Tich Turner’s Escalator – line up, Bathing Pool St Leonards-on-Sea

supplied by Rick Pentecost

Rick Pentecost, Tich Turner, Andy Caine, Steve ‘Vince’ Price, Steve Demetri and Paul Thomas

Graham Matthews… Still got their single Diana / Don’t really want you back again, it stands the test of time.

Pete Prescott… Great band !

Willie Wicking… Great Memories at those country Gigs

Ken Copsey… Tommy!

Kev Towner… Yeah, I’ve still got a copy of it too.

Stewart Rockett… *Andy Cunningham. Andy didn’t Caine it until later.

Roger Carey… Cracking picture- what a line up!

Tich Turner’s Escalator – Diana

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Phil Gill commented on this photo:

Ray took that picture in the top end of Alexandra Park. Tich commandeered my white jacket, so we went through Ray’s wardrobe and he found me that black leather one. It was really ’70s with a huge winged collar, which was tucked under out of sight. It also had “Marlon” written across the back of the shoulders in huge white letters. We referred to Ray as Marlon for weeks afterwards… 

Ken Wilson…  I remember going round Tich’s house and listening to the Stones first album…..who would have thought they would be playing Glastonbury tonight !!!!! Must have been 63/64 ish. Tich did the best Mick Jagger ever , great guy !!

Bobby Walker….Ray Fenwick now head of music at a college in Lincolnshire. Still plays regularly in local pubs

Allan Peterson… Hi,I remember Tich from the sixties at the Tuesday Night gigs at Langton Hall Battle. A Mick Jagger lookalike. Used to talk to him, a nice guy. Glad he has done well for himself. If only Diana was released later on?

Mick O’Dowd…. agree Tich was a Mick Jagger lookalike & that’s one reason we hired him to front Deep Purple.

Alan Wood… Interesting again,says Tich did well,how well

Andy Maby…. A superb song! Especially played live by the Escalators.. downstairs in the Chatsworth!!! :o))

Andy Qunta… I was just listening to this yesterday on my iPod! Fun times! What has Tich been up to? Haven’t seen or heard of him in a while!

Colin Fox… I remember Tich and his band supporting us at Langton Hall Battle in the early 60’s when he was a young lad just starting out and I could see they had potential. Very friendly and eager to learn.

Mick O’Dowd… I believe he is one of “The Blues Bros” in Soul Express show and also now in The Low-Fi Sneakers or something like that?

Alan Esdaile.. Not sure about The Soul Express Mick but he’s still got soul with the Hi Fi Sneakers.

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Phil Gill… TTE, Lovely lads, but you wouldn’t want any of ’em marrying your sister.

Andy Qunta… Great to see Tich has still got it!

Yvonne Cleland… Brilliant!

Pete Prescott… I still have that record !

Virginia Davis… Remember seeing them often at the Chatsworth

Tich Turner’s Escalator in the bus shelter! Early 80’s.

supplied by Rick Pentecost

Steve Demetri, Steve Kinch, Rick Pentecost, Paul Thomas, Tich Turner, Andy Caine

Rick Pentecost… I think this was in the bus shelter, outside The Chatsworth.

Angela Frances Gardner… Great picture

Heather Sidery… Good to see!

Alan Esdaile… What a wonderful photo. Happy times.

Tich Turner… Good Lord Rick! I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen this photo before. Alan sent it to me. Thanks Alan. What a great photo. Hope you and yours are well Rick, and what handsome chaps we were! [Still are, of course].

Jacquie Hinves… Tich, you look so young. Great days.

Tich Turner… That’s because I was!

Glenn Piper… yes, you were

Liane Carroll… These wonderful Hastings Dudes!!!

Nicola Dobson… I knew Steve Demetri…

Andy Qunta… Great photo! Good times!

Jo Turner… Great picture

Alamo Leal… Great band!

Tony Court-holmes… bloody hell all so young

Mike Waghorne… Tich looks younger there than he did when I knew him at colledge in the early 70’s

Pete Houghton… Great photo and what great day’s

 

Stallion – introducing the band 1974 & Stallion poster 6th November 1973.

supplied by Mick Mepham

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supplied by Phil Thornton

Alan Esdaile… Great find Phil.  Stringer Jones, was a duo with Martin Stringer and Malcolm Jones.

Martyn Baker… Malcolm Jones was the other half of Stringer-Jones with Martin Stringer in Hastings (1975-6). I kind of re-met Malcolm again when we both worked for Capital Radio in the 80’s. Martin now lives in the west of Ireland. Both top geezers.

Harry Randall… RIP Vic/Tony and Steve gone to young! Sadly missed I’m sure by all who new them!

Leigh Wieland-Boys… My that takes me back. Fond memories of Steve D, rest in peace dear friend.

Martin Stringer… Crikey.

Tich Turner new CD single from his band HiFi Sneakers – Hypnotic

Gerry Fortsch… Yea It’s certainly Hypnotic, well done Tich.

Robert Searle… Great stuff Tich.

Dave Nattress… A great sound overall. Tich, just one of many of the slightly older rock legends of Hastings has still got it.

Tich Turner… Thanks fellas, I rather like the diplomatic way you phrased that Dave!

 

Ya Yas with Tich Turner – Royal Albert Deptford. mid 80’s

Yvonne Cleland… Aw! Go Tich! In fine voice, fella x

Alamo Leal… Real good to see Tich at it again !

Ian McGilvray… Nice One Tich

John Wilde… Hot stuff Tich.. lets see some more!

Mark Gilham… Great!

Colin Fox… Great to see Tich is still rockin´. Haven´t seen him for over 20 years and that was at one of the colleges in Meads Eastbourne.

Alan Esdaile… The mans got soul.

Martyn Baker… Tich Turner was the best soul singer I ever worked with. Or was it Martin Stringer? Or Pete Prescott? All of them were just great to be in the same band with – Steppin’ Out.

Pete Prescott… I never understood why I was in the band to be honest. Tich was amazing !

Martyn Baker…   We always HAD to have two lead singers Pete Prescott. It was our thing – you know, to bounce all that energy back and forth on stsge. Also, none of the other Hastings bands had that! Tee Hee!

Andy Knight…Great Band, Great Bloke Tich

Tich Turner… Blimey! I’m not sure I knew this existed. The guitarist is Geoff Sample, Geoff played with us early on, left and then came back as our sound engineer. Then, when we went on our 2nd Dutch tour, he re-joined rather unexpectedly, when our new guitarist had some sort of malfunction after the first gig, and just buggered off. John had to drive and Simon sat in the back teaching Geoff all the new songs. When we got to the gigs, we set up, Geoff set the desk, and then just asked a member of the audience at each gig to just control the volume as he was back on stage with us. Absolute madness! Trevor Walter is on drums, and is now with me again in HiFi Sneakers, John Stephens on keys, the bass player with the luxuriant moustache was my great pal Simon Cowderoy who sadly passed away in 2015. On trumpet is Tony Hepworth and the sax player is Martin Winning, who went on to play with Van The Man and then John Martyn. This was the first band I got involved with when I came to London around 1982. We had seven wonderful years together. The guitarists and the horns change fairly regularly, otherwise we all stayed together. Wonderful times.

 

Kings Head The Bourne playlist 23rd August 1978 for Roger Carey and Friends

supplied by Roger Carey

The band was Steve Demetri, Tony Qunta, Roger Carey, Tich Turner and guest guitarist Andy Smith (From The Roaring 80’s). Put together for one night only by Roger Carey.

Geoff Peckham… I’ll bet that was a good night! x

Pete Fisher… What a great memento – I recognise Roger’s writing. Detailed setlist can be a great help, if you have time to look at it. Remember having around 30 songs/new arrangements at the beginning of a tour once, and sellotaping 3 sheets of A4 together to accomodate them…

Barry French… Last night my good friend Len Benton & myself went to see Tich performing with his band Hi Fi Sneakers, at Sidley Working Men’s Club (Great must see soul band ). Tich remembers the Kings Head Gig, & was amazed that Roger has held onto the set list all this time & that the gig is still being talked about (The Power Of SMART)

Tich Turner… Blimey! Was playing in Sidley last night with HiFi Sneakers and  Barry told me, the last time he saw me performing was at The Kings Head. I thought he was talking about a gig I did there with about 11 of us, we were doing a bunch of new songs I’d written and Ray Fenwick wanted to invite some guys down from London to see it. I think it was leading into The Roaring 8o’s. The Place was packed, [mainly by the band], but a great night. I don’t recall this gig at all. I’m wondering why we did it. Perhaps Roger can recall. And….hello to all of you.

John Wilde… Hi Tich. Best wishes and keep on keeping on!

Pete Davis… Used to see you down the York Bexhill with Steppin Out, I think you was called, with Del McCoogan…..

Pete Prescott… There was a gig at the kings head with Steppin Out that Ray invited some record company guys to. It was Nov/Dec 77. They didn’t show up.

Mike Waghorne… Must be 30+ years since I last saw you Tich hope you are well ?

The Deep Purple – Queens Road, Hastings and Battle photo around 1967

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1st photo supplied by Janine Anne Hemsley, 2nd photo with Graham Bradley supplied by Len Benton.

Janine Anne Hemsley…..The girls are Carol Guyatt and Linda Upton.

Mick O’Dowd….Looks like  early Whisky Mac. Think that is Pete Horton poking in right hand, Len Benton, Ian “Mac” McGilvary, Tich Turner,Tony “Tweet Tweet” Bird & Pete Horton.+ Girls.

John Wilde…..Wow this is a great photo……but where?

Robert Searle…Another great photo. I see Mac there with Tony Bird

Joe Knight….omg!!! tony LOL

Ian McGilvray….Yeah that’s me (Mac ) with Lenny Benton on My right hand side. I’m the one with the magazine and Tich is the one with the Birds as usual.

Andre Martin…..The reflection in this is the Fine Food Supermarket at the end of Queens Pde, you can tell that by the backward spelling of the name Minimarket and the design of the brickwork. Interesting the ” I’m Backing Britain ” posters can be clearly seen on the windows of the shop in Queens Road roughly where Gamleys or Helfords used to be located. Looks as if the group were on the east side of Queens Road, and the photographer on the West side..

Mick O’Dowd….Confirmation from Pete Horton that this is in fact Deep Purple. He reckons it was taken in Canterbury where they used to play at The Beehive Club.

Tich Turner….Hi All, this photo was taken in Queen’s Rd. We had a bunch of photos taken that day, but I’m only aware of three that have surfaced. One is a great pic of us all in a line, hunched up against the cold, in front of some glass doors somewhere. The other one, is of us standing on the steps of the public toilets that used to be in the town centre, near the Carlisle and we’re poking our heads over the wall. This is definitely Deep Purple. we didn’t actually become Whisky Mac after Pete Horton left and Graham joined, as I wrote. It was later than that. It was directly after Len Benton, our Bass player left and we recruited Tim Duke on Bass. Happy Days, Tich.

Ian McGilvray….I agree Tich

Pete Horton…..Hi from Pete Horton. Sorry about thinking that the pic was taken in Canterbury. I seem to be the odd one out. I cannot remember this being taken in Queens Road, but we were all in the nearby cricket ground with a Hastings Observer photographer on Sunday 4th February, 1968.

Ken Copsey… Great picture.