Pete Houghton 70’s photos

photos supplied by Peter Houghton

Paul and Linda McCartney, Gaye Advert of The Adverts, Geno Washington and Mike D’abo.

Jan Warren… Wow Pete Houghton you’ve certainly met a lot of stars!! – was the pic of Mike D’arbo taken outside the house he had in Bexhill Old Town?? – and btw Pete, I think I remember you from our schooldays??….

Pickettywitch – Aquarius 29th April 1972.

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Mark Randall… Is this the lady that was ‘allergic’ to the 20th century? If so, she should be feeling a bit better now

Alan Esdaile… Yes that’s the one, Polly Brown, Mark. She was also in Sweet Dreams and had a hit with Honey Honey.

Jan Warren… OMG, not my kinda music, I always went to Aquarius to see Fusion Orchestra!! 🙂 <3

Julie Corrigan… It was Sheila Rossall not Polly Brown. Sheila was in New Pickettywitch.

Killing Floor & Factory – high & grammar school dance 15th July 1971

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supplied by Roger Carey

Andy Qunta….Think might be from ’71 though. Factory were “getting it together in the country”, i.e. not gigging, in July ’70, & decimal money wasn’t in till ’71. Like any of that matters!

Phil Gill…I was there- end of term gig and I also think it was ’71 and not ’70. There was an amount of pupil revelry resulting in some pictures of teachers on a corridor wall being smashed and possibly at least one expulsion. It was a great gig. I was 15 and highly impressed with both bands and the drunken anarchical japes which resulted in said expulsions.

Pete Fisher…. The heady days of HGS…..must have just done my “O” levels…..vaguely remember Killing Floor inciting a small riot, probably just a couple of fire extinguishers getting let off, and the holy photos of the staff (Henshall in particular) getting defaced…still have a ticket for April that year for the High School Dance, with Factory and Sam Tripp…

Gary Kinch…..Bless the High School Girls

Barry M Dyke…..I must have been there. My present wife was a High School girl and most of my mates were Grammer lads.

Read moreKilling Floor & Factory – high & grammar school dance 15th July 1971

SMART 48 Coffee meet report

Our 48th meet and a packed and extremely busy one. Among the newbies this time were Monica Bane, Peter Houghton and Yvonne Ellis. Monica was talking about The Disc Jockey record shop to Andre Martin, also The Posh Club and being the current old town Sea Queen. She had loads of cuttings which she was showing to Nigel Sinden and happy memories of when she was Hastings carnival queen in the 1970. Pete had with him a very impressive collection of hundreds of signed autographs and photos, including Chuck Berry, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, Woodstock and many more. Mick O’Dowd was surprised to see one of him on stage that he has never seen before. Peter also had a full list of bands that he saw on Hastings Pier, Strawbs signed flyer and Nutz pier gig ticket. As well as a signed photo of Paul Rodgers which got Pete Prescott talking about when Paul Rodgers was recording his album ‘Now’ at Parkgates Studio in Catsfield. Pete and Carol were reminding people of Beatles Day 20 is not far away and is on Sunday 7th April and now with 4 stages. Lol Cooksey said his band The 6Ts are really looking forward to playing. Yvonne was reliving happy memories of Scalliwags and Saturdays night clubs and chatting to Graham and Wendy Weaver about the folk music nights at The Cock Inn in Peasmarsh. Tim McDonald was talking about the Decca Records reunion and Barry French had the bizarre item of the day with a platform ticket for Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch and Around The World In 80 Days on Ice ticket from Wembley in 1964! He also had a pile of albums from Rory Gallagher, Jeff Beck and Roy Buchanan. Gerry Powell had with him Cliff Richard and The Shadows music book from 1962  and Radio Caroline Last Of The Pirates book which he produced. Colin Bell had a pile of gig tickets from various shows he has seen over the years and was in conversation with Jon and Julie McCallion about happy memories of The Vampires who featured Jed Stacey on drums. Phil and Ann Gill arrived with an album of photos of the groups that Phil has been involved in, over the years.  Clive Richardson was talking about Wild Turkey when one of the gigs was changed to Aquarius and believes that Bob Knights had doubled booked the pier that night with a Masonic event. Sarah Harvey and Tony Davis were talking about the forthcoming Hastings Rock Fest 2019 taking place on Sunday 26th May at The Carlisle. Roger Carey was looking forward to the Steeleye Span tour which starts shortly. Sorry I didn’t get chance to speak to everyone and this is just a very small bit of what I remember, anyone who wishes to add anything interesting you were talking about, then please feel free to do so.

Mick O’Dowd… Wonderful as usual. Nice to see some newbies. What a collection Peter Houghton had! I was also talking to Nigel (The Mayor) about when The Pier might re-open as it is now March, but he had no news.

Did Smokie play Hastings asks Trevor Webb?

Trevor Webb… Trevor wants to know if Smokie every played Hastings and if any one has any photos or merchandise.

Matt Thomas… My sister saw them play in Eastbourne late 70’s,dont know if they played Hastings!!!

Sarah Harvey… I have no record of them playing in Hastings

Peter Fairless… Not to my knowledge. They were a long formed band before RAK. That’s why they were so good

Robert Searle… I saw Smokie at The Congress Eastbourne when they were at the top of their game in the 70s.Really good group.

Geoff Peckham… Can’t answer the Hastings question, but there’s a Factory connection with Smokie. Perhaps Andy Qunta can help me finish this. While we were gigging around the North West, we had a gig in Preston cancelled, so we decided to spend the day and evening in Blackpool. We visited the Dr Who Exhibition, then went to the Mecca or whatever it was and downstairs in the bar was this band playing, who we learned later were to change their name to Smokie. They were brilliant and in their set they played the long medley from Abbey Road note perfect.  Now Andy, can you relate the German TV postscript to this?

Andy Qunta… Yes indeed, Jaffa! That was in about 1974. Around 1981 I was at Heathrow airport on the way to do a TV show in Germany with Hazel O’Connor. Smokie were there too, on their way to the same TV show. I went over to them and told them I saw them a few years back and thought they were great. Without any hesitation, the bass player, (whose name I can’t remember at the moment), said “yes, it was in Blackpool, 1974. You were 7 rows back on the right.” I couldn’t believe it. The rest of the band told me he did that all the time! Wow!

Jim Breeds… I have a cassette tape of them live on Radio 1 from the 1970s. At the time I thought they were underrated even though they were (if memory serves me right!) a Chinn & Chapman invention. The live gig seemed to bear that out. I haven’t played it in years! Correction. Just looked at the cassette. I wrote on it “Smokie Live, Capital Radio, March 1977.”

Terry Huggins… They are still gigging, although there’s been some line-up changes. They played under various names befor becoming Smokey, but were threatened with legal action by a certain Mr. Robinson, so they changed it to Smokie.

John Williams… I think they were living next door to alice. I play there music all the time mexican girl my best

Ray Murrell… who the fek is alice.

Mark Praid… Kevin Keegan’s favourite band.

Peter Thomson… We went to a Denis Lacorriere (Dr Hook) gig in Peterborough a few years back. Support act was Chris Norman. Superb night out. Alice?

Tuery Records… I think they were booked to play the pier , but at the last minute the label RAK made a change and that’s when the Arrows played. Be about 1974. Mick O’Dowd would know.

Peter Fairless… The Arrows – Saturday, 23rd August 1975

and then I found this…

They were booked but cancelled and replaced with The Arrows. Maybe then were not happy about the spelling! Trevor Webb asked if Chris Norman was booked for The White Rock Theatre would you go to see him and his band?

Janet Rennie… yep I so would , loved the Arrows and Smokie

John Williams… Yep

Pete Dearling…   I got my album signed by them I can’t remember if it was from Hastings pier or if they played at Eastbourne, the album was bright lights around 1977 / 1978

John Williams… Just got Chris Norman’s album half is smokey and the other just Chris great CD from Germany.

Robert Searle… Saw them Eastbourne Congress,great vocal harmonies great solid backing and great balance.

Carol Ann Bolton… ‘Alice‘ is mega in Norway!

Michael Johansson… and huge in Sweden as well!

John Williams… Mexican girl great track

 

 

Masons Music Record Shops

 

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Hastings Pier

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187 Queens Road

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190 Queens Road

Tony Court-holmes… i remember where has all the time gone

Glenn Piper… Tick tock

Julie Findlay-jones… One of the best bosses I’ve ever had

John James Shea… Most of my punk records came from mason music .I’ve still got there price tags on them a great shop and a fantastic photo thanks

Louis Comfort-Wiggett… I did some work experience there when I was first out of school. Bagging up orders or badges and Sam Fox postcards!

Andy Ives… Was the best record shop in Hastings at the time imo. Could always get the rarer stuff I was looking for a little more expensive but worth every penny. Great friendly staff too

 

Saturdays Discotheque – Suvern Cumfert – June 1976

Yvonne Ellis… Remember these days !

Alan Pepper… Great year. With Young hearts run free . You to me are everything . Love hangover all in the charts Remember dancing to all those hits then !

Patricia Wapshott… My old stomping ground ! How lucky were we all to be young during the era of the discotheque and some of best music ever .

Matt Thomas… Was my weekly hang out place in the 80’s but wish I had been old enough to be there at the height of the Disco scene