Sparks & Pilot – Hastings Pier 23rd Nov 1974

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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

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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

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Stallion – introducing the band 1974 & Stallion poster 6th November 1973.

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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.

Easy Street – Hastings Pier 24th May 1974

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Robert Searle… I’ve got to admit,I dont remember doing that gig.As you know I was bass guitarist in Easy Street with Dave Easton on lead vocals. I remember supporting The Glitter Band with Easy Street .Great night that was. I think we were booked to cover for somebody else, that’s why I haven’t seen any notices for that show.

Alan Esdaile… I’m thinking it could have been the 4th June 1976 gig, Bob????

The Ballroom All Stars DJ’s – Hastings Pier 21st May 2016

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                  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 !

Delroy Williams – Soul Fever 78 tour with Mr Superbad

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I was manager  of Delroy Williams at Mecca Agency and organised  ‘The Soul Fever 78 tour’ with Mr Superbad ‘Freddie Mack’ and ‘The Satin Bells’. Delroy’s still going strong and performs more reggae nowadays, as well as various movie and tv work . Including a spot in the ‘Batman’ film.  Really nice guy.

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Pete Fisher… Amazing Alan. Although I spent eight years in the world of pro reggae I never came across his name, but have found out he’s a highly respected and accomplished artist. Amazing that you managed him, but strange that he was marketed here in the soul category, when he’s actually a reggae artist. His biography is really interesting, and apparently he organised the first annual open air reggae festival in 1966 in Brockwell Park, which went on until 1971. I also found out he acted in The Saint in an episode that seems to include a recording studio – I’d love to watch it but I guess I’ll have to buy the DVD as it’s not on youtube! Photos here…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_2qdSesxV8

Mick O’Dowd… Saw him on The Pier show. Really impressed as I was, and am, a soul man.

Medicine Head and Factory – Hastings Pier 12th March 1976

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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

Colin Bell in conversation with Johnny Mason on CHR

Listen again or listen for the first time…

Colin talking about his memories of Hastings Pier, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, John Peel, Track Records and lots more. With his favourite tracks from Del Shannon, Denny Laine, Felice Taylor, Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich, Steppenwolf, Glen Campbell, The Walker Brothers, Peter Sarstedt, Sonny Charles & The Checkmates, The Guess Who, The Righteous Brothers, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme as well as tracks from Booker T & The Mgs, The Animals, Love, Cass Elliot, Ruperts People, The Sweet, The Who, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, P.P.Arnold, The Electric Prunes and Richard Harris.

Gypsy & Dragonmilk – Hastings Pier 11th October 1974

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Clive Richardson… Gypsy were excellent. Really good sound. They had no roadies, no manager at the time and did the sound themselves. Paul Casson was very impressed and was interested in managing them.

Peter Thomson… Sure I was at that one but don’t remember the support act, unfortunately.

Hollington Youth Club – Johnny Mason early 70’s

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Pete Fairless… Looks like the vertical hold has gone on that sign!

Chris Boorman… I’d love to see some photos of Noggin’s Deluxe Disco in Tackleway Hall!

Pete Houghton… What great photo of you and your decks. How young you looked and you had some hair.

Cindy Adams… Ann Parnell and Donna moon !! I think that is me in the photo too !!

Diane Leigh…Think I see Jane

Adlehied Hoohaa Welsh… Brilliant.

Carole Strawson… I was thinking the same for me in photo 2 at the back blond hair