Dave Easton R.I.P. 2015


Dave Easton R.I.P. Very sorry to report that Dave has passed away. My thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.

Susie Prescott… So sad. What a decent bloke he was. RIP Dave xxx

Graham Burfield… RIP Dave a true gent will always remember you,condolences to Pearl and family.

Kevin Burchett… R.I.P Dave my memories go right back to when i was 17 you playing at the Battle hop.

Richard Moore… Wonderful character of the local music scene. May he be at peace and in a special place now.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Sad news, my thoughts are with his family & friends.

Virginia Davis… R.I.P. Condolences to his family.

John Wilde… Sincere condolences to Daves family. He was a truly wonderful Man.
His passing will send ripples of sadness. Soar high good Soul, journey on.
Thank you for your Voice and personality. You will be remembered fondly.

Phil Gill… Very sad news Alan, Dave was a top bloke. My condolences to Pearl and the family.

Pete Prescott… Very sad. I have great memories of singing with dave at the hop gigs.we had to dance as well. We had a lot of fun. Nice guy. Very good singer.a real character. A loss. There will be a lot of stories. A legend.

Chris Cozens… Dave meant so much to so many of us locals. It was a rite of passage to work with Dave for so many of us. It was a pleasure and a privilege to know and work with you Dave. X

Karen Sweatman… Very sad news. Condolences to his family and friends.

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Doris Day dies


Gerry Fortsch… I always loved her version of that song what will be will be. Que Sera Sera and I think I had a crush on her when I was about 11 years old. Peace & Love.

Janet Rennie… Loved Doris , what a voice

Gaynor Lewry… Deeply saddened

Robert Searle… Move over darling…i always wanted her to sing that to me

Andy Qunta… me too!

Alan Esdaile… so did I!

Tony T Bone Bell… RIP Doris Day. I loved her when I was a kid. She had the voice of an angel and all her movies were magical !!

Nicola Dobson… I love that song too

Andy Qunta… First song I remember liking from hearing it on the radio was Que Sera Sera.

Julie Findlay-jones… Loved her , her music ,films and charity work, sleep well lovely lady x

Alan Esdaile… Looks, Voice and Talent. A Real Star.

Wendy Weaver… R.I.P. A great lady.

Jack Irving… A calamity!

Chris Meachen… Damned shame, but at least she reached a fine old age..

Pete Houghton… So sad she was a star a star in every sense will be missed not many of stars from her era are left now

Graham Marriott… They were real Star’s back then and not the prefabricated trash on the so called talent shows of today

Scott Walker R.I.P.


Allan Testot-newick… R.I.P. Scott Walker ..

Pete Fisher… Sad news…I have his first four solo albums, which are not exactly easy listening, but amazing and very ambitious pieces of work, and unlike anything else that was around at the time…

Alan Esdaile… Very talented man with many brilliant tracks over the years. Very sad news.

Noel Garland… What a voice. RIP Scott.

Hazel Woolford… One of the greatest singers

Janet Rennie… Such a fabulous voice

Andy Ives… Rest peacefully Scott


Marmalade singer Dean Ford dies

Junior Campbell(guitar) and Dean Ford(vocals), during recordings for Dutch TV programme Fenklup, 5 April 1968. Photograph by W. Veenman


Eric Harmer… Shame. Great voice

Roy Winchester… so sad memory of my youth r.i.p matey

David Broome… R.I.P. Reflections Of My Life is my favourite song by Marmalade.

Alan Esdaile… Terrible news. Reflections of my life is one of my all time favourites.

Robert Searle… with that lovely guitar solo from Junior Campbell.

Jan Warren… Oh, that’s sad, I rather liked Marmalade – R.I.P. Dean Ford

Dennis Torrance… Rest in peace Dean Ford

Alan Parker… how sad, only 3 days into the new year and the list is rising already

Dave Nattress… Great shame, I remember seeing them on TOTP’s and many great singles. Got their greatest hits on a CD.

Pauline Richards… It’s started again. So many musicians already!

David Broome… Forgot he was one of the vocalist on The Alan Parsons Project album Pyramid.

Pete Prescott… Reflections of my life. I saved my paper round Money to bye that. Loved his singing.

Eric Harmer… Pete, same here

Joe Knight… One of my favourite

Aretha Franklin R.I.P.


Jim Breeds…  I don’t say “RIP” as it implies that while living they had no peace. A great talent no longer with us

Martin Richter… certainly the Queen of Soul – sad news

Patrick Lewis… Sad loss, great artist!

Alan Esdaile… A true talent, very sad news.

Jan Warren… Very sad news, R.I.P Aretha, Queen of Soul

James Westlake… Very very SAD

Kevin Sherwood… What a voice she possessed the like of which i doubt we will see again.

Margaret Fletcher… Brilliant singer

Dennis Torrance… A truly amazing singer done some great songs RIP your songs will carry on

Lyn Humphrey… What a loss. True legend.

Alan Pepper… An end of an era that’s for sure. Truly the most soulful voice I have ever heard . The like of which we will never hear again. James Brown is waiting for a sing off !

Alan Parker… sad, so sad

Mick O’Dowd… Another great who I have grown up with now sadly gone


Ken Dodd dies


Alan Esdaile… A REAL STAR. Very sad news.

Dennis Torrance… R.I.P. Sir Ken Dodd sad news indeed condolences to family and friends

Samuel Freeman… Very sad a true Legend

 Glenn Piper… Very, very sad, a true comedy legend RIP

Chris Meachen… Bloody sad, what a great bloke he was..

Derek Hall…  I am one of a small minority, I know – but I never found him remotely funny and failed to see how others did. Ah well . . . .

Chris Meachen…. As a comedian he wasn’t my cup of tea either, but I respected his professionalism, work ethic & how grounded he was..

Ernest Ballard… IF you went to any of his shows you would see a true entertainer who loved every second of his performance

John Warner… One of the greatest comics ever, saw him live many times. No swearing, no dirty jokes

Roger Simmonds… Very sad such a funny guy!!

Jim Hobbs… The end of an era. A sad loss on a wet Monday morning. RIP.

Iain Cobby… My fav Doddy joke; “what a day, what a day for going up to the Russian embassy and saying, is Lenin?” RIP Ken.

Peter Brazier… Tears for souvenir’s aren’t all that’s left us, ours memories are filed with Happiness the greatest Gift that we Possess! RIP Dear Doddy

Mark Andrew Porter… tickle your poms

Terry Hardwick… RIP the joke machine . Brilliant

Matt Thomas… Hated working in the White Rock Theatre when he was performing – I wanted to go home lol

Andy Qunta… What a great character & fabulous entertainer! RIP.

Paul John Mears… So sad. Loved his music

Alan King… Where’s Me Shirt

Dave Nattress… Wife and I did see him at the DLW Bexhill a good few years back. It really did go on and on and on. He was great but the seats gradually got totally painful. I think it went on for getting on for 3 and a half hours.

Eddy Amoo of The Real Thing dies

photo: Hans Peters / Anefo 13 December 1972 http://www.gahetna.nl/collectie/afbeeldingen/fotocollectie/zoeken/weergave/detail/q/id/ac034e18-d0b4-102d-bcf8-003048976d84


Alan Esdaile… Sad news, saw them play many times, always put on a great show. R.I.P. Eddy Amoo

Janine Anne Scott… Our Butlins 70s weekend’s essentials. Gosh, what a loss.

Tony May… I must have known! I was only playing their anthology of songs yesterday… Such a shame that none of the group’s earliest recordings have ever been made available on CD. Grossly under-rated, The Real Thing are one of Britain’s finest soul/pop acts and I have wanted their early stuff for years… R.I.P. Eddie and thinking of you, Chris, Ray and all of Eddie’s family and friends… Its definitely, ‘Rainin’ Through My Sunshine’ today…

Janet Rennie… Sad , I loved them . Missed them at the white rock last year

Mick O’Dowd… Sad news indeed.


Harvey Ellison sax player with The Glitter Band R.I.P. (1st Feb 2017)


Andrew Clifton… Harvey Ellison formally of The Glitter Band passed away on Wednesday 1st February.

Alan Esdaile… I thought we might get through a day without someone we know dying. Remember him, I doubt if the BBC will mention it. R.I.P. Harvey Ellison and thanks for that great Sax.

Andrew Clifton… John Rossall is doing a gig in Bognor Regis. As a tribute. Here’s a photo taken two years ago at Bognor Regis. John Rossall and Harvey Ellison in full swing.


photo by Andrew Clifton

Mick O’Dowd… Remember playing football in Alexandra Park Hastings with them when they appeared with a certain other person on Carnival Night.

Peter Fairless… Remember chatting with them when same certain person played the Pier Ballroom.

Peter Millington… Did a “support” Gig (SUSPECT) with GG and the Glitter Band in January 1973 – stage was covered in glitter and very slippery. Good act though.

Andre Martin… Part of a great entertainment, when they all played together RIP

Chris van Rock… Sad to hear … my childhood slipping away

Jan Warren… Its such a shame that “GG” has forever “darkened” the name of his faithful Glitter band, how could he do that?? – I saw GG and the Glitter Band live in Alexandra Park, Hastings in the early 70s, I wasn’t a fan, but my Hubby was, so I just went along with him, I remember GG being very arrogant, YUK!! – its sad that the Glitter Band had to live with the “shame” of their “leader” 🙁 – R.I.P Harvey Ellison 🙁 

Mick O’Dowd… If you have a GG autograph from Hastings Pier in January gig it was actually mine. I stood behind stage door & signed them because GG didn’t want to be bothered! Nice band and great guys. Tried to do the rock thing and smash their guitars into speaker cabinets. The “special” guitars were then gathered up and stuck togetheragain (sounds like a song) for the next show. That’s rock’n’roll!

Dave Johnson… So sad to hear about Harvey. He was a great guy and I have many happy memories of him appearing at Newcastle City Hall in 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1977. His place within the original Glitter Band will always be secured in our thoughts of him – rasping sax that gave the music that additional lift. Just been looking at a superb photograph of Harvey from the Geordie Scene Programme, filmed in Newcastle 1975 – a real star! Rock On dear mate.

Martyn Faulds… Very sad to hear of the passing of Harvey aged 65, along with the loss of Gerry Shephard aged 51 back in May 2003. Seems that so many of the 70S Glam Rock stars are leaving us. Both Harvey & Gerry started out in The Boston International band in 1966, based in Hamburg, Germany and split in 1973 to form the Glittermen,then Glitter Band.RIP Harvey & Gerry.

Lee Johnson… Darn tooting the BBC didn’t mention it! Nor did many other outlets – only just found out myself a few days ago. When will folk learn that one “man” does not a paedophile gang make? RIP Brian H Ellison.

Pete Fisher…Glam rock was my younger sister’s thing, but I did think some of the music was cool, and the Glitter band had a unique sound…in the early 80s friends of mine in a Norwich band had the job of recording demos for the Glitter band, and let me in on the secret of the guitar sound – 6 “A” strings in unison through an overdriven amp…they backed GG at a wedding and I drove the van, and got to meet the man, who was very polite and friendly, and extremely professional, with a whole vocabulary of Elvis type gestures to conduct the band…little did we know…credit has to go to Mike Leander, who played all the instruments except brass on the early recordings…good read here…http://thequietus.com/articles/00709-rock-roll-part-3-stepping-out-of-gary-glitter-s-shadow

Martin… I was at that John Rossall gig with Harvey in 2015 … in The Reds.  Took lots of video.  Maybe I should post some online.  Was my first time hearing the Glitter Band live.  Brilliant sounds that afternoon.

Daryl Perkins… I LOVED the Glitter Band…or G Band as they became….saw them so many times. On one of their appearances on the Pier a group of us made a scrapbook to present to them!! Embarrassingly it was in the Observer!! Still listen to their music. 😂😂