Nicholas Parsons – Warrior Hotel St Leonards 14th February 1978

Richard Moore… It was a pleasure to work with him that night with Sunshine Express, a real pro and a nice guy. Tommy Trinder appeared the following year .

Tony Ham… From Norwich, it’s the quiz of the week…

Rick Nesbit… Nicholas bloody Parsons!!

Tony Ham… I remember him in The Comic Strip Presents.

 

SMART Coffee meet number 50 report

Wow! What can I say! A brilliant turn out for our 50th Coffee meet. A big thank you to everyone for making it so special. Among the newbies this time were Trevor Chenery, Jack and Janice Irving, Jim Westlake and Malcolm Sharp. Trevor was talking about his band Tzar when they were on the bill with Ashton Gardner & Dyke and Shaft on the pier back in 1972. Also talking about Daisy when he was a roadie for them. Jack Irving had with him a number of photos of Screaming Lord Sutch and The Savages, as well as a very interesting video of the Joe Meek Tribute Concert that took place in 1991. Jim Westlake was chatting about the successful gigs he does with Eric Harmer at The Drift In Bar and Malcolm Sharp was chatting about the amusement machines that have just arrived on Hastings Pier. Pete Prescott had a previous engagement but managed to quickly pop in a cutting about Ray Fenwick and Forcefield from the Guitarist magazine January 1987. Colin Bell had with him a rare Eden Kane and His Brothers photographs, discographies, autographed biog book that Peter Sarstedt gave him in 1997 when he promoted The Tunbridge Wells Festival.  Peter Houghton arrived with bags of albums including an autographed album of The Love Affair and Hawkwind, as well as a signed tank top t-shirt from Van Halen. He also had the new Lonerider album that features Simon Kirke from Bad Company and the new CD Jobcentre Rejects that features Die Laughing.  Seeing all the logos inside the new SMART leaflet David Smith remembers years ago a friend passing through Rome airport carrying a Disc Jockey shop record bag! Andre Martin did a very nice speech and on the advice of others and against my wishes decided to put a bucket around for donations which raised £140.31. I have decided to donate this to The Bladder Scanner Appeal for De Cham Ward at The Conquest Hospital. Thank you to everyone and also for your lovely comments . A great time was had by everyone. Now the goal is to make it to 100 meets! If you have any interesting stories you were chatting about please feel free to add here. 

photo Kevin Burchett

John Busbridge… Sorry I couldn’t make it but I am on crutches!

Wendy Weaver… It was very nice today Alan. Meeting old friends and new.

Elaine Roberts… Great get-together! Thank you x

Jim Breeds… Good to see everyone there today. Congrats on organising 50 of these Alan.

Wendy Belton… It was great to see so many there. Congratulations on your 50th meeting Alan.

Geoff Peckham… I’m glad it went so well. Well done Alan! I’d have joined you had it not been for my friend’s funeral.

Eva Neuke… I’m very disappointed that I couldn’t be there..

Monica Bane… Allan! did tell many friends about this today! Would have been there, but my friends and I were out with Senior Forum, for the day, hope next month!  All the best Monica!

Peter Houghton… Well done Alan it was a good meeting today thanks Pete

Lucy Pappas… Sorry to miss it

Deborah Mould… A great event Alan, thank you

Mick O’Dowd… Try and top this one Alan. Contained all the whistles & bells and more. Did us proud with the eats. Without you we wouldn’t exist.

Jan Warren… Great pic Alan!! – I just wish I could recognise Pete (Houghton) in there?? – come on Pete, tell me ……. I know its been many years and we’ve all got older, so, come on Pete, don’t be shy, which one is you?? Happy 50th Meeting to all you lovely old youngsters!

Mick O’Dowd… Pete Houghton is 2nd from left Jan Warren!

Mark Harris… Great to have a good chat with Andre about the old Archway Management days and the gigs he used to get for us in various army camps around the south east!

Mick O’Dowd… Fame at last! Front page of SMART mag & in colour too!!!!

Andy Knight… Any pics of Tzar?

Alan Esdaile… Sorry Andy, Trevor did not have any photos.

Hawkwind In Search autographs from Hastings Pier around 1972 supplied by Peter Houghton

supplied by Peter Houghton

Mike Waghorne… I remember that gig !

Martyn Baker… Mum wouldn’t let me go. I was 13 and well pissed off. I did see them a couple of years later though. Brilliant!

Neil Partrick… That’s cool. I remember the album well. I only saw them once, but it was them headlining the last Stonehenge music festival in 1984 (following The Enid)!

Pete Houghton…  Hawkwind I believe played the pier twice.

Alan Esdaile… I’ve got them listed at playing 7 times Pete! Maybe wrong.

Chris Jolly… I saw them offstage at the IOW festival in 1970…

Keith Veness… We were there in 72 great night

Tony Court-holmes… i was there

Birds Music Bexhill special offers July 1977

Martin Richter… gotta love some *overload* and *heavy duty* …?

Tim Moose Bruce… Is that when Tony’s dad was running it? He used to build organs, which must have been valve circuitry.

Alan Vale… I had several 100’s of £££ in cash and he refused to sell me an orange hustler, he later sold to a very good friend of mine for £50 years later. So I refuse to deal with him. What sort of bussiness is that???

Gerry Fortsch… Always got a good deal from Tony.

David Blundell… I used to go in to buy a plectrum and I’d come out with an effects pedal I never knew I needed!

Gez Donnelly…. I went in for a pick and come out with a pick and a set of drumsticks

Chris Jolly… That ole chestnut!

David Blundell… All true Chris – I was a gullible teenager and easy prey for master salesman Tony Bird!

Mike Waghorne… I brought a fender twin reverb of off Tony in the mid to late 70’s part exchanged for a HH 100w with a 2/12 cab

Pete Fisher…Marshall with overload sounds great… that logo looks like a job for your 335 Phil Gill.

Ralph Town… At those prices,I,m in…who do I call…OH! I see…..

Conan Howard… I would like 5 of those Marshall amps please.. right now

 

 

Chilli Willi and The Red Hot Peppers plus Strife – Hastings Pier 15th June 1974

Pete Houghton… Both Chilli Willi and the Red Hot Peppers and Strife were bloody fantastic great concert by both bands.

Phil Gill… Chill Willi were fabulous. Great country style guitarist, who I talked with afterwards and who was happy to talk guitars for ages. He gave me the best advice ever – always practice first thing in the morning and it sets up your fingers for the rest of the day. He was right, been doing that now for 45 years and it still works for me. Funny how a chance encounter can change your life so much.

Pete Fisher… Maybe that was Philip Lithman – read in wiki he’d been over to San Francisco before the band formed, and went back there after they split…I think you can hear a bit of West Coast maybe even Grateful Dead influence here…lovely guitar anyway, oh and good advice BTW – wish someone had said that to me – evenings after work not always the best time…

Mick O’Dowd… Chilli Willi. Excellent! Bongos Over Balham. Excellent album!

Pete Houghton… yes it’s an Excellent album

Nick Patching… Mick, Pete Thomas on drums (from Seaford) who went on to hit the pig skin for Elvis Costello

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Rockpile featuring Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe – Hastings Pier 11th June 1979.

Phil Gill… How did I miss this gig? I’m a huge fan. In a related story, Steve Demetri, Andy Caine and I arranged to meet up with Ray Fenwick in the Old Town one carnival night, 1980, maybe 1981…Ray turned up with his friend Billy, who turned out to be Billy Bremner from Rockpile, dressed in exactly the same clothes as he wore on the cover of the “Seconds of Pleasure” album, same red jacket, same shirt , everything . He was good company, but it was weirdly like my album sleeve had come to life and was wandering round the Stade.

Peter Fairless… Likewise, gutted to have missed it. Guess it was because it was a Monday night. ‘So It Goes’ is one of my all time Top 10. Well found, Alan. Obviously a warm up for that US tour

Chris Giles… Thanks AlanI knew I had seen Dave Edmunds …was doubting myself it was the pier though… Thank you for searching ….yay. It was loud … I stood LH stage where I always did, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t very crowded.

Jim Breeds… Wow! I’d just started working in London by then, so that’s why I didn’t go.

Dave Boutwood… It was very poorly attended, so I watched right by the stage, couldn’t hear properly for a week.

Graham Wilks… The great Terry Williams on drums.

Ken Copsey… Supported by Lew Lewis. I seem to remember it wasn’t that busy.

Lazybones Disco 1976 and Police Ball.

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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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