Who did you see at Aquarius in 1972?

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Martin Richter… never heard of any of `em 🙂

Jim Breeds… Quite a list wan’t it! I mostly saw my friends there, lol. And Steve Maxted. It’s about time he got another mention in this group 🙂

Chris Meachen… Edison Lake & Palmer eh?

Alan Esdaile… I thought that was a bit bizarre Chris. Perhaps they meant Edison Lighthouse instead!

Kevin Burchett… i saw quite a few off them great days and of course steve maxted.

Chris Meachen… Certainly don’t recall ELP ever playing here:- that would’ve been a really big deal…

Alan Pepper… Wow great reminder of a golden age of my youth !
Out of that list I can recall…. Hot chocolate , elgins, bay city rollers (when keep on dancing came out ) Edwin Starr (fantastic ! ) Geno Washington Donny Elbert (singing a little piece of leather another great night !) And Gary sadly !! And 1973 shortly looming ….

Colin Bell… Most of them, compered some, got pissed with Geno Washington, Sally Carr from Middle Of The Road tried to nick my trousers! But best of all i love all the misspelling of the artistes names!
The best has to be Edison Lake and Palmer..Wasn’t there for that one but would have loved to hear their medley of Love Grows..where my Tarkus goes..Lol!

Lucy Pappas… I  loved the Aquarius though I never appreciated how big or notorious some of those bands would become in time!

Nigel Ford… BUDGIE on a midweek day (Thurs) I think, I travelled back from my residence at Plumpton Ag College specially with fellow student Pete Kingshott of KINGSHOTT Transport (local). Was definitely over that winter 72/73.

Alan Esdaile… They played on a Wednesday Nigel 14th Feb 1973.

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Yvonne Cleland… Would that be the same Factory who just happen to be playing the Carlisle on Oct 16th, per chance?

Tony Davis… Did a short stint as the house DJ here in the seventies and can remember standing at the side of the stage talking to Errol Brown from Hot Chocolate. He was pretty cool! Don’t ever remember Roxy Music being there though.

Peter Thomson… I was still only 15 for most of ’72, which meant I missed almost all of this list, as I would have been stopped on the door. Shame, because it is an astonishing array of talent. I filled out a bit(!) and managed to get in to see Blackfoot Sue. Also remember a sell-out Sweet gig about the same time. Must surely have been in ’73 I recall Kiki Dee and The Marmalade?

Jan Warren… Fusion Orchestra, saw them quite a few times at The Aquarius in the early 70s!!

The Big T Sound & Town Council – Hastings Pier 21st September 1968

all cuttings supplied by Sarah Harvey

Chris Baker….Brian (Bear) Williams (Drums), Bob Shipway, (Bass), Pete Robertson (Vocals) and (Batty) Bill Willshire whose real name was Pete! Fun times! Bill joined after Steve Hersee left and we got Bob the bass player.

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Here’s Chris at his 18th birthday with the group Town Council. Harry the manager and Bob Shipway in the photo.

Chris Baker… I am not sure I’d quite developed the Rock God image at that point in my career!

Phil Gill… But the Hofner was too cool for school – do you still have it?

Chris Baker… I do indeed Phil. I had a Humbucker fitted and split to two leads for “stereo” many years ago. It can make more different tones than most! I also have a Strat which I love to bits

Mick O’Dowd… Went to school with “Bill” Wilshire and we used to get together at his place in OLd London Road that he called “Fat’s Pad”. We tried to form a band with me on vocals(ouch) , Trev Partridge on bass, Neil (can’t remember surname) on drums, “Bill” was going to be on keyboards when he could manage to buy one, Tim Purcell on guitar and I think Pete Shaw might have got involved near the end. Working name was The Thoroughbreds. First and last time I tried to be in a band so decded to become a DJ instead!

Chris Baker… Bill’s name was Peter really and Willshire not WilTshire.

Conan Howard… played my first ever gig with Chris Baker somewhere in a basement, in George street Hastings BACK IN THE 70S Conan (Len)

Chris Baker… I remember mate! 7 George St. “Showstopper” was the shop we had. The basement got “damp” when it was high tide

 

Raven – Saturdays Discotheque Hastings February 1977

Shaun Pont… Second right, Paul Ray

Len Smith… Believe line-up is ?, Dave Hacker, Paul Ray & Alan Davies.

John Kitcher… Paul Ray I played with many times.

Chris Coleman… Second from left Dave Acker

Mark Little… Paul Ray, Dave acker

Alan Davies… L to r Aus Tony, Dave Hacker, Paul Ray and me

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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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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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

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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.