El Pea – Island Records Sampler 1971




Alan Esdaile… Anyone remember or still got this double album sampler, that sold for £1.99?

Mojo71 Reyneva… Yes, I have this album and was musically around when it was released. But here I am too many years later trying to putting the artist names to the pictures and coming up short! Who are the two women the right inside cover? By the way it is a shit hot sampler. Mojo71

Alan Esdaile… I think the two women are from The Incredible String Band.

Pete Prescott… Ah ! Never seen this before !

Terry Smith… i have this album as it was the third LP i ever bought ( Led Zep 1 & After the Goldrush were the first two and were bought from Richard Branson’s first advert in Melody Maker) I once met Chris Blackwell and waxed lyrical about this sampler . He was delightful and charming but i think it meant a lot more to me than him.

Simon Javille… STILL NOT AVAILABLE ON CD 50 years later !!’

Colin Lloyd Hall… I have a copy

Aquarius Club, George Street, Hastings circa 1973 – Tony Howard photos.

All photos © Tony Howard

Peter Fairless… Wow, a proper venue! Never seen it like that before.

Anne Murray… What was the nightclub that burnt down called?

Lucy Pappas… Anne, Are you thinking of the Hi Fi?

Anne Murray… Yes that could be it. I remember being outside and my friends brother was one of the fire crew!

Jacquie Hinves… Happy days spent there.

Lucy Pappas… Wow! I don’t remember it being like that!

Martyn Baker… It was the first club that I had ever heard proper seamless DJ mixing between dance tracks. I was 16 at the time, and it totally knocked me out!

Glenn Piper… I only went in once, and that was to work on a Budgie gig

Stuart Moir… Played that stage many times, lovely memories of my band mates above

Judy Atkinson… Used to go Thursday nights – Steve Maxted on his trapeze!

Reg Wood… Judy, Me too. Great memories.

Tony Davis… Had some fun nights there either djing or drinking

Kathy Harding… I met my husband there in 1972

Vivienne Gibbs… My father worked on the doors back in the day

Ian Watling… Fond memories, great place, thanks for posting

Mick O’Dowd… Saw some class acts here including Centre Page!

Clare Bennett… It wasn’t my sort of place don’t think

Christine Giles… Saw The Sweet there and Lindisfarne

Mark Randall… Would this be where I saw Haircut 100? Was it at some point called ‘Thursdays’ or some such ?

Merv Kennard… Worked with Tony from early 70s. Haven’t seen him for a few years. Hoping to be at next meeting with another newbie.

Robert Searle… Sweet were top notch, fantastic vocals and great backing, a harmony rock band.

Christine Giles… Robert, they were I was surprised


Wing Recording Studios Bexhill 1974 & 1978 adverts.


Martin Richter… can I book now ?

Mick O’Dowd… Tony Bird enterprise I believe.

Dave Nattress… “The Charts” Recorded demos there in 1981. Lee Slush, Mick Bridgland, Steve Watson and myself Dave Nattress. Remember Tony who engineered the tapes saying”sod the expense, put Dolby on it”.

Martin Richter… dobly?

Peter Fairless… ..and turn everything up to 11, Martin.

Lazybones Disco 1976 and Police Ball.



Anyone remember Lazybones?

Peter Fairless… Which one was that, under the Queens?

Jim Breeds… That rings a distant bell … was it under Queens Hotel?

Alan Esdaile… Yes Pete and Jim, trying to remember the chain of different names, was it The Flying Machine at one time? Bonitas, Emmas etc.

Chris Giles… Bonitas I remember chicken and chips on a Sunday Eve

Alan Esdaile… Thanks Chris! You just reminded me of the smell and the greasy taste. I feel sick!

Jane Hartley… Bonitas, Lazybones, Queen of Clubs, JRs.

Virginia Davis… That brings back memories

Andy Qunta… Yes indeed!

Jim Breeds…  Bonitas I could have volunteered as a name but Lazybones had gone from the memory until now!  Gosh yes. Chicken in the basket wasn’t it? And Scampi too, probably!  lol.

Chris Giles… Yep it was in a basket.

Jon McCallion… We played at bonitas after recording fooling around the same night I think.

Mick O’Dowd… Don’t forget cockroaches in a basket at Bonitas.

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Tich Turner’s Roaring 80’s photo 1978

Martyn Baker… Left to right….. Andy (Dimarzio) Smith – Guitar, Tich Turner – Vocal, Kevin Hoad – Drums, Wesley Magoogan – Saxes & Backing Vocal, Keff McCulloch  Guitar, Piano, Backing Vocal, Martyn Baker Bass Guitar.

Keff McCulloch… We never did find out what happened to Andy, did we?

Glenn Piper… Last group I roadied for, lovely lads

Martyn Baker… Glenn, Yourself and Little Dave (Kenwood) were absolutely amazing!

Jacquie Hinves…My beautiful Kevin. Wesley, Martyn, Keff,Andy and of course Tich. Just before I started my Nurse training. I miss those days . Xxx

Andy Qunta… Great band!

Pete Prescott… Yeah ! A great band !

Amanda Hilton… I loved that band

Tracy Birrell… This takes me back. I went out with Tich Turner.

Sunstroke 1978 – Here Comes the Train – Ore Station Hastings?

Alan Esdaile… They were managed by Cy Whitfield.

John Williams… We played on the same set as this band we were Hot Pursuit Hastings beer festival

John Mcewen… I knew Ore Station well. used it to get to and from school. Definitely looks like Ore from the chain link fence posts and the small waiting room(shed) in the background.

Mick O’Dowd… Promoted them at The Carlisle with Be Bop Bella Disco.

Cricketers Tavern South Terrace Hastings. 2nd August 1978

Mick O’Dowd… Got married here for the first time in 1970. I expect Chris Gentry & Colin might remember as they did the disco. Got a parking ticket outside even though I had asked for a space and was granted one! Should have realised it was an omen!

Colin Bell… I remember, You should have ‘Sue’d’