Simon Dupree & The Big Sound – The Cobweb – 25th Jan 1969

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Sarah Harvey… January 25th, 1969. Simon Dupree And The Big Sound….I loved ‘Kites’ …..very haunting song for the time. And there are Status Quo yet again!

Andy Qunta… Kites! Still sounds fantastic! Have it on my iPod! Some of this band went on to form Gentle Giant, I believe!

Terry Huggins… That’s right. Their retrospective view of Kites was that it was crap. Simon Dupree didn’t exist. If I recall correctly it was three brothers and a few friends. They were all multi instrumentalists

Andy Qunta… Indeed, Terry, i think they were the Shulman brothers? Our own Roger Carey played with a later version of Gentle Giant, I believe!

Sarah Harvey… Roger did indeed play with the later version of Gentle Giant….Three Friends….. they are a band starring several former members of Gentle Giant Gary Green (guitar, vocals) Malcolm Mortimore (drums) ….here is Roger playing with them in Tokyo….

Phil Thornton… saw Roger Carey with Three Friends, (faultless recreations of GG classics) 3 times ! – top class Bass and vocals from Roger !

Mick O’Dowd… I saw this show by Simon Dupree & Big Sound and was so moved I went out and bought their LP Without Reservations the next day! Excellent blue-eyed soul band (am I aloud to say that?) and they only had the one LP before they morphed into Gentle Giant. Incidentally Kites wasn’t on this Lp and only saw the light on the compilation album afew years back with the other gem Parade of Broken Hearted Pirates.

Andre Martin… Kites used to get a lot of plays on BBC Radio London by Robbie Vincent in his soul show days – Saturday Morning was always a cracker of a show, with lots played for the residents of Sunny Sydenham where I had friends.

Sarah Harvey… I adored Kites…. such a haunting song.

Andre Martin… It was a fantastic tooon without a doubt Sarah.

Tony Court-holmes… your not old enough to remember that sarah i remember sunday nights were tamla nights.

Ernest Ballard… Far out man

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Is it too late to enter the Go-Go competition?

Tony Court-holmes… go for it

Dave Nattress… The luscious Leigh, no way is it too late for you, go go for it!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Dave the mind is willing but the body isn’t these days

Dave Nattress… Leigh, it’s an old saying, you’re only as old as you feel in the head – or something like, so that makes me 310 tonight. But, really, it does not seem like about 45 years ago that you and Jane D used to be in the Cont. working together and then go out on the razzle in Hastings!!

 

Little John and The Shadrocks – The Cobweb 2nd November 1968

Mick O’Dowd… Not heard of them even though I was a Jay Boy lable fan.

Tony Court-holmes… I  was only 16 then

Andrea Rashford-Hewitt… Little John & The Shadrocks were a popular group in London within the black community in the 60’s and 70″s. They sang Motown Otis Reading etc and wrote songs too. Little John was the lead singer. They played across Europe.

West Coast Consortium and The Millionaires – Hastings Pier, Soul Committee and Extreme Sound – The Cobweb. 12th October 1968.

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Sarah Harvey… This day October 12th, 1968. A Choice of music at two venues in the town.

Alan Esdaile… I wonder if The Steamhammer is the same one that played the pier and did Juniors Wailing?

Barry Taylor… Yes Alan, I was there but don’t remember much!

2nd August 1969 – The Late Hastings Pier and Toast at The Cobweb

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Sarah Harvey… A choice of music on this day in 1969. The Late on the Pier and Toast at the Cobweb.

Andre Martin… The Road, were a local Band but I have no knowledge or memories of the Go Go Dancers on the Thursday Night. I cannot think why anybody would try and run against such a strong show at that with Steve Maxted at the Cobweb, it does not make any business logic.

Nicola Dobson… These were my years at the Cobweb loved it there! Summer of 69 first summer out of school!

Miltons Fingers and Gold Dust – The Cobweb St Leonards 7th June 1969


Miltons Fingers, 1968. Left to right: Tony “Spike” Milligan, Milton, Alan Stevenson and Bert Coupe. photo: https://garagehangover.com/miltons-fingers/

Judy Atkinson… I remember going to see Steve Maxted at the Aquarius club in George St, Thursday nights in the 70s