Arrows – Hastings Pier 23rd August 1975

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Sarah Harvey… This day August 23rd, 1975. The Arrows at Hastings Pier. Also take a look at next week….Joe Loss and his Orchestra….not to mention the wrestling legend Mick McManus.

Mick O’Dowd… Worked on this one. The Arrows were a real nice wholesome bunch of americans & a pleasure to meet.

Mark Randall… I have a feeling that the Randall tribe, led by ol’ Ma Randall were at the wrestling match

Alan Esdaile… Above is the promo photo I still got, when we worked with the band. They also had the original hit with I love rock n roll which went on to be a bigger hit for Joan Jett.

Mark Randall… I recall their 4:25 pm TV show

Peter Fairless… They loved rock’n’roll, you know?

Alan Esdaile… Everyone thinks that Joan Jett’s version was the original Peter but this came out a few years earlier and I’m sure Arrows wrote it.

Peter Fairless… Yes, Alan, it was written by Arrows bandmates, Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker, originally as a ‘B’ side but, as so often in those days, it got flipped. They had two big hits, the other was ‘Touch Too Much’, Although they were on RAK, I always thought they were a serious act.

Jon Martin… I was there then

Liz Turner… So was i

Julie Morris… Me too!

Jo Turner… Yup I was with Liz Turner

Liz Turner… Why on earth did I fancy them!!

Julie Morris… Lead singer was very pretty Liz! Just looked up – the other two are dead!

Andy Qunta… Actually I’m more impressed with the wrestling bill! (No offence to the Arrows of course!)

Alan Esdaile… Perhaps Smokie cancelled as they were not happy with their name being spelt wrong.

SMART SOUNDS by Colin Bell reviewing Chicory Tip: The Complete Chicory Tip, 2CD Jewel Case Edition

 

THE COMPLETE CHICORY TIP   Chicory Tip 2CD
February 1972 and Chicory Tip are number 1 with ‘Son Of My Father’ and its my birthday, ah happy memories! The origins of CT began 7 years earlier when the guys hailing from Maidstone/Gillingham came together to form The Sonics, after two years they broke up and reformed in 1967 and changed their name to CT. They were playing a gig at an Army Barracks near Maidstone (a venue myself, Andre and Alan were familiar with) alongside The Mannish Boys (with David Bowie), coming off stage one member noticed a bottle of coffee (Camp?) saw the ingredient Chicory and thus the band acquired its new name. Their big break came in late 1971 when having being introduced to Roger Easterby (manager of Vanity Fare) they recorded, on Christmas Eve, ‘Son Of My Father’. The song was written by Pete Bellote and one Giorgio Moroder who was to go on to have worldwide success with most notably Donna Summer amongst many others. SOMF was the first number 1 to feature a very early moog synththesizer, indeed one of the first records to feature a moog at all. SOMF was an international million seller and was number 1 in many countries and to this day will always be the record CT are remembered for.
This new 2 CD package contains all of the bands output for the first time and comes with a great illustrated booklet reminding us (certainly in my case) of the awful hair and clothes! Its tracks are typical of its era, lightweight, mid and uptempo pop, all perfectly pleasant if not particularly memorable. However they did return to the charts with follow up single ‘Whats Your Name’ (No.13) and ‘Good Grief Christina’ (No.17). They even managed to get a single banned by the BBC (which was always helpful!) it was called ‘Cigarettes, Women and Wine’ the Beeb saying it could ‘corrupt the nations teenagers’! Quaint! and too late for this reviewer! CT soldered on for another 5 years with CBS but never troubled the charts again. When Roger Easterby set up his own label (Route Records) CT released their last single ‘Survivor’ complete with the signature moog, but by then in 1974/75 Glam had had its day and CT were done. In 2000 there was a reunion and the band played on for another 10 years before again disbanding. This new collection by 7T’s records is one for collectors of Glam and 70’s completists harking back to a simpler era. Enjoy.
For more information go to https://www.cherryred.co.uk
Til next time……………Colin

 

Paul Crimin… Saw them at the Standard…

Wendy Weaver… Chicory Tip played at a Caravan Club New Year’s Rally about 12-sh years a go. They played for the whole evening. I think there were only 2 of them but they were very good.

Barry Upton… Son of my father !!!

Nigel Ford… They played at Battle dance when I was there,just before they became famous and went down well, but then became too dear to re-book when famous.

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

and then I found this…

They were booked but cancelled and replaced with The Arrows. Maybe then were not happy about the spelling! Trevor Webb asked if Chris Norman was booked for The White Rock Theatre would you go to see him and his band?

Janet Rennie… yep I so would , loved the Arrows and Smokie

John Williams… Yep

Pete Dearling…   I got my album signed by them I can’t remember if it was from Hastings pier or if they played at Eastbourne, the album was bright lights around 1977 / 1978

John Williams… Just got Chris Norman’s album half is smokey and the other just Chris great CD from Germany.

Robert Searle… Saw them Eastbourne Congress,great vocal harmonies great solid backing and great balance.

Carol Ann Bolton… ‘Alice‘ is mega in Norway!

Michael Johansson… and huge in Sweden as well!

John Williams… Mexican girl great track

 

 

Pebbles, Winchelsea Beach – December 1976

Sandy Max… So…Man Friday were playing on my 18th birthday!

Martin Richter… Trunk ! fanrastic

Mick O’Dowd… I was a  one of 2 resident DJ’s in the 80’s. The other being Mike Nite. This was when I morphed into Mike Day. The hosts were John & Rispa a lovely couple. Then we had Stuart Hay and then Bob ? who runs Plumbline  now. Had some good times here and worked with some good bands. Centre Page, Jinx, Grundy,  plus The Nashville Teens & The Showstoppers. It was a well known fact that if you were leaving before closing and spotted a police car sitting up the road you would ring the club and they in turn would ring the police and say there was trouble in Camber and this being the only car in the area speeds off allowing us drunkards to drive home safely!