Raven – Saturdays Discotheque Hastings February 1977

Shaun Pont… Second right, Paul Ray

Len Smith… Believe line-up is ?, Dave Hacker, Paul Ray & Alan Davies.

John Kitcher… Paul Ray I played with many times.

Chris Coleman… Second from left Dave Acker

Mark Little… Paul Ray, Dave acker

Alan Davies… L to r Aus Tony, Dave Hacker, Paul Ray and me

King’s Country Club Eastbourne – 1975

Martin Richter… impressive line-up !

Patricia Lloyd… Loved kings

Julie Morris… Often went on a Thursday night – loved it!

John Scaife… Peter Gordeno -Commader & The Pilot of Sky 1 (Submarine in UFO)

David Edwards… Imagine Ella Fitzgerald like a diamond atop a pile of also tans, Kings certainly pulled out all the stops there!

Jim Hobbs… Fair comment, but to give them their due, the others on the line up were big UK stars in their day.

Tony Court-holmes… Andre and i worked there

Cliff Bennett… What a programme!!!!????

Colin Creagh… Just look at the names

Terry Pack… The sad thing is that most ‘entertainment’ in Eastbourne is unchanged in 45 years. The Devonshire Theatre has pantos and Agatha Christie, the Congress has bands from the 60s, comics from the 70s and orchestral music from the 1800s, and the Bandstand has tribute bands all Summer. The idea that a musician like Ella could do a week long residency these days… if only.

Richard Cripps… Mum and Dad owned a chalet there, spent so many memorable years there from the age of 8 [1971] until it closed. Had the opportunity to see sooo many stars of the time there… and then across the road to the disco. Any one remember Nan on reception? or Barry the house drummer?

Michael Williams… I lived at Kings, as my father was public relations officer, I remember him introducing the acts on stage including Sandie Shaw, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck , Dusty Springfield and loads more. My father had an album with him shaking hands with all the stars before he introduced them on stage. That would have been the sixties.

Robert Searle… Clark-Elsom Collection,who remembers them? What ever happened to Graham Clark, the bass player?

Perri Ann Haste… I used to go there in the Mid to late seventies – always had a great time! – happy days… those were the days eh

Julie Morris… Thursday nights Perri – and still went to work the next day

Tony Court-holmes… went there a few times

Joe Brown And His Musicians – White Rock Pavilion 29th August 1971 and Peter Noone & The Hermits 5th September 1971.

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Andre Martin… Worked with both on the military circuit -both great acts and nice people.

Chris Giles… I went to see Peter Noone at the White rock..

Tim Poole… Hi, can you tell me if Hermans Hermits played in Hastings between 73 and 75? I have a memory of my Nan taking me to a concert around that time. Many thanks.

Alan Esdaile… The only thing I can find is Peter Noone played The White Rock Pavilion on the 20th August 1972. Anyone else got any information on other locals gigs he did in the 70’s?

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Tim Poole… That was the concert I remember.

Andre Martin… Thinking back, I am sure that Peter left the group in early 70s and went solo to US, the band that I can remember working with would have been The Hermits, there is a TV programme on Peters life that was made a few years back and that would have more dates, it often pops up on Sky Art ?

Sue James…  I saw Peter noon in the Anchor it must have been late sixties early seventies

Alan Esdaile…  I wonder if the barman said to him.. Sorry, no milk today

Mac & Katie Kissoon, Rubber Band and Nicky Thomas – Hastings Pier 25th August 1973

Alan Esdaile… Did Dandy Livingstone appear instead of Nicky Thomas?

Sheila Maile… Remember their song. Your my pigeon your my dove.

Jan Warren… Waaheyyyy, Rubber Band!!

Nigel Sherwood… Nicky Thomas appeared

Sylvia Sinden… Did Katie sometimes sing as a backing singer for Eric Clapton?

Alan Esdaile… Yes she did Sylvia and some great clips on You Tube.

Mick O’Dowd… Mac & Katie were a great brother /sister act. Very talented and great voices. Unfortunately they were saddled with cheesy pop songs to record which never let them express their true talents. Katie became a backing singer for alot of acts in the same mould as another wasted talent Madeline Bell. I remember seeing Nicky Thomas on The Pier Alan but i’m sure he was headlining.

Martin Richter… darn – missed it

Peter Fairless… Their hit from 1973 (in the Netherlands!) was Song For Everybody.

David Edwards… Katie became a much in demand backing singer and was with Van Morrison for a number of years

Who remembers Tony Kane/Simon Davies?

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David Kent… Remember Andy, Simon and family very well. Sorry to hear Simon no longer with us. Hi Andy.

Kevin Burchett… Simon was a very good friend of Derek Reade the owner of Scalliwags it was Simon who worked for EMI at the time gave Derek the Scalliwags song it was a demo. he connection to EMI and Simon Davies is in the video

Alan Esdaile… Happy memories of Simon. Remember him waving his plastic legs and all manner of things at his discos! Also listening to tapes at the recording studio in Denmark Street and taking me to a live Top Of The Pops show. He seemed to have access all areas and we were waved through the gates, while the fans waited outside. Sitting in the board room at EMI and would play me the latest recordings and ask my opinion. Used to see him a lot when I was working in London. When I opened the shop and struggling, he got me to make badges for The Eddie Grundy Fan Club and others. I think it was him that got The Breathers record deal? Very much missed.

Mick O’Dowd… A really nice guy and got on well with him. Gave him a few tips along the ways and he helped me as well Sad to hear of his passing. As they say the good always die young. R.I.P. Simon/Tony.

Andy Davies… Lovely to meet you Alan and Mick, couldn’t believe it’s over forty years since I met you guys. i think Simon would be delighted to know we’ve met and people remember him, and people that helped him along the way and knew him back then. I’ve got a few records that he was involved with, I’ll try and find them and bring them along another time. Incidentally I found I do have an original copy of Time Machine by Factory on the Oak label. Hi to David and Kevin too.

Andy Qunta… I remember him well as Tony Kane, the DJ at many of Factory’s early gigs. Lovely fella! Great to have met his brother Andy at the SMART meeting last week!

Tony Court-holmes… I think i went to school with me

Glenn Piper… Did you really? You went to school with yourself, nice one

SMART coffee meet no 51 report

Our 51 meet and among the newbies this time were Glenn Piper, Andy Qunta, Andy Davies, Reg Wood and Ernest Ballard. Glenn was chatting about happy memories of The Continental coffee bar and pier gigs. Andy Qunta was talking about the new cd from Factory and future local gigs and had with him a Factory leaflet from the Chelsea Collage Eastbourne 1973 gig and the bands bookings and recordings diary from May 1970 to August 1973. Andy Davies was talking about the album sleeves he designed and sharing memories of his brother Simon Davies who many fondly remember. He also had a business card of Simon’s, when he did his discos under the name of Tony Kane.  Reg Wood was talking about when he saw Kevin Coyne and Elvis Costello on the pier and had the albums with him, as well as some Rolling Stones shirts. Ernest Ballard was talking about his shop Hastings Musical Exchange and the band Jump The Gun, he also had a business card from his 1975 band ‘August’.  Barry Taylor arrived with leaflets for the forthcoming gig he is putting on in aid of St Michael’s Hospice on 6th October at the Sea Angling Club. Line up will include Freak Flag, Pete Brown, Carey & Prescott and Harmer & Westlake. Pete Prescott had a pile of cassettes including Jinks Throught the Sound Barrier, Alan Attfield & Chris Cozens – Facades and Double Indemnity – Moonlight & Love Songs.  Monica Bane had  a photo of Town Council and the 7” single record Sweet and Neat/The Harder You Love which was written by her brother Steve Hersee, who was in the group and still playing and recording under the name Neon Roadster. She also had some great posters from her modelling days in the 70s. Pete Houghton never lets us down and had with him framed autograph photos of Pink Floyd ‘Animals’ and Grand Funk Railroad and a pile of rare albums.  Mick O’Dowd had a bag full of books for Conquest Hospital Radio fundraising and Jon McCallion was chatting to John Petri and Pete Millington about George Harrison’s Telecaster and talking about bus passes!  Too many people to mention but this is a small bit of what I remember. Anything interesting you were talking about, please feel free to add here.

Andy Qunta… I had a fabulous time, meeting up with old friends & new! Thanks, Alan & everyone! It was a fabulous afternoon catching up with old friends & meeting some new ones. Very glad I was finally able to get to a SMART meeting!

Wendy Weaver… Nice to see you.

Ernest Ballard… Had a lovely time meeting old friends.  Super day thanks Alan

Jon McCallion… Great time Alan talking about all different things with different people you do a great job

Lance Collins… Sorry. Worked late. Will get to next one

Jim Breeds… Sorry I couldn’t get to this one. Sounds like it was fun (as always). And smart of course.

Mick O’Dowd… Excellent as usual! Phil Gill told me that Soultown are now playing thrash/death metal!

Pete Houghton… Had a great time glad to see my friend Glenn Piper it’s been year’s since we last met and also my friend Mick O’Dowd and two of Factory

Reg Wood… Finally made it! Enjoyed a good chat.

Jeanette Jones… Glad everyone had a great time hope to catch up in the Autumn

Lucy Pappas… I loved Simon Davies. I was with his sister, Gill, just recently. I guess that’s the same Simon? x

 

Curzon Cinema St Leonards closes in January 1977

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Derek Clemans… I went to see Slade in flame there.

Dizz Corinne Ryder… me too!

Peter Houghton… Didn’t they used to call it the flea pit?

Alan Esdaile… That was The Orion, Pete.

Nick Prince… no the Curzon was the best in the borough at the time of closing

Janine Anne Scott… My Grandma was an usherette there in the 60s.

Dennis Torrance… Sad when it went Remember wet winter Sunday afternoons in there with old girlfriend they used to bring tea trolley around great service and some great films

Alan Esdaile… remember the tea trolley. Used to get the old film posters from the manager.

Christina Prentice… My auntie Winnie took me there to see escape from witch mountain!!!!

Mike Mitchell… Ah that wonderful tea trolley pushed along by a lady in a checked nylon house coat. Tea always came in cup *and* saucer no less!
And the manager was always standing outside in dinner jacket and bow tie to greet you. Happy days!

Nick Prince… The Curzon closed seven days after the Penguin did. A week later, the White Rock Pavilion showed its last film. It wasn’t uncommon to get several films a year there

Kevin White… My dad was a projectionist there in the 50’s or 60’s.I used to get in free as a kid as he knew the manager at the time. Mum used to send me down there with some sandwiches during the summer holidays when I was getting on her nerves,bless her cotton socks.So quite often

Ralph Town… I saw a re run of “Man who fell to Earth” in 77 too.I got press book,poster,photos THE LOT!