Violet Brown Decision and Spyke – Aquarius 29th Jan/1st Feb 1972

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Anyone remember seeing Violet Brown Decision?

photo supplied by David Paterson. (before Dave Smith joined)

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Dave Smith… I was in Violet Brown’s Decision. A Mecca band no tamla.?

Matt Carter… In reply to David Smith, Dave, my father in law was also in, Geoff Wigley?

Dave Paterson… Hi Dave, I was the drummer

Dave Smith… I knew that

Dave Paterson… The above coloured photo features Dave Smith at the far right and was taken back stage at the Lyceum Ballroom in the Strand. The other was  just flyers we had made. Sadly there are only two of us left from the original VBD me and the lead singer Dave Seaton.

Jon Camp… I was in the band too!!!

Lyn… What happened to Paul Bennett and Trevor Brown.

Dave Smith… Lost contact with Trev

Sue Seward… Sue Seward (nee Thomas) I knew the boys well in the sixties. Used to sit in to practice nights in Trevor’s mums (Violet Browns) sitting room in Southbrook Rd, Lee. Then was also at all their regular Sunday night gigs at The Dutch House, on Sidcup Rd, enjoying their great renditions of The Four Seasons classics. (some of the most memorable times of my life). I would love to have an update on the boys, especially Trevor (who I dated for a while), Dave and Paul. I still have an original flyer with the Seaton- Paul Management details on the reverse

James Woodhead… Sadly, my grandfather Trevor Brown passed away in 2001 after contracting pneumonia during treatment for asbestosis.

Deborah Ford… (in reply to Lyn) Sadly, both Paul and Trev passed away. Trev, my stepdad, in March 2002. And Paul a few months after. Dave Pattison, my mum Marlene said to say hello. She’s sorry she lost touch after Trev passed. She’s now living in Spain. It was her that found this site but she couldn’t find how to respond.

Deborah Ford… (in reply to Sue) Trev carried on playing in bands for most of his life; The Wranglers, Return Flight and finally The Jaguars. He married my mum in 1988, his second wife. They have a daughter born in 1987. Sadly, Trev passed away in March 2002 after a short fight with asbestos cancer. Paul and Trev stayed close over the years. Paul also continued singing, including backing Cliff Richard and joining Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch around 2000-2001. He was also on his second marriage when he sadly passed in August of the same year. Dave Seaton was doing well last I heard, which was probably at Paul or Trev’s funeral. My mum would have loved to write you back and talk about Trev. She still misses him so much. But she couldn’t work out how to reply so asked me to.

James Woodhead… Sadly, my grandfather Trevor Brown passed away in 2001. Paul Bennett sang at his funeral.

Sue Seward… Hi James, so sorry to hear that. Quite hard for me to get my head around the fact that Trevor was a grandfather as he was a young single guy when I knew him ! Anyway thanks for letting me know, and I hope you have many good memories of your grandfather.

Sue Seward…  Hi Deborah, Thank you so much for the update, but so very sorry to learn that both Trevor and Paul had passed away. Please do pass on my sympathy to your mother, I can appreciate that she still misses Trevor, he was such a great guy. I have lived in New Zealand for many many years but hope to visit the UK again once this COVID pandemic subsides , and have promised myself a nostalgic trip back to all the old ‘Violet Browns Decision’ haunts, I guess they will have changed greatly, but I’m sure my happy memories of those halcyon days will flood back, as the sixties were such a great era. I notice that there are no posts about Dave Seaton ! Wonder if he remained in the music scene as Trevor and Paul obviously did.

Ian Summerlin… Hi don’t forget me I was on the BBC recordings all the gigs two weeks on Southampton pier the Lyceum and unit thirteen with the girl singers, Dezo Hoffman’s photographs that had to be done twice. Did you do the Buckingham palace gig …… then I left and came back to stand in for a few gigs and you had replaced seagoon with a new singer. I’m the one with the golden curls in the Lyceum picture Ian Dicky, Dwight Summerlin known to you as Joe. Check out Dwight Chesham rock reverb nation. Cool

Dave Smith… I’m Dave Smith far right with the strat. Do you remember Maggie at the information centre before we did the pier Southampton. Shanker has 5 daughters. You were very noisy finishing the toilet at rehearsal. Nice to here from you

Ian Summerlin… Hi Dave, Ian dicky Dwight Summerlin here .Was everyone called Dave. ? Whose shanker ? he deserves a medal !! was Maggie one of the girls at the party on the pier. ?? I recall in the daytime going to the Isle of Wight in a boat on skies Looking round QE2 and playing golf On my 1st trip to an Indian restaurant I I had an egg and bacon, the wrestling and the Scottish drummer in the antique shop with a whoopee cushion !! Nice to have a trip down memory lane Merry Christmas to you all.

David Seaton… Hi to everyone Dave Seaton here still alive and kicking and retired, but still involved with music part time coordinating venues and representation. Hope you are all OK, any phone numbers and we could catch up stay safe you all

Debi Brown… Hi Dave, Good to know you’re still alive and kicking. Mum’s living in Spain now. Has been there for 15 years or so. Myself and my kids (they are 28 and 30 now with families of their own) moved to Scotland in 2008 and Donna lives in Liverpool. Next March will mark the 20th anniversary since Trev passed. Can’t believe where those years have gone. Glad to hear you’re still involved with the music industry and enjoying life. Mum is on Facebook Marlene Brown, if you want to look her up. All the best, Debi. (Trev’s step-daughter)

Spyke – Queens Hotel Hastings – 10th April 1971

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Chris Sayer, Ian Williams, Terry Chedzoy,  Peter Millington.

Pete Millington… The fourth line-up of SPYKE playing at the Queens Hotel 10th April 1971 – Looks like we’ve just been told “Trust me lads – the cheque’s in the post”

Chris Baker… I thought I was the only one with a daft haircut in those days! 😁

Pete Millington… We all had ’em along with everyone else!

Yvonne Cleland… Ah still miss Chris. x

Tony Court-holmes… who remembers the band called the Town Council?

John Busbridge… I always remember Chris singing “Lady came from Baltimore”!

The Pied Piper – Manor Road Hastings – 1974

Who remembers The Pied Piper pub?

Jim Breeds… Nope! It must have been bad for the children of the area!

Richard Turner… My dads band playing Thursday

Pete Millington…  Yep! SPYKE played there regularly in the mid 1970s

Alan Esdaile… Did someone say Crispian St Peters played at this pub?

Pete Fairless… Don’t know, but they used to play out at the end of the night with Bob & Marcia version.

Virginia Davis… Yes. My grandparents lived a few doors away. Spent many times in there with family

Dawn Leaney… Oh yes.. had good times there , dancing to the disco.. l think it was on a Friday night!

Tony Davis… Yes. I ran into the guy who managed him and he played there opening night

Jacquie Hinves… Yes , I do!

Terry Hardwick… I used to do the disco with Tony Murray his Dad Ted and his Mum Carol ran it .

Samantha Blake… I remember the pub x

Jo Turner… Yes, Lizzy and I often went there

Roy Penfold… Became The Manor in later years I believe…

Sandy Max… I only knew it as the Manor

Pete Brazier… I know for certain that his Record was lol

Ralph Town… Regularly pissed in there from 1975 to around 1979.

Ken Copsey… My grandads local when we lived in St Mary’s Terrace.

Tony Court-holmes… yet another old pub there used to be so many up that way but not any more

Merv Kennard… yes remember it well. played there a few times. landlord always wanted to flip a coin for double or quits before paying.

Colin Jefferys… Loved this pub was a regular in 1979. Carol snd Ted super couple. Ted worked for the Daily Mirror by day as a printer Carol paid me 50.00 to whitewash the cellar one weekday. Had some good times with them and yes Tony was involved in the disco.   Great days

Pete Brazier… Our Band “IRON DUKE” used to practice there and did a couple of Gigs there too! (The first one was my first ever proper gig!) I was so nervous my leg started to shake so I put extra weight onto that leg which stoped the shake but yes you probably guessed it! The other leg started to shake! I was leaning from side to side trying to get my legs to stop shaking! And all I could think is “Is this how shaking stevens got his name?” Either people didn’t noticed or thought it was some sort of dance because I never got referd to as “Shaking Peter”

 

Bonitas Discotheque Christmas 1971

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Jane Hartley…  I must have been there!

Jane Dorsett….use to go there a lot, chicken &chips,in a basket………good days……….

Jane Hartley…..Me too, probably there at the same time!  When I started going to Bonita’s, Colin Bell was the dj! After that it was Mick, Jim, Tim and Dave.

Kevin Burchett…..used to be my favourite haunt before scalliwags

Mick O’Dowd…..Took over as resident DJ after Colin Bell. Chicken & chips in a basket for 60p to get around licensing laws. Wonderful! I was there in 72

Andre Martin…..Here is something from the time – From Hastings Observer 1971

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Alan Esdaile……Used to play a lot of James Brown when I was dj there.

Yvonne Cleland…..Ah Bonitas. What larks!

Andre Martin…..Somwhere Alan we have photos of Colin in Bonitas – do you have copies, I cannot find any at the moment

Jane Hartley……Did Colin come back again or did you stay until 74/75 Mick? You know that saying ‘if you remember the 60’s’, I seem to have that problem with the70′!!!!!

Mick O’Dowd…..I don’t think he did Jane . As you say age blurs!

Mark Edir…..25p including supper hahaha was that how much it cost , for me details like that are all lost in the mists of time 🙂

Jane Hartley…..How do you boys remember so much? I couldn’t remember who dj’d bonitas after colin bell and before mick jim tim and dave

Mick O’Dowd…..It was I who followed on from Colin”Ding Dong” Bell Jane

Jenny Tyler…  I  can’t believe the prices

Peter Millington… SPYKE – Worth every penny LOL

Jon McCallion… we played there after doing the record in London that same day

Mick Knights… Always wound up there after chucking out time on a Saturday night, I was most probably there for the Christmas eve, the lure of a chicken and chip supper would have been too great!!

Caz Simpson… I loved Bonita’s

Pete Millington… We (SPYKE) played there on 22nd December, 5 weeks after my lovely daughter (Becky) came into our world. What a Christmas present! Remember that night well – Chris Sayer, Ian Williams, Terry Chedzoy and Ginger Millington (me)

Mick O’Dowd… Aah! Chicken in a basket!

 

Dukes Bar London Road Bexhill – 1974

Pete Millington… Remember it well! Always packed out! SPYKE at the time was Ian Williams, Ginger Millington and Terry Chedzoy.

Dave Nattress… The York, London Road, Bexhill just round the corner from the now long gone Queens Head where local bands played. The York has been putting on bands on and off for a very long time. A band I saw once there was called “Esgaroth” – the name I’ve since learned s the name of a community referred to in The Hobbit – good on you Google for telling me this. Anyway, they were apparently from Tunbridge Wells and what little else I remember – easy to get wrecked in The York back then, was that the singer resembled Jim Morrison, and delivered a bit like him. They were quite heavy, sinister, dark sort of sound really, did their own stuff I recall tight and great overall. The singer really stood out – very different. Never heard of or saw them after that. Would have been about 1978/1979. Anyone else heard of them?

Robert Searle… Played there when it was The York with Haze,Easy Street,and Centre Page, really enjoyed playing there

Joe Loss and his orchestra, The Dark Blues plus Spyke. Hastings Police Ball. White Rock Pavilion. 8th May 1972.

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Peter Millington… Remember this evening very well, at least I thought I did. Looks like we (SPYKE) did 2 Gigs with Joe Loss. The first 28th March 1971 with The Roberto Bernardi Quartette and again on 8th May 1972 with The Dark Blues. SPYKE = Ginger Millington, Chris Sayer, Ian Williams, Terry Chedzoy.

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Spyke – Pete, Chris & Paul 1968 and 1969

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Peter Millington, Chris Sayer & Paul Burton.

Yvonne Cleland…..Lovely one of Chris

Chris Baker….Excellent band! Remember them well.

Peter Shaw…..Looks like Val Doonican at the front helping out in the Blue Peter studio! Chris was a talented player and with musicians Ginger and Paul should’ve appeared on TV!!

Peter Millington….You are spot on Peter Shaw. Our gear was held together with “sticky back tape” when we first started as SPYKE, so I can relate to the Blue Peter link. I’d sold all my gear when The Confederates ended after Johnny Conroy emigrated to Canada. Within weeks of it all going out the door at a knock down price and me spending the proceeds on my first car, Paul and Chris asked me to start again – hence the DIY gear lol

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An early picture of Spyke playing at the White Rock Pavillion (Hastings) supporting Bob Miller and the Miller Men in 1969 — with Paul Burton, Peter Millington. and Chris Sayer

Andre Martin…..Great looking stage set as usual thanks to the stage crew of the day, now I wonder who was working with them !!

Janine Anne Hemsley…..Omg. I was with Bob Miller but on the early 80s. Don Lang was also playing with Bob. Great times.

Cupids Inspiration – Aquarius Club Hastings 11th Dec 1971

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Chris van Rock… Was that the club above that arcade …. George’s ?

Peter Fairless… Yes, Chris, later called Saturday’s

Kevin Burchett… was my regular haunt then and i was there at hot chocolate dont remember much about it though pissed lol