Hastings Pier – April 8th 1961 Love From A Stranger and Big Beat Night with Ted Crouch.

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Can you help Stephen?

Stephen Moran… I’m currently doing research into the popular music history of Hastings from 1960-1985 and prior to the recent lockdown I was reading through old copies of the Hastings Observer at the British Library. In 1961 the Disc Jockey record shop used to present a ‘Rock ’n’ Roll Night’ on the Pier every Monday and Friday. I was wondering whether anyone went to these nights and whether it was a DJ night only or if any local bands played? I appreciate its a long time ago but I would be grateful for any information anyone might have.

John Gale… My dad use to get called upon occasionally to play drums for the Ted Crouch Band,, sadly he passed away in April, so I can’t ask him, I’ll ask mum, she might remember, mind you if he played that gig (although he called them band dates) I’d have been 2 months old. I think, as dad was part of the musicians union, he would get called upon when Ted was short of a drummer

Stephen Moran… Thank you John I really appreciate your help. The Ted Crouch Band were really popular during that time, they sometimes played several times a week on the Pier.

Stephanie Blackledge… My Dad played drums regularly for Ted Crouch (incidentally there was more than one Ted Crouch band – sometimes 3/4 on a busy weekend. Ted tried to make a brief appearance at all of them). Ted also played drums but Dad was better. He (Roland Dann) also played with Alec Bradley and Jeff Heitt. Ted was a regular visitor to our house. I was only 10 at the time. Get in touch with Ricky Norman – his memory will be better than mine!



The Dekorators – England Entertains Talent Contest 1986


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Nastassja Kaschevsky… The Dekorators – Doug Smith and Andy Sproxton. Taken at a club in St Leonards 1986.


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Nastassja Kaschevsky… England Entertains National Talent Competition held at The Marina Pavilion – now Azur – Summer 1986. This was just after I left the band from L to R Andy Sproxton, Doug Smith, Ted Crouch who refused to leave the stage while they performed! and Geoff Saxby. Prince McBride’s keyboard in the background.

John Wilde… One question Ted Crouch. Why?

Nastassja Kaschevsky… He was the drummer for the interim music along with Prince McBride. He liked to do things his way! One of our local music characters!

Ashley Davies…. Ahhh the good old shell suit !! Why did Ted refuse to leave the stage he was the drummer

Nastassja Kaschevsky… If you look closely Andy far left was the drummer then with The Deks – Ted was from a completely different band. Andy had to set up his drumkit on the edge of the stage – while Ted refused to budge in the centre of them all!!


Ted Crouch and his Band



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photo supplied by Janine Anne Hemsley

Janine Anne Hemsley…..Ted started working with Dance Bands from the late 50s onwards. He ran several of his own bands every night of the week at different venues. I started working with him in 1973 and we did tea dances ,private functions and the spectacular Easter Bonnet parade,for many years on Hastings Pier. Wonderful memories indeed.