Headlights, Be Bop Bella, Die Laughing, Sunstroke – Carlisle – 558 Entertainments – 12th Jan to 20th Jan 1979

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supplied by Mick Mepham

Mick O’Dowd… This was my first promotion at The Carlisle. I had previously promoted Headlights at The Caves and was very impressed with them. They came from London but that’s all I can remember about them. Can anybody else help out? As you can probably make out Be Bop Bella & Sunstroke were rock’n’roll acts and then there’s that other band that no one on this page has probably ever heard of. Die Laughing. Hi Mick, Lol & Tel!

Alan Esdaile…  Remember Sunstroke very well. Used to be managed by Cy Whitfield in Hastings. Very surprised we have not found any photos of the band so far. This is all I got.

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Mick O’Dowd… I now realise I promoted Headlights 3 times. They must have been good!

Jim Breeds… Was the audience mainly made up of transfixed rabbits? 😀

Sarah Baggaley… Hi, my dad played bass in a band called Sunstroke in the 70s. I have a pic of the band with a Hastings phone number on it so I guess it’s the same one?! Trying to find out a bit more about it as he died in 1997.

Alan Esdaile… Is Mick O’Dowd mad?

Tim Moose Bruce…  I remember Before The Storm, they were very young and new to the scene but every time I saw them ( Supporting bands like Die Laughing) they improved with leaps and bounds. I recall they changed their name to Billy Whiz later on.

Smokestack Lightning – The Carlisle Hastings 21st November 1978

supplied by Ken Copsey

Ken Copsey… I came across this earlier today – just over 40 years ago to the day. I can’t recall a great deal about this gig – can you?

Mick O’Dowd… This was one of mine. Can’t find in my archives but i’m sure I was bullied into this by one of their Dad’s who worked at The Hastings Observer. I’m glad he beat me down because they were an excellent young band and I expected them to go far. Maybe they were a bit too young at that time.

Pete Fairless… Well, they’re still going, you can’t beat that Mick!

Alan Esdaile… 80p was an odd price

Mick O’Dowd… All I could afford at the time. That by the way was the bands fee!

The Deep Purple Rodeo ’67 26th August 1967 – Polegrove Bexhill – 1967

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Supplied by Mick O’Dowd.

Deep Purple (Peter Horton,Tony Bird, Ian McGilvray, Len Benton, Kevin Clark) at the Rodeo 67 Polegrove Bexhill in 1967 with a crowd of 15,000!

Tim Moose Bruce… I went to this but dont remember seeing the band. I Was 7 Years old!

Alan Esdaile… Well with 15,000 I am hoping someone took a photo of the band? Also something odd about this letter it says rodeo ’67 but the written date is 1961??

Mick O’Dowd… It’s genuine Alan, It was definitely 1967. This gig was with the original lead singer, the late Kevin Clark, and not Tich who was to join us later. The top of the bill was a c&w star. I seem to think it was someone like Tex Ritter but cannot be sure. Anybody have any recollections.

Terry Pack…  Malcolm Wicks was my family’s GP. I’d have been 9 at the time, and might have gone to The Polegrove that day, but wouldn’t have heard the band.

Andrew Reid McDuffie… I was at Rodeo 67. Remember it quite well. Had my pic in the local paper. Ha!

Ian McGilvray… The good old Deep Purple Days. My Mum thought of the name.

Tim Moose Bruce… At the Festival of Transport this weekend. They had a Wall of Death there which reminded me of Rodeo 67. Anyone remember the one they had there? There was a go kart as well as the bikes and also a bike with a sidecar. Sitting in the sidecar was a lion!

Tony Court-holmes… I remember that

 

 

Beez Neez – Pebbles Nightclub Winchelsea Beach 1977 & Ashford Stour Centre 1978

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photos supplied by Mick O’Dowd

Ashford Stour Centre 1978 supplied by Martin Prior

Mick O’Dowd… Unseen pics of Beez Neez at Pebbles Nightclub Winchelsea Bech. This gig really highlighted the problems of managing a band with a young personnel, especially if one of the members of the band had a policeman for a dad. Having heard all bad things about Pebbles he refused to allow his daughter to perform. Luckily we had a reliable sub in the form of Julie Shaw who was a very good performer but didn’t want a regular commitment to the band. She stood in and gave a good performance. This gig also saw Keith Jenner make his debut appearance. As you can see Mark Harris is sitting at the back as usual.

Mark Harris… I was only 12!

Mick O’Dowd…There was a video taken at The Stour Centre . I lent it to Tereasa and never saw it again. I believe Mark Harris knows her whereabouts now. Could you ask her to return it please.

After Sunset Roadshow 1980’s/90’s

supplied by Martin Prior

Brian Lowther, Stella Prior, Chris Knight and Mick O’Dowd

Mick O’Dowd… More likely in the 90’s. The twilight years of my music life. Sadly only 2 of the pictured quartet are still with us.Chris Hood was Chris Knight and I was Mike Day. Subtle eh!

Alan Esdaile… I remember spotlights like that. You all look a bit smart. The doctor will see you now!

Lance Collins… I still use spotlights like that on my Retro Roadshow

Mick O’Dowd and T Rex Dino photo and zip gun boogie band from Hastings Pier 25th July 1975

photo by Peter Houghton

Zip Gun Boogie band with Pete Houghton

Ernest Ballard… Looks like Phil Collins but it’s not ha ha

Pete Houghton… Hi Alan it’s the T Rex concert promoting the zip gun boogie album and the keyboard player was Dino Dines. The band was as follows Gloria Jones keyboard, Dino Dines keyboards Davy Lutton drums, Steve Currie bass.

Ralph Town… Don’t forget to mention Marc Bolan.I might take you to task on which LP was being promoted but it was a slightly overweight Bolan and the 74/76 T.Rex line up

Jan Warren… Yes, I remember Gloria Jones playing keyboard on this track and singing backing vocals with Marc in the “Zip Gun Boogie” video, but I don’t remember a “Zip Gun Boogie Band”?? –

Beez Neez – Reception 1st July 1977 & Bonfire Oct 1977

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supplied by Mick O’Dowd

Mick O’Dowd… This is the Reception for Beez Neez in 1977 with one of the first line-ups containing the late Andy Leaney and Barry Upton. Lead singer Geoff Stevens and girls Julie Harris & Mandy Etherington.

Julie Findlay-Jones… hahaha car park 10p

The Flesheaters Ball – Hastings Pier 16th June 1979

posters and cuttings supplied by Mick O’Dowd, ticket supplied by Mick Mepham

Here’s a link for Brighton Punk Bands. Comprehensive local history of all the Brighton punk bands from 1976-1980. Featuring Attrix Records and Shop, the Vault, the Vaultage Albums 78, 79. 80, punk posters, fashion and style

http://www.punkbrighton.co.uk

Mick O’Dowd… My last promotion on the Pier in conjunction with Martin Prior of Priway Music in 1979. Great gig if not somewhat damp from flob! Piranhas good band, great blocks, enjoyed promoting them. Promoted them 3 times, twice at The Carlisle and then this on the Pier. They then went on to be hitmakers.

Peter Fairless… Always liked The Piranhas. Let’s hear it for Boring Bob, Johnny, Reg, Dick and Phil!

Alan Esdaile…  I can remember making some badges for this gig.

Steve Foster… I saw them at the Carlisle,me and my mates Jon and Pete played pool with them. Also saw them support The Jam at the Brighton Centre

Mick O’Dowd… Though they’re listed on ticket & handbill, The Teenbeats did not appear.

National Hero, Minotaur – 6th and 7th April 1979 The Carlisle

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photo from Jenny Hervey-Moon via Terry Pack – National Hero Paul Kendrick & Terry Pack

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supplied by Mick O’Dowd

Terry Pack…  Paul Kendrick & Terry Pack. It was a pop harmony band: a guitar, bass, keys and drums quartet with three voices, doing 50s, 60s and 70s material. I enjoyed it. The drummer you can just make out was Paul ‘Bunny’ Freeman.  Out of shot is Tony Bird.

Mick O’Dowd… Am thinking maybe National Hero or Easy Street?

Terry Pack… That’s right. National Hero. We played night clubs, holiday camps, British Legions and Working Men’s’ Clubs, in the days when there were lots of those gigs, and well paid.

Mick O’Dowd… Thought it might be them as I promoted them at The Carlisle around this time Terry.

Phil Thornton… I have no memory of playing at the Carlisle with Minotaur !!! – did this happen ? was anybody there ?

Mick O’Dowd… Yes it did happen as I put it on. Not full but I made a modest profit on the night Phil.

David Miller… I was there, your Mum and Kaye were there, John Wilde even showed up…. David McKnight, Marc Reynolds and Glen too. Upstairs, wunnit…! I remember that night (April 7th) as a member of Minotaur, I lost my voice but met John Wilde for the first time. One scene was coming to an end and a new one was bubbling up and getting ready to manifest.

Tim Moose Bruce… I remember seeing Loggerhead upstairs at the Carlisle. Prog stuff if I recall. Labrath Roadshow. Great rock music disco

Mick O’Dowd… Any idea where Steve & His Brother are now Tim?

Tim Moose Bruce… I never knew them . I just saw the band that night upstairs in the carlisle. Think the main band that night was Footlose or Slack Alice as they were latterly known when they changed the band name. Harry Randall may remember that night.

Mick O’Dowd… I used Labrath regularly as Steve was very reliable. I would love to know what became of him.

Steve Fox… I’ve just found out what happens when you google your history! Great days, good memories of running the Labrath disco, van loads of gear and tons of records, I’m still in the business repairing and servicing sound gear.

Deep Purple – The Happening Club around 1967

The Happening.

supplied by Peter Horton  at The Happening Club Kings Road

The local ‘Deep Purple’ around 1967 with original singer ‘Kevin Clark'(who was later replaced by Tich Turner). So I think the rest of the band are Peter Horton, Tony Bird, Ian McGilvray & Len Benton.

Joe Knight….WOW!!!!

Mick O’Dowd….This pic was taken at The Happening in Kings Road St.Leonards the home of Jon Wilde!

Geoff Peckham….I saw them several times in Bexhill. Enjoyed a bit of faux-fame because of their namesakes and even covered “Hush”. Loved Mac’s drumming. Eventually changed their name to Whiskey Mac.

Alan Esdaile Johnny Mason….When I first started going to gigs I think every band played ‘Hush’ and ‘Knock On Wood’.

Geoff Peckham….I played those and Midnight Hour, Hold On, etc. in my early bands too. But when I first heard the Bexhill Deep Purple playing Hush, I asked Mac if it was his band that had the single; he just put his finger to his lips and went “ssshhhhhh”!

Tonny from Cornwall…..Any idea how long the Bexhill Deep Purple existed? I’m trying to work out if some info I have about ‘Deep Purple’ supporting Kippington Lodge end of May 1968 in Goudhurst, Kent relates to ‘your’ Deep Purple or the more famous later version who were just back from a tour of Denmark.  Kippington Lodge were on Parlophone records; so were ‘Deep Purple’ of ‘Hush (and more) fame….

Andre Martin….If it helps in the calculation – Friday 27th September 1968, they had their first public appearance as Whisky Mac at the Tackleways Boys Club in Hastings. Kippington Lodge were one of the “back-up” bands for Hastings Pier, when John Schofield ran the Sat & Sun nights, they would appear almost at a moments notice. They were still playing a Deep Purple up to April time, I have some reference to this at the Regent Hotel. I have posted this picture before – in the write up it mentions that they will be playing the Witch Doctor – or the newly renamed club the Cobweb, that did not open until the end of February 1968 !

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Andre Palfrey-martin collection

Andre Martin….The group played in Eastbourne – The Continental in October 1967 – billed as The Deep Purple

Battle Memorial Hall November 1967

Ken Copsey… Great picture

John Wilde… Wonderful to see these images. I was there in my Fathers club The Happening.

Paul Sleet… I remember seeing them at Woodlands Girls school if memory serves me right. Must have been around 1968 or 69.