The Skatalites – Hastings College dance at The Dolphin Ballroom 1st March 1968

Catherine Ireland… Love them

Pete Fisher… Probably would have been down the youth club back then (can’t remember which one) dancing to quite a few ska hits with my mate and his mod/turning skinhead friends…weird and pretty sad that such a cool fashion/music scene morphed into the hooligan thing…played on the same festival bill as the Skatalites a few times in the 2000s, so got to see them live at last…

Mick O’Dowd… Such a good band. Underated. Saw them on Pier on an all-nighter. Fab! Still going today.

Alan Pepper… Wow ! Love to have been there . Wonder how many witnessed this gig ?

Chris Wilson… I was there. The College also had the Skatalites at a Christmas gig held in the restaurant area at the college, probably Xmas 1967. Both gigs were amazing, hot, sweaty, great. I saw them at Concord 2 in Brighton about a year or so ago too. Brilliant band even though most of the surviving members must be in their 70s/80s!!

Tony Rivers and The Castaways – The Dolphin Ballroom 6th January 1968

John Warner… Tony Rivers, met him in later life when his wife Tina came to work for me. That really is a blast from the past.

Tony Rivers… Yeah I was wondering just where I was that day!

Mick Knights… I still remember them playing Good Vibrations at The Witch Doctor, they were one of my favourite giging bands at the time, saw them on a quite a few occasions, one of them was most probably at the Dolphin Ballroom which was used while the Witch Doctor morphed into The Cobweb.

 

Hastings College – A July Ball The John Roye Orchetra and The Lonely Ones 9th July 1965

Supplied by John Busbridge

John  Busbridge… A College Ball Friday 9th July circa? any ideas? Starts at 10.30pm, I am normally asleep by then, oh to be that young again!

Pete Millington… That was 1965 John – a very good year for most of us

John Busbridge… That sounds about right I was 18!

Andre Martin… I would say that sounds about right, the old Dolphin Ballroom was a great place for the more formal college dos.

A Band Of Angels – 18th March 1966 and part 2 of The Happy Ballroom report by Andre Martin.

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supplied by  Andre Palfrey-Martin Collection L-R:John Gaydon, John Baker, Andrew Petre, David Wilkinson, Mike d’Abo.

Here is the 18th March 1966 extra report –
As you can see we are looking at Hastings 7 St Leonards some 50 years ago, although it only seems like it was yesterday. We at the local college – Hastings College of Further Education had planned for the college Rag would coincide with the 900th celebrations of that famous battle around 14 October. Because of the term dates, our main entertainments were scheduled for June and would be a 3 nighter on Hastings Pier, the Big event being the Friday All Nighter. To start the ball rolling we decided that something in March would be a good idea, and looking for a theme, decided against St Patricks Night and went for 18th March – “ The Ides of March “ the entertainments committee organised this, and for some unknown reason decided to book the Dolphin Ballroom on the floor below the Witch Doctor, at the last minute this was changed and we had a very successful night. The Programme was top of the bill, Pye Recording artistes and old Harrovians “ A Band of Angels” supported by two excellent local groups The Defiants and The Victors and the record spinning was left in my capable hands.[ its strange that the word Disco does still not appear anywhere] As we had 2 members of the d’Abo family amongst the college student body, the addition of Mike in A Band of Angels, would ensure that Mrs d’Abo would be along to see the boys appearing on the night, she was a real trouper and all the noise, lights and great number of young people, never flinched the whole evening – she was a Star!
We arrange for a personal visit from the boys to Alan Jensen in the Disc Jockey in the afternoon for PR exercise, record & photo signing etc – these were always popular and you could rely on a very happy smiling Alan to be buzzing around the shop, and he came along to the club that night as one of our guests. On another personal level, that turned out to be the start of another interesting time for me, as I was asked to take over the organisation of the entertainments for the Rag 3 Day event later in the year, so great things ahead. A Band of Angels were a great act and I think one of their best records, and one that in subsequent years would get a big following on the Northern Soul Circuit was” Invitation” As this was a Friday night – “Ready Steady Go” had set the scene, and on the show that week, we saw Billy Fury-“I’ll never quite get over you” : Barbara Lewis : Bob Lind “Elusive Butterfly”: Spencer Davis “Somebody Help Me”[ has to one of my all time favourite records of the year ] Irma Thomas and The Who “ Substitute “ – which was the first single that I played that night, having been given a copy earlier in the week by Alan Jensen as Reaction records were doing a heavy promotion at the time. It was an excellent way to start the night. For those of you who remember that night, I hope this addition to my weekly blog has brought back good memories, I certainly remember that weekend for all sorts of reasons. Back to normal in the next couple days when we look at the weekend of 19 March 1966        Andre Palfrey-Martin© 2016.

Alan Esdaile …..Not sure if this record was a hit but was big with the Northern Soul crowd. I used to go and play the piano for Mike ‘d’Abo’s mum ‘Primrose’. A lovely lady and very much missed.

Andre Martin….Very true – now being played in Japan in the Northern Clubs ! Hope Mike and the Boys are getting their Yen.