Tammy St John & The Trends – Sat 12th Sept 1964 – Hastings Pier by Andre Martin

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Andre Martin… The nights are closing in, and the Happy Ballroom on Hastings Pier is in for a great surprise this weekend, Saturday 12th September 1964. Top of the bill tonight is north London vocalist – Tammy St John and her backing group The Trends. Plus support from Gene Bennett & The Initials.
Tammy St John was born Judith Coster and hailed from Hornchurch in Essex, east of London. She earned a recording contract with Pye Records at the age of just 14 and released four singles over a two-year period. Each showed a very different side of the young singer as her record company tried to find a winning sound.
Her first 45, Boys, was a decent debut, and featured Hey-hey-hey-hey, a cover of a song originally recorded by Little Richard, on the flip. Issued in August 1964, it was a raucous affair, with a distinctly American flavour, loud guitars and strong backing vocals. It also gained a release in the US, on the small Four Corner of the World label.
Although she had little record success in the UK charts at the time, in later years, she would build up a big following on the Northern Circuit and several of these 1960s releases being worth £100s on the vinyl market.
Gene Bennett & The Initials are another of the many groups that acted in support on the Pier, of whom no knowledge is available; all the usual research has come up with little that can link them with Hastings Pier.
Along the Promenade – The Witch Doctor, is consolidating his position, and is offerings a really good weeks entertainment . Saturday Night – From London Steve Marriott’s Moments, supported by Brighton’s own The Alexenders, Sunday was the R&B night with Victor Brox Blues Train. Wednesday London’s own Christians Crusaders featuring Neil Christian and Friday Parlophone recording group The Contrasts.
The Weekend would have started off for us with the Friday Nights RSG and this week would have featured – Scheduled guests: Bill Haley and his Comets -Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers – “One Way Love” -Adam Faith and the Roulettes -Tony Jackson and the Vibrations – “Bye Bye Baby” -Rita Bartok -Doug Sheldon.
So there you have another week of History of not just the Happy Ballroom, but other attractions in the town for the young at heart, I hope this has brought back some memories for you all………….

The Marty Wilde Show – De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill 28th January 1960 supplied by Colin Fox

Colin Fox…I just found this. The concert was on the 28 January 1960 at Bexhill (De La Warr Pavilion). I’m surprised it didn’t include a photo of Joe Brown.

Alan Parker… Joe Brown backed everyone, even Eddie Cochran when he toured here

Alan Esdaile… Jezebel was one of my favourite Marty Wilde tracks.

Do you remember double decker buses?

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Beki Milton… Sure do

Lynn Graham… Yep

Phil Hart… I remember trolly buses !

Chris Baker… Me too! I still find it hard to believe they used to pass each other in Hastings High Street!

Marky Ontheradio… I was on one Sunday at the transport museum in Manchester

Eileen Adams… My school bus…..to Swaffham! (Thank you Harry Hill!)

Richard J Porter… I remember London Trams.

Mike Guy… Ah yes, half price if you didn’t want a ticket!

Dennis Torrance… Oh yes hoping the conductor missed my hiding head lol

Roger Simmonds… Sure do ! Loved those old trolley buses !

Judy Atkinson… Dripping with nicotine!

Josie Lawson… Yes

Tony Court-holmes… and you could smoke up stairs

Wendy Weaver… To work and back each day in London before I came to Hastings in 1979.

Ian Brown… Bring em back

Pauline Richards… I remember Philip and Kenny Hood’s dad being a conductor and letting me off the fare !

Keith Blizard… These one man busses will never catch on

Peter Houghton… Yes I do remember them collecting your bus fare

Glenn Piper… Only too well

Mick O’Dowd…”No standing on the top!!!” Fares please!

Helen Florides… School

Steve Thorpe… Worked as a conductor on London Transport. Great job.

Alan Pepper… The bus conductors were great characters ! On the 133 in the sixties . Very friendly and always cheerful. Who remembers the old boy who was very hard of hearing ? Shouting Fares please !!! Happy days on the way to the Memorial going to the ABC minors….. That’s another story for another day !

Dave Nattress… For sure, and I remember coming from Bexhill to Hastings with my parents. Trolley buses and the overhead wires as well. Bexhill had them as well as Hastings and I think Eastbourne and Brighton – most places maybe. As I’m well into being an old git now, I recently used my bus pass for the first time with Wife and daughter for a double decker bus trip from Eastbourne to Brighton along the coast road. Not a bad experience, and we were in the front seat upstairs, but pretty uncomfortable seats and compared to taking the car…..so unbelievably slow, took over one and a half hours. But FOC for me at least. First time in a bus for years and years. But overall a good caper.

David Blundell… Ooh I ‘ate you Butler . . .

Alan Vale… I have an pld door bell switch from one (car boot) totally vandal proof been my bell switch for 20+ years

Nigel Ford… 50 minutes both ends of the day from Battle to Bexhill Grammer for 5 years via Sedlescombe & Filsham Road. Private ‘B’ started from Woods Corner & Private ‘A’ from Burwash so they had much longer rides from there. We graduated to the back seat on the top deck for the last two years with my Ferguson ‘Tranny’ (which I had to keep well concealed in my duffle bag all day every day while at school) blasting out Radio 1 and sneaked a Players No. 6 on the quiet….

Neil Partrick… Childhood in south-east London comes flooding back. The seat cover pattern, the colour of the leather, the ticket collector’s machine….

 

The Springfields supported by The Midniters – Hastings Pier 31st August 1963

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John Storer…..I cannot understand why I never went to see the wonderful Dusty Springfield at the Pier Ballroom …. oh, that’s right …. I was only 7 at the time!  For me, THE greatest female singer of all time!

Alan Esdaile…..Agree, the GREAT Dusty but what is she wearing here….

Stuart Moir….A lamp shade .

Barry M Dyke…..I  saw them the same year at Weymouth. The under card included an almost unknown comedy duo, Morecombe and Wise.

Andre Martin…..When I was researching for this weeks edition of the History of The Happy Ballroom – I found out that Dusty had appeared on the Friday night 12 June 1964 on RSG and this was the number that she performed.

Peter Millington… Saw them on the Pier – I was in the front row – Lovely legs! She didn’t wear that dress on the Pier. I was in the front row at ankle level. That dress would have sent me home a happy teenager . I seem to remember the short programme! Wasn’t very impressed, they seemed to be out of their depth with a list of numbers more suited to appearances on the TV.

Sarah Harvey….That is one hell of a dress! 🙂

Mark Gilham…. Mike Hurst on the left

Terry Pack…..On her left is Mike Hurst. I did a lot of sessions and gigs with him in various guises.

Andre Martin….Sarah – every time I see this publicity photo I just crease-up, its just such a strange shape !!

Carol Ann Bolton……Those were the days when women wore frocks that could stand up on their own when you took them off.

Andre Martin…..Interesting statistics -1638 patrons for Joe Brown and the Bruvvers – true or the Pier method of counting ??

Pete Prescott….I did some sessions for Mike Hurst. He told some amazing stories about her, not sure if its on You Tube but find the live version she did with Burt Bacherach singing House is not a home its wonderful ! she was so good. He also signed a couple of songs Chris Cozens and I wrote to southern music.

Mick O’Dowd… In answer to your question Andre, she is wearing the latest fab creation by Millets.

Andre Martin… Your quite right Mick it was Pebble Camo just right for the beach !!

Allan Osborne… I was there that night and still have the entry ticket signed by all three. Its not for sale to anybody either. To me its priceless! as is the memory of the performance . I should live so long already!

Andy Qunta… She would be invisible in the company of 101 dalmatians, and that can be useful sometimes! Did a keyboard session with Mike Hurst years later when he was with Sundance, with Mary Hopkin and Mike d’Alberquerque. We were doing a song called “What’s Love”. Ray Fenwick, Steve Demetri and Steve Price played on it too.

Karl Holden… I was bass player for The Midniters that night and me and our drummer got asked to support The Springfields for their act. Well pleased to accept of course but didn’t get paid any extra!

Andre Martin… Ah – the management were in charge – heh heh!!!!

Pete Fisher… wonderful photo…Dusty in her Springfields days, and in her Springfields dress…she did the right thing in 1963, the year this was taken, and left the band (and hopefully the dress) to go solo…the rest is history…

Pauline Lindsay… I also saw them that night & if I remember she had a skirt on with braces type straps and of course that thick black eye make up.

Lloyd Johnson…  was at this gig and there we not a lot of people in the audience maybe 30-40 max, it’s was almost empty wasn’t it!….I think she left The Springfield’s shortly after…..she was a wasted talent in that trio…..

Dave Boutwood… So was I!

Andre Martin… You have some good selections as ever. well that will mean a Dusty spot on Thursdays show on Conquest Hospital Radio without a doubt

Lloyd Johnson… You have to play ‘Can -Can 62’ Peter Jay and The Jaywalkers Andre… I can remember everyone going mad dancing to that on the Pier in the early 60s!…

Pete Prescott… I did a couple of sessions for Mike Hurst with Chris Cozens. He told some brilliant stories. He and Ray were funny at Chris’s wedding. Over to you Chris…

The Phoenix City Setback – Hastings Pier 24th August 1968.

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Sarah Harvey… The Phoenix City Setback – August 24th, 1968. I know nothing about this group. Anyone remember them?

Mick O’Dowd… Not even a vague memory.

Andre Martin… There was a band of similar name from Manchester who were a hard working soul band in and around the NW, This could well have been an opportunity to play for a London Promoter – John Schofield. I have check my diary and that is who was booked in but I have to say that I don’t have any memories of the night.

Alan Esdaile… Not a clue. I thought Marshall Scott would have remembered buy no joy.

SMART coffee meet no 51 report

Our 51 meet and among the newbies this time were Glenn Piper, Andy Qunta, Andy Davies, Reg Wood and Ernest Ballard. Glenn was chatting about happy memories of The Continental coffee bar and pier gigs. Andy Qunta was talking about the new cd from Factory and future local gigs and had with him a Factory leaflet from the Chelsea Collage Eastbourne 1973 gig and the bands bookings and recordings diary from May 1970 to August 1973. Andy Davies was talking about the album sleeves he designed and sharing memories of his brother Simon Davies who many fondly remember. He also had a business card of Simon’s, when he did his discos under the name of Tony Kane.  Reg Wood was talking about when he saw Kevin Coyne and Elvis Costello on the pier and had the albums with him, as well as some Rolling Stones shirts. Ernest Ballard was talking about his shop Hastings Musical Exchange and the band Jump The Gun, he also had a business card from his 1975 band ‘August’.  Barry Taylor arrived with leaflets for the forthcoming gig he is putting on in aid of St Michael’s Hospice on 6th October at the Sea Angling Club. Line up will include Freak Flag, Pete Brown, Carey & Prescott and Harmer & Westlake. Pete Prescott had a pile of cassettes including Jinks Throught the Sound Barrier, Alan Attfield & Chris Cozens – Facades and Double Indemnity – Moonlight & Love Songs.  Monica Bane had  a photo of Town Council and the 7” single record Sweet and Neat/The Harder You Love which was written by her brother Steve Hersee, who was in the group and still playing and recording under the name Neon Roadster. She also had some great posters from her modelling days in the 70s. Pete Houghton never lets us down and had with him framed autograph photos of Pink Floyd ‘Animals’ and Grand Funk Railroad and a pile of rare albums.  Mick O’Dowd had a bag full of books for Conquest Hospital Radio fundraising and Jon McCallion was chatting to John Petri and Pete Millington about George Harrison’s Telecaster and talking about bus passes!  Too many people to mention but this is a small bit of what I remember. Anything interesting you were talking about, please feel free to add here.

Andy Qunta… I had a fabulous time, meeting up with old friends & new! Thanks, Alan & everyone! It was a fabulous afternoon catching up with old friends & meeting some new ones. Very glad I was finally able to get to a SMART meeting!

Wendy Weaver… Nice to see you.

Ernest Ballard… Had a lovely time meeting old friends.  Super day thanks Alan

Jon McCallion… Great time Alan talking about all different things with different people you do a great job

Lance Collins… Sorry. Worked late. Will get to next one

Jim Breeds… Sorry I couldn’t get to this one. Sounds like it was fun (as always). And smart of course.

Mick O’Dowd… Excellent as usual! Phil Gill told me that Soultown are now playing thrash/death metal!

Pete Houghton… Had a great time glad to see my friend Glenn Piper it’s been year’s since we last met and also my friend Mick O’Dowd and two of Factory

Reg Wood… Finally made it! Enjoyed a good chat.

Jeanette Jones… Glad everyone had a great time hope to catch up in the Autumn

Lucy Pappas… I loved Simon Davies. I was with his sister, Gill, just recently. I guess that’s the same Simon? x

 

SMART 51 Coffee Meet

New people welcome to join us

Mick O’Dowd… Remember. Post, copy, share and print-off and put down the sweetie shop! Also make a paper plane and spread the word. Let’s try & beat the 50th Meet turnout. (Unfortunately Alan’s not bribing us with canapes this time!)

Alan Esdaile… Ian Mantel has supplied us with a pile of rare promotional and white label cd’s, on behalf of and raising funds for St Michael’s Hospice. These will be available on the day and offers welcome. Here’s a sneak preview…