Johnny Smith and The Chevs

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supplied by Gordon Humphries via Hastings Groups from 1958 to The Present

Johnny Smith and the DJ4 later to become Johnny Smith and the Chevs, L-R = Dave Johnson (Drums) Gordon Humphries (Rhythm Guitar) Dermot Murphy (Bass Guitar) Johnny Smith must be behind the camera. No picture of him available – YET! Played in the George Street Market Hall (Hastings) the Pier and many other local venues between 1961 and 1963

HiFi Club – High Street Hastings. 1970/1971 and Jooks Cafe fire

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Barry Dyke… I remember all too well The Hi-Fi. Toilets leaking onto the dance floor, etc

Paul Sleet… I remember when the police came in to check on the number of people inside. Everyone crammed into the toilets and when the old bill got downstairs it seemed empty!

Nick Prince… It was called Jooks at the time of the fire! It changed its name 1976-77 time…..

Rosalind Cleave… I  used to go there from 1966 !

Matthew Bryant… And now nothing there! Just a gap between Shirley Leaf and Petal and the sweet shop.

Paul Redfearn… Now then, there’s a blast from the past!

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supplied by Leigh Kennedy

Leigh Kennedy… October 1 st 1977. mystery surrounded the cause of the blaze but the owner was trying to sell the property at the time . The site has remained as wasteground ever since

Bob Saunders… Now there’s a blast from the past so dark down there spot of underage drinking methinks!

Gavin Martin… The forerunner of The Jenny Lind’s Sunday night vinyl club?

Madeline Joyce Morton… I lived opposite at 62 High St.

Lin Mitchell… Had some great times there

Alan Griffiths.. Now the gap next to Turners?

Fernando Silva…Was a regular customer through 66/67 when studying in St. Leonards only 48 (forty eight) years ago. Great times in Hi-fi with Alain as manager.

John Wilde… Guy and Mungo kept us suitably well oiled. I was on fire every night dancing alone to the best soul and rock tracks. Then upstairs for the after party. Lots of Swedish girls and hornacious longhairs with marching powder chased down with the best afghani. Of course I am telling lies.

Yvonne Cleland…  I used to go upstairs at the Hifi, sometimes with Heather Carter! It was exactly like that. smile emoticon

Linda Day…  I remember that place

Alan Esdaile…  I remember taking over the decks from Jack a few times. He would say I’m just popping upstairs and would disappear for a few hours.

Chris Baker… Goat Curry was amazing! 🙂

Jon McCallion… It’s where I had the audition for Muller.

Tony Court-holmes… had my 21st birthday party there a long time ago

Andre Martin… And you can remember that far back !

Candy Clark… I wish , ha

Tony Davies… I remember the Hi Fi only to well, spent many a happy hour down there. They didn’t have a last order bell, just used to play Lou Reeds ” Goodnight Ladies” track,,,,, good memories.

Chris Meachen… Spent many a hot, crowded evening there myself, back in the day….

Diane Knight… Me too ..forgot the “Goodnight Ladies “bit ..good times !!

Nick Prince… Jooks had already been closed for a month or so prior to the fire. I remember the night it went up well. We lived on the corner of Dudley and Harold Road at the time and the sky was glowing orange. To be honest we all thought it was a repeat of something more serious like the previous years fire in George Street.

 

 

Samantha Fox – Saturdays Night Club around 1986

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photo Keith Tooke

Peter Pursglove… I remember that

Tony Qunta… What hand?!

Pete Shaw… Can’t see either hand…still focusing….ayah…no..that’s not a hand…let me check again….well….I’ll try again later…mmm

Alan Esdaile… She does not look very happy.

Sarah Harvey… Knowing how big Sam Fox was in those days, whoever’s hand that is must have the biggest hands ever!

Monica Bane… Remember her eyeing up my son in Earls Court, he was doing the advert for Lee Cooper Jeans !

Tony Court-holmes… what a fine looking young lady

 

Who remembers the Coach Park and Uncle Tom’s Cabin – The Stade Hastings early 50’s

supplied by Keith Hayes Facebook Hastings & St Leonards Pictures & Videos 

Peter Houghton… Yes it was nice to see all the coaches down there and Uncle Tom’s Cabin was always busy in the summer

Tony Court-holmes… happy days then the bastards took away the coach park

Virginia Davis… I remember the fair being there during Old Town week every year in the 70s

Wendy Weaver… The usual mismanagement.

Jack Apps… The Wishing Well aaaaah

Merv Kennard… the mine.

 

Kings Head The Bourne playlist 23rd August 1978 for Roger Carey and Friends

supplied by Roger Carey

The band was Steve Demetri, Tony Qunta, Roger Carey, Tich Turner and guest guitarist Andy Smith (From The Roaring 80’s). Put together for one night only by Roger Carey.

Geoff Peckham… I’ll bet that was a good night! x

Pete Fisher… What a great memento – I recognise Roger’s writing. Detailed setlist can be a great help, if you have time to look at it. Remember having around 30 songs/new arrangements at the beginning of a tour once, and sellotaping 3 sheets of A4 together to accomodate them…

Barry French… Last night my good friend Len Benton & myself went to see Tich performing with his band Hi Fi Sneakers, at Sidley Working Men’s Club (Great must see soul band ). Tich remembers the Kings Head Gig, & was amazed that Roger has held onto the set list all this time & that the gig is still being talked about (The Power Of SMART)

Tich Turner… Blimey! Was playing in Sidley last night with HiFi Sneakers and  Barry told me, the last time he saw me performing was at The Kings Head. I thought he was talking about a gig I did there with about 11 of us, we were doing a bunch of new songs I’d written and Ray Fenwick wanted to invite some guys down from London to see it. I think it was leading into The Roaring 8o’s. The Place was packed, [mainly by the band], but a great night. I don’t recall this gig at all. I’m wondering why we did it. Perhaps Roger can recall. And….hello to all of you.

John Wilde… Hi Tich. Best wishes and keep on keeping on!

Pete Davis… Used to see you down the York Bexhill with Steppin Out, I think you was called, with Del McCoogan…..

Pete Prescott… There was a gig at the kings head with Steppin Out that Ray invited some record company guys to. It was Nov/Dec 77. They didn’t show up.

Mike Waghorne… Must be 30+ years since I last saw you Tich hope you are well ?

The Culprits – Royal Standard 19th February 2006

The Culprits playing at the Royal Standard. (Martin Blackman, Kevin Hoad, Chris Barrett, Phil Gill) 19th February 2006

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Photo collage by Peter Millington

Alan Esdaile… Phil Gill with his happy face on! Martin seems to have got the hang of levitation.

Phil Gill….I’m guessing my happy face is because someone had just yelled “Can you do Mustang Sally?!!” in my ear for the fourth time that week

Martin Blackman….Blimey’ forget about this line up, must be time for a reunion! “Mustang Sally Denied”

Robert Searle… Now, come on Phil, you know it’s your favourite number

Fake record shop Revo Records set up, in George Street Hastings for new Swedish film

photo: Royston Du Maurier-Lebek

Royston Du Maurier-Lebek… People probably did not notice yesterday in the pouring rain but a new second hand record shop has opened in Albion Buildings in George St Old Town Hastings. They have taken over one of the book shops opp “Fig Cafe” Next door to the George St entrance to The Albion Pub. THE SHOP I think is called “RevoRecords”

Bob Tipler… It’s just a fake one being set up for today as a set for the Swedish film that is being shot locally.

Pete Brazier… Got to give it a visit!

Mick St Michael… A bootleg record shop!

Coco Pops… That’s the Old Book Shop! that use to be a clothes shop?

Tony Court-holmes… Baldocks, glad to get that of my chest

Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival 2019 – Super-Ska Night Friday 13th September 2019

Mike Raxworthy… Super-Ska Night 2019!…It’s getting closer –  Friday 13th September 2019….the best party of the year and it’s in my music marquee on Hastings Beach in the heart of the Old Town. Get advanced tickets for only £10 from Hastings Tourist Information office on the seafront near Iceland (£12 on the door). I’ve got two superb bands. The Intercepteurs on tour from Wiltshire and The hi-energy Tonics – local and loud! Superb lightshow and real ales from Harveys Brewery. Don’t miss the ‘After Party’ across the road from 11pm in The London Trader. We’ve invited some ‘faces’ from the Ska and Reggae World to mix some tracks and meet and greet!

 

Nelson Tigers 8th August 1992 Beach Concert Hastings – John Martyn did not turn up.

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Supplied by Chris Sambrook

Chris Sambrook… John Martyn didn’t make it in time but played on the beach the next day.

Alan Esdaile… According to John Martyn’s website, he was in America and missed the plane home.

Chris Sambrook… there is footage on You Tube JM playing between the Fishermen’s
huts which might have been the Monday after the Beach Concert weekend,  using a make shift stage and borrowed equipment. The other footage with John Martyn playing on the main stage at the Beach Concert, not sure which year but he had his band then. Through the mists of time and
many Pints later i’m confused.

Hans van den Berk… This is clearly 1992. https://www.johnmartyn.info/node/1241

Eric Harmer… Would love one of the posters Alan ? Where you there Bob it was amazing. The first time I met John ?

Alan Esdaile… Posters not one of mine unfortunately Eric. It came from Chris Sambrook. Unless anyone has got one best you can do is make a copy from this. John didn’t play this gig as was still out of the country and I think played next day on the beach. However the video clips from the beach are listed as 1991.