Stallion first disc

supplied by Chris Meachen

Chris Meachen… Sorting through a box of miscellaneous stuff from the box-room today, & came across this cutting from the local rag.. Not sure, but I may have been the photographer.

Martin Stringer… interesting that the man who wrote the song Skinny Kid never got a mention. The song was claimed by Turner check out the singles label it says Stallion – Stringer. I know this because I am Stringer.

Jacquie Hinves… Martin, Who was the owner of Flyright Records in Eversley Road Bexhill. He was a lovely guy whom Peter Stacey and I spent a lot of time with. His name escapes me. He was short with a full beard. Sadly died a few years ago.

Terry Pack… Ho Jacquie, you’re thinking of Pete Kent. He used to run Beaney’s in Sackville Road and then came to work for Flyright. Simon Napier, Robin Gosden and Bruce Bastin were the partners in Flyright and then Swift. I used to work in the shop after school and on Saturdays.

Alan Esdaile… Don’t think I’ve seen this cutting before. Must be one of your Chris. Both sides of the single are great and still got mine somewhere. I see it sold for £21. on the Popsike website last year and Discogs have 2 for sale from £24.99.

Leigh Mitchell… I have this single too

Heather Sidery… Good to see this

Harry Randall… Still miss Tony aka Vic!

Nigel Ford… I was talking to Vic Bridger’s son at the Stallion gig at the Carlisle when they launched their recent cd album and he was after a copy of this. I don’t know if he ever got one, I have 2 I think but didn’t want to part with one then. I suggested he spoke with the band members, but don’t know what happened as I’ve not seen him since.

Iain Cobby… Still miss you Tony and Steve. Great memories . RIP

Stray and Stallion – Hastings Pier Sat 8th December 1973

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poster & ticket supplied by Mick Mepham

Andy  Qunta…. “Loved Stray! Have their 1st 2 albums – great stuff!”

Martyn Baker….”I was there, loved it, and I still have the Stray album to this day.

From 1970 one of their best tracks ‘ All In Your Mind’

Tony Qunta….”Loved Stray and that song is a cracker!”

Sarah Harvey…..what Jenni Inness thought of it the week afterin her column of December 15th, 1973.

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Alan Esdaile…..great gig this one.

Sarah Harvey….It was a great line-up because I loved Stray as well. I have all of their albums (all 2 of them I think) on vinyl.

Phil Thornton…..”Stray were great. When I was in Die Laughing we used to play a cover of their song ‘All in your mind’ brings back brilliant memories of all those mad gigs in Germany and Wales !!!”

David Miller….”Stray..! My tinnitus is an ever-ringing badge of honour won by listening/vibrating to them at my local music club The Farx, standing next to the exploding dustin and generally having a great time at extreme volume. There were also other contributors to this award, including sitting next to the big speaker in The Bubble for hours on end. Good times….”

Nigel Ford… This was my first time seeing Stallion with Tich in skeleton suit & whitened face. Saw them several times subsquently as was very impressed, moreso than Stray.

Dave Weeks… I remember that one too.

Chris Meachen…  I was there.. Stray were a damned good live band…

Ben Gallop… i was there, not sure if it was that gig but remember a band played off the stage on the floor cant remewber who thou

Dennis Torrance… Don’t think I missed Stray at all when on the pier back then

Curved Air – Hastings Pier 20th Sept 1975 & from 1972 Marie Antoinette

Ad supplied by Sarah Harvey, poster supplied by Mick Mepham

Supplied by John Wilde

Phil Gill …  Well, I guess I must’ve been there. If anyone has any photos of Stallion at this gig or any other Stallion photos, we’d love to see them on our band page – especially if anyone has any photos of us supporting Marc Bolan on the Pier in 1975

Phil Thornton… Likewise ! – I do remember watching Curved Air – excellent !

Mark Sims… Good track by a very underrated band.

John Wilde… I was there. Onstage. Brilliant night!

Nick Webb… I was there yet again 🙂

Chris Giles… “Really like most of Curved Air music… Especially enjoyed gig on the pier many years ago..”

Jim Breeds… Marie Antoinette ‘ wonderful’

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String Driven Thing and Stallion – Hastings Pier 7th September 1974

7TH SEPT 1974 STRING DRIVEN THING.

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poster supplied by Mick Mepham. pier photos Chris Meachen.

Tich from Stallion at the pier gig supplied by Roger Carey

Here’s a great recording of ‘Circus’ venue unknown.

Wesley Magoogan…. Those Observer adverts were the center of some of our lives then.Whomever was on the advert for the pier were that week’s big deal !

Phil Gill… I was there, it was a brilliant gig.

Reading Festival featuring Stallion 27th August 1976

Stallion photo supplied by John Wilde

Andy Gunton… I was there.

Phil Gill… Wow….40 years ago

Alan Esdaile… Do you remember seeing Stallion play, Andy?

Phil Gill… John Storer will. He was right in the front row shouting “‘allo Phil!”

John Storer… John Storer does indeed remember, Phil … was there with Kev Potter, Matt Brand, Mick Hurton and Matt’s cousin (who’s name currently escapes me). It rained …. a lot! Particularly remember Moon being awesome, (how I’d love to get my hands on their first album again) and great sets from Rory Gallagher and Ted Nugent. Remember Kev getting hit on the back of the head by a full can of Party Four, which we then proceeded to open and drink. By coincidence, had cause to mention Reading 76 several times during the last fortnight. One of my business partners went to Reading Festival last weekend and I was bemoaning the “gentrification” of rock festivals, telling him that a festival should not be about 5 star hotels and Radio 1 Dance tents, but about very cheap plonk, leaking tents and not changing your clothes for three days! Those were the days! A great weekend for £6.95!

Phil Thornton… ha ! I forgot the Enid played !! – also missed the Sadista sisters ( their drummer went on to form YMO who are one of my all time favourite bands !) – I did get to see AC/DC and Rory Galagher who were brilliant ! Supercharge were also great ! – the mighty diamonds had a rough deal getting bottled, they deserved much better from the audience.

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Stallion – Front Cover Melody Maker 3rd July 1976

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supplied by Iain Cobby

Scanned the best I could, hope you can read some of it? The photo at the top of the second page says Steve Demetri receiving the award when it is Phil Gill.

Phil Gill… Well, we used to pretend to be each other sometimes

Jane Hartley… Stallion/Performance!

Andy Qunta… Excellent!

John Wilde… what a great time it was. We were hot stuff!

Phil Thornton… Yes it was ! My favourite bit was playing the main stage at Reading festival !!

Phil Gill… John, We were mostly off our trolley.

Stuart Moir… As were we all in them days Phil

 

Stallion – Hastings Pier 28th June 1975

Phil Gill… Well, at least I know where I was 43 years ago, even if I can’t remember being there. I think we went up to 70p a ticket the following year…

John Wilde… could this have been my debut with Stallion?

Phil Gill… Can’t be 100% sure because I think you joined in the May, but it might have been your debut.

Hustler and Stallion – Hastings Pier 8th June 1974

Peter Houghton… Great band one of my fave song’s was little people

Nick Shute… Out out get outa me ‘ouse
You better take yer trench coat too
no daughter of mine’s going out wiv an ‘ippy
or a scruffy little bleeder like you!

Tony Court-holmes… used to be on tuesay nights i think

Dave Hunt… Hustler were a great band, got both their albums on cd last year

Pete Prescott.. Great band.

 

Stallion, Steppin’ Out and Damaris Hastings Pier 15th January 1977

supplied by Sarah Harvey

 

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Paul Durrant…..Wow – amazing to see all this Sarah – thanks so much for posting – I played keyboards for Damaris – also great to see so many familiar names and faces that I never seem to see when I’m in Hastings (I live in Scotland now) – it reminded me of the night that Stallion won the Melody Maker Contest in London…..

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supplied by Jules Carter

Phil Gill…..And here’s the poster from the Stallion gig as it looks in my dining room. Pic stolen from Jules Carter’s Facebook collection, but he took in my house and it’s my poster, so….And I can’t be bothered to get up off the sofa and walk to the dining room to take my own picture.

Paul Durrant….The pier gigs line up for Damaris was Mick Kemp – Drums, Tony Barraclough – Guitar, Iain Cobby – Bass, Paul Durrant – Keyboards and Dave Nattress – vocals.

Dave Nattress….Stumbled into this website after years on and off trying to backtrack the good times of Hastings Rock. I feel thrilled to see Damaris and references to my old band-mates, Paul Durrant, Iain Cobby, Mick Kemp, Tony Barraclough. We had some great gigs on the pier including supporting Stallion several times – they were something else and John Wilde – what a vocalist. We were in the Melody Maker Rock Contest the same year Stallion rightfully won it. I remember well the heat at Sussex University. Great to brag about that one and the pier of course. Astonished to see so much of the old stuff posted. To all of you who have helped this along – really well done. You’ve made an old man really happy!!!

Rachel Rayburn…My brother Paul aka Blondie was in Damaris

Ian Mantel… And Slik, with Midge Ure coming soon. Maybe Russell Field could get Midge to play down here again?

Edgar Broughton & Rita – Hastings Pier – Martin Casson Entertainments 28th Dec 1974

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Ad Andre Palfrey-Martin Collection, photo of Edgar Broughton by Clive Richardson

Joe Knight….what happened to steve maxted ? use to go to catford DESMOND DEKOR!!! lots of great bands

Andre Martin….Joe – Steve Maxted still going strong well into the late 1970s. – Above is an advert from 1974. I have some later images waiting to be uploaded and indexed.

John Storer… Apropos of not much, my late Mum absolutely loved Edgar Broughton’s “Apache Dropout”. Remember seeing Barclay James Harvest and thought Hudson/Ford were actually much better than I was expecting

Mick Mepham….Hurrrraahhhhh! I hadn’t got this flier – have now yippeeeee!

Jim Breeds….Lindisfarne, BJH, Hudson/Ford. Wow, I missed some stuff I should have seen

Jenny Tyler… I loved Steve Maxted.

Phil Gill…  I was there for the New Year gig. The bouncers stopped the Stallion set at 11:45 and threw everyone out. They were really shitty about it too. Presumably they wanted to go drinking…

Mick Mepham… I remember introducing Hudson/Ford and making a total twat of myself doing so ….. blusho ……

Yvonne Cleland…. You were nowt but a lad, MM 🙂

Mick Knights… Edgar Broughton.. The question has always been, should he have allowed the demons in in the first place!!

Alan Esdaile… Not much hope for the Apaches as well, Mick. Steve Broughton now a Hastings resident.

Glenn Piper… Oh the memories

Tony Court-holmes… god i remember edgar broughton gig out demons out