Steppin’ Out and Dupree – St Valentine’s Ball – Carlisle Hastings – 11th February 1977

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supplied by Mick Knight

Photos of Dupree by Eric Money. Featuring Andy Bannister, Barry Denyer and Mick Knight

Alan Esdaile… Anyone remember this gig?

Martyn Baker… Well, I definitely played the gig with Tich, Martin, Roger, Piers, Wesley, Andy. I think Dupree were friends of Tich’s. Long time ago!

Updated Steppin’ Out Recordings. supplied by Martyn Baker

Martyn Baker… Here’s an updated link to the songs of Hastings band Steppin’ Out recorded by Paul Dengate at The Box Studio, Silverhill Hastings. Listen to Pete Prescott sing on the final song “Hurt Again”. He had only just joined the band. Great singer!

Pete Prescott… Wow ! This brought back memories. I was very a young and inexperienced 20 year old. Never sang harmonies. Very much out of my depth. Amazing band. Shame it ended just as it was getting good. I’m moved to Hastings in Christmas eve 77. the band ended in new years eve ! There was a photo session in the old town of the band. Have you got any of the photos ?

David Edwards… There was certainly some talent in this band but what went wrong to cause it to split can’t believe Pete’s one appearance was the kiss of death?

Pete Prescott… Long story. One guy, I think should have left the band alone. I was clueless about events till after it was over. So many bands have the same story. It was a great band. Roger Hubbard, Wes, Tich, Martin and Kevin. Really good live. I felt I was a pointless link. Very young and inexperienced. Pretty crap on stage. Tich was the star. I wondered why they had me in to be honest.

Kay Green… Oh wow!

Tony Qunta… Love this!

Pete Fisher… Nice slide guitar…

Chris Wood… Love it, it’s been a long time since I’ve heard this. Cheers

Steppin’ Out – Archery Tavern Dec 1977

Wesley Magoogan, Kevin Hoad, Martin Baker, Roger Hubbard, Tich Turner, Pete Prescott, Ray Fenwick.

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all photos supplied by Pete Prescott

Wesley commented….I remember that gig well cos while I was singing my teeth flew out my mouth into the audience and I had to quickly jump down to pick them up and carry on playing !

Tich Turner & John Wilde together in Steppin’ Out – 1977

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Martyn Baker… In case John Alexander Wilde was feeling left out from my earlier comments about great soul singers from Hastings…. Here he is singing dual lead vocals with Tich Turner. For one night only in 1977 the two ex-“Stallion” lead vocalists singing together on Hastings Pier singing in the band Steppin’ Out. (From a very rare live tape). Recorded live on Hastings Pier c.1977. The band on that night were:- Tich Turner – vocal,  Johnny Wilde – vocal,  Roger Hubbard – guitar and vocal, Stevie Whitefield – guitar and vocal, Wesley Magoogan – saxes and vocal,  Andy Knight – Drums, Martyn Baker – Bass

Pete Prescott…  ran into kevin hoad last night at porters. We talked briefly about steppin outs photo session by winkle Island. It was the day after lynyrd skynrds plane crash in 77.i would love to see a photo from that session. I was a very inexperionced young singer completely out of his depth.i had never sung harmonies before. But l loved the band and learned a lot.i moved to Hastings on Christmas Eve 77. The band broke up on new years eve ha ha ! Ray fenwick had organised a recording using tich and wes plus session players in london.no other members were involved. Wes (as I recall ) was having none of that (good on him! ) he and tich had a fair old barny. End of band. Tich did the session. Enter the roaring 80’s. Shame. Amazing band steppin out.i had a fairly miserable few years not really knowing anyone. But it got better. I was very lucky moving to the most amazing town for music in the country. I have a couple õf cassettes of songs. And a few photos. Roger hubbard wrote most of the songs with tich I recall.not completely sure how all that worked. If anyone has any photos I’ll be at the White Rock Hotel Friday.

Martyn Baker… This gig happened just before you joined us Pete Prescott. Before that we had Martin Stringer as our other lead vocalist, John Alexander Wilde was there on this night to help with the transition, but I don’t really think it was his cup of tea, as we heard that he had left the gig before the encore to go directly to Portugal that night!  This song “Hurt Again” by Martin Stringer and Tich Turner. Also featuring Wesley Magoogan, and Andy Knight.

John Wilde… Thanks for the word up Martyn. I have absolutely no memory of this. Tich was/is a great Soul singer and still giving it large! Best wishes to you.

Mick O’Dowd… Tich was a good soul singer that’s why I signed him up for Deep Purple.