supplied by Barry French & Sarah Harvey
supplied by Mick O’Dowd
Mick O’Dowd…Played The Regent as Dj quite a few times. Saw bands there such as Group Therapy (with Robin Farrant of Farrant & Reid wholesalers), Circuit Four, The Humperdinks and others. Didn’t Alan Jensen do regular nights here when you couldn’t get to the bar for bodies and your beer was passed over a human chain so that when it arrived it was only half a pint! That’s rock’n’ roll! T’was a great venue.
Pete Millington… I was a regular there and on many occasions struggled to get a beer. No chance of getting P****d in those days with 10:30 or 11:00 closing time. The Talismen, Spyke, Unabridged Telephone Directory come to mind as groups you can add to your memory banks.
Nigel Ford… Why “Don’t forget your Rolling Stones LP”?
Andre Martin… The reference to the Stones LP must have been because this is April 64 and the Stones had released their first Album about this time, so AJ not wishing to miss the chance for a plug, added to the advert.
Lloyd Johnson… Has anyone got any photos of ‘The Humperdinks’ playing The Regent Club below The Regent Hotel in the 60s ?…it was towards St.Leonards on the seafront, Kenny Comfort, Lynn Grant, Melvyn Grant and Brian’Bonzo’ Redfern were the members of the group/band.I think they had a few write ups in the local press at the time…
John Gale… I remember the Regents Hotel, nice little venue about halfway between the pier and Warrior Gardens , my dad use to drum there in the 70s regularly, mainly as a duo with a keyboard player, I remember he had some good nights there.
supplied by Hastings Groups from 1958 to the present.
Baz Cooper, Ray Brown,Mike Bradley, Colin Tapp and John Kingdon.
Colin Tapp… Thanks Alan I like this photo must be about 50 years ago , great memories.
Andy Knight….Played with John in Freeway in 1970, great singer but he had put the gun away by then. ps were the clothes from FAB boutique?
Andre Martin…..Could well have been provided by Brian Fisher !!
supplied by Colin Tapp supplied by John Kingdon
The Humperdinks reunion gig at The Hazlitt Theatre 2012 — with Baz Cooper, Colin Tapp, John Kingdon, Mick Bradley , Mike Nixon & Colin Norton.
Andre Martin….Well known in Hastings and around during the early 1960s – credit please that we did produce some good bands in those days.
Leigh Wieland-Boys….Amazing! Johnny Kingdom’s band played at my brother’s wedding in 1974! I remember him well! Hello John!
Baz Cooper… We got those clothes from a boutique in Hastings, but I don’t remember the name of it.
Leigh Wieland-Boys… Johnny Kingdon & his band played at my brother’s wedding in 1974!
Nick Bloomfield… I had a pair of ‘Hipsters’ (I think they were called) and spent a long time trying to persuade myself that I looked cool. Never quite succeeded…
supplied by Hastings groups from 1958 to the present
Colin Norton……I remember when this photograph was taken. Colin Tapp was missing. He always seems to be missing 🙂
Front right is Alan Cosham. The others are Colin Norton, Mick Nixon, John Kingdon, Mick Bradley and Baz Cooper. We had roadie by the name of Mick Green who was the driver. It can’t have been easy to drive! It was from 1944 and had a ton of room for gear in the back. This photo was taken on Eastbourne seafront around May or June 1966. Colin Tapp was definitely a member of the group at that time.
John Kingdon….My one and only time I drove this little monster was late at night on the way home to Eastbourne from a gig somewhere up north, I was very tired and perhaps asleep when I changed the shape of a lamppost, there was no damage to the “1943” fire tender and the rest of the little babies carried on sleeping. Crazy night.
Alan Esdaile….Thanks for info Colin & John. Any other groups compete with this and memories of vans/transport to gigs. I always think back to transits, smokey vans, certain roads you avoided due to hills. I remember Paul Casson’s van held together by posters, one of the doors tied to the seat to stop it flying open and to start it a screwdriver in the ignition.
Terry Pack….The Enid bought a Fordson ambulance, like the one in ‘Ice Cold in Alex’ in 1976. All the same observations applied to it re hills, etc.
all photos & information supplied by Peter Millington
Gerry & The Pacemakers – Hastings Pier 1993. Not sure of correct date but fund raising gig for RNLI. Support for Gerry & The Pacemakers were The Humperdinks showing John Kingdon & Kenny Comfort. Also on the bill the second support act featured Paul Burton and Chris Sayer RIP and guest singer? Anyone know who and the name of the band?
Andre Martin……Great Act to work with, he was so not ” I am Big Star – look at me ” just a great Liverpudlian Guy, a real pleasure to be with him.
Karen Sweatman was Blackman…..Saw them at the De La Warr around the same time. Centre Page were supporting.
Madeline Joyce Morton…..Was it Spyke
Peter Millington…..No it wasn’t Spyke Madeline Joyce Morton I played in Spyke for as long as they lasted. Both Chris and Paul were in Spyke although Paul left the trio in 1968. Chris and I continued on for a couple of years and were then joined first by Terry Chedzoy (Drums/Vocals) and then Ian Williams (Guitar/Vocals). That was the hey-day and included a 3 times a week residency at the Alexandra Hotel. Chris Sayer left Spyke in 1973 and the group continued on until 1974 when Rod Trowell joined (from King Rod and Co). They then changed their name to JINKS and we are still playing today although there have been a couple of arrivals/departures.
Madeline Joyce Morton……Those were the days at the Alexandra . Yes Jinks I knew there was another name and it just would not come to me. Must be old age.
Colin Fox……In the first photo, is that Juan Sheet on the right?
John Kingdon….No Trevour Notton a Maidstone based singer.
Alan Esdaile…..When they came up with the name of the band Pacemakers, it meant something completely different to what we think of now.