Pueblo – Ore Centre & Langham Pub 1973/1974

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photos by Chris Meachen

PUEBLO – Roger Carey, Pete Fisher,  Bernie on Drums.

Bernard Jeffery….Yes it is definitely Pete Fisher and I’d say it was about 1973

Pete Fisher….Pueblo: Roger Carey-bass, Bernie Jeffery-drums, Pete Fisher-guitar/vocals
I remember this photo session was at a Pueblo rehearsal, in Ore Centre, photos taken by schoolmate and fellow musician (string/electric bass) John (Dai)Davis, and developed in his dark room at home. I’m pretty sure this is 1974 – going by the hair length – Roger and me were at Hastings Grammar School – I’d left the previous year, and Roger must have been coming up to his A-levels….Bernie started with me in Black Ash in 1970….I think Roger came into the fold around 72, have to check the archive! Back then Bernie was still playing his dad’s old jazz kit, Rog had a little Burns bass through a Laney top and home-made cab, I was playing my second electric guitar, a strange no-name thing with piano key controls that didn’t do much. By then I had my first decent amp, a Vox AC15, which was just loud enough to compete with Bernie’s drums, but I used a Cry Baby wah to boost for solos.
Bernie and me both liked Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, and West Coast…..Roger used to play me Allman Brothers Live At The Fillmore in the music room at school, but he was also really into Free, ( as we all were – All Right Now was one of the first songs me and Bernie attempted around 1970/71) and his melodic inventive riffs with singing vibrato were reminiscent of Andy Fraser. Our rehearsals were in fact long jam sessions, with endless solos, on various favourite themes. We cobbled together a short set list for the few gigs we played…various covers, and a couple of my early attempts at songwriting….and singing. I have a press cutting from 17th January 1974 from the Hastings and St Leonard’s news, which says we got a standing ovation at our recent gig at Hastings College….possibly the gig where Tony Qunta, my guitar guru and friend, lent me his brand new Orange 100 watt stack, which was a bit like driving a Ferrari when you’ve only got a provisional licence – it practically blew me off the stage! The article goes on to say we’d been playing together since September the previous year, and had already also played on the Pier, where we were again to perform on Friday February 8th 1974, in a “local band bonanza”. I still have the ticket (60p!) which lists us, a band called Butch, and local heroes Stallion (with Steve Dimitri on drums and Phil Gill on guitar). I remember we were on first, and I for one was very nervous, especially with lots of friends in the audience. It was a pretty big deal back then, having seen so many great bands on that stage…..the band expanded to include a second drummer (!) for a couple of months, but then I left Hastings and moved to London in September 1974, so the band broke up. I still have some crumbly old recordings and a couple more photos….time to delve in the archive!

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supplied by Pete Fisher

Pete Fisher…an early gig, possibly 1973, guitarist Kevin’s 18th birthday party, at the Langham pub, near Quarry Road.

Terry Pack….I think I saw this band in 1974, or earlier…. Roger was a great inspiration to me aged 15.

Tony Qunta….Great band!

Pete Fisher….Thank you Tony! You and Andy, and Factory were a great inspiration!

Phil Gill… bloody hippies.

Popular Beat Combo and Uome – Music Files Christmas Party The Crypt 22nd December 1997

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photos by John Kenward. Supplied by Phil Little. http://littledrum.co.uk

Martin Richter… wow – what a line-up! (the crypt).

Alan Esdaile… Popular Beat Combo – Rick Pentecost, Dave Blackman, Roger Carey and Steve Demetri on drums in both bands.

Ernest Ballard… What a lovely man Steve was. Bless him. Huge talent on the drums inspired by Steve Gadd

Tich Turner’s Mish Mash Band, The Jukes, Liane Carroll & Roger Carey, The Goodfellas featuring Pete Prescott – 22nd October 1989

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supplied by Pete Prescott

Tich Turner… I’ve only just seen this poster. Pretty sure it wasn’t 1985. I was still in The Ya Yas then. I believe the MM Band started in 1989 and we played last night. Another year!

Alan Esdaile… Thanks for correction Tich. Have updated from 1985 as that was a Tuesday. 22nd Oct 1989 would have been a Sunday.

Ernest Ballard… Still good whatever year Tich ha ha. Perhapes getting confused in his later years ah ha ha ha

Liane Carroll… Yep. 1989 I think. Rog and I weren’t together till 1987. I will ask him asap. Happy new year!! Xxxx

Pete Prescott… I was in Switzerland in 84/85 and 86.this was 89 or 90.I’ll check it out when I get home. Can’t remember much about this gig. It would have been fun with that line up I imagine.

Paul Farnborough Tribute – Chatsworth Hastings 11th September 1990

supplied by Pete Prescott

Peter Shaw….At the beginning, Paul took a risk using the Tuesday night slot in deference to his fathers wishes…when his dad saw the £1000 takings early on the following Wednesday morning, Tuesdays at the Chatsworth became a regular slot and for Jim Jim and The Jims a fun residency…..this particular night was an emotional journey for all including Paul’s beautiful wife and all staff…..I was delighted to be involved playing for both Johnny Mars and of course, the Jims. RIP PF.

Pete Prescott….sweet guy, didnt know him that well.when my first daughter was born he came out at the chats with a bottle of champs.very nice thought. I remember this night well. Sadly Ray wasn’t there so we had a short set. But it was a good turnout for Paul. Nice guy !

Phil Gill….Have that poster on my dining room wall – great night, top bloke. Paul made Tuesday nights a lot of fun.

Wesley Magoogan….Paul was a real gentleman.

Johnny Mars….Hi, the good old days!!

Terry Pack talking about memories at Mr Cherrys….I nominate Chris Cozens’ one and only trumpet solo on ‘Jealous Woman’ at Mr Cherries!

Kevin Burchett… he was a great guy and he was a regular at Scalliwags and a friend of Derek Reades so had a complimentary entrance everytime he came

The RC Band (Roger Carey and Friends) review 1984

Faye Wright, Roger Carey, Phil Thornton and Den Wootton

supplied by Roger Carey

Band formed in 1983 and finished early 1985

Conan Howard… wow ,Roger Carey , I cant believe how long you have been going at it , you must be amazing now, Len from Samisen 1970s

Simon Dupree & The Big Sound – The Cobweb – 25th Jan 1969

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supplied by Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey… January 25th, 1969. Simon Dupree And The Big Sound….I loved ‘Kites’ …..very haunting song for the time. And there are Status Quo yet again!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbS2KmEecTo

Alan Esdaile… Brilliant record.

Andy Qunta… Kites! Still sounds fantastic! Have it on my iPod! Some of this band went on to form Gentle Giant, I believe!

Terry Huggins… That’s right. Their retrospective view of Kites was that it was crap. Simon Dupree didn’t exist. If I recall correctly it was three brothers and a few friends. They were all multi instrumentalists

Andy Qunta… Indeed, Terry, i think they were the Shulman brothers? Our own Roger Carey played with a later version of Gentle Giant, I believe!

Sarah Harvey… Roger did indeed play with the later version of Gentle Giant….Three Friends….. they are a band starring several former members of Gentle Giant Gary Green (guitar, vocals) Malcolm Mortimore (drums) ….here is Roger playing with them in Tokyo….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KP3hRiVKG8

Phil Thornton… saw Roger Carey with Three Friends, (faultless recreations of GG classics) 3 times ! – top class Bass and vocals from Roger !

Mick O’Dowd… I saw this show by Simon Dupree & Big Sound and was so moved I went out and bought their LP Without Reservations the next day! Excellent blue-eyed soul band (am I aloud to say that?) and they only had the one LP before they morphed into Gentle Giant. Incidentally Kites wasn’t on this Lp and only saw the light on the compilation album afew years back with the other gem Parade of Broken Hearted Pirates.

Andre Martin… Kites used to get a lot of plays on BBC Radio London by Robbie Vincent in his soul show days – Saturday Morning was always a cracker of a show, with lots played for the residents of Sunny Sydenham where I had friends.

Sarah Harvey… I adored Kites…. such a haunting song.

Andre Martin… It was a fantastic tooon without a doubt Sarah.

Tony Court-holmes… your not old enough to remember that sarah i remember sunday nights were tamla nights.

Ernest Ballard… Far out man

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Is it too late to enter the Go-Go competition?

Tony Court-holmes… go for it

Dave Nattress… The luscious Leigh, no way is it too late for you, go go for it!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Dave the mind is willing but the body isn’t these days

Dave Nattress… Leigh, it’s an old saying, you’re only as old as you feel in the head – or something like, so that makes me 310 tonight. But, really, it does not seem like about 45 years ago that you and Jane D used to be in the Cont. working together and then go out on the razzle in Hastings!!

 

Radio Cracker – Sounds Like Hastings – cassette 1989?

supplied by Pete Prescott

Featuring Liane Carroll, Roger Carey, Mick Mepham, Buick 6, Jez Gillett Band, Ian Barnett, Splash.

Andrew Bantock… Ah, the memories. I was Station Manager of Radio Cracker that year. Memories of watching from backstage and Simon Halsey doing the radio mix. I don’t actually have a copy of that.

Mick Bean… When I did a Buddy Holly stint on Radio Cracker (who remembers that groundbreaking local radio station?) I left a photo of Buddy Holly on display in the studio, I’d got his wife María Elena Holly to sign it when I met her in London. I wonder where it is now… Thats rock ’n’ roll I guess.

Man Friday – New Broom early 80’s

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photo by John Austin …. Dennis Wootton, Paul Austin, Roger Carey & John Wilde on drums.

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card supplied by Roger Carey and photo when they formed in 1974 from Paul Austin 

John Austin… Anyone Remember Man Friday ? aka Paul Austin, Roger Carey, Dennis Wootton, Think John Wilde was the drummer, use to play The New Broom, back in the day

Chris Baker…..Dennis Wootton! Now there’s a blast from the past!

Yvonne Cleland…..Will plays with him from time to time. He’s still about!

John Wilde… Not me folks.

Paul Austin… Dennis and me played guitar, John Wilde (not the one above) played drums and later on, Roger joined us playing bass guitar.

Peter Thomson… The New Broom, back in the day(!) was my local, and Graham Barrett’s. Don’t ever remember seeing a band in there but then we used to avoid it if we could…

Pete Millington… Roger Carey I remember  “lusting” after that Gretsch Bass when I first saw it at St Helen’s Hospital Social Club – must have been about 1975/6.

Martin Richter… are they xmas jumpers or am I having a flashback ?

Barry French… Saw Man Friday several times, great band. Since Man Friday Paul went on to play in an early Slam lineup. Dennis has continued to play in many bands on a variety of instruments (Drums,Bass,Saxophone & Guitar). Den & I often bump into Paul & talk about the old days.