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Alan Esdaile… Martin Casson Agency used to book him a lot. He had a great light show. Not sure what happened to him but I think he became a mercenary!
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Andy Qunta… The Boys!
Jan Warren… Very interesting ……… and what are they up to now? 🙂
Alan Esdaile… Sadly Paul Casson is no longer with us but Andre and Colin are still going strong and keeping the posts in SMART interesting.
Andy Knight… Boringly I still every contract with the MC Agency for Shaft, and all the accounts. Thanks MCA, we didn’t make a fortune but we had so much fun.
Reg Wood… Remember their gigs on the pier.
Eugene Hughes… I used to buy ice creams from Paul him when he had his business in Caves Road.
Tony Court-holmes… would you buy a used car off these men
Mick O’Dowd… No!
Andre Palfrey-martin collection
Yvonne Cleland…..Thanks Andre! I was at the front for this one!
Yvonne Cleland… I was in the front row for this! Still young and foolish and I thought the lead singer was cute. I now realise he was a strutting little peacock hahaha
Patrick Lewis… I was at the Barclay James gig at end of Jan 75. They were truly awesome ( to use an overused present day adjective). The opener was Medicine Man; quite stunning! Probably one of the most underrated British bands of the era.
Chris Meachen… Went backstage at the end of the Lindisfarne gig to find them standing in the corridor, with a roadie booting ineffectively at the door of their dressing room, they having locked themselves out.. I moved the roadie aside, then took a flying leap, bursting the door open.. That earned me, & the other volunteer stage hands a crate of Newcastle brown.. These were a great bunch of blokes, & very entertaining, on stage & off…
Peter Fairless… No, New York Groove is too soon, Alan. They didn’t release that for the best part of another year. The hit at the time was their version of ‘Tell Him’…
Alan Esdaile… Oops! They had a few hits and were great live. I did interview the lead singer with some questions set by Melody Maker.
Michael Wilson… ‘Back in the Hastings Groove!’
Dave Weeks… Blimey. I went to that one. God knows why!!!
Gary Kinch… Think I gave that one a miss, no regrets ……went to the Lindisfarne gig on the 17th though. It would have been my 18th birthday weekend. Lindisfarne on Friday, Birthday Sunday.
Andre Palfrey-Martin Collection
John Alexander Wilde… I was at the Be Bop gig and Bill Nelson turned my head around. Be Bop gig was excellent.
from 1975 – Be Bop Deluxe on the Old Grey Whistle Test Show
Dave Nattress….Saw Be Bop Deluxe at Eastbourne Congress (of all places) about 1976, “Sunburst Finish” was out – third albumbut I think it was before “Modern Music” was released. Their support was Krazy Kat – did 2 albums, got of which I’ve got on vinyl, pretty good support band indeed. I do recall Be Bop were VERY loud and had a very trebly piercing sound. Be Bop Deluxe – a truly wonderful band.
Andy Qunta… I saw them at the Pier, could have been this gig, or did they play more than once there?
Peter Fairless… Only this once, I think, Andy.
Janine Anne Scott… Omg , worked with Mick, Keith’s Brother, on the Mecca Circuit in the 70s
Andy Maby… I had no idea they were ever on the pier John! (I was 13)
Mike Cramp… Would have gone to that, had I not been 13 at the time.
Phillip Shallcrass…John’s right, it was an excellent gig. Be Bop Deluxe were a damn fine band
Lloyd Johnson… Who were Martin-Casson Entertainments?…were they Local?
John Wilde… Yes local entrepeneurs.
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Alan Esdaile… Can you remember who the support was Colin?
Matt Thomas… Probably played one of my favourite tunes ‘Rosetta’
Mick O’Dowd… Remember working on this one. I think it may have been Martin-Casson only gig at White Rock.
Colin Bell… I can’t be absolutely certain but I think they were called ‘Highway’, I remember the actual night very well as they were a heavyish rock band and the audience hated them! I should add that it wasn’t because Highway were bad far from it, it was just not what the audience were expecting as a support act, I liked them! The late Paul Casson and I hid in the bar til the second half when F & P did their set. Fortunately the night then ended well! Not the best night to be compere, especially in my home town..lol..Also backstage it was clear F & P didn’t get on, they arrived separately didn’t speak a word to each other and left separately without a word. On stage together chemistry, offstage………Ah the memories!..
middle photo source: G00labek. black & white photo source: Beeld En Geluid Wiki – Gallerie: Toppop 1974 Licentie afbeeldingen Beeld en Geluidwiki
First ad above was a teaser advert by Martin Casson Agency.
John Mcewen….I was there!
Joe Knight… A great act
Alan Esdaile… I remember seeing Roy Wood early evening and shocked to see him with a normal haircut. I never realised he wore a wig on stage.
Joe Knight… Never got to see him, got married in 1970 and very little money.
Mick O’Dowd… Brilliant artist/band.
Martin Round… I remember that night so well. Before the gig Andrew Killick and I were in the bar and he just walked in and joined us, and he was dressed in all his finery. He was back later dressed down too. Nice guy!
Gerry Fortsch… I was there. I saw Roy Wood at the London rock & roll show when Ballpark first came out and I have seen him a number of times since including this gig at the pier.
Paul Slidel… I was only 12 in 1973 and would loved to have seen Wizard on the pier, but ‘See My Baby Jive’ and ‘Angel Fingers’ were the first 2 singles I bought from Disc Jockey in Queens Road in the same year!
Martin Waghorne… Remember it well, i was there
Peter Fairless… Of course, I was way too young(!) to have gone to this gig but Wizzard remain one of my favourite bands.
Harry Randall… He was living in Catsfield my old drummer from “Footloose and Slack Alice” did some session work for him
Di Veness… We were there Keith.
Alan Esdaile… Did Dandy Livingstone appear instead of Nicky Thomas?
Sheila Maile… Remember their song. Your my pigeon your my dove.
Jan Warren… Waaheyyyy, Rubber Band!!
Nigel Sherwood… Nicky Thomas appeared
Sylvia Sinden… Did Katie sometimes sing as a backing singer for Eric Clapton?
Alan Esdaile… Yes she did Sylvia and some great clips on You Tube.
Mick O’Dowd… Mac & Katie were a great brother /sister act. Very talented and great voices. Unfortunately they were saddled with cheesy pop songs to record which never let them express their true talents. Katie became a backing singer for alot of acts in the same mould as another wasted talent Madeline Bell. I remember seeing Nicky Thomas on The Pier Alan but i’m sure he was headlining.
Martin Richter… darn – missed it
Peter Fairless… Their hit from 1973 (in the Netherlands!) was Song For Everybody.
Andre Palfrey-Martin Collection
ticket supplied by Mick Mepham, mud photo TopPop (Dutch television show) in 1974 Beeld En Geluid Wiki – Gallerie: Toppop 1974
Mick O’Dowd….I remember both of these well. Not very large attendences but Chicory Tip did hand out some cheap bubbly at midnight!
Titus Luxor… Just been listening to Chicory Tip. Some good stuff. Some songs sound really dated (of course) but a very interesting band especially with the Giorgio Moroder element.
Gill Harrod… Shirley, did we go to these? I know I did, I think it was with you and Eileen!
Jan Warren… ………. and, again, Rubber Band are supporting act!! – we got to know them really well as my hubby was resident DJ in the hotel before it became “Scalliwags”, and he was like a “roadie” to MUD when they played at “Dreamland” in Margate – I remember “Rubber Band” well, they released a single called “Moonwalker”, the singer (Dave?!) was very “Bowie-type” and I think they lived in Forest Row (near East Grinstead) in Kent, I remember us driving them home after a gig??!! – has anyone got any pics or news of Rubber Band?? – I’d love to know??!! 🙂 xx
Andre Martin… When we first signed the group they were known as Black Raven and from Forest Row – I will see what cuttings I have in the archive and forward to you.
John Coleman… I was there! That was a long time ago! Utterly brilliant bands on the Pier! Will never forget !
Tony Pettifer… We were from Forest Row we were Black Raven before Andre & Paul had us change names.
leaflet supplied by Michael Mepham
Kevin Sherwood… Went to all of them.
Phil Meston… Went to the first three!
Yvonne Cleland… Went to all but Leo Sayer.
Tony Court-holmes… only Curved Air for me
Bob Lloyd… Interestingly Steve Maxted ran a Wednesday night disco at Woodville Halls in Gravesend in the early 1970s
Dave Weeks… I think I went to all of them apart from Leo sayer. Happy days.
Julie Morris… I saw Leo Sayer and Sparks – and always there for Steve Maxted!Happy days indeed Dave!