supplied by Sarah Harvey
Bernard Jeffery drums, Graham Barrett vocals & guitar, Ralph Lee rhythm guitar, Dave Shirley lead guitar.
Conan Howard… and don’t forget the founder of the group, Len Howard BASS
poster supplied by Mick Mepham. Leaflet supplied by Iain Cobby
coloured photos supplied by Eddie Hazell Estate
Pier photo by Chris Meachen
Robin Trower is listed on the poster buy pretty sure he did not turn up. Any ideas who replaced him?
Mick Knights… Here we go again, Jilly and the mike stand, memories are made of this!
Phil Thornton… excellent band, brilliant gig !
Alan Esdaile… Agree Phil, brilliant gig.
Yvonne Cleland… yep!
Tony May… Fantastic pics Alan. I heard so much about this lot from Simon and these shots put meat on the bones.
Phil Thornton… another gig I was at ! if memory serves a spendid event !
Jan Warren… Oh WOW, brilliant pics, thank you, I saw this band many times and they had such a big impact on me!! – I’ve seen many “famous” bands over the years but Fusion Orchestra have always remained most in my head and my heart – their performances were amazing, the song-writing was genius and Jill Saward’s vocals and multi-instrumental talents were (and still are) the best ever!! – I am sooooo happy for the recently released cd “Fusion Orchestra Live at the Marquee 1974” – I woz there, I cant stop playing this cd, it takes me right back there, its amazing, I love you Fusion Orchestra, always and forever!
Andy Qunta… Great photos!
Peter Thomson… That must have been the first of the 2 gigs they did in ’73 on the pier. The second was courtesy of Ace Promotions. The performances were so different I was convinced for a long time I’d seen 2 completely different bands. Anyone feel the same?
Alan Esdaile… That’s right Pete, they did play again on the 28th July 1973 which I think was the one I went to. Mind you they would have also sounded completely different a few years earlier when they played The Cobweb.
Julie Morris… I was at one of the 1973 concerts – can’t remember which one – great concert!
Martin Waghorne… I was at the second concert.
supplied by Mick Mepham
Lesley Brown… I saw them twice on the pier. I didn’t realise it was the same year though.
Keith Veness… Was there great night So many great nights on the pier
Pete Fisher… I remember watching those wooden floorboards bend under the weight of all those stomping boogieing people and hoping they didn’t cave in…one of the tightest bands I’ve ever seen, probably at their best back then…
supplied by Roger Carey
Roger Carey… October 1973, with my left hand Burns ‘Sonic’ bass guitar, which I played upside down for several years.
Martin Richter… nice axe
Pete Fisher… great photo…Pueblo days!
Phil Gill… He was only ever allowed to practice in the garden, bless him.
Pete Fisher… one advantage of those curly leads we had back then…
Sarah Harvey… Too much playing guitar young man and never looking after the bloody garden by the looks of it!
Phil Gill… 20 years later, Rog was so used to outdoor practice, he found it difficult to adjust.
Iain Cobby… I had a red one (had it sprayed white at cave road motors). really well made, but try to put a set of Rotosound strings through the machines…………… no way.
Glenn Piper… I remember that bass
Alan King… I’ve never played guitar upside down ! I’ve played an upside down guitar though but………… (tumbleweed)…….
Liane Carroll… Beautiful x
Jill Saward… 16th February 2018 sees the release of a little piece of rock history. Way back in the 70’s I was in a pioneering band called FUSION ORCHESTRA who made one album for EMI, toured and toured till’ we dropped. We left our mark as one of the UK’s greatest live jazz rock bands. It is 2017 in Tokyo and I am presented with a cassette (remember those things?) of a live show at the Marquee in London from way back then. Quality is raw and ok-ish but the vibe and the moment is echoed is brilliantly. Secret Records agree to take on the project for release as a piece of rock history memorabilia. My beginnings captured, and it is hard to believe I am still on the same but musically different road nearly 50 years later…..can’t stop me now! I will post pre-order news soon.
Dave Nattress… Jill, saw you guys at Hastings Pier Pavilion all those years ago and enjoyed the performance. Keep in touch and definitely go for it on the new release!!
Jan Warren… Brilliant, brilliant news, hope it gets released!!
Tony May… Definitely interested! My life and the ‘legends’ surrounding The Fusion Orchestra are indelibly linked! Be great to actually hear, if not see, one of the performances i have heard so much about…
FUSION ORCHESTRA RELEASE FIRST ALBUM FOR 45 YEARS
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED rock band Fusion Orchestra have released their first album in 45 years following a surprise encounter with a fan in Japan. The band – which was active between 1969 and 1975 – featured vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jill Saward, who has enjoyed a long and successful career in the music industry and has been the ‘front woman’ for jazz-funk band Shakatak for 37 years. Jill explains: “There I was in Tokyo in 2016 finishing the Shakatak tour, when a quiet discerning Japanese man called Yasuyuki Mizuno approached me at the merchandise table and said he has a cassette of a Fusion Orchestra show he attended at the Marquee London in 1974. “I found myself listening to the set– with a nostalgic tear in my eye, shouting to myself ‘yeah, go girl go!’. Screams and all. The band sounded brilliant, the audience jibes and cheers really added to the show. It’s live, uncut and really very very raw. I was transported back to the Marquee and can smell the place now – and I can also feel the history that lived in the walls. “I presented this project to our record company and they’ve done a brilliant job mastering and saving all of the live moments.”
The album – Fusion Orchestra Live at the Marquee – features Jill on vocals, piano, flute, 12-string guitar and percussion; Colin Dawson on lead guitar; Stan Land (who sadly passed away early in 2017) on second guitar, slide guitar, harmonica and synths; Paul Jennings on bass guitar; and Dave Bell on drums. The recording has been taken from the original analogue source captured at the London’s Marquee club on 26 August 1974. Guitarist Colin Dawson adds: “As Jill says, it’s raw and not without faults, but it does capture the atmosphere and excitement of the moment. It also includes mostly numbers that were previously unrecorded by the band, yet featured in the set at the time and were popular with the fans – including Dave Bell’s legendary drum solo!”
The track listing is 1: Beginning End. 2: Sister Reno. 3: Talk To The Man In The Sky. 4: To A Child. 5: Set In the Rock. 6: Spinedance + Drum Solo. 7: Skeleton In Armour. Plus two encores – a surprise version of the Beatles’ Ticket To Ride and Whole Lotta Shakin’.
Fusion Orchestra Live at the Marquee comes with a booklet including a gallery of band pictures and is available from Available from https://www.secretrecordslimited.com
Jan Warren… This is the best news and I was at that gig in 1974! – I’ve always loved Fusion Orchestra and I’ve ordered the cd!
Supplied by Lol Cooksey
First photo of Die Laughing, Mallet Hall Bexhill in May 1977. Terry Corder bass, Kevin Williams vocals, Lol Cooksey drums and Phil Thornton Guitar.
Trisha Ann…. That’s Mick Mepham on the drums isn’t it not Lol?
Roy Penfold… Certainly looks like Mick!
Alan Esdaile… Doesn’t look like him but definitely Lol.
Jim Breeds… I bought a Die Laughing 7 inch in Courthouse Street yesterday! You Got The Power/Hard Living Man on Ocean Records OC 003. Bit of a punt – I haven’t had a chance to try playing it yet to see if’s OK.
Phil Thornton… haha ! It was high energy back in the day and fun to be on guitar for a change !
Richard J Porter… Now known as the 6Ts with Harry Randall replacing Philip Thornton. Saw Harry earlier today.
Phil Thornton… As far as I know the 6Ts are harry, terry and lol. Different material than DL – my replacement was Mick mepham ! The early DL material also featured 60’s covers but it was very stylised and delivered with a punkish attitude – an interesting mix with kev’s angelic soulful vocals ( I wonder what happened to him ?) when Mick took over, original material became the main focus with a classic/melodic rock approach ! I remember they put on an outstanding performance for the melody maker rock contest (1978 ?)
Andy Ives… And what a great band they were too
Kevin Williams… Moved to London…….formed ‘Rye & The Quarterboys’ (8 piece soul band) then ‘The Hunger’ – ‘The Stand’ , now got a 5 piece called The Cry. So still above ground and still doing it.
Ernest Ballard… Phil Thornton on guitar i never knew that
David Miller… PGT manifests music via a bewilderingly wide variety of instruments and is also particularly exceptional on the guitar – he has been for as long as I’ve know him. I nominate him for the Todd Rundgren Multi-Instrumental Born To Synthesize award.
ads supplied by Sarah Harvey, Ronnie Lane photo 1975 (venue unknown) Rik Walton https://www.flickr.com/photos/rikwalton/5069642148/in/photostream/ Mike Storey photo supplied by Clive Richardson from the gig at Hastings Pier
Peter Fairless… …how come?
Mick O’Dowd… Nice one Sarah. Keep em’ coming!
Peter Fairless… Love it!
Steve Cooke… He has to be one of our most underrated songwriters! Went way too soon.
Dennis Torrance… Was there fantastic night
Andy Qunta… This was a really excellent show! Bands playing live! Whispering Bob Harris adding intelligent comments. The good old days! 😉
Peter Thomson… Not the album but I do have a DVD box set. Astonishing catalogue when viewed back to back.
Pete Prescott… I watched the first one with my mother. Not sure she was as impressed asI was ha ha ! I think it was 1971.
The first song up was “warming up the band ” by Head Hands and Feet. I tried to never miss out each week.
I remember watching Claire Hamill on it. Great show. Andy Q and Wesley were on it with Hazel O’Connor I think.
Andy Qunta… Yes, we were on with Hazel towards the end of 1980 I think. Great experience!
Chris Barrett… I see Claire Hamill was on it on it 4/4/1972. Can you remember what you sang?
Mark Randall… Every New Years Eve special/compilation, they ALWAYS played SteelyDdan’s ‘Reelin’ in ..” and soddin’ LS’s Freebird. Every year!!!!
ticket supplied by Mick Mepham
Here’s a rare video of Crawler ‘Stone Cold Sober’ venue unknown.
John Storer….One of the most embarrassing moments of my life was loudly slagging off Crawler as being bloody awful, only to find I was sitting right behind the band’s wives and girlfriends. Oops! Agree with Bobby, though, that Moon were easily the best band on that night. Their debut album “Too Close For Comfort” is one of the few albums I regret giving away, because I’ve never been able to find another copy. I don’t remember Concorde at Reading, but do remember that it had been raining all day and when Moon came onstage it stopped, and the sun came out. Brought a huge cheer from the crowd.
Tim Bruce…..Just watched the youtube link of stone cold sober. Saw Geoff Whitehorn demonstrating Marshall amps in 93 at Eastbourne. Brilliant guitarist.
Bobby Walker….Remember this gig because …. there were seats in the ballroom! Crawler were dull (wasn’t long after Paul Kossoff had died, Boxer were good, but Moon were brilliant. Saw them a few months later at Reading. A brilliant moment when Concorde flew right over the stage as they were playing.
Martyn Baker…..I’m still playing music with Loz Netto (guitarist from MOON & Sniff N’ The Tears). Lives in Brighton. He’s a great player.
Gerry Fortsch… Good gig I remember it well, I was lucky to see my favorite bass player Tim Bogert from the Vanilla Fudge.
supplied by Roger Carey
Sarah Harvey… My artwork….. on my birthday. I organised all of the Ore Festivals in the 1970s and created the posters during my lunch-hours at work. I was a design draughtsperson in Battle. Also played in Samisen on the night.
Alan Wood… Wow !!
Mike Mitchell… I went to that one. I was obviously very keen. 75p entry and I was only earning 50p an hour at Dickies Discount at the time.