Marquee – London – Poster with chat on Gerry Lockran & Johnny Silvo, Tony Rivers, Gary Farr & the TBones

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supplied by Mick O’Dowd

Mick O’Dowd… This is the sort of line-up we had at the Pier and Witchdoctor one time. Oh those were the days my friend we thought they’d never end! Whoops! burst into song then. Must be the age thing.

Paul Dengate…Gerry Lockran and Johnny Silvo both played at the Black Horse Folk Club a number of times.

Joe Knight… Use to go there in 67 also up stairs down stairs i great clubs

David Kent… Gary Farr was a very fine singer and was the son of boxer Tommy Farr. GF’s “In the mud” is an old favourite of mine and I first heard it on a compilation which was called “Rock Buster”. “In the mud” featured Richard Thompson on guitar. I saw Johnny Silvo several times at The Black Horse, he was great fun.

Mick Knights… Tony rivers played the witch doctor quite a few times, they did very good beach boys covers including, I seem to remember, good vibrations.

Andre Martin… Tony Rivers was a class act, and he is still playing today and pulling the crowds.Here is one of my all time favourites of his, Another great person to work with.http://youtu.be/LxEWvxQGiXU – watch out for next weekends blog of Bands that we’ve seen on the Pier – its Saturday 31st October 1964 in the Happy Ballroom.

Alex Chapman… Not Hastings I know! This is a Group that I started some time ago in memory of Cliff Aungier a very close friend of mine who sadly died before I moved here. He and Gerry Lockran were close friends until Gerry’s death. I have neglected to update the group, much to my shame but there are some great photos on there which some of you may enjoy seeing?
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=132671293426589&set=o.127886773898196&type=3&theater

Philip John… Saw Gary Farr and The T Bones at The Marquee with Keith Emerson on organ. Even back then Emerson was beating the living daylights out of it. Exciting show.

Mick O’Dowd… I agree Dave. My fave track was( Won’t You Give Him) One More Chance on Columbia if I remember rightly

Andre Martin… From 1965 – great number that used to be played at the Witch Doctor a lot –http://youtu.be/JeRxsW94Yeo

Mick O’Dowd… Thanx Andre Palfrey-martin. Got their cd with this on. Been in touch with Tony Rivers through his page and he confirmed my memory that Tony Rivers & The Castaways did perform Good Vibrations live on stage long before the Beach Boys attempted it. Just goes to show what a talented outfit they were and as you say they are still performing today.

Andre Martin… Yes Gary Farr was one of those great records. brings back lot of memories for me.

David Kent… Thanks Mick, I’ll check that song out.

Factory – Hope & Anchor 1974

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supplied by Roger Carey

Yvonne Cleland….I remember Tony’s tasselled waistcoat, but don’t remember him wearing nothing else

Steve Kinch….Friggin’ eck…! Gonna have to check these guys out

Pete Prescott….when i was on the london pub scene in the 70’p we used to hear about this amazing band that played jig a jig ! never saw them.wish i had.and to end up playing with them years later !

Michael Mepham……. Jig a Jig?

Andy Qunta….Wow! I’d love to play in a band like that!

Martyn Baker….This was inspiring stuff to the teenage me.

Phil Thornton….lamp post lil ?

Geoff Peckham….Hi Philip. I believe we went to the same sunday school! Yeah, Lampost Lil. I think Andy and Tone will remember that when we recorded it at Daltrey’s place, it set off a debate about our musical direction. The guys in the control room (Paul Waldron, our then manager, John Jansen and others) were shocked at the way Lil started gently and then went off ‘at a tangent’. They said we should be playing more ‘laid back’ music a la West Coast bands like Little Feat and the Eagles. We didn’t agree. That band in the picture doesn’t look as though they’re playing Tequilla Sunrise. I also remember, when recording Lil, getting on my knees to play the Hammond bass pedals. I’d love to hear it again if anyone has a copy.

Phil Thornton….Hi Geoff – ha ! sunday school ! – I havent heard lampost Lil since the Greyhound/King and Queen days !! – watching Factory was such a big inspiration !

Bells Records Disc Jockey Party – Playboy Club 1974

from Andre Palfrey-Martin Collection

Andre says….One of the perks if you were on the right Record Company mailing lists – invites to sessions such as this –

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Alan Esdaile Johnny Mason….I was at this one, I remember sticking stickers on the bunny girls tails! I think The Pearls and Barry Blue played live.

Andre Palfrey-martin….I remember the day – and the bunny girls and the booze that flowed, and flowed, and flowed……………….. somehow ended up with Charlie Gillett and a few others in some dive in London and just caught the last train home. Those were the days of good promotional nights & days.

Alan Esdaile Johnny Mason…..Yes the bunny girls where under instructions to keep topping up your glasses and everyone had too much to drink. The girls were not happy with some of the antics of the dj’s and the place looked like a bomb had hit it after we left and this was mid day.