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John Scaife… I sing “Voice In The Wilderness” on karaoke regularly
Harry Randall… I’ve still got loads of Sixties music books!
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photo: Georgie Fame and Rick Brown (bass) (Amsterdam, October 1966)
Gerry Fortsch… I wish I had been there
Joe Knight… George!!! Oh Yeah
Alan Esdaile… Anyone know who played with John Mayall on this gig? Eric Clapton would have been with Cream by this time but could have been Peter Green or Mick Taylor?
David Finn… Peter Green!
Pete Fisher… can’t believe I missed Peter Green in my hometown, but I was only 11, just started Grammar School…discovered Peter Green and John Mayall two years later…
Cheryland Jim Ramshaw… Remember that night well the place was buzzing
Pete Fisher… According to wiki, Eric Clapton left the Bluesbreakers in July 1966, and was replaced by Peter Green, so this would have been with Greenie…
Josie Lawson… I remember the address now too. It was my first transistor radio I bought there. I used to listen to radio Luxembourg on it at night, and I believe the pirate stations, I think I was 16 years then so was in the 60s. Thanks Alan for finding it…
Barry French… My mum played Piano & would pop in there for sheet music , & I’m sure I bought guitar strings from there. (These were made by Cathedral & were always breaking)
Fiona Evans… I do & clarinet reeds !
Mark Hardwick… Black Cat Pub and Grill.
Part exchange your piano for a radiogram or television in 1965.
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Sarah Harvey….February 3rd, 1968 – Seeing as The Fortunes returned to Hastings January 17th last year (This time at The White Rock Theatre for their ‘Past And Present’ show)…. I wonder if this was the last time they appeared in Hastings? Anyone know? Apparently they played in Battle, one of the band members tell me.
Gary Kinch…. ….it’s a storm in a teacup. Great sing along pop stuff.
Mick O’Dowd…I have Great Expectations every week but I still can’t win the Lottery!
Barry French… Hi Sarah, Yes the Fortunes did play at “Battle Rocks” about four years ago. Not sure if there were any original members still in the band, but the keyboard player was from Bad Finger & I believe the drummer was from Love Affair.
Alan Esdaile… Remember seeing this at the ABC. Shocking fire scene at the end. Interesting support film.
Mark Sevia… I must have seen this film at least 100 times! In the mid-sixties I lived in Eastbourne and worked briefly as a trainee projectionist and had to sit in the projection room changing the reels of film. I remember absolutely nothing about the film only the claustrophobic projection box.
Barry French… Great movie, but like you Alan I found the final fire/ageing scene a tad disturbing. (By today’s standards it probably looks at bit tame now)
Dennis Torrance… The last scene with the fire kinda scared me somewhat and what happened to her people who did not obey quite scary
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Alan Esdaile… Anyone tell us anymore about The Birds? The American band was spelt ‘The Byrds’ but I think it could be this version…..
John Storer….The bassist in this clip is Kim Gardner who was the “Gardner” in Ashton Gardner & Dyke who had a hit around 1970 with “The Resurrection Shuffle” Groovy clip, by the way ….
Robert Wren….Ronnie Wood.
Andre Martin…..This is the British BIRDS and this is 1966, there was some confusion at the time about the 2 groups.They came from West London, and Ronnie Wood was in the original line up – here is potted history – The Birds were a popular rhythm and blues band in the United Kingdom during the mid-1960s, although they recorded fewer than a dozen songs and released only four singles. Starting out with a hard R&B sound, they later began infusing it with Motown-style vocal harmonies he best known former member of The Birds is Ronnie Wood, who went on to join the Jeff Beck Group, Faces and later The Rolling Stones.
Will Cornell…..Your Birds (w. Ron Wood) predated our Byrds by a little I think, and that’s why McGuinn used a “y”–that and he didn’t want UK audiences to think they were chicks.
Eric Cawthraw… just catching up on some of my SMART site reading and noticed the Witch Doctor posting for this. Well at the moment I’m reading ‘Rock On Wood’, about Ronnie Wood obviously. A damn good read it is too. There is a lot in the book about the British 60s R&B band the Birds – I see they are also on the same add. This explains the item on the bottom left of the book’s inner sleeve cover that says “Don’t blame me, I was at The Witch Doctor”. See for yourself! I believe there was a right old whoo-ha over the name when the American Byrds came to tour. I believe our Birds were highly respected on London circuit in the mid-sixties. I’m too young to know! [Delusional again]. Anybody got some more music reading to recommend?
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Andy Gunton… I was sent this photo by a friend earlier, I think it’s from January 1964? He found it while doing some musical research, not sure where.
Andre Martin… For some reason it’s been printed on red, this was the second visit from the boys in 1964
Alan Esdaile… The only other thoughts I have is, was it an ad in a What’s On type magazine?
Jill Caine… Awwwww memories!! I woz there.
Mick O’Dowd… This is a colour version of the Observer ad.
Mick Knights… I do remember that I couldn’t afford the 2/6 entrance!
Martin Richter… rolling who…..?
Jill Caine… I was there. behind the bar until the Stones came and then into the ballroom to see them!!!
Glenn Piper… Pity I was only 7 at the time
Gavin Martin… Long haired layabouts .. They look like gurls. I wouldn’t let my great grandmother anywhere near them
Pauline Lindsay… I was there to and remember it well.
Helen Kingshott… I was there to
Peter Fairless… Their Decca EP was released the day before, ‘Bye Bye Johnny’ and ‘Money’ on the ‘A ‘ side, ‘Poison Ivy’ and this on the ‘B’ side. One of our favourites…
Terry Haddon… Me as well Pauline,great night
Bob Laurie.. Opened with “King Bee” as I remember! Cycled over from Bexhill in the freezing cold to see!
Lloyd Johnson… I was there…saw them twice on the Pier….they arrived in an Ambulance and ran up the left side of the Pier to the ballroom. I saw them jump out of the ambulance whilst we were queuing to get in….
David Bargioni… Yep, I was there too.