Little Richard – Wembley Rock Concert – 5th August 1972

photo © Dave Trodd

Screaming Lord Sutch, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley. All photos © Dave Trodd

Dave Trodd… Also on the bill was Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Haley, Chuck Berry, Screaming Lord Sutch and more. Little Richard had mirrors all over his outfit and stripped down and threw his clothes into the audience. Some good recording of the show, are available on You Tube. Anyone else remember going to this concert?

Colin Norton… Yes, I was there! It was quite amazing!

Alan Wood… Was this the concert Glitter started if so was there !!

Patrick Lewis… Yes was there with my girlfriend and some mates. Chuck Berry was the show closer and was superb. Also on the bill were Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Haley, Bo Diddley, MC5 and GG.

Mick O’Dowd… Yes I was there! Screaming Lord Such had a bevvy of topless fillies with him. I maybe wrong but I seem to remember Wizzard played there first ever big concert here as well on this gig.

Mick O’Dowd… Managed to pick up a film of the concert recently.



Midnight Shift – The New Broom early 70’s


supplied by John Breeds

John Breeds… Bryan Baker, John Breeds and the late Chris Turner at The New Broom, Broomgrove.

Richard Turner… My uncle Chris on the right.

John Wilde… My ole mate Chris. Man we had some fun. Shine on wherever you are.

Harry Randall… Chris bless him! Not only played with him as a kid but also in my band way back when we both had hair! RIP! Miss him and Tony/Vic Bridger!

Tony May… Brian Baker still lives in Hollington. He teaches guitar sometimes. He went on to be in the band, ‘Talisman’ who had an LP and single out called ‘Sounds In Our Minds’.

Tony Court-holmes… yet another lost pub

Lynda Caine… Yes very true Tony Court-holmes my parents were the publicans of the Broom and I can honestly say it really was a great boozer and The Midnight Shift, Jinks and Hippo all played there and it always was a packed house. Great era the 70s and the 80s great community happy days everyone enjoying themselves

Jackie Bond – ‘Let The Good Times Roll’ rock ‘n’ roll Radio Show

Let The Good Times Roll is a fortnightly show on Cambridge 105 Radio, the community radio station for the City of Cambridge. Jackie Bond presents the best rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, doo wop and rhythm and blues from the 1950’s and artists who are keeping this great music alive to-day.Also featured are soundbites fro the stars and free valuations of your vinyl 45 rpm golden oldie. Let The Good Times roll is on every other Sunday at 8pm.

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Alan (Big Al) Ryder R.I.P.


Alan (Big Al) Ryder (on the left) in Midnight Shift in 1974

Glynn Brown says… Alan (Big Al) Ryder 1948 – 2016. Very saddened to hear of the passing last week in Hants of Alan (Big Al) Ryder the original Lead Guitarist of Hastings group the Midnight Shift 1973 – 1976. In 1973 Al formed the Midnight Shift with Glynn Brown, vocals; Chris Clayton, drummer and Gordon Turner, bass guitar. The group played at local pubs and clubs and even travelled to the Isle of Wight to play their style of Teddy Boy Rock n Roll. Alan Ryder was born in Hastings in 1948 and later moved with his parents to Birmingham, he claimed to have played in the Downbeats with Roy Wood and then he played in a touring Gospel Group. In the early 1970’s Alan moved back to Hastings, with the advent of Disco Alan yearned for the raw excitement of early Rock n Roll and so the Midnight Shift found its niche in the pub music scene to appreciative audiences.   I understand the funeral service will be in Hants on the 22nd of this month.  A talented musician, Alan will be sorely missed.