Spooky Tooth – Hastings Pier 6th July 1968



supplied by Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey… Spooky Tooth formed in October 1967 and played on the pier on July 6th, 1968. 1969’s Spooky Two LP was the last album release by the original lineup. It included the song “Better By You, Better Than Me”, which was covered by Judas Priest on their 1978 release Stained Class. Many different line-ups for Spooky Tooth but after the original lin-up split in 1970, the band reformed in September 1972 with a different line-up. The best known member of these line-ups (from March 1973 to September 1974) was Mick Jones (guitar / vocals), later in Foreigner. Also from February — May 1974, Mike Patto (vocals) who replaced Harrison for the 1974 release The Mirror. The group then split again in November 1974.

Alan Esdaile… I remember Die Laughing doing a great version of Better By You Better Than Me.

Mick O’Dowd… I’ve only just caught up with them i’m afraid to say. Their version of “I Am The Walrus” is a blaster and being a bit of a “purist” that is saying something.

John Storer… Sarah, you forgot to mention Gary Wright …. he was the principal songwriter, went on to have a worldwide solo hit with “Dream Weaver” and reformed the band in 2004 for a successful tour. He has also been one of the mainstays of Ringo Starr’s backing band

Sarah Harvey… Hey John…..good spot! Sorry for the omission. Will be doing a Spooky compilation on my Hastings Pier Music Show in the early Spring. 🙂

Nigel Ford… And what about Bassist Greg Ridley, ‘ went on to join Humble Pie at the request of Steve Marriott! “Better by Better than me” was also in the set done by Maidstone band Krishna Kudu at the Battle dances.

Robert Searle… Did anyone mention Luther Grosvener,i think thats how you spell his name,on lead guitar. He left to join Mott the Hoople as Ariel Bender..

Bernard Tiltman… I can’t remember Spooky Tooth at Hastings Pier but I can remember them playing Hastings College. I was there from 1965 to 1970 so it could have been anytime between 67-70. Still remember them as one of the best if not the best live bands I have ever seen.

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Alan Esdaile….Had they just changed their name from Episode Six to Episode, that’s why its crossed out?

Wendy Wells…..Yes that’s right.

Mick O’Dowd…..They were still a ravin’ little soul band though!

Barbara (then) Watling… Remember seeing Kippington Lodge (Tell Me A Story) on Hastings Pier – must have been 1966 or 67. Barry, who soon after joined Vanity Fayre, bought me a drink!

David Miller… Note Roger Glover and Ian Gillan (later of Deep Purple) at back left and right of the Episode (Six) pic.

Annette Arber… Was the organist Keith Burberry with The Warren Davis Monday Band? I’m his sister and trying to find out information on his earlier life. He died in 2010 .

Derek Paramor… Annette, Lovely to hear from you. Keith (Burberry) joined the Warren Davis Monday Band when we returned from a chaotic tour of Naples in August, 1967, and David foster, now a famous musician and Producer in Canada and the States and our guitarist decided to leave us. We also hired Paul Petts and Paul Brett from the Overlanders (“Michelle) We made a number of recordings at this time which never got past the demo stage, (I still have them) but there was a great Story in the Daily Sketch billing us as the new Monkees in a forthcoming tv series which never came forth. Keith and I were sharing a flat in Finsbury Park, N. London at the time and then in February/March 1968 we did a 5 week tour of Munich and Turin, at the end of which Keith and our baritone sax Player, Martin Grice, decided to join the Patrick Sansom Set in Turin and I never saw Keith again. i still have a couple of Georgie Fame l.p.s he left behind in London- I’ll never Forget the day his organ was repossessed just before a gig in _Witham, nr. Chelmsford in December, 1967. Oh , how we laughed!

Nick Warburton… Hi Del – do you still have the demos?

Del Paramor… confirm that I’ve got the WDMB demos

Katharine… I am Keith’s daughter I would love to be able to hear any of those demos ?!
In fact to be able to hear anything of your early years together ! Del are you still there ?