Dermot Murphy R.I.P.

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Peter Gladwish… RIP Dermot

Linda Day… Oh no bless him x

Terry Drinkwater… Sad news.

Andy Caine… Very sad! X

Mark Harris… How sad

Jon McCallion… Very sad news.

Pete Prescott… Very sad. Lovely guy. X

Phil Gill… Oh that is sad news, he was a nice chap.

Pauline Richards… Oh dear. Have known him years. So sorry for the children

Russell Field… The gentleman bassist. Top man. Funny as hell.Very sad indeed xx

Ken Hatch… Lovely guy and a good bass man, sad news.

James Westlake… He filled in for us when Ken was away, great bassist.

Liane Carroll… Oh no. Very sad. So sorry to hear this xx

Keith Brian Goodall… One of the best

Martyn Baker… Oh what a shame he’s gone now. He was a fabulous bassist, and as lovely a bloke as you could meet.

Mark Pepper… So sorry to hear this sad news , love to Steve, Ben and Sophie xxx

Lloyd Johnson… R.I.P. Dermot….from a fellow Ore Youth club member…

Andy Knight… RIP Dermot, good Bass Player and not bad with a golf club

Jane Hartley… Lovely man and musician. Love to the family xx

Trevor Spears… Good friends since our early teens in Hollington, played lots of gigs together he will be missed, RIP mate!

Kathy Harding… What a shock to see this today, such a lovely man xx

Stuart Moir… Star man with Centre Page, played with us for many years and we even got him into singing lead vocal on one song, always a reliable bass harmony as well as one of the best local players

Chris Howard… So sorry to hear of Dermot’s passing, a great guy he took my place in Centre Page when I left the band. R.I.P.

Barry French… So sad, we have lost a real character of the Hastings music scene. A versatile musician & a lovely guy. Barry & Ness.

John Harper… Very sad news. We’ve lost a kind & so modest a gentleman of the music scene. He always seemed to underestimate his abilities although he was such a talented & versatile bass player. A truly lovely guy.

Jacqui Gibson… So sad to hear


Dame Diana Rigg R.I.P.

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Alan Esdaile… sad news

Colin Bell… Was just watching her the other night in the new adaptation of ‘All Creatures Great and Small’, that’s sad RIP

Stuart Moir… RIP Dame Diana

Perri Ann Haste… RIP Dame Diana, very sad, she was a brilliant actress.

Jan Warren… Sad loss. Loved her most of all as Emma Peel in The Avengers! – RIP Dame Diana Rigg

Chris Howard… She was brilliant in The Avengers R.I P Dame Diana

Andy Qunta… RIP Diana, great actress and hot stuff Emma Peel!

Chris Jolly… She most certainly was Andy!

Wendy Weaver… So sad. The end of an era. R.I.P. Diana.

Adrian Stannard… Awww… she was such a hottie in the Avengers

Margaret Trowell… Oh no she was in All Creatures Great and Small’s new series on Tuesday. RIP Dame Diana and Honor Blackman this year too … icons

Kev Careonis… Such a shame.

Gezzie Wezzie… Such a lovely lady

Pete Prescott… Adored her. Check out the Parkinson interviews. She is so funny and gorgeous.

Vic Williams… A sad loss . She was wonderful in the Avengers . RIP HONOR.

Kevin White… So sad,my first love taken back home.RIP Dame Diana Rigg.x

Jackie Mitchell… RIP DIANA

Jim Peckham… My pin up.

Roger Simmonds… Sad happy memories !

Tony Court-holmes… r.i.p.

Paul Crimin… She was always my fantasy when I was growing up. God bless her. RIP Diana.

Iain Cobby… Had to comment, loved her work, a true Bond girl. but mostly for me, a young guy who grew up on the real Avengers, both her and Honour Blackman now sadly left us. Like leaves we touch, we will remember all those many years ago……….

Dave Nattress… Loved her, so sexy a real passion and aside from these comments from me
as a young impressionable lad in the 60’s she was a worthy recipient of so much praise for her acting. RIP. Her beautiful daughter is Rachel Sterling also an actor who is married to Guy Garvey of Elbow. Best wishes to all her family.

Lyn Humphrey… What a sad and surprising loss. She’ll always be Mrs Peel to me.

Graham Sherrington… Oh Dear so sad!!!

Clifford Rose… Her best Avengers episode was Series 4 episode 21 ‘A touch of brimstone’. Shame it was in black and white.


Rock Legend Keith Emerson dies 11th March 2016. Memories of The Six Bells Chiddingly.


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Chris Giles… Terrible news another talented musician has passed away

Alan Esdaile… Very sad news. Another Giant Of Rock. R.I.P. Keith Emerson.

Dennis Torrance… R.l.P. Keith yet another sad loss what a year of people we love going one after another.

Chris Giles… I agree it’s quite shocking… I’ve never known a year like it .

Mike Curtis… Oh FFS. Enough’s enough!

Sheila Maile… Sad news

Mike Curtis… According to TMZ, the death of Keith Emerson is being investigated as a suicide.
Law enforcement sources tell the site the EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER keyboardist had a single gunshot wound to the head when his girlfriend found him in their home in Santa Monica, California.
Emerson had reportedly been suffering from a degenerative nerve disease in his right hand that meant he could only play the keyboards with eight fingers. As a result, he was struggling with depression.

Neil Cartwright…. A little Keith Emerson story.
Although I was more into ‘Yes’ during my sixth-form years, Keith Emerson was still a Superhero – so imagine the jaw-drop moment in Aug-Sept 1988 when I got a phone call from him. He was holding his son, Aaron’s 18th birthday party at The Six Bells in Chiddingly, and he wondered how much we’d charge to play – the Jez Gillett Band. Besides anything else, we had a decent PA system and he wondered if it would be all right if his band ‘Trio’ played as well. I asked for £100, which he agreed to. Come the evening, we’re setting up, and Keith comes over to me and says, ‘It looks like our bass player won’t make it – do you think you could stand in?’ Bang. The stuff of dreams coming true – mixed with blind panic. ‘Can you play ‘Fanfare’ and a few others?’  My mind is a blank. He produces some photocopied notes, which on a good day, I’d read – but tonight, they look like Chinese – so Keith writes the letters underneath for me, explains that it goes ‘Dunga Dunga Dunga Dunga’ and I pin it up to the middle beam in the Six Bells. We play – I’ve got photos, which I’ll dig out. There’s one, where Keith is yelling across at me in apparent ecstasy, obviously knocked out by my bass-playing. How easily the eye can be fooled. In reality, he’s yellin ‘EEEEE’ ……… because I’m still Dunga Dunga-ing on ‘C’ !!  But what a moment!  I’ll let Pete Prescott relate what happened after the gig.

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Barry French… Very sad news. I love Neil’s story.

Mick O’Dowd… With all the talent now going upstairs and now with the greatest producer I wonder when we’ll get the album released.

Lucy Pappas… So sad to lose his ability.

Jacqueline Patton… what a great story Neil.

Lesley Brown…  Amazing experience! I would have loved to have been there!

Jim Breeds… Terrific story!

Pete Prescott… Remember the jam I had with him after the gig ?

Neil Cartwright… Exactly – that’s what I was referring to …. and the tap-dancing …. wasn’t Keith playing the piano backwards and you were pirouetting? Also, I’ve got a very strong feeling that the drummer was Carl Palmer (when it wasn’t Mick Burt!!). Do you remember? It looks like him on the photo.

Andy Qunta… RIP Keith. Sorry to hear about the passing of Keith Emerson. His brilliant keyboard playing & showmanship were a big influence on me when I started playing keyboards.

Phil Little… Excellent story and memory, Neil.

Pete Prescott… After the gig Keith Emerson was in the back bar at the piano. I sat next to him. We went through Summertime. (I was thinking “oval cricket ground Sep 72.i saw E.L.P along with 60,000 others! “) then he played flight of the bumblebee as I tapped danced. I jumped up and banged my head on a low beam. He thought that was the best part of the night. He stood on the keys of the piano facing out and bent down and played boogie woogie upside down (then fell off !).He played and sang jump you fucker jump. When he played piano I said can you play like Mrs Mills ? He did. Then I said Russ Conway ? He looked and gave the Russ Conway smile and did ! Then I said Oscar Peterson? He stopped and said ah ! But did. He was very funny (and very drunk).a very nice guy. Amazing night. Neil and i went home a very happy pair that night. It’s not often you meet a hero who turns out to be a great guy and have a night like that.I’ll never forget it. P.S. He also did a brilliant Les Dawson !

Chris Sambrook… First heard the Nice on Top Gear. To which later Peel commented on ELP “were a waste of talent and Electricity” Bought the first Nice album with my paper round money.  Too young to see the Nice live at the time. Saw ELP on their first British tour, at Brighton Dome 1970 and left speechless. I feel they had lost their way after Brain Salad Surgery. Taking an Orchestra on tour cost them a lot of their money. The other members of ELP said and documented on the DVD Near the Beginning “If it wasn’t for you and that bloody orchestra we would have been millionaires by now” In 1998 Emerson made a live album with Glenn Hughes and Marc Bonilla called the Boys Club Live in California with a cracking version of Tarkus. R.I.P Keith Noel Emerson.

Janine Anne Scott… Fabulous x

Andy Qunta… What a fantastic story, Neil! I love it!

Tony Davis… A very sad event but what a wonderful story and memory Neil and Pete have to share. RIP Keith.

Colin Fox… Keith Emerson as many people may know, lived in the little village of Chiddingly, East Sussex, and often used to play at one of my local pubs. Here he is playing in The Six Bells.

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Peter Green R.I.P.

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Mike Curtis… RIP Peter Green.

Jan Warren… Oh nooooo, very sad news R.I.P. Peter Green xx

Patrick Lewis… That’s so sad. A tortured soul but a brilliant musician. RIP

Dennis Torrance… Sad news indeed RIP Peter

Colin Norton… Great guitarist! RIP Peter.

Kevin White… Sad news. What a shame RIP Pete

Alan Esdaile… Very sad. Wonderful musician, such emotion in his playing.

Dave Nattress… Just saw this.  Yet another great gone.  So many wonderful tracks in the original Fleetwood Mac.  Man of the World – one that is just beautiful!  Not to say the newer FM did badly but back in the day when I was 14 ish The old Fleetwood Mac was fantastic.  Albatross – seems like it was on TOTP’s for weeks.  Well it was for a few.  Oh Well,  The Green Manalishi.  Great tracks.  It’ll be old FM Tonite as a tribute. RIP

Jim Peckham… That’s sad. I have most of his early blues albums. I feel when he left and Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie joined they just became another pop group. Still better than a lot but lost the best one.

Colin Norton… Absolutely agree with you Jim!

Gary Urwin… Very sad news

Alan King… Deep feeling

Peter Houghton… So sorry to hear this Another great Musician has left us RIP Peter Green

Yvonne Ellis… R.I.P

Darren Holmes… Fantastic guitar player, love that early Fleetwood Mac stuff with him in the band. British Blues Legend

Chris Meachen… One of my earliest musical influences, who sparked my interest in playing the guitar. I was fortunate enough to enjoy a conversation with him after he played at the White Rock during his revived career. Not only a great talent, but also a nice person..(& a great angler to boot..)

Eric Harmer… Sad news.

Keith Veness… RIP Peter

Tony Court-holmes… sad

Stuart Moir… RIP Peter, your band is one of the best I’ve ever heard

Mick O’Dowd… It was the same when Denny Laine left the Moodies, another different band appeared and that is what happened when Peter Green left the Mac

Colin Norton… You are right Mick! I never thought about it that way. Still prefer both bands in their original formations

Ennio Morricone R.I.P.

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Steve Sampson… Brilliant music on the spaghetti westerns

Marcus de Mowbray… Imagine Spaghetti westerns without Morricone’s scores….no atmosphere.

Steve Cooke… Great composer. He will be missed.

Dennis Torrance… Such sad news his music in his films and other works he did . I especially enjoyed His scores in The good the bad and the ugly Fist full of dynamite also known as Duck you sucker and so many more Condolences to his family and friends and RIP Ennio music had lost one of the best .

Andy Ives… My favourite composer of film/tv soundtracks absolutely gutted

Colin Bell…Scored one of my favourite films of all time.’Once Upon A Time In America’ amongst many others. RIP

Dennis Torrance… I believe Clint Eastwood said without Ennio music in his early western film career he made the films what they were

Alan Esdaile…brilliant composer, wonderful pieces of music.

Steve Priest from Sweet R.I.P.


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Andy Qunta… Sorry to hear this. Saw him play in LA last year. A friend sang with him in a version of Sweet.

Karen Sweatman… Feel really sad about this. Loved Sweet. RIP

Colin Bell… That’s very sad to learn just Andy left now.

Jacquie Hinves… Sad news.

Martin Curcher… Are you ready Steve? Aha. Ohhh, I see a man at the back, as a matter of fact and his eyes was as red as the sun and the girl in the corner let no one ignore her because she thinks she’s the passionate one… RIP Steve

Peter Houghton… RIP Steve

Jim Quinn Mcg… Legend

Sandra Thompsett… R I P

Andy Caine… That’s Sad! I saw them at Aquarius. R.I.P.

Jane Hartley… so did I.

John Coleman… RIP Steve, loved the Sweet

Jan Warren… Thats sad news, loved Sweet, R.I.P. Steve

Kev Towner… I was a MASSIVE Sweet fan, and indeed Steve was my favourite. RIP

Ben Gallop… R.i.p.very sad

Dennis Torrance… RIP Steve Priest

Willie Wicking… Then there was 1 R.I.P Steve remember the gig at Aquarius later (Saturdays)

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Saw them last December at the De La Warr

Alan Pepper… So sad to hear that another Glam rock founder has passed . They made some great records . Played at the Aquarius and were very loud if my ears remember !

Bill Third… Absolutely, he was a gas

Little Richard R.I.P.

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Mick O’Dowd… Bama Lama Bama Loo!

Mick Turner… You don’t get music like he produced today! R.I.P. Little Richard and Thanks!

Alan Wood… A real rocker, good music and controversy..r I p

Trevor Jones… I saw him in 1961 he was amazing. One of the best live acts ever.

Alan Esdaile… He certainly knew how to rock.

Dennis Torrance… Another one going to rock heaven RIP little Richard

Colin Bell… Another Great gone, as Alan said he knew how to rock.

Wendy Weaver… There will never be another like Little Richard R.I.P.

Jan Warren… Grew up with this music…. Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino etc – my Ma and Pa had crazy parties!! R.I.P. Little Richard xx

Alan Pepper… End of an era . Without Chuck Buddy and LR music may have been totally different. Long live Rock n roll !!

Millie Small R.I.P.

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Peter Brazier… R.I.P. Millie

Patricia Burgess… Great singer can still sing that song RIP

Wendy Weaver… R.I.P. Millie

Mick O’Dowd… Obviously she has now finished her lollipop! R.I.P.

Tony Court-holmes… r.i.p.

Jan Warren… Bye Bye little Millie small R.I.P. xx

Roger Simmonds… Oh shame I liked millie !

Linda Lewis… R.I.P and Respect

John Harper… What a shame. Sad. Memories from early teens. RIP

Mick Turner… Bless Her! R.I.P

Alan Parker… sad, I still think of her as she looks in this photo


Dave Greenfield – The Stranglers keyboard player dies

photo: Stranglers French forum – in concert with the Stranglers – Paris, Olympia – 13th april 2012

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Simon Page… Such a shame. I was only talking about Dave with a friend a few days ago and he told me a nice story about Dave. My friend was at a Stranglers gig and used to try to tape the gigs (only for himself, not for bootlegging!) He said that Dave put the cassette recorder right by his keyboard and recorded the gig for my friend.

Edge St Leonards… Sad, down on the beach’s dude RIP another over the edge, but no forgotten RIPX. Yes brothers and sisters stay strong well get there on the other side x

Michael Wilson… Such sad news. The Stranglers music has been with me since I was 14 back in 1977. I first saw them at the Top Rank Brighton back in 1980.

Malcolm Sharp… Golden brown. One of the great songs, r i p

Ralph Town… Still love Feline.Really great album.