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. 😂😂

Actor Peter Wyngarde dies

photo: 1976 by Allan Warren


Jim Breeds… I didn’t know he was still alive!

Chris Meachen… Was watching a programme narrated by him only the other night, & thought the same as Jim.. Pretty sure he lived in the old town at one time..

Kevin Burchett… when i left school at 15 i worked on a farm down powdermill lane battle and i used to ride my bike there but one day i got a puncture and had to leave my bike in battle and walk to pepperineye farm id just entered powdermill lane and stuck my thumb out to try and get a lift the rest of the way because i was running late and who stopped in a rolls royce Peter Wyngarde asked me where i was going i told him he said hop in and took me all the way to pepperingeye farm and when i pulled into the farm everyone stood there in awe lol i thanked him and he went on his way .funnily enough he looked exactly like he did in the tv programme. thanks for that Peter R.I.P

Mick O’Dowd… I think you are right Chris. He did live in the Old Town for a while.

Ernest Ballard… Huge talent

Paul Redfearn… Sad, but a good innings.

Andrew Freeman… Didnt he once live in Old Hastings House in Old London Road? Be in the 60’s or 70’s

Mike Mitchell… Used to have a house at the bottom of Old London Road. I seem to recall sneaking up to the front door, ringing the bell and running away. The drive was quite long and a bit spooky so we thought we were quite daring…

Harry Randall… Yes he did I remember from my school days Kevin.

Ralph Town… Bloody good actor.

Paul Crimin… He was camp before anyone knew what it meant. With style.

Denis Torrance… Rest in peace Peter


Bella Emberg dies


John Warner… A really funny lady!

Keith Cowper… Sad to hear this news I had dinner with Bella and Pat Coombs once Pat didn’t stop talking and Bella ate everything that was left A lovely lady R I P darling you were great !x

Tony May… A funny lady and a GREAT sport. She truly had to have a sense of humour all of the stick she got! THANKS my lovely for all of the fun and laughs xx

Jan Warren… yeah, remember her, she was in many comedies in the 60s/70s … RIP Bella

David Cassidy dies

photo: ABC Television Network


Alan Esdaile… R.I.P. David Cassidy.

Aileen Mathieson…. Rip David Cassidy I used to have his pictures all over my bedroom so sad !xx

Jane Dorsett… R.I.P. David Cassidy, I use to have his pictures on my bedroom wall too.x

Wendy Weaver… So sad RIP

Liz Dees Dianto… RIP

Kevin Burchett… it is actually official now R.I.P David

Jan Warren… R.I.P. David Cassidy

Dave Nattress… Another loss. So many of whatever musical genre continue to move on. When I was as a lad, ( a very long-haired rocker/weekend hippie), David Cassidy was not for me, but, respect, he had some good songs and there’s plenty of room for all genres. Seems like he moved on to something of a RnR lifestyle that did no good for his health ultimately. So, another one from the past gone. One girlfriend in particular who uses these pages – this was of 40+ years ago – you know who you are, (xx), had her bedroom wall covered with posters of David Cassidy. How did I know – was asked up there to change a light-bulb of course!!

Nick Prince… Exactly what any gent would have done back in the day Dave Nattress. Just imagine if the young lady wasn’t able to see her David Cassidy posters because of the said light bulb. It doesn’t bare thinking about.

Elaine Stock… RIP David xx

Dave Nattress… Thanks Nick Prince – you got it in one, nice comment and it’s still making me smile!!! Just read it again, smiling even more!!!



Likely Lads Rodney Bewes dies


Alan Esdaile… R.I.P. Rodney Bewes. Another one from our youth. Tony Rivers sang lead vocal on the theme tune.

Lyn Humphrey… ‘Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads?’ was one of the all-time great British situation comedies. Coincidentally, I’d only recently finished watching the DVD box-set. A sad loss.

Dave Nattress… Indeed Alan, yet another. A TV programme I’m sure all of us of an age will remember and fondly. One of the actresses who used to appear in it, maybe one of the pair’s Wives – did they ever get married? or girlfriends is in Open all Hours.

Lyn Humphrey… They did indeed get married, Dave–despite various mash-ups by best mate Terry (James Bolam).

AC/DC Malcolm Young dies

photo source… https://www.facebook.com/acdc/


Jan Warren… Oh Nooooooooo

Eugene Hughes… Rip Mal. He had awful dementia. So sad. I met Mal and Angus with my brother in law Chris Slade at a recording studio in London in 1990.

Chris Sambrook… Sorry to hear Malcolm Young has passed away . Its only a week ago his elder brother passed away. “Hell ain’t no bad place to be”.