Meat Loaf R.I.P.

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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.


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

Burke Shelley from Budgie R.I.P.

Budgie founder and bassist Burke Shelley has died aged 71.

The news was confirmed by his daughter on Facebook. In a message on the Budgie fan page, she wrote: “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my father, John Burke Shelley. He passed away this evening in his sleep at Heath Hospital in Cardiff, his birth town. He was 71 years old”. Budgie were founded in 1967 by Shelley, Tony Bourge and Ray Phillips and went on to release 10 albums over an 11-year period.

Chris Meachen… Oh, that’s a damned shame. Had some great times with him & the band…

Clare Bennett… Sad

Huggy Leaver… Remember them being supported by the Pistols i think, great band, sad RIP

Allan Mitchell… This Is Really Sad News I Saw Them On Hastings Pier Early 80s A Great Man will Be Sorely Missed R.i.p Burke

Alan Esdaile… Sad news. All the band were really nice guys and should have been bigger than they were.

Iain Cobby… RIP Burke, great band and really underrated. saw them supporting Genesis on the Pier in the 70’s and bought the Album

Tracy Birrell… So sorry to hear. I saw them on Hastings Pier.

Sidney Poitier R.I.P.

Claire Triance… To Sir with love gr8 film

Janine Hemsley… He was hot!

Leigh Mitchell… Great actor, very sad news indeed

Barry Upton… Great man. To sir with love

Pete Prescott… Great actor ! Also a trailblazer. A huge presence. What a life !

Andy Qunta… Legend!

Eddy Butcher… Very sad to hear R I P dear sir, the best film to sir with love

Robert Carey… Very good actor. In the Heat of the Night. All good actors.

Dennis Torrance… A tremendous actor such style RIP Sidney enjoyed your work condolences to family and friends.

Alan Esdaile… Wonderful actor. Very sad news.

Ian Price… To sir with love and in the heat of the night, RIP, great actor,very sad news

Jacquie Hinves… What a man. I loved Sidney Poitier from my youngest days and he was huge influence to me. He always reminded me so much of my best friends dad Norman Beaton who played the character of Desmond and was the first black Shakespeare actor in the country . RIP Sidney.

Chris Howard… Wonderful Actor and a Gentleman.

Lyn Farkley Appleyard… First saw Sidney acting in To Sir With Love…. brilliant actor. Very warm man. RIP Sidney



Mike Nesmith R.I.P.

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Michael Prochak… Another one gone…

Janet Rennie… Loved The Monkees show

Paul Cullen… One of the daft shows I really liked. R. I. P. Mike Nesmith

Barbara Smith… When I saw them live at Wembley in 1967, Mike Nesmith’s solo set was a real highlight for me. RIP

Pete Prescott… That’s sad.

Dennis Torrance… Quite a musician Rest in peace mike condolences to family and friends.

Keith Veness… RIP Mike love the shows

Alan Esdaile… Very sad. Loved The Monkees tv programme.

Eric Harmer… Sad news

Andy Guainiere… His Nevada fighter album was one of my top 10 ever. I used to play 2 song from the album back in the mid 70s….another sad loss.

Tracy Birrell… Thank you for all the happiness you and the others gave my teenage self. I still have my Monkees monthly magazines.

Jan Warren… Another Monkee gone, I think its only Mickey Dolenz left?! – R.I.P. Michael Nesmith

Kevin White… Sad, RIP Mike Nesmith



John Miles R.I.P.

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Martin Stringer… Sad news.

Ian Luck… Very sad RIP

Barry Upton… Great singer so sad


Matt Thomas… Music’ is my funeral song

Pete Prescott… Very sad.x

Stewart Grimes… So sad, such a great all round musician, seen him live several times!

Robert Searle… RIP Great musician

Alan Esdaile… Very sad news. Great musician and was in Tina Turner’s band for awhile. What a brilliant song ‘Music’ is

Gerry Fortsch… So sad.

Alan Pepper… Another sad loss. Classic track from 1976 one of my favorites and was singing along to it earlier today on Gold FM while driving home from Christmas shopping !

Monica Bane… Very sad another good singer. Gone!

Dennis Torrance… Rest in peace John miles thanks for the music my condolences to his family and friends.

Peter Houghton… So sorry to hear this RIP John Loved your early work and saw you when you was with Tina Turner

Jan Warren… “Music” was a great song, R.I.P. John Miles xx

David Broome… Alan Parsons produced the song (Music) and John went on to sing on a couple of Alan Parsons project tracks including the fantastic song ‘La Sagrada Familia’

Jacquie Hinves… No, no, no . I can’t believe this . He can’t be gone . I lived and loved his music . Kevin would have been so sad

Chris Howard… Sorry to hear this very sad news, Last time I saw John perform was with Tina Turner at Wembley. R.I.P. John a great musician.

Colin Norton… RIP John.

Clare Bennett… I really like him

Colin Fox… Saw him twice in Eastbourne. great guitarist and keyboard player.

Mike Raxworthy… Sad news – knew him well during my time working with Orange…. Cliff Cooper was his manager. Really talented bloke and nice with it. RIP John.

Malcolm Sharpe… In this time of trouble the music gets me through R I P

Peter Brazier… R.I.P. John

John Harper… Yet another icon sadly passed away. Saw him live several times. R.I.P.

Iain Cobby… Oh no…… Saw him and his band in Eastbourne all those many years ago , great show , great band. Music was, and still is , my first love. Thank you for the music John , classic.

Paul Morfey… I saw him at Reading festival ’77


Rolling Stones Charlie Watts dies at 80

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Paul Cullen… R.I.P.Charlie,a great loss

Malcolm Sharp… Great drummer, r i p

Tim Harris…Just heard. He was the glue that kept the band together during their turmoil years Remember the It’s only Rock n Roll video when it was filling up with bubbles He needed a piss but wasn’t allowed out ! Filmed with him not being amused

Jan Warren… Very sad, R.I.P Charlie

Robert Searle… RIP Charlie

Tracy Birrell… Thank you for all the years of music. He will be missed.

Alan Esdaile… Very sad news.

Marcus de Mowbray… Everyone who met or worked with him all say the same things: perfect drummer for the Stones, perfect gent.

Pete Prescott… A legend gone ! But what a life ! Still sad.

Philip John… Pete, I would second that, a first class drummer and an old school gentleman and as you say’What a life’ !

Dennis Torrance.. More sad news my condolences to Charlie Watts family The Rolling Stones and his friends

Tony Qunta… Very sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. Great drummer and by all accounts a lovely man.

Alan Vale… RIP Charlie saw 2 shows both at Twickenham

Kevin White… Another legend passes, RIP Charlie Watts.

Nick Prince… One of the oddest musical family links ever…… Charlie Watts was Lennie Peters (Migil 5/Peters & Lee) nephew. RIP.

Marty Thongman… One piece of the most iconic Rock and Roll band,gone.A sad day for music.

Robert Fisher… Very sad loss of a great drummer and performer.R.I.P. Charlie

Colin Norton… RIP Charlie



Mick Bolton R.I.P.

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Andy Gunton… Not a good way to start the new year. Very sad to hear the news of the death overnight of Mick Bolton. A lovely man & a fine pianist too, who many local people will have seen playing around the Hastings area. In the past he’d played with Mott The Hoople, Dexy’s Midnight Runners & Linda McCartney, amongst others.I had the pleasure of working with Mick on several occasions, something I have very fond memories of. R.I.P Mick, you will be sadly missed

Alan Esdaile… Very sad news. Such a warm and genuine person and a great musician.

John Wilde…Farewell Mick.

Nick Shute… So sorry to hear this sad news… Mick

Caroline Moor… very sad news

Janine Hemsley… So so sad. Thoughts are with Mick’s family.

Wendy Weaver… Sad news😥. R.I.P. Mick

Ricky Long… Sad, Rip Mick great guy

Willie Wicking… So Sorry to hear this, a lovely genuine guy it was only last year we were seeing the New Year in with him at the Grapevine in Rye. Thoughts with his family & friends R.i.P Mick

Nick Bloomfield…  I will remember him though singing this song which is one of his own compositions. I was very fortunate to record  ‘Serpentine Summer’ which is a lovely song about the Hyde Park Concert in 1969.

Elaine Roberts… RIP Mick – a great musician and a lovely, unassuming man. Condolences to all his family and friends – he will be much missed

Carole Prescott… So very sad. Such a lovely man. Condolences to Carol and all other family & friends. Such a shock.

Andy Qunta… Very sorry to hear about Mick. RIP.

Colin Norton… Very sad to hear this news. RIP Mick

Dave Nattress… Not another! I did not know Mick but have read widely of him and the local connections. After the passing of Kevin Hoad recently to lose another notable member of the music community is truly awful.

Iain Cobby… Fond memories of sing along with Mick at the Grapevine with Messrs T Davis, C Rigden and P Merison on nights out in Rye. What a really nice guy. The place won’t be the same without you Mick. RIP

Phil Little… Barry Jones and I played some of our best ever gigs with Mick Bolton since 2011. He was a really great intuitive player and will be irreplaceable to us. Thoughts and Condolences to Carol and Richard. RIP Mick.

William Third… So sad to hear it, what a lovely person as well as a wonderful musician, he will be greatly missed.

Pam Staffell… Memorial bench for Michael on the seafront. It was Carol’s desire today of getting a memorial bench on Hastings seafront that prompted me to suggest “Go Fund Me” Thank you X

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Pam Staffell… Hello everyone. I am so pleased with how this fund is doing. Thank you all for being so generous and kind. It isn’t an easy time right now to be asking for money, so an extra big thank you to you all on behalf of Carol and Bobby. I know the money raised so far will buy a standard bench – there are many styles for Carol to choose from. There is also engraving to be paid for. Plus any administration which Hastings Council asks for! That is how I came to the fund aim of £1500. We have done so well, in these two days, so I am confident the goal will be reached! Thank you again X

Pam Staffell… Hello everyone! I hope you are all well. As I write this it is snowing outside. Sunny days ahead – and news to share with you all. This morning we heard that a Seafront Bench would be available.  Also today, thanks to everyone that has donated, the goal of £1500 has been reached. A huge thanks on behalf of Carol and Bobby who will be able to sit on the bench. And now there will be a seat for you all too, to come and spend some time on “Mick’s Bench”. Thank you all again X

Pam Staffell… Hello again to you all. Sorry, it has been a while since the last update. The bench is going ahead, although we haven’t been given a date of installation yet. We’re looking at options for what to do with the amount that is outstanding, such as a plaque on Hastings pier or memorial trees from friends and family, but that with things closed or delayed due to Covid it might take a while to sort that out. I will, of course, keep you updated as soon as I have more information. Take care Pam X

Pam Staffell… Hello everyone and I hope you are all well. Tonight, I am so pleased to finally be able to give you the news that Mick’s Memorial Bench is finally in situ. I have only been told it is in Sea Road Hastings – its exact position, I yet to have confirmed – (but if someone should visit first, please do update with the location). Thank you again everybody for your kind donations. Look forward to sharing the bench with you one day! For Mick X

Nick Bloomfield… Here are the photos of the bench that myself and many other people contributed to for the musician Mick Bolton (born in Wigan) who died on the 1st January this year. Mick who played with Mott The Hoople and Dexys Midnight Runners among others was an extremely talented keyboards player. I filmed him on many occasions and I have to say that he was a sweet and self effacing man too. There’s something nice about having a name on a bench looking out to sea…

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Pete Prescott… A lovely guy!

Chris Jolly… A lovely man and a terrific keyboard player…

Derek Johnson… Great Tribute well done everyone involved

Tony Davis… miss just stopping for a chat with him in the park. Such a nice guy

Willie Wicking… Lovely Gesture 👍Lovely Guy great musician


Prince Philip R.I.P.

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David Miller… Feeling it for Queen Elizabeth after 74 years of marriage and the rest of the family too. Farewell Prince Philip.

Jacqueline Marsh… Oh dear, so very nearly made it to 100, poor Queen, wonder if she will carry on with out him? Perhaps a regency is on the cards?

Julie Findlay-jones… Thinking of the Queen at such a sad time

Paul Cullen… Her Majesty has lost her right hand. R.I.P. Prince Philip

Mick O’Dowd… So sad but not unexpected. Personally I think the Queen will hand over to Charles soon.

John Mcewen… He did say once that he couldn’t think of anything worse than living to 100. Whatever your opinion, I doubt his commitment to queen and adopted country can be questioned and his way with words was legendary.

Stuart Moir… RIP Mr Duke, shame you didn’t hit the ton as your misses would have had to send you a telegram.

Alan Esdaile… Feel really sad for The Queen. This was not unexpected but after leaving hospital recently I thought he was going to make 100. Still a very good age and his support for The Queen and the country throughout.

Lyn Humphrey… He’ll be missed: a real character, and I’m sure he was a great support to the Queen. R.I.P. Duke of Edinburgh.


Henry Darrow R.I.P.

Heather Sidery…. I used to watch that! 🌿💐RIP Mano

Pete Prescott… He was my favourite character.

Judy Atkinson… and mine

Faith Brooker… Me too!

Tony Stevens… Have seen it maney time on tv from 60s too now. rip

Wendy Weaver… R.I.P Mano.

Jacquie Hinves… Mine too Pete. RIP .

Linda Lowcock… My favourite

Willem Rietdijk… R.i.p

Perri Ann Haste… I used to love that series as a kid. Lovely character.

Stuart Moir… Always in great westerns RIP

Amber Turner… Loved this.

Steve Thorpe… Great character actor

Tom James Cowan… There’s a great scene where Mano and Buck are doing the washing up together, Mano makes him dry properly!

Nuttall Summerfield… R.I.P. little Joe

Judy Atkinson… High Chaparral seemed to be on constantly, but they never repeated the Virginian (with the gorgeous James Drury, who popped up as the sheriff in Alias Smith & Jones, and Doug McClure)

Tracy Birrell… I loved him as Manolito in The High Chaparrel.