and rhythm and blues songs by other artists; they wrote no songs themselves. Their biggest success in Germany was a version of Solomon Burke’s “Stupidity”, also released on the Decca label in the UK. While in Germany, they also performed regularly in Kiel and Berlin, and acted as backing group for Alex Harvey, before returning to the UK to back Chuck Berry and Carl Perkins on tour in 1964. They also appeared on the British TV show Ready Steady Go!
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That was a good weekend for all the youngsters here in Hastings. Nothing to report on the RSG front as for some reason nothing has been shown as scheduled, but earlier in the week on the BBC fledgling pop show Top of the Pops it featured Animals, Brian Poole & The Trems, Peter & Gordon and the Stones.
Another interesting historical fact for this week, that did in time have links with the Happy Ballroom – on Friday 3rd July – Fontana Records released I’m Fine by the Hi Numbers, who would change their name within the next few days to be The Who – but their appearances on the Pier will have to wait for another occasion.                           Andre Martin


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Ties in with a comment at the end of the History of the Happy Ballroom weekly write-up. The WHO would appear several times over the coming years.

Pier update


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White Rock Theatre mobile uploads…..Pier Watch time!! Now although not too much has been happening whilst work is concentrating on getting the flooring down…. we just wanted to show you just how much has been done, it’s coming on nicely I’m sure you’ll agree!!

Philip Meston….Not forgetting all the steel work which isn’t so visible!

John Kingdon…..Brilliant, can’t wait to see it grow to it’s former glory.

John Wilde…..Bring it on! Well done workforce and all those out of view. Very exciting.

The Happy Ballroom talk – 26th June 2014



The Happy Ballroom – Illustrated talk – Thursday 26 June 2014

Local Historian, André Palfrey-Martin, who used to DJ and promote on Hastings Pier and who is an volunteer archivist at Hastings Museum, will be giving an illustrated talk on the “Happy Ballroom in the 50s and 60s” looking at various bands and groups that appeared on Hastings Pier during those decades – Appearing on ‘The End of the Pier Show’ shown on BBC One, Andre has spent many years researching the music and entertainments on offer in Hastings.

The Talk is being held at the newly opened HUB [the old entrance building to the White Rock Baths] situated on the Promenade between Robertson Street and The Pier Project.

Doors Open 7.00pm – Talk is due to start 7.30pm. Tea and coffee provided.

The first presentation was sold out and we have a waiting list for the above date, please contact the Pier Charity on01424 435 587 or email and reserve your place NOW.

Ian Crawford and The Boomerangs – 9th May 1964

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Andre Martin…..May moves on and here we are again at the doors of The Happy Ballroom, Hastings Pier to see what is on the bill for this week. Saturday 9th May 1964 – Ian Crawford and The Boomerangs, supported by The Alexanders.As one would guess, the name of the group has a “ down-under” connection, the lead vocalist – Ian Crawford, had emigrated to Australia at the age of 15 and had spent some time in the pop business releasing a couple of records and appearing on Australian TV [ No he was not the stunt double for Skippy] then decided to return to UK. With his group The Boomerangs he worked throughout the UK in the 60s and included several package shows supporting the Beatles. This was a feature of the scene at the time, when for about 5/- [25p] you could see a show with several chart acts together – we had several of these at the old ABC Cinema in the early 60s. Ian Crawford and the Boomerangs had their first release in 1964 on Fontana Records – “Don’t Let her be your Baby” it was a cover of the US Contours number. It did very little in the charts.

Supporting the show on that night were the popular regular visitor to the Happy Ballroom, from Eastbourne/Brighton The Alexanders, who during this period were building up a fine following in Sussex and the Home Counties.