SMART Coffee meet 43 report

Our 43rd meet and among the newbies this time were Alan Pepper, Jan Warren and Gerry Powell.  Alan had with him a copy of The Federations Scallywags single which he gave to a very pleased Kevin Burchett, who has been trying to track down who sang this song, for years.  Alan was talking about his time as Al Richards DJ and when he did his impressions on a pilot for the First Impressions tv show. Jan finally made it at last and arrived with lots of Fusion Orchestra posters, The Beatles Hard Days Night souvenir book, The Kult photo, The Four Tops , Free and others from the Fairfield Halls Croydon, Rolling Stones picture disc and a pile of cassettes including The Walker Brothers, Barclay James Harvest, Spencer Davis Group etc. Gerry Powell was talking about when he was working on Radio Caroline as Tony Kirk and memories of the Dutch police raid on the ship. Also he had with him a very rare tour programme from 1967 featuring Chuck Berry and Del Shannon. Pete Prescott had with him Bob Harris The Whispering Years book, Claire Hamill Stage Door Johnnies LP, as well as some bizarre LP’s from Peter Sellers, Arthur Lowe, David Kossoff Larkin Singing cockney songs and many more.  John Petri  had with him a huge bundle of guitarist cd’s which he was happy to give away to anyone that was interested. He also had with him a  cd of the Ouzo Brothers, as well as a cd of his own work under the title of Only Johnny P which I’m looking forward to listening to. The Ouzo’s featured John, Grant, Nigel, Rick Pentecost, Steve Demetri, Phil Gill and Phil Thornton and has been copied across from old cassettes. Kevin Burchett made a very kind donation of £300 from the Scalliwags reunion for Hastings Hospital Radio, thanks to Sid Saunders for taking the photos. Andre Martin was very pleased to announce he will have the first interview with the new mayor, on the Chris Gentry show on Conquest Hospital Radio next Thursday. Andre was also talking to Mick O’Dowd about the pier history. Sarah Harvey and Tony Davis were talking about the success of Hastings Rock and the recent gig at Azur with Coda and Eclipse. This is just a very small bit of what I remember, anyone who wishes to add anything interesting you were talking about, then please feel free to do so.

Jan Warren… Thanks for your lovely, warm welcome and hospitality, so nice to meet you all xx

Mick O’Dowd… Perhaps you will come out from under your stone more often now Jan. Nice to meet you.

Kevin Burchett… at the Smart meet on friday while making the conquest hospital radio donation i had a belated birthday present from scalliwagger Alan Pepper, an original Scallywag record by the band Federation thank you Alan

Jan Warren… Hi Alan, thanks for including me in your report, especially my Fusion Orchestra pics, as you have probably guessed I’ve always remained totally dedicated to this band, one of the best bands I’ve ever seen, I went to many of their gigs, and Jill (Saward) inspired me to sing and play musical instruments, she’s amazing!! – apart from that, it was so good to finally get to your meeting and to chat with some lovely, musical people!! ……. I forgot so many things I wanted to say, my mind went “blank” as soon as I entered the roomful of people, the same thing happens to me when I enter a shop full of “music” ……. cds, tapes, vinyl, I start looking through and cant for the life of me remember what I’m looking for???? haha, I should make a list!! – anyway Alan, I just wanna say you’re a fantastic “host” to your guests at the SMART meetings and on your SMART facebook group, you keep things running very well and organised and thanks for making me feel so welcome, I very much enjoy being part of this group, music has always been a huge part of my life from a very early age (thanks to my Dad!) and Hastings has always been MY childhood seaside town and remains so today!!  – thanks Alan!

Jim Breeds… I only made it for a brief 5 minutes before my pier meeting, but nice to meet you Jan. Next time, I’m sure!

Pete Fairless… Likewise. May get to a SMART soon!

Tony Qunta… Very sorry I missed the meeting this time. Look forward to the next one!

Kev Towner… When are you going to meet somewhere ACCESSIBLE!! LOL

Judith Monk… Thanks for including The Seekers pics. My brother Jerry was part of this. I must try and get to your next meeting.

SMART 41 coffee meet report

Excellent turn out and one of our busiest so far. Apologise to many people I didn’t get chance to chat to but among the newbies this time were Leigh Wieland-Boys and Mary Cox.  Leigh was chatting to Colin Bell about Bonitas and remembering him playing lots of James Brown. Mary was talking to Pete Millington with happy memories and photos of Chris Sayer. Tim McDonald was talking to Colin and Andre Martin about his time on the John Dunn Show for the BBC. Brian Wood remembers when his band supported a very early ‘The Sweet’ at the Witch Doctor. Also when The Flirts played the pier they had to get a special waiver to be allowed to play, due to Musician Union ruling at the time, as they were under 16. Loads of new cuttings and photos on display which I will get round to posting on these pages in the next few weeks, keep them coming. Roger Carey arrived with the early Rock A Nore promo photo of Stallion. Apparently they were told to dress smart and wear suits for the photo, except Tich who dressed as a skeleton. Happy memories of auditioning for a tour of Holland and juggling a job with gigs. Other bits he had on Stallion were an ad when they played the Iroko Country Club in London and a great photo of Tich Turner on the pier in 1974, as well as a playlist from 1975. Great very early photos of him and Phil Gill before they joined bands, with guitars, also Hat Trick photo and Felix reviews. He was also talking about the very successful tour he has recently finished with Steeleye Span. Len Benton arrived with a folder full of memories and lots of new items we have not seen before. Including a letter booking his band The Deep Purple at The Cobweb Ballroom for £15.00 on the 11th April, 1968. He also mentioned that when Episode Six played The Cobweb his band Deep Purple were also on the advert and posters for another date that week. Mysteriously Episode Six changed their name to Deep Purple shortly afterwards! Photos from his groups Pardon, when they played The Safari Club in George Street and also his band The Seekers.  Amanda Brooks was talking about the group Ghostriders which featured her dad Roy Brooks. David Miller and Mark Harris arrived with photos of their various bands, including Beez Neez, Split Image and cuttings from Carina’s Night Spot The Queens Hotel. Also a great photo of the duo Second Chance and The Likely Lads.  Tony Davis was talking about his recent trip to see The Giant of Rock at Minehead with the best bands of the weekend being Martin Turners Wishbone Ash, Manfred Mann’s Earthband, Deborah Bonham and Limehouse Lizzy. Jon McCallion was talking about the band Effigy, as Julie had found a gig ticket from 1971 at Clive Vale Annexe School. Trevor Webb asked if anyone has any merchandise on Smokie and did they play Hastings? Other talk was about who’s playing Fat Tuesday, The Mobiles, Music Festival at the oval, Beatles Day, Wrestling. With more people arriving and under pressure to finish on time, as the home secretary was due to appear at a function in the room we were in, we continued into the early evening in the bar area. This is just a very small bit of what I remember, anyone who wishes to add anything interesting you were talking about, then please feel free to do so.

Rachel Rayburn… Thanks Alan. Lovely to meet you and I appreciate the welcome. Look forward to the next one.

Jim Breeds… Sorry not to be there. We went north for a day out to see an exhibition that closes this weekend. Glad it went well. Looks like I missed a good one.

Josie Lawson… I enjoy reading the minutes of the meetings you have Alan…a great thank you to you all. It’s great you can all get together…

Carol Arnold… sorry i didnt make it this time

Alan Esdaile…  Interestingly this has just come up in my Facebook memories. Posted on the 3rd February 2013… Coffee Get Together. I’ve been chatting to a couple of friends here and thinking of arranging a get together over a coffee in town. Just a general chat, catch up of music lovers, pier talk, old photos etc.If it works out maybe meet up on a regular basis. Let me know if you are interested and pass on to like minded friends and I will be in contact with details in the future.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… I made it at last! It was lovely to see so many old friends – thank you for the warm welcome

Sid Saunders… I wanted to go to my first one but was walking the South Downs Way yesterday, next time.

Pete Prescott… Very upset to have missed it.But ill make the next one !

Mick O’Dowd… Same with me but no-one would have appreciated me throwing up over them!

Andy Qunta… Sounds great! As usual, I’m sorry I wasn’t able to be there, but thanks for the great write-up, so I know what happened!

Lucy Pappas… Thanks Alan, sounds like a great afternoon x

Leigh Wieland-Boys… It was a great afternoon…even when Amber Rudd’s entourage evicted us from the room & we had to move into the bar we carried on regardless..! I found it all very interesting & enjoyable, thank you

Jeanette Jones… Ditto Andy

SMART coffee meet No. 38 Report

Our 38th meet. Among the newbies this time were Harry Randall. Harry was talking about his bands Chain Reaction, The 6ts and The Patriots who appeared on New Faces and had a single out on Bus Stop Records called Rick Rack. Mick O’Dowd arrived with The Beatles live at the BBC cassette pack and a whole bunch of cd’s that he was happy to give away for a donation to the Conquest MRI Scanner appeal. Laurie Cooksey arrived with some more photos from the 6ts and the very first photo of Die Laughing, and interested in getting a book together of Hastings rock history. Cliff Wootton had with cd’s for his new progressive folk band ‘Where Once Giants Trod’ and Pete Prescott had with him The Simon Dee book, the Guitarist book from 87 featuring him and Ray Fenwick and Jazz UK and The Hastings Trawler, both with Liane Carroll on the covers. Wendy Weaver remembers seeing live Fred Astaire and Gene Vincent and going to The Simon Dee tv show. Iain Cobby was talking to John Petrie about Stallion at The Melody Maker rock contest and Tony Qunta was talking about how the Factory single Time Machine keeps rising in value and also amplification getting smaller and smaller.  Colin Bell mentioned that he did the first proper disco in Hastings at The Regent Hotel in 1968 for the EF students, prior to this Andre said that he played records in the same venue supporting bands like Unabridged Telephone Directory. Sarah Harvey is working on the Hastings Rock recordings of Colin’s interview with Roger Daltrey which she hopes to play on her Slammin Tunes programme some time in the near future. Kevin Burchett is working on some videos of The Lost Boys and Sergeant which will be posted on You Tube shortly. Also Kevin was pleased to announce that enough money has now been raised for a permanent statue to  Ron ‘Popeye’ Everett. Tony Davis was talking about an incident at his recent Birthday event , when The Kavemen played. Unfortunately someone stole the bass players pedal kit. Photos are all over social media and hopefully the person will be caught. Chat was also about the BBC Proms Stax Records tribute and PP Arnold’s finally releases her lost album. As we finished more people were arriving and ended up a very good afternoon. This is a small bit of what I can remember, anyone who wishes to add anything you were talking about, then please feel free to do so.

Phil Gill… Sorry not to make it this time Alan, work got in the way.

Lucy Pappas… Sounds like I missed another great afternoon xx

Mick O’Dowd…Everyone is always made welcome at the Meets.

Andy Qunta… Anyone else like to have their fire buckets checked?

Jim Breeds… I’ll avoid any joke about hoses!

Mick O’Dowd…  I think I needed a fire extinguisher after meeting her!

Pete Fairless… I saw them in September 1975 – 42 years ago, tomorrow… Yes, I recall it was rather warm!

Dennis Torrance… I was there

Martin Waghorne… Great night i remember it . just

Paul Hoggard… Great gig!