Heatwave (original band) – Eastbourne 1970




supplied by Martin H Samuel  http://www.heatwave.n.nu

John Fellows (bass / vocals), Terry Shea (rhythm guitar / vocals), Richard Steen (lead guitar / vocals), Martin H. Samuel (drums / pyrotechnics), Peter Allat (lead vocals / percussion).

Martin H Samuel… 1970 outdoor gig in Eastbourne.

Alan Esdaile… Anyone remember going to this gig?

Martin H Samuel… I am the drummer with Heatwave ca. ’69… the 1st and original, south London-based, band by that name not the funk/disco group who ‘borrowed’ our good name in ’75. I know we played in Hastings one winter, I don’t remember where, but our van broke down in the snow on the way home. 1970.  Our record, ‘Sister Simon (Funny Man)’ b/w ‘Rastus Ravel (Is A Mean Old Man)’, was written by our agent, ex-pirate Radio City & Radio London DJ, John Edward.  The 45 was released on the Larry Page Penny Farthing Records label on 13th November 1970. The A-side has backup vocals by The Ladybirds, Rick Wakeman plays piano with Doris Troy singing backup on the B-side. I just learned John Edward passed away last August. 1962, he played guitar in The Manish Boys with David Jones (aka, David Bowie) as the vocalist.  Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) played lead guitar on their single. Having played a week at the Cavern Club in Liverpool in ’70, Heatwave is proud of its commemorative brick, 20 rows above ‘John’, in the Cavern Wall of Fame.

Alan Esdaile… Anyone remember seeing them in Hastings?

Rod Temperton Thriller songwriter and former Heatwave member dies.


source: http://www.soultracks.com/rod_temperton.htm


Peter Fairless… I never knew that the same person had written ‘Boogie Nights’ and ‘Thriller’. When you know, the similarities become really obvious.

Chris Giles… I didn’t know that either but when you compare …amazing

Hot Chocolate and Heatwave – White Rock Theatre Hastings 2nd December 2016


ticket information… https://whiterocktheatre.org.uk/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=832F6712-A121-40D5-A21C-83B6CC0BF9E7

Hit makers  Hot Chocolate  perform a spectacular soul and disco night performing all their timeless classics. Expect to hear:  Everyones a Winner ,  It Stared With a Kiss ,  You Win Again ,  Louie ,  Emma , Could Have Been a Lady , and the classic  You Sexy Thing , plus many more. 
Support comes from Heatwave who will perform their hits Boogie nights,  Mind Blowing Decisions ,  Always and Forever  plus more, along with DJs playing classic soul and disco anthems, this will be a must see show for any 70s music fan.

Mick O’Dowd… Spotted today poster for Hot Chocolate & Heatwave at The White Rock in December. Anybody know who’s replaced Errol and what the new line-up is or is it another”tribute” type band with no original members?

Jim Breeds… I saw that poster in a few places too while we were driving around. I looked them up to see if there are any of the original members still in the band (there are). Latest vocalist is one Kennie Simon. To me it’s one of those bands that was all about the lead singer and to carry on gigging without him is milking it. Just MHO.

Allyson Breeds… I had a lovely Hot Chocolate at Hanushka in George Street, does that count?

Jim Breeds… Was it during a Heatwave?

Alex Chapman… I knew Eric Johns in the mid 70s and the last that I heard he had moved to Australia. Some of the Original lineup are playing

Matt Thomas… Cant replace the vocals of Errol but they had some great tracks that will probably be recreated perfectly

Tony May… I doubt the ‘Heatwave’ on the bill will have many original members. The history of the band is littered with tragedy and their original lead singer, Johnnie Wilder Jr is dead. The original line up featured Rod Temperton – writer of Michael Jackson’s – ‘Thriller’.