Nana Tsiboe R.I.P.

Shared from Orphy Robinson… Sad news of the passing of Ghanaian master musician Nana Tsiboe! He has been a knowledgeable, dedicated and inspirational friend to all who have worked with him over the years. May his memory always be a blessing!

John Wilde… Thank you Nana.

Andy Guainiere… Such a lovely man and a great sense of humour…

Mark Baker… Very sad news x

Paul Cullen… That is the saddest news,I met Nana playing in a marquee outside the museum when he was playing with Trevor Watts. He one of the nicest people I have met in my life. I will miss him. Thank you Nana

Leo Mpuuga… Sad news r.i.p thank you for the music

Angela Gardner… You will be missed Nana Tsiboe RIP

Willie Wicking… Lovely man great musician lovely memories from his days in the Ypres. R.I.P Nana

Sam Rosewell… Oh that’s such sad news. RIP Nana, you’ll be greatly missed xx

Gilly Johnson… Hamba Kahle my friend

Steve Amos… Sad news.

Reid McDuffie… This is such sad news….

Phil Little… Great musician and inspiring drummer as well as a beautiful human being RIP

Terry Pack… RIP, Nana xx

Renzi Lowend… Like many others I had the privilege of sharing a stage with this amazing man and musician. A beautiful heart has gone. RIP Nana

Jacquie Hinves… God bless Nana, I’m so sorry to hear this dreadful news. He was a super guy and a lovely friend. Another legend gone. Rest in Peace Nana. Xx Rest in peace my lovely friend. Xx

Nick Gold… Such a beautiful man and wonderful musician. Rest in Peace my friend x

Trefor Watson… Thank you for some amazing evenings in Hastings. God bless you.

Dean Brodrick… A great and inspiriational man who connected me with the spirit of our ancestors. A master in every way. I learned so much from Nana. A truely magnificant human being.

Martin Stringer R.I.P.

Martins son has just posted this on Martins facebook page … Dear Friends and Family, As you may know Martin was recently diagnosed with cancer. It is with huge sadness that Vicki and Jonathan are sharing with you that Martin passed away peacefully this morning after a short but brave fight. So proud of him and all the fun he created! Martin will be hugely missed by us all and we will keep you posted on how we will celebrate his life of music, magic and laughter. Sleep tight. x

Huggy Leaver… So sad one of the good guys, RIP x

Alan Esdaile… Very sad news. I probably knew Martin from when I was 16 and our paths would cross over the years. I would bump into him at the NEC in Birmingham, Earls Court, Business Design Centre and all sorts of places. He did come to the SMART meeting awhile ago and did some amazing tricks from his magic show. He always seemed to have a happy smile on his face.  One of the good guys. R.I.P. Martin x

Dave Nattress… Oh my God.  What shocking news! RIP Martin.

Reg Wood… What a shock. So sorry to hear this.

Colin Bell… RIP Martin, God bless

Andy Qunta… Very sad! Lovely guy!

Bernard Goffredo… Sad news! a lovely man

Andrew Clifton… Very sad news. RIP Martin.

John Wilde… Extremely sad news, soar high good Soul.

Margaret Trowell… RIP

Yvonne Cleland… Oh Martin. A sad goodbye my dear xxx

Marilyn Spence… RIP Martin

Dennis Waterman R.I.P.

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John Gale… Up The Junction

Lyn Farkley Appleyard… Rip Dennis. Will always be remembered

Marilyn Spence… So sad to hear loved Dennis. Saw him in a play here in Australia a while back and met John Thaw here in Australia as well Loved him too. Sheila Hancock was friends with a friend of mine at the time. A sad day all round was Mother’s Day in Australia Nine mother’s Days without my mum RIP Dennis John and mum

Jan Warren… Really sad news, love Dennis Waterman! – The Sweeney, Minder, New Tricks etc, will be sadly missed, R.I.P matey

Mick O’Dowd… I was a great fan of DC Carter & Terry McCann!

Peter Fairless… George Carter was DI Reagan’s DS, Mick.

Lyn Humphrey… Really sorry to hear the sad news. Although he’s a few years older than me, I’ve always felt I grew up with him. I remember him as just a lad when he played ‘Just William.’ And decades ago he went out with the sister of a colleague of mine.


Noel d’Abo R.I.P. (8th March 2022)

Colin Bell… RIP old friend we had some good times way back when.

Claire Lonsdale… I didn’t know him but he looks like such a lovely guy with that beaming smile. How sad

Colin Bell… Claire, the d’Abo family were local residents of Bexhill/Hastings for many years and known to several SMART members. I don’t know where Noel was living at the time of his passing. Our main time spent together was back in the 60’s & 70’s.

Andre Martin… A very sad day for many of us who knew Noel and the d’Abo family. When were were at the local college and short of money we would share a plate of chips and baked beans for our lunch – expensive 1/- in old proper money. Rest in Peace if that is possible with you – you’re going to rocking on the best of them now.

Lloyd Johnson… Laughter , Enthusiasm and kindness are my memories of Noel….many fun Saturday afternoons playing music in my old basement the ‘Kontiki Klub’ many moons ago!…Noel of course on Bass….R.I.P. old friend…

Lyn Farkley Appleyard… Look at his beaming smile….straight from his heart! RIP Noel x

John Harper… Noel was one of the nicest, most thoughtful, genuine people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing & also gigging with. His face would light up with that beaming smile as soon as he clapped eyes on you. He was good friends with Tony Kenward of The Saints & helped Tony (along with others) in organising the first of many charity gigs at Eastbourne’s Winter Gardens in the early 80’s to raise funds in aid of Cystic Fibrosis that Noel’s daughter suffered from. Many local groups from the 60’s such as The Saints, Lysander with Noel on bass, The Sabres (later to become Shelley) The Alexanders & others were reformed especially for the occasion along with guest singers & a chart topping guest group like Mud, Freddie & The Dreamers, Leapy Lee, The Searchers & others that escape me ( it’s an age thing!)
The atmosphere was electric each time.!  Keep on Rockin’ old friend!  RIP Noel

Tom Sibthorpe… Oh my goodness that’s so sad what a lovely human being and so funny. I was the tour bus driver on the Chris de Burgh tours in the early 80s rest in peace Noel

Sybille Baptista… RIP dear Noel so very very sad . You of all people with so much to give always a wonderful friend and everybody who met you loved you . Me especially because you helped me so much and encouraged me when I went through a very dark time. Life is not fair ! You had so much more to give and you were so brave.

Amanda Croucher Buckingham… So terribly sad to hear this news …We had many fun times working together at Aylesfords London ….Rest in peace dear Noel and my deepest condolences to your family at this very sad and difficult time

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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Robert Searle… What a great story, Keith was such a great musician, thank you

Tim Moose Bruce… Loved it the night at the 6 Bells when he did Green Onions with the Johnny Mars band.

Pete Prescott… Tim, I think that’s when Forcefield started. Ray Fenwick got talking to Cozy Powell who was playing in ELP and was with Keith Emerson that night. Then he got the idea to record Smoke On The Water with him.

Kate Rosie… Brilliant! X

Terry James R.I.P.

Alan Esdaile… Very sad news, our thoughts go out to Mo and her family x

Malcolm Sharp… Lovely guy, remember terry in the havelock in the 80s, and doing town crier judge, rip my friend, condolences to all

Tim Moose Bruce… I remember Terry and Mo at the social club events.

Linda O’leary… Terry. Used to work in a petrol station near me years ago lovely chats we use to have sorry to hear this sad news

Merv Kennard… First met terry when he first started at c&h early 1970s. Ended up djing with him early 1980s.

Alan Pepper… So sorry to hear this sad news. Our hearts go out to Mo and all the family. Terry was such a great man and a good friend. Will be sadly missed.


Procol Harum Gary Brooker R.I.P.

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David Miller… Farewell Gary Brooker. Much love and thanks to you.

Dennis Torrance… For me feel gutted saw Procol Harum on Hastings pier 70s and at Eastbourne to. Such a brilliant singer musician and whiter shade of pale to his albums single and with Procol Harum . I particularly loved his album no fear of flying Gary sitting Carmly while rest of passengers on plane panicking. On album his cover of say it ain’t so joe brilliant. My deepest condolences to family friends and his fans to RIP Gary thank you for your music

Jill Lawrence… Dennis, I loved them also saw them in Hastings and Eastbourne in the 70’s, fab musician x

Jo Turner… Several wonderful Procol Harum gigs. How sad

Patrick Lewis… That’s so sad. A truly great musician. Loved Procol Harum

Yvonne Cleland… That’s a shame. Saw them on the pier once! xxx

John Wilde… Thank you Gary, now skip the light fandango.

Alan Esdaile… What a brilliant voice and musician. A Whiter Shade of Pale will live on forever but many many other great tracks like A Salty Dog. Very very sad news.

Peter Thomson… Such sad news. I remember their pier gig well.

Andy Hemsley… Actually saw him guesting with Fairport Convention at a Cropredy Festival, at the piano playing Whiter Shade – really impressive. Love those early Harum albums.

Peter Fairless… They played Hastings Pier in August 1975 – by which time, of course, they were universally know for ‘that’ song from eight years earlier. A shame, because they were so much more…

Pete Prescott… Very sad. That voice.

Judy Atkinson… Saw them twice on the pier within a few months, probably 1975. The first gig was packed, the second not so much

Allan Mitchell… R.I.P Gary A Great Lyrisis And A True Legend Youve Left Us With Some Truely Amazing Back Catalogue. Will Be Sorely Missed. A Fan.

Chris Meachen… Damned shame, a fine musician….



Meat Loaf R.I.P.

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John Gale… Meat Loaf RIP. Just heard the sad news.

John Wilde… Soar high ‘Loaf.

Darren Rose… He was actually a lovely guy, very sweet to my Mum!

Dennis Torrance… My condolences to his family and friends he certainly made a impact on the world of rock music his voice just so powerful a sad loss indeed RIP

Paul Cullen… R. I. P. Meatloaf a sad day for all who who love your music.😔My heartfelt condolences to your family.

Colin Bell… How very sad, I’ll always remember seeing him for the first time in Brighton in 1978 when he was touring the Bat Out Of Hell album, what a voice and what a presence RIP Meat.

Allyson Breeds… Breaking out of my body and flying away, Like a bat out of hell

David Broome… Sad news. He had been Praying for ‘the end of time’ for a few years now.

Andre Martin… Just dug out a couple of MOWEST tracks for the Magic of Motown show on Monday on CHR.

Ian Mcgilvray… RIP Meatloaf

Tony Davis… RIP Meatloaf. Thank you for the Rock’n’Roll and brew.

Dave Nattress… A great loss!! Just heard on Chris Moyles show Radio X

Tracy Birrell… So sad. Gone too soon.

Chris Wood… So sad, I believe he was an anti vaxer…. terrible waste.

David Broome… Loved his singing on The Ted Nugent 1976 album Free For All.

Alan Pepper… Sounded like a great guy. Just watched the documentary last night had a great life and so enjoyable . Another one gone too soon. From Hell to Heaven ! R.I.P. Meatloaf


Ronnie Spector R.I.P.

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Matt Thomas… An absolute legendary singer

Alan Esdaile… very sad news.

Andrew Clifton… All the old classic pop stars are going. Very sad news. x

Michael Sugrue… Great singer very sad I thought she played Bexhill a few years ago but I could be wrong

Graham Belchamber… Michael, alas she cancelled late on. Big shame.

Colin Bell… A true legend, I’m gutted, RIP Ronnie thank you for the music.

Carole Prescott… Brilliant singer.

Steve Maxted… very sad, Be My Baby is an amazing production. Lovely voice