Tune in this Friday
Tune in this Friday
supplied by Mick Mepham
photos supplied by Clive Richardson
Yvonne Cleland….Nice shirt, Mick.
Ken Copsey…Great picture. What year is this? I think Mick is playing the AC30 I later bought off him and used in the Teenbeats.
Andre Martin talking on the whereabouts of The Speakeasy….Back in the 1970s, if you walked on the pavement side from White Rock Pavilion going west, you would have passed the old Veruum Building, information centre/students centre – built in the 1930s in the same style as the WRP. The temporary car park was on the site of the Grand Hotel, that was demolished in1965 – to clear up the site because the Queen would be coming down in 1966. Next to this was Beachcomber Café and then a few doors further The Saraceno Italian Restaurant – where we took GG after his Carnival Show in the Park – Paul and I often used this for meals, next door was the Casablanca Club.
Peter Pursglove…..I worked at the other Speakeasy in Kings Road Alan, and Tramps Disco under the Malborough Hotel,both were packed with students during the summer.
Mick Mepham….. I used to wash dishes in the Saraceno Andre! Next door to that was the Lido, used to go in there quite a bit too…. We (Die Laughing) had some great gigs in the Speakeasy and I’ve still got some pix somewhere …..
Martin Richter… speakeasy – those were the days ! joe (wossisname?)
ad supplied by Sarah Harvey. Group photo: Sparks in AVRO’s TopPop (Dutch television show) in 1974. Source: Beeld En Geluid Wiki – Gallerie: Toppop 1974
Chris Meachen….The older brother in Sparks was just SO weird…. (In real life too, not just an act..) All I can say of Sparks is the taller one was the weirdest & most unresponsive individual I ever encountered backstage on the pier.. He just stared, without speaking,with a look that suggested you were something he just stepped in… Even backstage he maintained the emotionless, slightly manic stare that I’d imagined was just his public persona.. very creepy guy…
Alan Esdaile….Yes agree agree agree, one of the weirdest guys I ever met. The other brother was fine and had a good chat but when his brother appeared I spoke to him and all I got for a reply was an icy stare and his head moving from side to side, the same as he appeared on Top Of The Pops. Well creepy!
Mick O’Dowd….Biggest egotists going. Bomb scare half way through Pilots act(they were actually higher in the charts that week than Sparks) wouldn’t come back to Pier. Had to keep audience amused until they did. Very scary! Pilot were brilliant that night. After the bomb scare cleared the Pier Pilot insisted on finishing their set when play resumed,It gave time to coax the dynamic duo back from their hotel where they had been since the bomb scare was first announced.
Bernard Jeffery….I went to this gig I thought sparks were very ordinary, the support band was Pilot I think, they had a hit with January and were the better band. Magic! that was the single January was later
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
photo by Allyson Breeds
photos by Kevin Burchett quotes photo Jim Breeds
Chris Gentry, Johnny Mason, Colin Bell and Mick O’Dowd.
Allyson Breeds… I don’t know why Mick looks like he is wearing a yellow wig?
Leigh Wieland Boys… DJs were excellent!
Chris Giles… Brilliant photo Allyson
Andre Martin… It was always Johnny M who had the Goldern Wig!! Great time with the “old hands” almost 200 years experience between us over the years!
Kevin Burchett… The Golden Oldies at Hastings Pier second session.
Archie Lauchlan… Poptastic
Sarah Harvey… I just think they all look so cute 🙂 xx
Jim Breeds… Old Skool Still Rules
Andre Martin… Brill – that sums up the Ballroom All Stars !!
Andy Qunta… Ha ha – love it! Those are some rock-star, legendary DJs!
Andy Gunton… I’m still wondering who that rogue hand, under the desk, belongs to?
Caz Simpson… The rogue hand definitely belongs to a female.
Andy Gunton… Where’s her other hand?!!!!
Chris Giles… I didn’t notice until Andy pointed it out..Ha ha
Alan Esdaile…Thanks Jim. I see what you mean about the hand Andy, it looks like its far too low to be Andre’s and It looks like its on my knee!
Jim Breeds… Done with the greatest of respect and affection 🙂
Mick O’Dowd… That’s awesome Jim. Actually the yellow on my head was not a result of me rubbing on Colin’s T-shirt but is in fact my halo slipping after I mentioned a certain gentleman that appeared on the Pier in silver suits who I was not allowed to mention! Nice to see you there on Saturday. Great to see you back.
Jim Breeds… One year ago today.
Chris Giles… What a fantastic time we all had x
Mick O’Dowd… A year ago! How time flies! Had a great time.
Alan Esdaile… They let us out on day release, as long as we had our name tags on.
Jeanette Jones… Nice photo, guys 🙂 We’ve all come a long way !
Pete Fairless…..I’m in shock! These belong in the museum, anyway. What a great bit of social history. Not one over eighteen, I’ll bet!
Joe Knight…..looking good Alan!!!!
Eve Neuke….How many nights did I spend there as a foreign 16-year-old student!
Jim Breeds….Whatever happened to Go-Go girls? 🙁 Gosh, Tramps. I didn’t go there very often but that’s another memory bank nudged.
Mick O’Dowd….They went! Always remember you playing Van McCoy’s The Hustle and I have never heard it sound better than at Tramps!
Jeanette Jones……Great memories:)
Peter Pursglove…..That was my last Venue with Paul Casson RIP , we used to pack them in there
Andre Palfrey-martin collection
Andre Martin…..Just look what you could get for 40p – great value eh Alan ! from Hastings Observer Autumn 1977
Dawn Leaney… Loved Tramps! The 2 girls nearest the camera in the photo in the middle are Karen and Lynn and they were in my class at school at the time this was taken! We were about 15/ 16 ! 🙂 good times!
ticket supplied by Mick Mepham, review supplied by Sarah Harvey.
Tony May… A personal appeal here for some help from you all. I am looking for pictures of the band Medicine Head which appeared in the local newspapers from their Hastings pier gigs during the 1970’s. One particular picture is said to include my friend, Simon Griffiths (otherwise known to a lot of you as Karl) who was a bouncer on the pier for a short time in the background. I do not have many pictures of Simon (only those from the Bexhill Observer of 1977) so would really appreciate any of him from any time period. If anyone here can help I would be very grateful.
Andy Qunta… Wow! 40 years to the day! I don’t really remember this gig, but I’m sure I wasn’t thinking that 40 years from now, Factory will be about to release their first album!
Steve Kinch… I don’t recall ever playing with Medicine Head… then again, I don’t remember what I had for breakfast.
Peter Fairless…. As well as the 12th March 1977 they played in September ’74, too. What a great band!
Jim Munday… Yes, but not very good at sums…
Chris Meachen… Nice blokes, one of the very few acts that bought us a drink for dragging their gear on…
Gerry Fortsch… That was a bloody long haul to get your gear on the pier, I remember it well.
Chris Giles… Medicine Head great group …enjoyed watching them and their music brilliant …had forgotten I’d gone and seen them
supplied by Mick Mepham
supplied by Phil Thornton
Alan Esdaile… Great find Phil. Stringer Jones, was a duo with Martin Stringer and Malcolm Jones.
Martyn Baker… Malcolm Jones was the other half of Stringer-Jones with Martin Stringer in Hastings (1975-6). I kind of re-met Malcolm again when we both worked for Capital Radio in the 80’s. Martin now lives in the west of Ireland. Both top geezers.
Harry Randall… RIP Vic/Tony and Steve gone to young! Sadly missed I’m sure by all who new them!
Leigh Wieland-Boys… My that takes me back. Fond memories of Steve D, rest in peace dear friend.
Martin Stringer… Crikey.