Double Rave – Patrick Dane & The Quiet Five plus The Sabres – 1964




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Andre Martin… To many this weekend will be a Bank Holiday, for us back in the 1960s, this was just another weekend, even though it did include the beginning of May. The History of the Happy Ballroom on Hastings Pier continues. Here we are Saturday 2nd May 1964, and have a return visit from both of the bands playing tonight, this did seem to be a regular feature over the years, and when you think of the number of venues throughout the country, many of the groups appeared with regularity, just to meet the demands of a growing pop music industry.
Top of the Bill tonight are Patrick Dane and The Quiet Five – The Quiet Five formed in the early ’60s in London, first as the Trebletones before changing their name to the Vikings. As the Vikings, they did manage one side of a 45 single, the instrumental “Space Walk,” whose title was changed to “Gemini” when it was eventually issued by Columbia. The Vikings became the Quiet Five, however, in 1964 when they became the backing band for singer Patrick Dane, the Quiet Five split from Dane to go out on their own, signing with Parlophone, where they were produced by Ron Richards also responsible for production for the Hollies.
The supporting group, were well know and very popular from Brighton original members were Dick Plant from Eastbourne, James Hazeldene, Stuart Hinchcliffe and Geoff Cooper from Brighton, the group would later this year change their name to The Shelley, and embark on a impressive career working in Denmark and Scandinavia which would keep them working outside of the UK for the next 15 years.
That’s all for this week in The Happy Ballroom – somebody asked me the other week, when was this tag given to the Pier Ballroom, so far I have traced this back to publicity issued in 1956 and will keep searching.




P J Proby and The Quiet Five – Hastings Pier 8th May 1965

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Mick O’Dowd….Thanx for this Andre. I was one of the “more than a dozen” that found this performance “overwhelming”. Great memories and I thought he gave a good show as well. Like Gary Gl—-r he was a showman rather than a  good singer. I fainted at this one and got passed over the heads. What an embarrassment!!!!

Ron Tennant…..Proby is a showman, also a truly great singer.


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18 June 1965 – The Quite Five at The Witch Doctor.

Jenny Tyler… I  was on the pier for P J Proby. I was only 16 & thought he was marvelous.

Sally Evans… I was there…

Pauline Lindsay… I saw him as well, split trousers and all.

Rose Balp… That is so fantastic, l was there with my mum, memories… Thank you

Sonja Matthee… I was there it was fantastic

Ron Tennant… This fantastic singer was recently 80. He’s still brilliant even now!

Mick O’Dowd… Maybe I fainted, problem being a short-arse in a crowd of giants. The concert was terrific. I did not spring back to life once I got to the stage as the girlies did. Miraculous recovery!

Jan Walker… I was there with my sister. She didn’t want to go on her own so paid for my ticket.

Group 004 + 1 & The Beat Syndicate – 1964/65

Any flyers or posters on these bands?

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The Beat Syndicate.. supplied by John Maskell

John Maskell… I was a vocalist for a support group on Hastings pier on the 19th September 1964. The group was called Group 004 + 1. I appeared with another group called The Beat Syndicate later that year or early in 1965 supporting Verne Rogers and the Rebounds.

Are there any archives that you know of that have flyers/posters or other details of the time. I am trying to trace my time in the bands, but not having much luck. I am attaching a photo of the group which was taken after we won a beat competition at Coronation Gardens Leytonstone London, which was where we were based.The good looking one is yours truly at the back, left to right is Tony the Drummer, Jim the Rhythm Guitarist, John the Bass player and Mick the Lead Guitarist.

Group 004 + 1 or Johnny and the Bobcats as they were previously known, also appeared at the West Cliffe Ballroom Ramsgate on occasions to raise money for the Football Club. We supported acts like Duffy Power and Deke Arlon and the Offbeats to mention a couple. I am sure you are aware that Deke Arlon went on to become a successful manager, Shena Easton being one of his big stars.

Andre Martin… Here is the Newspaper advert from 19 September, that shows the Beat Syndicate as supporting. Will see what else I can find out for you.

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John Maskell… I was very pleased to receive the West Cliff poster from Nick Warburton. This poster shows both groups that I sang with. At the time I didn’t realise that The Beat Syndicate were backing Duffy Power, We had been on a supporting list some time before on Hastings pier The Beat Syndicate. The Headline Group at that time was Verne Rogers & The Rebounds. Around three months after the West Cliff gig I joined The Beat Syndicate as lead singer. Regrettably, I have to announce that Jim Newton Rhythm Guitarist for The Beat Syndicate passed away in September 2018.


The Happy Ballroom Hastings Pier & more – 2nd July 1966 by Andre Martin

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What a busy time we are now entering, as I suspected, the Happy Ballroom on Hastings Pier, would be pulling out all the stops now that the Summer Season has started, and this is a particularly important year here in Hastings – Its Saturday 2nd July 1966. we start off on Saturday with The Tony Strudwick Big Band, Monday: Come Dancing to Biff Byfield & His Music, Tuesday: Dale Martin presents Wrestling, Wednesday: Tony Strudwick Show Band, Friday: Tony Strudwick Show Band. Next week Saturday 9th July, it will be the start of the Saturday Night is Big L Party Night and the start again of the Sunday club with top attraction on that night – The Yardbirds. It would seem that Bob Knights has very busy getting the programme underway for this most momentous year. Friday Night – The Weekend Starts Here, had done with a bang on RediffusionTV – “Ready Steady Go” had featured great times with Cathy & Keith and in the musical spot one of my all time great 60s singles – Dusty “Going Back”, also The Hollies with “Bus Stop” and Chris Curtis & “Aggravation”. Along in St Leonards, the mood for a good time continues with the Witch Doctor presenting on Saturday Night – The Quiet Five and from Eastbourne – The Alexanders. Plus Top Records – 7.30pm-11.45pm all for 6/6d. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday the Top record Shows would be presented with guest DJs. Thursday was as always the one and only Steve Maxted, with his own particular brand of musical entertainments. An important notice that appeared in the press that weekend from the Management [no NOT the two Rons, more likely Tony Powell] “That due to increased overheads, it is regretted that from July 1st The Membership increased to 5/- per year for members”.
BBC Radio for that weekend, included Saturday – 10.00am Saturday Club, with Brian Matthew and his quests this week included The Hollies, Kenny Ball & His Jazz Men, Neil Christian, The Four Pennies and The Fen Men. Lunchtime it was Jack Jackson with his own particular brand of radio entertainment. Swinging Summer this week included the talents of Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, Acker Bilk and His Jazz Men, David & Jonathan, The Karl Denver Trio, The Fortunes, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Hollies, Mrs Mills, Bert Weedon, The Transatlantic and Wout Steenhuis – all of these being kept under control by Paul Hollingdale. Later in the day, on offer was Music from The Movies, The Heather Mixture Club, Pop Over Europe, later on was “Blackpool Night” including The Rockin Berries and The Hollies. To end the evening there was Old Time Music. Over on the Home Service, included in the schedule was The Al Read Show, Desert Island Discs & Those were the Days. On Sunday the format was as usual – 10.30am Easy Beat, 12noon 2 Way Family Favourites London & Cologne linked together for dedications and requests for Service personnel and families. Later the afternoon would include – Ken Dodd, The Mitchell Minstrels, Melody Hour, Top of The Pops, Movie Go Round, Sing Something Simple & Steptoe & Son.One of the regular programmes that I was asked about the other week at the Museum was – would you believe “The Archers” who had parents/grandparents who would religiously tune in each night or on Sunday to catch up on the goings on in Ambridge, almost on par to Mrs Dales Diary, which was a week day regular 15 minutes on the Light Programme.
Television at the Weekend, included on Saturday – BBC TV 1 Cricket & Summer Grandstand, Dr Who & Not Only but Also. Sunday Television included Motor racing, The Film Matinee –“A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court” featuring Bing Crosby, als we could watch – Green Acres, Tich & Quackers, Perry Mason and The Billy Cotton Music Hall. For us living in Hastings the Sunday Cricket on BBC 2 TV was of interest as it came from The Saffrons in Eastbourne. Radio London Sunday Big L Top 40 included Hollies-Bus Stop, Georgie Fame- Get Away, Sitting on a Fence – Twice as Much, It’s a Mans Mans World – James Brown & the Famous Flames, Paperback Writer – Beatles. Radio Caroline Top Five for that weekend included – Bus Stop-The Hollies, Mountain High – Ike & Tina Turner, NO Body Needs your Love-Gene Pitney, Paperback Writer – The Beatles and Sunny Afternoon – the Kinks. There in a nutshell is a quick look at what we were tuned into or watching in Hastings some 50 years ago, it just does not seem that long ago, the only thing that brings this home to me are aches and pains from knees etc. The current activities with the Pier Opened, the Beer Festival, Pirate Day, the Old Town Carnival Week and the Return of Carnival FM to look forward to mean that it will be busy, let’s hope the weather improves as well, until next week edition of what had originally been The History of the Happy Ballroom – Hastings Pier, but now includes so much more, you all take care, if you have any particular story to tell please let me know.  Andre Palfrey-Martin ©2016