Precisely This, St Johns Wood & The Springbeats – 25th March 1967 Hastings Pier.

supplied by Colin Fox

Colin Fox… I don`t know if this has been posted before, but I played with St Johns Wood in the 60`s

Mick O’Dowd… Very nice find Colin. Anymore?  Does anybody have any info/pics of Precisely This. Must say they are new to me.

Lynn Graham… Yay the Springbeats. Woohoo.

Martin Richter… advert… this is more like it!!

St Johns Wood – 1969/1970

St. Johns Wood

supplied by Colin Fox

L to R: Ray Harper, Colin Pierce, Dave Shaw, Robin Sargent, Colin Fox and Rod Pittam sitting below.

Robert Searle….Nice one Colin

Andre Martin….Found this from my Hastings Pier Files


Andre Palfrey-martin collection

Peter Millington…..I make the date as being 7th February 1970

Rob Sargent… I remember the photo session, on the beach just below the Wish Tower. Hope you’re all still rocking and enjoying it as much as I am.

Delroy Williams Show, St Johns Wood & Chris Gentry Hastings Pier – 31st Dec 1968


Andre Palfrey-martin collection

Mick O’Dowd… excellent concert, highly underrated.

Alan Esdaile… Managed Delroy in the 70’s, always puts on a great show and a really nice guy. Still going strong as part of Desmond Dekker’s Aces tribute.

Andre Martin… Remember the night well, unfortunatly not a very big crowd, so the ballroom was a little chilly even with the Gas fires working. Good programme and headliners were excellent.

Pete Fairless… What did Chris Gentry show, we wonder?

Andre Martin… Now that would be telling.

Alan Esdaile… style, flair, presentation skills and great music.

Modes-Mode plus St John’s Wood – Hastings Pier 2nd November 1968

Modes Mode


photo supplied by Amanda Hawkings, ad supplied by Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey… November 2nd, 1968. No information regarding this group….anyone else?

Mick O’Dowd… New one on me perhaps St Johns Wood members might remember.

Ray Harper…  Saw Modes Mode at The Continental more than once and Eastbourne Town Hall. They played blues and soul music in particular Curtis Mayfield. I thought they were from Brighton but they are not listed on Brightonbeat .com site. Great band though.

Amanda Hawkings… The drummer in Modes Mode was my cousin Clifford Grensted. The manager was my uncle Brian Grensted.  They were based  in the London area. The photo was taken in Stanmore, I believe.

Mike Mitchell… That’s a fabulous suit on the right there.

Tony Shaw and the Neutrons, The 4 Bidden and St Johns Wood business cards.

neutrons-card the-4-bidden-card st-johns-wood-card

All supplied by Rob Sargent

Rob Sargent… Tony Shaw and The Neutrons (Tony Shaw crossed out as when I joined it became just The Neutrons). Shortly after this the name changed again to 4 Bidden and then finally to St Johns Wood. The logo for St Johns Wood was designed by Rodney Pittam, the bands pianist/organ player and he painted it onto the front skin of my bass drum. Rod is still with us running his own successful design company. Bit of background…I am one Eddie Sargent’s younger brothers started playing in the 60s like everyone else and remember all the bands and most of the musicians from this era. Still playing in several bands up here in the Midlands from 60s, blues through to jazz and I’m a partner in running a local Jazz club that puts on acts from across the country. This is great site for people like me to catch up and remember good times from the past whilst hopefully creating some new ones for the future. Keep up the great work.

Alan Esdaile… Here’s a link to Rob’s jazz club…

Colin Fox… Hi Rob, good to hear from you. Rodney also painted the logo on the side of the group van. He now lives in Atlanta, Georgia and came over to Spain to visit us in September 2007. He’s still as nutty as ever.


Rob Sargent… Hi Sedley – good to hear from you and good to know your keeping an eye on us even from foreign shores. Hope you and yours are all ok and hope your still playing and keeping music alive! Rod seem to have ‘made it’ (whatever that is). Hope to hear from Ray and Colin that their alright as well.  The view looks great hope the wine is too! Is that Ross with you???? tell him less of the Grecian 2000 and go au natural!!!

Ray Harper… Great picture Colin, have not seen it before, Ross looking good too

Rob Sargent… Hi Ray how are the carbs doing these days? I remember a loooong conversation in the van one night after practice at the Leaf Hall when everyone wanted to go home (now what type were they twin or single SU or?) Hope your keeping well as I no longer get updates from my brother in law at Russel Motors as he sold it off.

Ross Holter… Hello Rob I’m Ross Holter an old friend of yours from Cavalry Cres. Bought Eddies hofner, roadied for St John’s wood etc nice to hear you are doing well

Rob Sargent… Hi Mooey…glad to hear your still with us and fully functional not likely to forget you! Can I have some of that hair and the colour as mine’s a bit thin on top now. I’ve put up a very old card of ours ‘The Cossacks’ it just need a bit more info about who played bass and lead in the band, (hope your memory is a bit better than mine. Stay out of the sun