The Valiants – The Adur Pub – Portslade 1979.

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photos by Marie-Louise. supplied by Colin Norton

Colin Norton… I lived in Switzerland between 1975 and 1996… On one of my trips back to the UK in June of 1979 I met up with a bunch of old mates in a Pub. After a little ‘liquid refreshment’ we decided that it might be fun to put together an instant band and play a couple of gigs. We found a willing venue (The Adur Pub in Portslade) and the next weekend we played two gigs playing mainly rock’n’roll stuff that we all knew (Just as well because we didn’t have time to rehearse).  Anyway, here are a couple of photos from that event. The line-up was: Colin Jenner – Vocals/Guitar, Ken White – Vocals/Piano, Tony Langford – Bass/Vocals, Steve Denyer – Lead Guitar, Colin Norton – Drums. On a sad note … I am the last surviving member of this line-up which was known as The Valiants for the gigs on June 15th and 16th. They were all dear friends and I miss them.

Patricia Maslin… you speak of Tony Langford on bass.  Is that the same Tony Langford who was in The Black and Tan Group.  I’m asking on behalf of his son as Tony (his dad) has now passed away, and I wondered if the photos you posted were of him with the beard.  It would be nice to show Chris (his son) if it was the same Tony Langford.

Colin Norton… Yes, it is most certainly the same Tony Langford that was in the Black and Tan. In fact, I met Chris Langford in September so I am pretty sure that he knows about these photos.

The Fabulous 6Ts call it a day

The Fab 6Ts… The times they are changing indeed. It is with great regret that I have to tell you all that The Great Harry Randall has decided to hang up his plectrums for good and has retired from making great music. Terry and Lol consider that The 6Ts without Harry would never be the same great band, so they have decided that this is the end of The 6Ts. The 6Ts would like to thank everyone that that has supported and enjoyed the band over the last 35 years and wish you all the best in the future. Terry and Lol are going to continue playing, so if you need a bass player you can message Terry through facebook. If you would like a drummer send a message and we’ll pass your message onto Lol. Lots of love to you all, The Fab 6Ts.

Tony Davis… Sorry to her that. Hope Harry Randall is ok

Pete Houghton… That is Sad news Wish Harry all the best

Shelia Maile… Oh dear I did like the 6ts. good music

Andy Qunta… Sorry to hear this! Such a fabulous fun band! Best of luck to each of you!

Jan Warren… Oh thats a shame – I’m sure Terry and Lol will “Rock On”!! – Good luck guys xx

Phil Gill… Well done on the 35 years chaps and best of luck to all three of you. Thanks for the entertainment.

Robert Searle… Sorry to hear this news, was looking forward to seeing you at the Hailsham club.Hope Lol and Terry find something soon.

Dave Nattress… Shame but good luck all on ventures new!

Tony Bird… Best wishes to Harry on his retirement well earned , but if Lol and Terry want to do a Georgie Fame, Nice ,Soft Machine, Peddlers, Alan Price type set with me on Hammond and Piano , give me a shout

Pete Prescott… Sad news. Best of luck guys.

Stuart Moir… We’re all getting close to the time when the body won’t do what we ask of it, I felt like shit after our first practice sore arse sitting on a drum stool for two and a half hours

Andy Maby… Aww guys, that is sad news!! You have been such an inspiration for so many others (including myself!) and will be sorely missed! Thank you, thank you!!

 

Tarquin publicity photo

supplied by Bob Shipway

Bob Shipway… As it’s Tony’s birthday, what better time than to share our ‘walkerprints’ poster of the relatively short-lived band called Tarquin (after Tony’s horse what else!) The photo was taken early-ish on a Sunday morning with all of us the worse for wear from our gig the night before. After the photos were taken we adjourned to the pub where Andy and I met two young women one of which, in due course, became my first wife! Good days – good times!

Graham Burfield… I remember that picture from when I worked in his shop think it was on the wall somewhere

Mike Waghorne… Is that the Bob Shipway that I was at Hastings College with in the late 60’s/ early 70’s doing electrical engineering course ?

Bob Shipway… Hi  Mike, I suppose like a lot of us inwardly I feel no different from the time we were at college but outwardly I’ve been raced and rallied a tad too much! Life is good up in sunny Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Hope you’re keeping well.

Alan Esdaile… Tony Bird, Andy Knight, Tarquin, Paul Dove and Bob Shipway.

Pete Prescott… Great photo. I like Andy’s tash. Very Robert Redford !

Terry Pack… Tempted to ask ‘Why the long face?’ but I’ll resist the urge. I think I once ‘rode’ Tarquin as far as The United Friends one Sunday morning. I was terrified. My one and only time on horseback.

 

The Magnets – Hastings Pier 27th June 1978

Anyone remember The Magnets?

Martin Richter… er……….no 🙂 they must have cooled down by the time they reached the coast

Mike Hatchard… They no doubt had a certain attraction.

Robert Carey… They were quite a draw.

Graham Matthews… They do say opposite poles attract.

Martin Stoggell… A very attractive band

Nigel Goodman… yes they had quite a pull

Martyn Baker… I remember deciding not to attend this one.

Peter Webb… Shame the law still prohibits public singing.

Nigel Ford… No, I wasn’t drawn to them either, infact we were poles apart…..

Jim Breeds… Not sure I’ve heard of The Magnet. Anything to do with The Attractions?

Chris Stratton… Not remotely familiar.

Richard Brown… I went to most gigs back then but don’t remember these.

Mick O’Dowd… Seems they have lost their magnetism & attraction!

Shaft – Yorkshire Grey 1974

 

Andy Knight (drums), Jim Beadle (bass), Bob Shipway (guitar), Colin Pierce (guitar), Dave Shaw (vocal), Ross Holter (mixing).

Harry Randall… Jim use to play bass in met band in 67-68 “The Lloyd Milligan Sound” an 8 piece soul band who basically went pro to Keel but got fiddled (didn’t wait for contract)

Judith Monk… Loved the ‘Grey’ used to play bar billiards there.

Tony Court-holmes… used to be good for a fight I remember but still some good bands played there

Jan Warren… Yeah, used to go to The Yorkshire Grey quite a lot in the early 70s, saw all the local bands!

Barry French… Grundy still going strong!! Saw them playing at the Queens Head Icklesham a week prior to the “shut down” As always a really good entertaining set.

Group 004 + 1 & The Beat Syndicate – 1964/65

Any flyers or posters on these bands?

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The Beat Syndicate.. supplied by John Maskell

John Maskell… I was a vocalist for a support group on Hastings pier on the 19th September 1964. The group was called Group 004 + 1. I appeared with another group called The Beat Syndicate later that year or early in 1965 supporting Verne Rogers and the Rebounds.

Are there any archives that you know of that have flyers/posters or other details of the time. I am trying to trace my time in the bands, but not having much luck. I am attaching a photo of the group which was taken after we won a beat competition at Coronation Gardens Leytonstone London, which was where we were based.The good looking one is yours truly at the back, left to right is Tony the Drummer, Jim the Rhythm Guitarist, John the Bass player and Mick the Lead Guitarist.

Group 004 + 1 or Johnny and the Bobcats as they were previously known, also appeared at the West Cliffe Ballroom Ramsgate on occasions to raise money for the Football Club. We supported acts like Duffy Power and Deke Arlon and the Offbeats to mention a couple. I am sure you are aware that Deke Arlon went on to become a successful manager, Shena Easton being one of his big stars.

Andre Martin… Here is the Newspaper advert from 19 September, that shows the Beat Syndicate as supporting. Will see what else I can find out for you.

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John Maskell… I was very pleased to receive the West Cliff poster from Nick Warburton. This poster shows both groups that I sang with. At the time I didn’t realise that The Beat Syndicate were backing Duffy Power, We had been on a supporting list some time before on Hastings pier The Beat Syndicate. The Headline Group at that time was Verne Rogers & The Rebounds. Around three months after the West Cliff gig I joined The Beat Syndicate as lead singer. Regrettably, I have to announce that Jim Newton Rhythm Guitarist for The Beat Syndicate passed away in September 2018.

 

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 Likes Of Us – 25th June 1966 supplied by Peter Horton.

The Likes Of Us Photo 1.

The Likes Of Us Photo 2.

The Likes Of Us Photo 3.

Likes Of Us Play List.

Peartree Lane Practise.

all photos supplied by Peter Horton

Peter Horton… Photo 1 shows us playing at The Swedish Students Party at Glyne Hall ,Sackville Road, Bexhill-On-Sea. Left to Right:- Ian Rolls ( Manager ), Chris Burt ( Base Guitar ), Ted Barnes ( Vocals ) & Pete Horton ( Rhythm Guitar ). Photo 2 shows the same evening:- Left To Right:- Chris Burt ( Base Guitar ), Ted Barnes ( Vocals ), Pete Horton –  (Rhythm ) &  Bob Laurie ( Lead Guitar ). Photo 3 shows the same evening:- Ian McGilvray   (Drums ).  Photo 4 shows our play list for that evening 25th June, 1966 at The Glyne Hall, Sackville Road, Bexhill-On-Sea. Photo 5 shows three of us at our practice at a garage in Peartree Lane, Little Common, Bexhill-On-Sea:- Left To Right:- Chris Burt ( Base Guitar ), Bob Laurie ( Lead Guitar ) and Pete Horton ( Rhythm Guitar.

Geoff Peckham… Thanks for these, Peter. I never saw the band, but was mates with Ted Barnes’ younger brother, Steve. Through him I met Bob Laurie and another brilliant Blues guitarist, Patrick Gaffney. I played bass in some jams at the Barnes residency around ’67, ’68 and that’s where I fell in love with the Blues.

Ian McGilvray… Love the jacket the Drummer is wearing !

Robert Searle…  Why do people. play in front of the drummer . You’re right Mac ,what a great jacket ,you must have got hot wearing that.

Mick O’Dowd… Well Robert Searle haven’t you already realise that the drummer likes sitting at the back ‘cos that is where they’ve always been!

Geoff Peckham… A great set list. Only wish I could have heard them playing it. Bob Laurie was a great guitarist but was uncomfortable with public performance. He taught me one or two things about Blues guitar when I was about 15 including the use of the 9th chord.

Gaynor Duke… Ted Barnes is my brother in law and is still singing and plays good guitar now.

Alan Esdaile… Hi Gaynor Duke, please pass on the photos to Ted Barnes and it would be good to get some comments from him and other photos if he has any. Thanks.

Ted Barnes (Via Gaynor Duke)… The Swedish Student gig took place on his 17th birthday, he had seen the photos before but the set list triggered memories!

Chris Burt… Well done Pete. Different Times! I played BASS guitar – probably not very well!

Peter Fairless… Nice playlist!

The Birds – Valentines Day – Witch Doctor 1966

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supplied by Robert Wren

Alan Esdaile… Anyone tell us anymore about The Birds? The American band was spelt ‘The Byrds’ but I think it could be this version…..

John Storer….The bassist in this clip is Kim Gardner who was the “Gardner” in Ashton Gardner & Dyke who had a hit around 1970 with “The Resurrection Shuffle” Groovy clip, by the way ….

Robert Wren….Ronnie Wood.

Andre Martin…..This is the British BIRDS and this is 1966, there was some confusion at the time about the 2 groups.They came from West London, and Ronnie Wood was in the original line up – here is potted history – The Birds were a popular rhythm and blues band in the United Kingdom during the mid-1960s, although they recorded fewer than a dozen songs and released only four singles. Starting out with a hard R&B sound, they later began infusing it with Motown-style vocal harmonies he best known former member of The Birds is Ronnie Wood, who went on to join the Jeff Beck Group, Faces and later The Rolling Stones.

Will Cornell…..Your Birds (w. Ron Wood) predated our Byrds by a little I think, and that’s why McGuinn used a “y”–that and he didn’t want UK audiences to think they were chicks.

Eric Cawthraw… just catching up on some of my SMART site reading and noticed the Witch Doctor posting for this. Well at the moment I’m reading ‘Rock On Wood’,  about Ronnie Wood obviously. A damn good read it is too. There is a lot in the book about the British 60s R&B band the Birds – I see they are also on the same add. This explains the item on the bottom left of the book’s inner sleeve cover that says “Don’t blame me, I was at The Witch Doctor”. See for yourself! I believe there was a right old whoo-ha over the name when the American Byrds came to tour. I believe our Birds were highly respected on London circuit in the mid-sixties. I’m too young to know! [Delusional again]. Anybody got some more music reading to recommend?

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supplied by Eric Cawthraw