A Whole Scene Going – The Who on tv at The Witchdoctor 5th January 1966

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Andre Martin… 51 YEARS OF THE WHO 5 January 1966. The Who appeared in the opening broadcast of a new TV programme aimed at British youth, A Whole Scene Going. The show was presented by Barry Fantoni and Wendy Varnals and was broadcast from 6.30 to 7.00pm on BBC 1. The show’s other guests were Spike Milligan and Lulu. The Who mimed to two numbers, ”Out In The Street’ and ‘It’s Not True’ and the show included a short film excerpt of The Who in action the previous summer at the Witchdoctor Club, Hastings. The show also included Pete narrating about The Who, fashion, pop art, and musical trends. Towards the end of the show Pete, seated on a stool, was grilled with questions from presenter WendyVarnals and members of the audience. Like to watch the full programme? Here it is in two parts.

Alan Esdaile… Well worth watching.

Peter Fairless… That’s so cool!

Andre Martin… Well there is another memory of our (mis-spent) youth as SME described at the time.

Peter Fairless… Not mine, I would have been watching Blue Peter!

The Who 30th Dec, The Kult New Years Eve 1967

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Mick Knights… Yep, was at this one, but as I remember the rest of the town,s youth had other plans that night!

Andy Qunta… Ah, those were the days alright!

Andre Martin… Well that was the way to get round the Sunday licencing rules in the day= create a Club night ! And look who has taken over the Pier Promotions on 6th January – John Schofiled with his Strand Entertainments.

 

Backtrack 1 – Track Records sampler – 1970

anyone remember the compilation albums from Track Records?

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Side 1:

1. Walk On Gilded Splinters – MARSHA HUNT
2. Hey Joe – JIMI HENDRIX
3. Devil’s Grip – THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN
4. Pictures Of Lily – THE WHO
5. All Along The Watchtower – JIMI HENDRIX
6. Desdemona – JOHN’S CHILDREN [featuring Marc Bolan of T.Rex]

Side 2:
1. Fire – THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN
2. I Can See For Miles – THE WHO
3. Follow Me – EIRE APPARENT
4. It’s Been A Long Time – ANDY ELLISON
5. Call Me Lightning – THE WHO
6. The Wind Cries Mary – JIMI HENDRIX

John Mcewen… I had one many years back. Only track I can remember on it was Armenia city in the sky

Chris Baker… Some great tracks on that one! 🙂

Patrick Lewis… Have got the Backtrack with one side of the Who and one side of Hendrix. Can’t remember what number but has a blue ish cover.

James Turner… I lied just checked and I have backtrack 4 and 5 Who and Hendrix and backtrack 9 The Who.

Mick O’Dowd… Yeah I do. Some weird tracks on some of them but great stuff.

John Storer… Andy Ellison went on to form The Radio Stars and play the Pier second on a bill to Eddie & The Hot Rods. Squeeze were the first band on that night. The Eire Apparent track was produced by Hendrix, who also played on it. The band featured Henry McCullough who went on to be a member of Wings.

Mark Asseenontv Scutchings-Stevens… One of the first albums that I bought ! 🙂

Jan Warren… I still have some!!

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Patrick Lewis… Jimi Hendrix’s first two Albums released by Track in their budget range about 1970-71. If I remember they were £1 each at a time when a full price album was about 38/- in old money. Have them both.

Sound On Sound Magazine – Charlie Watkins, Isle of Wight Festival and The Who

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The Who photo © Jean-Luc Ourlin

Those nice people at Sound On Sound magazine have been in contact and I was happy to help them with a forthcoming article they are doing about Hastings Pier. They also sent us these very interesting links about 70s-era sound/PA equipment to share with our group.

 http://www.soundonsound.com/people/charlie-watkins – A Charlie Watkins retrospective (he of Watkins / WEM fame)

http://www.soundonsound.com/techniques/isle-wight-festival-sound – A piece about the Isle Of Wight live sound

http://www.soundonsound.com/people/my-generation-fifty-years-who An interview with Bob Pridden (The Who’s live sound engineer since the very beginning)

Pete Fisher… coincidentally this is what I looked at yesterday when I posted the clip of Taste at the IOW festival, and wanted to find out more about the Wem PA system…good read!

Roy Penfold… That used to be essential reading back in the day. Is it still available? I know there is the website but haven’t seen the magazine anywhere for a long time.

Alan Esdaile… Magazine is still available Roy.

Pete Fisher… And on Facebook.

Quadrophenia Film 14th September 1979 – Hastings misses out on court scene.

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John Storer……Around 1978, a film production company rang Hastings Magistrates Court office and asked if they could use the court for a film they were making. Our boss agreed and several production assistants arrived to check the place out. They were dismayed to find a big concrete block of a court and told us it was not suitable. We asked what the subject of the film was and were told that they were making a film of the Who’s “Quadrophenia” and needed an old-fashioned courtroom for a scene after the riots. The boss was sympathetic (he’d actually clerked the special court that dealt with everyone arrested from the fighting) and sent them along to Lewes Magistrates Court. It was that court that was used for the courtroom scenes in the film.

Alan Esdaile… Andre, did I read somewhere that Lloyd was involved in supplying some of the clothes for the film?

Andre Martin… That is correct, amongst others he made the suits for Sting.

Janet Rennie… Love this film

Pete Fisher… love the film, but was disappointed that they didn’t use the original album tracks for the soundtrack – as far as I know all the music was re-recorded for the film, and in my opinion didn’t sound half as good…

Jan Warren… One of my all-time favourite films, love it!! 🙂

Robert Wren… My friend Ray and me were extras in this film….great fun.

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The Happy Ballroom Hastings Pier, The Who & more 21st August 1966 by Andre Martin

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The month continues and we are now almost at the next Bank Holiday Weekend. However it is still only Saturday 20th August 1966, over on the Pier the entertainment continues to attract many different visitors and residents alike. This Saturday it is the return of one of the most popular regular bands that appear in the Happy Ballroom – Tony Strudwick Big Band Party Night. The big attraction for the young people comes on Sunday with a return visit from The Who – the band had been recently on major tours in France and would shortly being going to Scandinavia, their music included such standards as Heatwave, Dancing in the Street, Barbra Ann and Daddy Rolling Stone, plus I Can’t Explain, Substitute, I’m Boy, A legal Matter & My Generation. They were working on their second album at the time – “A Quick One”. Tuesday it was Wrestling and in addition to the “Sensational American Style Tag team Contest” included in the bill was the Heavyweight contest between Steve Veidor and Al Fontayne. The week ended with Tony Strudwick Show Band. Friday night [19th] it was a great start to the weekend with the visit to “Ready Steady Go” Cathy and Keith in the hot seats and presenting live in the studio Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers : Got to get you into my Life, Salena Scott : I am Yours, Manfred Mann : Just Like a Woman & You gave me somebody to Love, Twice as Nice & The Who : A legal Matter & I’m a Boy. This would also have seen one of the very first appearances of Mike d’Abo in the new line up for Manfred Mann, with Paul Jones having left earlier in the summer. The Witch Doctor following its summer schedule of groups only on Saturday Night – this week it was a visit for the Oxford group Felders Orioles and the Yes “n” No. On Sunday Night it was a Record Rave and the rest of the week advertised as “ make sure you’re in the In crowd”
Let’s take a look at what was on radio, BBC Light Programme for Saturday – 10.00am Saturday Club – Brian Matthew introduced Manfred Mann, Twice as Nice, The Fourmost, Friday Brown & The Checkmates. Later in the day on Swing into Summer included Barron Knights, Acker Bilk, Clinton Ford, Ivy League, Billy J Kramer, Pinkertons Assorted Colours, Searchers, Jackie Trent & Wout Steenhaus. With the football season being under way, another feature on Saturday Afternoon – Association Football was back followed by Sports Report. In the evening it was time for BlackPool Night with Ken Dodd, Mrs Mills and Freddie Davies. A regular visit to the Promenade Concerts would have been followed with Time for Latin and Simon Dee.
On television – BBC 1 had Cricket with Brian Johnson, Peter West, Denis Compton and Richie Benaud, followed by Grandstand. Juke Box Jury this week with David Jacobs chairing –Don Moss, Patsy Ann Noble, Meg Wynn Owen and Fred Emney on the panel. Later in the evening the programmes included Laurel 7 Hardy, Creicket, Till Death us do Part, The Troubleshooters and a Visit to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo with Tom Fleming giving the commentary.  On Sunday we had a choice of BBC Light Programme – David Nixon, Children’s Favourites, Mrs Mills and Easy Beat. The forces link up this week at noon would include London Koln and Borneo, later in the afternoon it was the Morecomb & Wise radio Show, Movie Go Round – How to steal a Million with Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole. Singe something simple followed by Steptoe & Son. Sunday half hour this week came from HMPrision Exeter. A womens hour special from Moscow was followed by Jazz scene. Over on television there was “It’s a KO” between Lytham St Annes and Fleetwood, and Ked Dodd from Blackpoo was another high light of the day
Over on the Pirate ships, this week’s charts would include Big L Radio London: Small Faces: All or Nothing, Ken Dodd : More than Nothing, Beatles : Yellow Submarine, Napoleon XIV : They’re coming to take me away, Ha Ha. Cliff Bennet & The Rebel Rousers : Got to get you into my Life. Over on Caroline South – Beatles : yellow Submarine, Beach Boys : God only Knows, Lovin Spoonful : Summer in the City, Mamas and Papas : I saw her again last night, Los Bravos : Black is Black. Here we are at the end of the week, and from records it shows that the weather went from warm in the early days to wet and cooler towards the end, I do recall that we had several days of heavy rain towards the end of the month, so much so that on some of the bus routes, the water came under the doors and made the floor a little wet and slippery. The 900th celebrations continue towards their climax on 14th October, and the town was decked out with bunting and flags making it very festive. Until next week episode, all take care out in the big wide world and watch this space for events and changes that are about to take place.
Andre Palfrey-Martin © 2016

Here’s The Who a few weeks later at Felixstowe on 8th Sept 1966.

Andre Martin… OMG – Lynne that would  have been within 200 yds of my Uncles house in Felixstowe, I wonder if my Lynne cousin would have been at that.

Peter Fairless… Hastings Pier 21st August, 50 years ago, today!

Andre Martin… As you say Pete, 50 years ago almost to the minute – the headline bands would start their act around 9.00pm/9.15pm to ensure that it was completed by the early Sunday Closing hours. No quite sure if that was the National Licencing Hours or Bob Knight’s Rules !!

Jim Breeds… Thanks as always Andre for an entertaining piece. Ked Dodd from “Blackpoo” boggles the mind, though! 🙂

Andre Martin… I could say a typo – but if you have ever work with Ken Dodd, you never knew when he would end, I have seen him stretch out a 1hrs cabaret for over 3 hours ! so I left the last “l” untill the show wnds. Hope your feeling better and enjoying getting out and about.

The Who plus support Time – Hastings Pier – 20th July 1969

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Typical set list during this tour….
1 “Heaven and Hell” (John Entwistle) 2 “I Can’t Explain” 3 “Fortune Teller” (Naomi Neville) 4 “Tattoo” (not played at every show) 5 “Young Man Blues” (Mose Allison) 6 “It’s a Boy” 7 “1921” 8 “Amazing Journey” 9 “Sparks”
10 “Eyesight to the Blind” (Sonny Boy Williamson II) 11 “Christmas”
12 “The Acid Queen” 13 “Pinball Wizard” 14 “Do You Think It’s Alright?” 15 “Fiddle About” 16 “There’s a Doctor” 17 “Go to the Mirror!” 18 “Smash the Mirror” 19 “I’m Free” 20 “Tommy’s Holiday Camp” (Keith Moon) 21 “We’re Not Gonna Take It”/”See Me, Feel Me” 22 “Substitute” (occasional)  23 “Summertime Blues” (Eddie Cochran, Jerry Capehart) 24 “Shakin’ All Over” (Johnny Kidd) 25 “My Generation” (sometimes including themes of “Naked Eye”).

Andy Gunton… A bit more about The Who gig http://www.thestinger.org.uk/article/5363c47aca45284d1296d929#.V5ECBmWYfyI

Jenny Tyler… John Entwistle kissed my cheek. I Still love the Who.