Jan and The Chaperones – 1960’s

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supplied by Peter Shaw – source Jeanne Wilson & Vic Usher

Pete Shaw… Ok, that’s me in the centre top shot, Vic Usher on the right with Colin Masters on the left….Jan was the singer…what was her second name? My first live band! We gigged up to three times per week! I earnt enough to buy a Vespa Scooter much later….RDY 630…what larks!! The photo….Another shot of Jan with her Chaperones…prior to me getting the gig! The guitarist on the right was moved on at the same time…Jan was a hairdresser at the time…any names?

Peter Gladwish… What year was this, Pete?

Andre Martin… Names from the past for sure – excellent.

Robert Searle…  Love seeing these old photos

Will Cornell…Many a parent of hot teenage girls must’ve sent them out to see this band…with a name like that, it’s almost as good as a bar band called “Free Beer”.

Pete Shaw… I  think about 1963 into 1964…I came to Hastings in 1961…I was 12 then and joined Hastings Grammar School…we lived in St George’s Road (mum had a shop and off licence…)!! At school I was in a class with Stuart Tanner, Anthony Nice, Colin Sturdey etc. and played with The Suspects at a Grammar school dance in 1964-5 supported by local lads in Unit 4 (Cliff Brooker, the late Tony Hughes, Mervyn Ashdown

Andy Knight… Brilliant

John Cheves… That’s a great poster.

Colin Fox… I did the same Pete, but I got a Lambretta

Pete Shaw… Gigging was like a town spun University education…I sat behind Jan and wondered why the guys kept smiling at her…then I realised…I wondered why guys were drinking in the bar…I was given a light and bitter…then I realised…I wondered what £11 per week was really worth in 1963…until I paid cash for my Vespa! Then I realised….! Been like that ever since! Hey, still got your acoustic fender?

Peter Millington… Whatever happened to Jan Vic and Colin?

Colin Fox… Yes Pete, it’s the only piece of equipment I have left.

Pete Shaw… I  posted this poster for that reason Pete, as the only one I have up to date knowledge of is Vic Usher (of Stace& Co.!!)

Janine Anne Hemsley… Fabulous

 

The Onyx plus The Triffik Organization – Hastings Pier 14th Dec 1968

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supplied by Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey… The Onyx – Mainly based around Cornwall – This is the 4th line up that appeared at The Pier on December 14th, 1968. There are loads of photos and a history of the band here http://the-onyx.co.uk/index.html

Alan Esdaile… Seeing the name of the support band makes me think of comedian Mike Reid!

The Dekorators – around 1982

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supplied by Nastassja Kaschevsky

Chris Kimber, Nastassja Kaschevsky, Jeanette Saxby, Doug DuggyFresh Smith, Geoff Saxby.

Tony Ham….They used to play Ma Beeton’s in Rye, the only song I remember them doing though is Jilted John.

Hastings Local Band Photos….Yeah, many a gig in there….think it’s the Ghandi restaurant now!

Geoff Saxby…..The Dekorators broke the world record for non stop playing in January 1985 at Becketts Bar in Bexhill, Devonshire Road. 147 hours…

Tony Ham…..Does it still stand and did they play Jilted John?

Nastassja Kaschevsky….Dave Blackman stood in for me on drums……can’t find anything on the internet about it anywhere!

John Bownas… In reply to Richard Peet, Richard – did you ever reach Geoff? I have his e-mail address in Australia if you want it still. drop me a line john@hastingsflyer.com … by the way… they were all right handed (even the drummer despite the kit looking like it is set up for a left-hooker) … the photos have been reversed 🙂 The record still may stand as Geoff tells me it was dropped out of the Guinness categories while they held it…

Pete Ellis… Andy Ellis and Steve Murphy played for the record breaking week. I believed the record was broken. I have the Guinness Book with the Dekorators mentioned. But sadly it’s a very small / basic entry

 

Modes-Mode plus St John’s Wood – Hastings Pier 2nd November 1968

Modes Mode

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photo supplied by Amanda Hawkings, ad supplied by Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey… November 2nd, 1968. No information regarding this group….anyone else?

Mick O’Dowd… New one on me perhaps St Johns Wood members might remember.

Ray Harper…  Saw Modes Mode at The Continental more than once and Eastbourne Town Hall. They played blues and soul music in particular Curtis Mayfield. I thought they were from Brighton but they are not listed on Brightonbeat .com site. Great band though.

Amanda Hawkings… The drummer in Modes Mode was my cousin Clifford Grensted. The manager was my uncle Brian Grensted.  They were based  in the London area. The photo was taken in Stanmore, I believe.

Mike Mitchell… That’s a fabulous suit on the right there.

Lil Fuller… Brian Grenstead ( “Mr.G”) was our neighbour in Stanmore ..we lost touch when we left for Australia in 1970. He lived around the corner but our back garden  in Tintagel Drive backed  onto his… think He was Manager of  Modes Mode then ..in the late 60’s ??? He was always wonderful to our late Mum Sheila and Us Kids and we have  many Happy Memories. Fond Regards to His Family from Old Neighbours  The Fuller’s  … now in Adelaide …Down Under  xx

The Equals & Cotton Woods – Hastings Pier 6th October 1972

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photo 1968, sourceFotocollectie Anefo. Nationaal Archief, Den Haag, nummertoegang 2.24.01.07, bestanddeelnummer 254-7975. Author: Nijs, Jac. de / Anefo

Yvonne Cleland… With a young Eddy Grant!

Lucy Pappas… I  remember that night!

Mick O’Dowd… Eddy used to own flats in Devonshire Road where I met him after finishing at Bonitas.

Natasha Kaschevsky… One of my exes was signed to Eddy’s record label Ice Records. He was a lovely guy, very down to earth. Leon Shepperdson of Stamco was his agent for a while.

 

The Dekorators – early 80’s. card & photos.

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supplied by Nastassja Kaschevsky.  with Nastassja, Doug DuggyFresh Smith and Chris Kimber.

Peter Fairless… Were they all left handed?

Ad 1984

Tony Ham… I saw them several times in Rye, I remember they played Jilted John.

Nastassja Kaschevsky… That’s right!

Mick O’Dowd… Do you do wallpapering?

Looking Back – The Yelton around 1999 and Final Lineup.

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supplied by Karen Sweatman Was Blackman

Karen Sweatman Was Blackman… Rhythm guitarist was Mark Johnson, lead guitarist and vocalist was Kingsley something …. don’t know others

Philip Meston… That would be the late Kingsley Trowell

Redstar Richter… great wallpaper – chicken tikka masala for me please 🙂

Mick O’Dowd… Not a bad band but they changed their female vocalist quite often or did they have a shift rota?

Eric Cawthraw… Looking Back – yep, definitely recognize Mark Johnson. The last time I bumped in to him, he’d been doing some gigs in London…this worked with Tim of the Weeping Crocodiles….. Hastings calling Mark, Hastings calling Mark, over.

Karen Sweatman Was Blackman…. Hello Eric. Hope you are still enjoying retirement!

Eric Cawthraw… Yes Karen, enjoying the retirement. As I said to Alan,the days just fly by, which is a bit or a worry as we only get an allotment of so many! I’m not missing work, you could only get me to go back if you were threatening my privates with a meat-cleaver. [Hmmm – that’s a chopper over the chopper]. Love to you and the hubby. xx  The big co-incidence is that I’ve worked with Tim Noakes, Karen S and Mark Johnson. There seems to be a lot of musicians in banking or the Civil Service!

Wendy Weaver… The singer is Rebecca Harrison.

Robert Searle… Great photos.

Peter Gladwish… This very early line-up consists of the late Kingsley Trowell (lead guitar), Becky Harrison (vocals), Eric Burgess (bass guitar), Barry Jenkins (drums), Mark Johnson (rhythm guitar). In the second photo, you can also see the back of Dave Turnbull sitting on the left, ‘twiddling’ with the knobs on the P.A., with little useful effect! ‘Looking Back’ was formed in the mid-nineties by Eric Burgess and Barry Jenkins. With many changes of personnel over many years, the band continued until Christmas Eve 2012, becoming one of our top local bands. I’m surprised so few local people know about them. Too late now! Attached is a bit of publicity, showing the final line-up.

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supplied by Peter Gladwish. 

Peter Gladwish taken at Tunbridge Wells Constitutional Club in 2009.

Robert Searle… Pete,what has become of Jane and Tim, i know Phil plays in various groups and Rod is in Loose Change.

Peter Gladwish… Hi Bob. Jane has been ‘doing’ a bit occasionally (singing that is) with ‘The Exiles’ folk/rock band but not really her ‘scene’ (her words). Tim has done a couple of pub gigs with some local muso’s from Hastings/Fairlight area but it came to nothing and again, he’s not keen! I may be starting a small musical ‘project’ with Tim and our old lead guitarist, Mike, in the very near future, strictly for our own amusement. No gigs planned.

Colin Fox…The only fights I saw at The Yelton while playing, were between girls. Odd that.

Josie Lawson…(Top photos). Definitely remember them. I remember the girl singing but not sure if Rev was playing with them as I used to go not only with my mag in mind but to meet my brother.

Lucy Guest… Wow! A blast from the past finding this forum. I used to sing with the line up of King, Pete, Rev and Tim before I moved to the southwest. I’ve got some old photos around somewhere, I’ll dig them out to add here.

The Mojos – Hastings Pier Sat 22nd August 1964. by Andre Martin

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ad – Andre Palfrey-martin collection. Mojos photo source: http://www.merseybeatnostalgia.co.uk/html/the_mojos.html

Well here we are almost at the end of August – a month that has seen so much happening in the town and no less than on Hastings Pier, in the Happy Ballroom andBar, Saturday 22 August 1964. Topping the bill tonight – “The Merseybeat” sound of The Mojos and in support The Orbits, making a return to the town. Originally called The Nomads, they recorded a track for the ‘This Is Mersey Beat’ LP then discovered a London group had registered the name so changed it to The Mojos. In october 1963 Adrian Wilkinson left the group and was replaced by Nick Crouch, former Farons Flamingos lead guitarist. While they were appearing at the Star Club, Hamburg,[ Many people have asked – “what did it look like – so I have found a picture and added to the images ” they recorded what is now considered one of the classics of the ‘Mersey Sound’, ‘Everythings Alright’ which entered the UK top 10 charts. The next two releases were less distinguished and prompted Stu James to say “We made our name in Liverpool as Blues specialists but were persuaded to do all sorts of lightweight pop stuff. After our initial success, we just stumbled on in a fairly aimless way, the acclaim we got was for our live performances which remained loud and raucous” . In December 1964, Stu James and Nick Crouch split from the others and formed Stu James & the Mojos bringing in Lewis Collins on bass and Aynsley Dunbar on Drums, this line-up continued till 1966 when Nick left the music business and Lewis Collins entered into a successful acting career appearing in the hit TV series ‘The Professionals’

Friday night good times would have been started off with “Ready Steady Go – The Weekend Starts Here” from Kingway Studios London – with Cathy and Keith introducing amongst others – The Cherokees – “Seven Daffodils” Brenda Lee – “Is It True” P.J. Proby – “Hold Me” ,other guests included Helen Shapiro, Brenda Lee – “Is It True” ,Wayne Gibson and the Dynamic Sounds & Duffy Power. For the adventurous amongst us, we would have a mile further west and stopped at Marine Court the home of The Witch Doctor, where the line up over the next few days would have included :-The Habits & Mark 4 [Saturday] The Voodoos [Sunday] Bern Elliott and his Clan [Wednesday] Dave Champion and The Strangers [Friday] and advanced notification for Sunday 30th – Alexis Korner. It is not difficult to see that the battle lines were drawn between the Happy Ballroom & The Witch Doctor. Until next week’s edition of the History of The Happy Ballroom, enjoy the Bank Holiday Weekend – as moved to the end of August from the following year 1965. And don’t forget to catch Matthew Banisters’ Production of the Mods & Rockers Re-booted on BBC 1 South/South East – 7.30pm                                             by Andre Martin

Glynis Phillips… Went to see Mojos on pier 1st band I ever saw.

Robert Searle… Don’t forget that’s the original Mojos on that record.

 

St Johns Wood – 1969/1970

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supplied by Colin Fox

L to R: Ray Harper, Colin Pierce, Dave Shaw, Robin Sargent, Colin Fox and Rod Pittam sitting below.

Robert Searle….Nice one Colin

Andre Martin….Found this from my Hastings Pier Files

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Andre Palfrey-martin collection

Peter Millington…..I make the date as being 7th February 1970

Rob Sargent… I remember the photo session, on the beach just below the Wish Tower. Hope you’re all still rocking and enjoying it as much as I am.

Lynne Norris… I found this site accidentally and it triggered many memories of my teenage years and some really good music. I remember The Spooks and 4-Bidden well when they played upstairs at Club Continental. As a 16-year old, I absolutely adored Dave Shaw and I was beside myself when we moved to Burrow Down and Dave Shaw and his family lived just over the road from us at Den Hill.  Dave had this big old tank of a car and he would give me a lift sometimes.  I am pleased that he kept on rocking and am I sad to hear that he has passed away.