A Band Of Angels – 18th March 1966 and part 2 of The Happy Ballroom report by Andre Martin.

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supplied by  Andre Palfrey-Martin Collection L-R:John Gaydon, John Baker, Andrew Petre, David Wilkinson, Mike d’Abo.

Here is the 18th March 1966 extra report –
As you can see we are looking at Hastings 7 St Leonards some 50 years ago, although it only seems like it was yesterday. We at the local college – Hastings College of Further Education had planned for the college Rag would coincide with the 900th celebrations of that famous battle around 14 October. Because of the term dates, our main entertainments were scheduled for June and would be a 3 nighter on Hastings Pier, the Big event being the Friday All Nighter. To start the ball rolling we decided that something in March would be a good idea, and looking for a theme, decided against St Patricks Night and went for 18th March – “ The Ides of March “ the entertainments committee organised this, and for some unknown reason decided to book the Dolphin Ballroom on the floor below the Witch Doctor, at the last minute this was changed and we had a very successful night. The Programme was top of the bill, Pye Recording artistes and old Harrovians “ A Band of Angels” supported by two excellent local groups The Defiants and The Victors and the record spinning was left in my capable hands.[ its strange that the word Disco does still not appear anywhere] As we had 2 members of the d’Abo family amongst the college student body, the addition of Mike in A Band of Angels, would ensure that Mrs d’Abo would be along to see the boys appearing on the night, she was a real trouper and all the noise, lights and great number of young people, never flinched the whole evening – she was a Star!
We arrange for a personal visit from the boys to Alan Jensen in the Disc Jockey in the afternoon for PR exercise, record & photo signing etc – these were always popular and you could rely on a very happy smiling Alan to be buzzing around the shop, and he came along to the club that night as one of our guests. On another personal level, that turned out to be the start of another interesting time for me, as I was asked to take over the organisation of the entertainments for the Rag 3 Day event later in the year, so great things ahead. A Band of Angels were a great act and I think one of their best records, and one that in subsequent years would get a big following on the Northern Soul Circuit was” Invitation” As this was a Friday night – “Ready Steady Go” had set the scene, and on the show that week, we saw Billy Fury-“I’ll never quite get over you” : Barbara Lewis : Bob Lind “Elusive Butterfly”: Spencer Davis “Somebody Help Me”[ has to one of my all time favourite records of the year ] Irma Thomas and The Who “ Substitute “ – which was the first single that I played that night, having been given a copy earlier in the week by Alan Jensen as Reaction records were doing a heavy promotion at the time. It was an excellent way to start the night. For those of you who remember that night, I hope this addition to my weekly blog has brought back good memories, I certainly remember that weekend for all sorts of reasons. Back to normal in the next couple days when we look at the weekend of 19 March 1966        Andre Palfrey-Martin© 2016.

Alan Esdaile …..Not sure if this record was a hit but was big with the Northern Soul crowd. I used to go and play the piano for Mike ‘d’Abo’s mum ‘Primrose’. A lovely lady and very much missed.

Andre Martin….Very true – now being played in Japan in the Northern Clubs ! Hope Mike and the Boys are getting their Yen.

 

Tony Rivers and The Castaways – The Dolphin Ballroom 6th January 1968

 

John Warner… Tony Rivers, met him in later life when his wife Tina came to work for me. That really is a blast from the past.

Tony Rivers… Yeah I was wondering just where I was that day!

Mick Knights… I still remember them playing Good Vibrations at The Witch Doctor, they were one of my favourite giging bands at the time, saw them on a quite a few occasions, one of them was most probably at the Dolphin Ballroom which was used while the Witch Doctor morphed into The Cobweb. My favourite live band at time, most probably there as it was the only place to go in the limbo between the Witch Doctor closing and the Cobweb opening.

 

The Hollies & The Strangers Five – Hastings Pier 7th March 1964

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Andre Palfrey-martin collection. Ticket supplied by Pete Millington

Andre Martin….Here is something from 50 years ago – The Hollies playing the Happy Ballroom on 7th March 1964 + The Strangers Five, all for 6/-

Andy Qunta…. Would have loved to see that! Big Hollies fan, then & now!

Terry Pack….I played with Bobby Sansom’s band at The Top Rank Club in Brighton for six months in 1982/3. He was a great singer

Margaret Cullingworth… Along with friends I went to see The Hollies on Hastings Pier that night. There I met for the first time the nice young man I was destined to marry. ‘Just One Look’ is definitely on the play list for our Golden Wedding anniversary party next month as that is all it took!

Peter Millington… I was there, the sound of Eric Haydock’s Fender VI through a Fender Bassman 2×12 Piggy Back Amp was stunning, never got over that and the harmonies. The drummer for that visit was Don Rathbone who left shortly after this gig and was repalced by Bobby Elliott.

Margaret Cullingworth…My husband and I go to Hollies concerts whenever they are in our area. We went to Eastbourne and Brighton on the last tour. I was pleased to know the name of the support group, The Strangers Five. I wonder if any of them went on to find fame!

Andre Martin…. The Strangers Five, were from Southampton and appeared regularly on the Pier over the years – here is a quote from their website Sometime after that, we formed the “Five Strangers”. The band comprised of me, ‘Fred Funnel’, Brian Fisher, Roy Bridle and Bill Yaldren. We did some great gigs at that time. I remember ‘The Candlelight Club’ at Woolston, and the ‘Empire Hall’ at Totton. One of the best was the Saturday morning “Gaumont Show”. Quite a few of the local bands did the show and it was just fantastic…To be 17 years old and playing on a big, real theatre stage with an audience of several hundreds screaming for more at the end of each song did make us ‘Feel Good’. Sometimes there would be 2 groups on and sometimes they might have us, plus a guest singer, such as ‘Tex Roberg’. Well….. It was just wonderful.  This group later changed their name to Wishful Thinking.

Peter Millington…Saw The Hollies twice – life was never the same after that….Yes it was 1964 although The Hollies came to Hastings Pier on 24th August 1963. Seeing them for the second time in 1964 made me appreciate just how good they were. The first time I just glazed over in amazement at the precision high harmonies. They seemed to be better than their records although live performances give you a “feel” particularly with Eric Haydock pounding out his speedy bass lines with a Fender VI through a Fender amp. There was a time in 1963/4 where all the big names were using kit that we could only see on TV or in brochures. Getting any gear locally was impossible. Eventually we (The Confederates) managed to get a full line-up of Vox gear and a shiny set of Premier drums by going up to the Vox factory and Musicland in Bexleyheath. We came back with the mother of all HP debts. Well you got to haven’t you. To quote a local musician who shall remain nameless “Well that’s showbusiness Dad”

Jon McCallion… I still print the Hollies progs every year when they are on tour. Still a good band, saw them two years ago, fantastic. They are still big in New Zealand.

Andy Qunta… Big on my iPod too!

Mick Knights… At the Crosby and Nash concert at the Albert Hall a couple of years ago, Alan Clark made a guest appearance and sang ‘Bus Stop’ to probably the loudest applause of the whole evening.

Gerry Forsch… Is this the night that the Hollies had a crash in Robertsbridge?

Lloyd Johnson… i was at this gig!..great group!…

Helena Kingshott… I remember that night x

Lloyd Johnson… fun wasn’t it!….rocks in the tree tops all night long! Rockin Robin! tweet! tweet! twiddly deeee!..

 

The Talismen – Top Hastings group from 1964 to 1967

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Supplied by Peter Millington Hastings Groups from 1958 to the present – photos Lloyd Johnson

Peter Millington… The Talismen – One of the best Hastings Groups between 1964 and 1967. Chris Sayer, Keith (Budge) Harrison, Henry Harvey and Peter (Jonah) Jones. Pictures from Lloyd Johnson. Sadly, Chris, Budge and Henry have all passed away.

Yvonne Cleland… I think this is the band that came round to our house and played a few numbers when I was a baby in a cot. Chris played something, and I plunked along with him on my red plastic guitar!

Jon McCallion… Had lunch with Chris nearly every day in the early 70s. Lovely man.

Ken Mulley… I remember this band very well … As I recall they played in Hastings caves.. One stage they were all wearing Levi 501s which insprired me to do the same..! this would had been 64/65

Leigh Wieland-Boys… The lovely Jonah, always looked after us girls when he was a bouncer – never saw his band though sadly

Stuart Moir… I see Pete at the Hastings sea angling club when it’s open was a brilliant solid drummer in the Talisman .

Lloyd Johnson… They played the Market Hall, The Regent, The Caves, The Pier everywhere. I thought they were the best group in Hastings at the time. always quick with the wit!…I was good mates with Henry and and I put The Big Beat Reunions on The pier in the 80s…

Tuesday’s Children 1967

supplied by Colin Fox

Colin Fox… I’ve looked through some of the photos on this site, but couldn’t find this: Tuesday’s Children, July 1967, shortly before Phil Cordell left for a solo career. Formed in mid 1966 from the ashes of The Prophets the original line up comprised: Phil Cordell lead vocals guitar, Mick Ware vocals guitar, Paul Kendrick bass, Derrick Gough drums

Colin Bell… I have their autographs from when i was working backstage when they appeared on Hastings Pier in 1967 or 8, can’t remember exactly. The signatures are Paul Kendrick, Del Gough, Bob Hodges & Mick Ware (guitar). Happy Days!

Ashley Davies… Phil Cordell is my old band mate Charlie’s dad both great guitarists

Charlie Cordell… Here is a pic of the magazine 15th July 1967. (My dad is in the middle) he told me they were on a photo shoot for it and broke into the cloakroom to “borrow “ clothes for the photo, Tuesdays Children were on the front cover and look who was on the back.

Robert Searle… He was a good bloke Charlie.

Stuart Moir… Wow look at those stage clothes, Centre Page used to dress for the stage but not to that extent, I’m impressed

 

 

Cliff Richard and The Shadows – Ritz Cinema Hastings 2nd March 1962

Peter Thomson… Interesting (for me) to see Helen Shapiro’s tour dates, which include my current home town of Peterborough. A year later she was on a similar tour, when she again appeared at The Embassy theatre here, supported by The Beatles. This was the first of their two appearances in the city, the second as headliners, and older locals still reminisce fondly of those days. The Embassy still stands, by the way.

Alan Esdaile… Helen Shapiro was at the ABC Cinema Hastings on the 28th November 1962 and Cliff and The Shadows were back again on 27th March 1963.

Janet Brophy… Saw Them, Good Old Cliff & The Shadows

Mark Randall… Tony Orlando, later to be in Dawn ( Knock Three Times, Tie a Yellow Ribbon)

Mick O’Dowd… Billy Fury came along after.

Peter Webb… Marty Wilde.

Boulder – 1960’s

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featuring Brian Setchfield, Paul Wiseman, Tony Barraclough & Mick Kemp.

Yvonne Cleland….Tony used to play with Will in Daisy.

Dave Nattress….The fourth member of Boulder is the drummer – Mick Kemp.  Mick Kemp and Tony Barraclough used to play with both Boulder and Damaris.  Brian Setchfield is still alive and kicking in Bexhill!!  SO, am I for that matter.  At the time, Damaris consisted of Mick Kemp on drums, (Pearl full dimension kit I think), Tony Barraclough on guitar, (Gibson SG), Iain Cobby on Bass, (Fender Precision then Rickenbacker 4001), Paul Durrant on various keys including an Elka Rhapsody and one or more Synthesisers and myself on AKG Mikes and HH PA.

Ernest Ballard… Brian went on to form Slack Alice. He was a great singer.

Alan Esdaile… It was good to see Brian at the SMART meeting.

Jim Breeds… When they broke up were they the rolling stones?

Jan Warren… I think I know Brian Setchfield from schooldays, just as I knew Pete Houghton, who I’ve now “friended” on facebook!! – that’s one of the reasons I love this group, sometimes names pop up from many years ago, so interesting to catch up with the faces you knew in your youth! – I just hope I can get to the meetings again soon, then hopefully I can meet them in person! – there’s also Terry Corder, Lol Cooksley, Bob Searle and a few others who I knew back in the 60s and 70s ………… so, one day I hope to meet up with them!

Pete Houghton… Hi Jan it was great to see Brian at the meeting he hasn’t changed one bit shame he is not on Facebook

Jan Warren… Thanks Pete, I thought you might know him too, we all went to the Downs Secondary School 🙂 – I did try to find him on Facebook, but as you said he’s not on there, hopefully I can get to the “Smart” meetings one day soon and see you all