Orange Bicycle – Hastings Pier 13th April 1968

Mick O’Dowd… Didn’t Orange Bicycle morph into someone else? Rupert’s People were an excellent band and their single “Reflections Of Charles Brown” single very “Whiter Shade of Pale-ish. Colin Bell had something to do with this band at one time. Believe he played drums for them.

Gerry Fortsch… I don’t think we really appreciated what we had until now.

The Stormsville Shakers – Witch Doctor 8th April 1967

Mick O’Dowd… The Heads were nobodies!

Paul Huggett… Saw PGT and the, Stormsville guys, at Chislehurst Caves very good too.

Graham Matthews… Being just a child of 12 in ’67’ I was too young but my elder brothers used to frequent The Witch Doctor BUT I discovered Phillip Goodhand – Tait as a solo artist in the early 70’s at The Dome in Brighton. I went there regularly to see Family ( amazing band) and twice Phillip was the support act and I thought he was fantastic.

Alan Esdaile… Remember meeting Phillip Goodhand-Tait at DJM Records in the 70’s. His songs were more popular recorded by other people, Love Affair and others.

Alan King… Claire?

The Healers – The Cobweb St Leonards – 6th April 1968

Mick Knights… These were good times to be a teenager, listen to great music in the early evening and later going as guests of the landlord of the Horse and Groom to the Grenadier Club For more adult entertainment!!

Mick O’Dowd… Please note the Deep Purple here was the Hastings branch with Tony Bird, Mac, Len Benton, Pete Horton ! The other Purple were still Episode Six on April 13th.

Pete Brazier… My Brother Paul was a Bouncer at The Cobweb (amongst other venues including the Pier at the time!)

Cilla Black & Sounds Incorporated – Hastings Pier 4th April 1964

all cuttings Andre Palfrey-martin collection

Andre Martin….Its the 4th March 1964  and  its the visit from the Liverpool Lass – Cilla Black, plus Sounds Incorporated and supporting group Rock and Roll outfit from London Earl Sheriden and the Houseshakers.
I have found out a very interesting newspaper cutting from the Hastings Observer following the show and it gives some interesting information. Cilla was about to release her follow-up to “Anybody Who Had A Heart” at the beginning of May “You’re My World”, was an English language rendition of the Italian popular song, “Il Mio Mondo”. Produced by George Martin at the Abby Studios and featuring Johnny Pearson at the baton, incidentally looking into my crystal ball, this single would reach the no 1 spot in the UK by the end of May – just in time for the next Bank Holiday.
A great part of the show was the music of Sounds Incorporate, who hailed from Dartford and had been part of the Brian Epstein Empire scene for about 18 months, and during this time had worked with many of the Liverpool acts on the numerous touring shows that were so popular in this country. They had a excellent recording pedigree and had been regulars as supporting many popular US artistes such as Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Brenda Lee and Sam Cooke.Very little known about the support band, they were a south London outfit, that had previously played at the Pier – if any more comes to light I will post.

Alan Esdaile….The story I remember from Bob Knights the pier manager on Cilla Black was that on her first appearance on the Pier she was so broke they could not afford accommodation and they usually slept in the van and looked like they hadn’t eaten for days. After the gig they stayed at Bob Knights house for the night and he gave them a big meal.

Andre Martin…..Knowing Bob, that sounds like a true story, thanks for sharing – I know Bob could be a “old Woman” at times, but he had the Pier at heart and made our lives safer, even with the gaps in the planking !!

Susan Duck… I was there. Went to the dressing room to get her autograph. Brian Epstein was there. Cilla was so full of personality even back in those early days.

Moya Wilson… Wow that’s brilliant Susan.

A Band Of Angels, The Defiants & The Victors – The Dolphin 18th March 1966

Supplied by Andre Martin

L-R:John Gaydon, John Baker, Andrew Petre, David Wilkinson, Mike d’Abo

Andre Martin… That was a great night at the Witch Doctor on our College events that always drew in the crowds. Noels band The Defiants were one of the supporting acts.

Jim Breeds… Love the alterations on the ticket.

The Rebels – Lewes Town Hall February 1966 and gig posters

All supplied by Colin Norton

Colin Norton… The Rebels at Lewes Town Hall in February, 1966 and posters from 1965/6 . The Rebels in this photo from February, 1966 were (from l to r) : Colin Jenner – Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals, Pete Alland – Lead Vocals, Mick Noakes – Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals, Colin Norton – Drums and Baz Cooper- Keyboards.

Colin Norton… above photo… Mick Noakes – Guitar, Colin Norton – Drums, Baz Cooper – Keyboards, Pete Alland – Vocals, Colin Jenner – Bass Guitar — at On The Roof at Landport Boys Club, Lewes. 


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.