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Andre Palfrey-Martin…..taken from the College Rag Mag 1964 – an interview with the Kinks, as they had been booked to play for the Summer Rag Dance in July that year….
Alan Esdaile… Notice the times 11.00pm til 3.00am, also who remembers the well at the White Rock Baths where you used to throw cash over or roll it down a shute for various charity events.
all cuttings….. Andre Palfrey-martin collection
Andre Martin….Its that time of the week for the next chapter in the History of the Happy Ballroom – Hastings Pier. Dateline 23rd May 1964, not a very eventful weekend, other than it was to be the first time that an up an coming group from Croydon were to make an appearance – a group that were to become very popular in coming years – The Kinks. Supported by a regular outfit that had appeared many time before over the years Earl Sheridan and the Housebrakers.
This was a few weeks before the third release from the Kinks – “ You Really Got Me “ and would establish them in the recording world, this was to reach no 1 in early August [ 4 days after THAT appearance from the Rolling Stones in The Happy Ballroom ] and stayed in that slot for the following 3 weeks. What makes this interesting is that the College had booked the group for their Summer Ball in July and ace reporters – students – David Bargioni and Roger Summerling were sent to interview the group for a write up in the Rag Mag Howzat 1964. I quote from this work above in the captured images. That’s about all for this week folks, enjoy the summer weather – if it lasts, and the Bank Holiday Weekend . Andre Martin
Helena Kingshott… I was there x
Mick O’Dowd… Good stuff as usual Andre. Thanx
(1) supplied by Mick Mepham, (2) & (3) supplied by Roger Carey
Yvonne Cleland….Great gig, and with the legendary beer can on head routine………
Chris Meachen….Remember this one particularly fondly;- After the gig, I asked Ray Davies about harmonica playing; He made me a present of two blues harps,( which I still have) then sat down & gave me a half-hour lesson in blues harmonica.. Thoroughly nice bloke!
Martyn Baker….Victoria! Victoria!! (I think they opened with that). Knocked me out too.
Graham How….I had the honour of introducing them on stage. They were a very friendly band and the roadies were great too! Fabulous night. They came down to Hastings on a chartered National Express coach. Hastings was the only gig they had done for ages and not part of a tour. Ray said they did it because they fancied playing on a pier!
Gary Kinch….Remember it well……First wage packet I bought 2 singles, Ape Man being one of them. I seem to remember Ray throwing beer into the audience.
Andre Palfrey-martin….Kinks first played Hasting Pier in July 1964- HCFE Summer Dance.
The Kinks – The Midnight Special
John Alexander Wilde….Wonderful!
Peter Fairless… …and, yes, the pier gig will have been the one where Ray Davies helped Jo Brand get her No.6 out of the machine!
Robert Searle… March Hare, Peter Skellern on lead vocals.
Jim Breeds… Ah yes! I was there, but I don’t remember the support band – not that I remember the support bands from many of the gigs. I think we always stayed in the pubs until just before the main act.
Yvonne Cleland… Huh! That was for posh people. The rest of us stayed in the pier bar!
Sally Blackman… This was the very first gig i went to.
Phil Thornton… another great gig ! – the audience was at least 1.5K over capacity !! (I guess Health and Safety must have been somewhere else !)
Jane Hartley… I was there
Terry Haddon… And so was i.
Flyer supplied by Lloyd Johnson. photo from Fanclub television show, in 1967 Photographer: W. Veenman
*Pink Floyd did not appear on the 20th August 1967 but replaced by Unit 4+2. The date was rescheduled for 20th January 1968*
Carol Arnold… AHHHH saw unit 4 plus 2
Heather Smith… went to see them at the White Rock Theatre a few monthes back, may be 8 monthes ago they where good, great music
Mick O’Dowd… What a line-up! If only possible today. Orange Seaweed were also support for Jimi Hendrix.
Ken Copsey… Believe this was Syd Barret’s last gig with Pink Floyd?
Peter Fairless… The rearranged gig in January ’68, yes, Ken
Mick O’Dowd… Does anybody know of anything of Orange Seaweed?
I’m not normally a huge fan of musicals. However, I am a huge fan of The Kinks so when the opportunity to see Sunny Afternoon came up I was never going to say no. With most musicals I generally find the mix of dialogue and song unconvincing…. continue reading here…
Alan Esdaile… I’ve seen a few clips and looks great. I always thought that The Kinks would be the ideal act to appear on the new pier. Especially now the brothers are talking again. Rumours that they may appear at Glastonbury next year.
Darren Johnson…. Apparently the rumours of a Kinks reformation have been dismissed but they have acknowledged they are discussing working together!
Andre Martin… Well they visited us back in 1964 when on the way up, so an appearance again would be very much in keeping with the track record of the Pier – will have to watch the space that sticks out into the sea !
Darren Johnson… It would be wonderfully apt to see them do a Hastings Pier gig together. I was lucky enough to see Ray join his brother on stage in Islington last year for a blast of “You Really Got Me”
Dave Weeks… Going Wednesday
Thanks to Mick Bolton for this.
Mick Bolton… saw a bit of rock and roll history being made at Islington Assembly Hall last night. I was there with Dave M Quaife, brother of Pete Quaife the bass player who founded The Kinks with Ray and Dave Davies. We had just been talking about how unlikely it was that the Davies brothers would ever get together again, given their stormy relationship. After finishing the show with a powerful performance of I’m Not Like Anybody Else, Dave stunned everyone in the hall by bringing on Ray to sing You Really Got Me. How appropriate that they should reunite to perform their first hit just a couple of miles from where it all started in Muswell Hill over 50 years ago.
Here’s a review of the gig by Darren Paul Johnson.
Alan Esdaile… Now wouldn’t this be the right act to reopen the pier.
Martin Richter… lovely – thanks – Ray had said that the *door was open* more than once 🙂
What’s your favourite track or tracks?
Alan Esdaile… Probably about 20 I really love and start it off with Sunny Afternoon.
Nick Prince… wow. I like so many. Probably just Sunny Afternoon. Also love Come Dancing, Victoria. Dave’s Stan Laurel tribute. Death of a Clown. So, so many I really like. An amazing unique sound.
Gary Kinch… The first single I bought was apeman. But My personal favourite is Lola
Mick Mepham… The Village Green Preservation Society.
Geoff Peckham… Don’t You Fret.
Nick Prince… This is a must have 🙂
Mick O’Dowd… See my friends.You really gotta have it all day & all of the night.
Chris Sambrook… There are loads of Ray Davies songs, Dead end Street, See my Friend,Tired of waiting for you,Set me free,Till the end of the day ,Waterloo Sunset.,Sunny afternoon, All or the day and all of the night the second single [i believe this was banned by the the BBC, for being suggestive] , Till the end of the day and of course You really got me. So it goes on and on and on.
John Storer… The Kinks are one of those bands who everyone thinks were much more popular in the UK than they actually were, whereas the Americans loved them. Every album they made charted in the USA (their 1983 album “State of Confusion” got to No. 12 over there), whereas their last Top 40 album here was 1967! For me, “Tired of Waiting” was their best single.
Mick O’Dowd… On a Ray Davies cd “Story Teller” he tells the story of The Kinks. He says that the break in You Rally Got Me where it sounds like “Oh No!” was actually “F… Off!” See what you think.
The summer days continue and here we are at the first weekend in July, and what a busy time it was to be in The Happy Ballroom on Hastings Pier. The weekend starts of in true style on Friday 3rd with the local College of Further Education Summer Dance, and top of the bill – The Kinks, who had been down a few weeks earlier in May and given a very entertaining show to the crowds. For those of you who follow the History of The Happy Ballroom, you will have seen in a previous post details of a write up that had been made for the College Rag Mag – HOW and this gave details of the Kinks first single that had just been released and was now starting to move up the charts. Another little known story about this dance was that, back a few weeks when this dance was being planned, the college were offered as headliners a band from the North East, who were starting to make an impact, but it was decided to go for the Kinks for this date. The unselected outfit were The Animals, who had just released “The House of the Rising Sun” and would reach no 1 by the end of that month. The supporting group – The Classmates all that is known is that they were a 4 piece from south London, possible connection was that the Kinks were from Croydon Art College and they could have been from the same management. This was to be another first for the college, as the end time of the dance was to be extended to 3.00am, a little longer for everybody to enjoy the night than usual, when the dances would end by 2.00am.
Now for Saturday 4th July – no reference to American Independence Day – how things would change by the 1980s, the Headliners are King Size Taylor and the Dominos, and in support another regular and favourite of the crowd in the Happy Ballroom – Earl Sheridan and The Houseshakers.
The Dominoes were originally formed in north Liverpool, in 1957, from a school skiffle group called the Sinners, The following year, Ted “Kingsize” Taylor- so called for his 6′ 5″ height – joined as lead vocalist and guitarist. By summer 1960, the group were being billed as Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes. They first performed at the Cavern Club in January 1961, when they featured 17 year old singer Cilla White, who was mistakenly renamed Cilla Black later that year by Bill Harry in an article in his magazine Mersey Beat Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes were signed by Decca Records in Germany, and also recorded there for the Philips and Ariola labels. In 1963 they recorded an album, Live At The Star Club for Ariola, with whom they had a recording contract, but were also persuaded to make a separate album for Polydor. The album, Let’s Do the Slop, Twist, Madison, Hully Gully…, was released under the pseudonym of The Shakers. Three singles from the album – “Money”, “Whole Lotta Lovin'”, and “Hippy Hippy Shake” – were released by Polydor in the UK. All the recordings by Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes were covers of rock and roll and rhythm and blues songs by other artists; they wrote no songs themselves. Their biggest success in Germany was a version of Solomon Burke’s “Stupidity”, also released on the Decca label in the UK. While in Germany, they also performed regularly in Kiel and Berlin, and acted as backing group for Alex Harvey, before returning to the UK to back Chuck Berry and Carl Perkins on tour in 1964. They also appeared on the British TV show Ready Steady Go!
Here from 1964 – http://youtu.be/28g6FpGf7ak
That was a good weekend for all the youngsters here in Hastings. Nothing to report on the RSG front as for some reason nothing has been shown as scheduled, but earlier in the week on the BBC fledgling pop show Top of the Pops it featured Animals, Brian Poole & The Trems, Peter & Gordon and the Stones.
Another interesting historical fact for this week, that did in time have links with the Happy Ballroom – on Friday 3rd July – Fontana Records released I’m Fine by the Hi Numbers, who would change their name within the next few days to be The Who – but their appearances on the Pier will have to wait for another occasion. Andre Martin
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Ties in with a comment at the end of the History of the Happy Ballroom weekly write-up. The WHO would appear several times over the coming years.