Kings Eastbourne – September/October 1977

Janine Anne Scott… I was there in 76-79 in Meridian.

Lyn Whiteman… I was lucky enough to see all of these! Did waitressing and Kings allowed partners in to see shows- fab days!

Dave Weeks… I remember seeing Tommy Cooper there. Legend.

Steve Vollrath…Glass bottle, Bottle glass

Dave Weeks… jar spoon, spoon jar

Steve Vollrath… Dave, Just like that.

Dave Weeks… or was is like that?

Steve Vollrath… Been in the loft all weekend, sweating, filthy dirty & covered in cobwebs, But the kids love her.
Julie Finch… Great place
Robert Searle… I saw the Three Degrees with Clodagh Rogers supporting at Kings Country Club.The place was packed.

Spyke and Performance – Falaise Hall Hastings 17th May 1975

Martin Richter…  I can feel my foot tapping

Pete Millington… Spyke at that time were -Ginger Millington, Terry Chedzoy and Ian Williams

Colin Fox… Yet another one for my collection. Cheers

Alan Esdaile… Looks like you missed this one Colin, as the later advert says Performance has split up.

 

Colin Fox… No wonder I couldn’t remember this gig.

Pete Millington… Same here Colin – I was thinking that I’d lost the plot. Spyke as a Trio would bave been blown away by a 6 piece, I would certainly have remembered the experience. Phew SPYKE survived!

Hot Chocolate – Aquarius Club Hastings 28th April 1973

28th april 1973 - hot chocolate

hot choc brother

Mick O’Dowd… Good little band. Saw them several times including this one.

Tony Davis… I was the house DJ at the Aquarius on this gig. I remember that the band went on first without Errol who was standing in the wings talking to me. We both noticed that he had missed his cue but he wasn’t bothered commenting they would get back to it in a minute. Nice guy and a good night.

Barry French… Does anyone else recall seeing Hot Chocolate on the Pier in the 70’s or did I dream it?

Alan Esdaile… Yes Barry, July 1975, great night remember it well as I did the disco.

10246537_447963015349161_5648966544186839541_n supplied by Sarah Harvey

Mick O’Dowd… Osibisa were one of the most exciting concerts i’ve worked on. They were absolutely electric. Trouble was they couldn’t transfer this exictement to disc. Great band though.

The Seekers – Hastings 1964 and 1974

All photos supplied by Len Benton

Featuring Len Benton, Jerry Hadfield, Kevin Clarke and Cliff Waters

photo 3  1965 – Len Benton and Jerry Hadfield (Jerry with Chris Sayer’s guitar)

Martin Richter… nice geetars 🙂

Judith Monk… Thanks so much for these Jerry was my brother. He died of prostate cancer 15 years ago aged 55. Am I able to get copies of these for his family please?

Alan Esdaile… Should be able to do some photocopies Judith.

SMART Coffee meet 42 report

Our 42nd meet and a number of people left early for a separate meeting on Hastings Pier but were quickly replaced by late comers. Among the newbies this time were John Baker and Sid Saunders. John was chatting about the times he worked at The Aquarius and Astral Club. Sid was remembering pirate radio days, when a disc jockey used to appear in the Pier cafe and they used to give him request on a piece of paper to take back to the ship. Lee Merry had photos of gig posters of bands he promoted at The Carlisle and other places in the 1980’s. Among the bands were English Rogues, Truncheon Meat Squad, Vicious Minds, Becki and The Bombshells, Big Spanner and Lost In Space. Len Benton arrived with a Record Songbook featuring Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas on the cover, also some more photos of The Seekers, Pardon and Deep Purple. Roger Carey had with him a flyer from early 2000 of bands that played at the Pilot Field club. Also leaflets of Alexander’s in Chester when Liane was on the bill. Among the other interested names to appear was Jan Akkerman.  He also had a recent leaflet for Sprit Of 66 Festival Belgium which featured some great acts.  Mick O’Dowd was talking about Wynder K Frog album and Johnny Walker and Radio London. Sarah Harvey was looking forward to Hastings Rock radio ,back on the airways on 5th May. Pete Prescott had with him the first glance of Beatles Day 19 programme, as well as bags full of lp’s and singles. Including The Telham Tinkers Hot In Alice Springs, Andrew Caine What Kind Of World 12” single and a interesting compilation The Tony Macaulay and John MacLeod Song Book Album. Lots of chat and thoughts about the future of The White Rock Theatre and gardens, Graham Nash coming to the De La Warr and Scalliwags reunion on 31st March at The Masonic Hall.This is just a small bit of what I remember, anyone who wishes to add anything interesting you were talking about, then please feel free to do so.

Andy Qunta… Sounds like a fun time, as always!

Did Smokie play Hastings asks Trevor Webb?

Trevor Webb… Trevor wants to know if Smokie every played Hastings and if any one has any photos or merchandise.

Matt Thomas… My sister saw them play in Eastbourne late 70’s,dont know if they played Hastings!!!

Sarah Harvey… I have no record of them playing in Hastings

Peter Fairless… Not to my knowledge. They were a long formed band before RAK. That’s why they were so good

Robert Searle… I saw Smokie at The Congress Eastbourne when they were at the top of their game in the 70s.Really good group.

Geoff Peckham… Can’t answer the Hastings question, but there’s a Factory connection with Smokie. Perhaps Andy Qunta can help me finish this. While we were gigging around the North West, we had a gig in Preston cancelled, so we decided to spend the day and evening in Blackpool. We visited the Dr Who Exhibition, then went to the Mecca or whatever it was and downstairs in the bar was this band playing, who we learned later were to change their name to Smokie. They were brilliant and in their set they played the long medley from Abbey Road note perfect.  Now Andy, can you relate the German TV postscript to this?

Andy Qunta… Yes indeed, Jaffa! That was in about 1974. Around 1981 I was at Heathrow airport on the way to do a TV show in Germany with Hazel O’Connor. Smokie were there too, on their way to the same TV show. I went over to them and told them I saw them a few years back and thought they were great. Without any hesitation, the bass player, (whose name I can’t remember at the moment), said “yes, it was in Blackpool, 1974. You were 7 rows back on the right.” I couldn’t believe it. The rest of the band told me he did that all the time! Wow!

Jim Breeds… I have a cassette tape of them live on Radio 1 from the 1970s. At the time I thought they were underrated even though they were (if memory serves me right!) a Chinn & Chapman invention. The live gig seemed to bear that out. I haven’t played it in years! Correction. Just looked at the cassette. I wrote on it “Smokie Live, Capital Radio, March 1977.”

Terry Huggins… They are still gigging, although there’s been some line-up changes. They played under various names befor becoming Smokey, but were threatened with legal action by a certain Mr. Robinson, so they changed it to Smokie.

John Williams… I think they were living next door to alice. I play there music all the time mexican girl my best

Ray Murrell… who the fek is alice.

Mark Praid… Kevin Keegan’s favourite band.

Peter Thomson… We went to a Denis Lacorriere (Dr Hook) gig in Peterborough a few years back. Support act was Chris Norman. Superb night out. Alice?

Tuery Records… I think they were booked to play the pier , but at the last minute the label RAK made a change and that’s when the Arrows played. Be about 1974. Mick O’Dowd would know.

Peter Fairless… The Arrows – Saturday, 23rd August 1975