Looking Back – The Yelton around 1999 and Final Lineup.

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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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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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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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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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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.

Candy Choir – The Cobweb 8th March 1969 & Battle Memorial Hall 1970

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Alan Esdaile… Good band saw them a few times. Remember at Battle Memorial Hall.

Robert Searle… Good harmony group used to see them the old Sundowners Pevensey Ruskin Arms East Ham.Cobweb,Black Bull Lewisham etc

Mick O’Dowd… Very good band. They were regulars at Cobweb.

Howard Jenkins… Brian Hatt is my Brother in law, he was age 80 earlier this year & has been living in North Wales since 1984. After leaving Orange, he ran his own PA company, his son Paul has maintained the family music connection, also as a sound engineer.

Mungo Jerry – Hastings Pier 19th June 1981

Pete Fairless… In The Summer Time… Now, what was that lyric? “If her Daddy’s rich buy her a pier…”

Mike Guy… I’m still performing The Man Behind The Piano, Mighty Man, and Baby Jump! How many songs do you know where a bloke gets drunk, touches a woman, gets a thump from her husband, & gets peed on by a dog?

Joe Knight… See him early 80s Kings Country Club

Gerry Fortsch… Is this the gig that we the Hippo Band played support at? Mungo Jerry were a great bunch of guys.

Alan Esdaile… Not sure Gerry who the support band was. Anyone confirm?

Linda Day… We saw Mungo Jerry in a field somewhere can’t remember where

The Road – Cinema Hailsham 1970

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L to R: Roy Sanderson, Ray Harper, Bob Aylwood on drums, Tony Kenward and Colin Fox.

Geoff Peckham…..I can’t recall this band, but remember playing an interesting gig at a cinema in Hailsham in 1970 with Min. It must have been this place. Can anyone tell me more about it?

Colin Fox….Geoff, try this site: http://www.pavilionhailsham.co.uk/history.pdf

Robert Searle… Geoff Peckham Didn’t you support us there?

Geoff Peckham… Quite likely, Bob. All I can remember of the gig is a weird light show, and a seemingly stoned audience gazing at us and occasionally laughing. Then I noticed that old silent movies were being projected onto a screen behind us!

Robert Searle… It’s a lovely place now, had some good bands here. I’ve seen Fairport Convention, Dylan Project,Albion Band, and Albert Lee who I’m going to see again in May,and Paul Jones and Dave Kelly.

Canterbury Tales plus The Suspect – Hastings Pier 4th January 1969

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Mark Dean Ellen, Bernie Hagley, Nigel Gilchrist and John Wheels. Trevor Horn(Buggles/Yes) joined Canterbury Tales later when Bernie left. 

John Warner… I see my old mate Dave Sutch up there at number 3. We became friendly in the late 60’s when he lived at Pinner. Sad loss when he died.

Delroy Williams Show, St Johns Wood & Chris Gentry Hastings Pier – 31st Dec 1968

 

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Mick O’Dowd… excellent concert, highly underrated.

Alan Esdaile… Managed Delroy in the 70’s, always puts on a great show and a really nice guy. Still going strong as part of Desmond Dekker’s Aces tribute.

Andre Martin… Remember the night well, unfortunatly not a very big crowd, so the ballroom was a little chilly even with the Gas fires working. Good programme and headliners were excellent.

Pete Fairless… What did Chris Gentry show, we wonder?

Andre Martin… Now that would be telling.

Alan Esdaile… style, flair, presentation skills and great music.

The Regent Hotel – February 1973 with Spyke

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Spyke – Peter Millington, Twiggie (Vocals), Terry Chedzoy, Ian Williams.

Martin Richter… Ian Williams – lol

Peter Millington… Spyke converted to Jinks in 1974 shortly after Twiggie left. 40 years on. We did a few Gigs at the Regent – The seafront was alive with good music then – I miss those days at the Regent/Scalliwags, Alexandra, Witchdoctor/Cobweb, Pier, Mr Cherrys etc. etc.

Madeline Joyce Morton… Miss, Chris Sayer those were the days at the Alex x

Robert Searle… Great photo. Played at The Regent with Easy Street and remembering seeing Shaft play there with the late Dave Shaw on vocals.

Jon McCallion… Nice picture Pete.

Joe Knight… great!!!

Andy Qunta… I remember all those bands! I remember playing at the Regent with Factory too!

Pete Millington… The above picture was taken at the Regent Hotel in 1973 – The advert is for SPYKE in 1968 which was this line-up, although taken at the White Rock Theatre on 12 January 1968. The KB Annual Dance with Bob Miller and the Millermen – Great memories!

Janie Lowe… What happened to Twiggie

Pete Millington… She still lives locally. She can be seen in black top hat and black uniform in the old town drum procession eg Carnival march

Charlie Ball… Always finished with Alright Now, in the Alex

Pete Millington… You’ve a better memory than me and I was playing it!