The HiFi Sneakers will be playing at The Royal Standard, East Beach Street, in Hastings Old Town, on Saturday 18th April, KO 9pm. The following evening kicking off at 6pm at The Anchor in George Street.
Wesley Magoogan, Kevin Hoad, Martin Baker, Roger Hubbard, Tich Turner, Pete Prescott, Ray Fenwick.
all photos supplied by Pete Prescott
Wesley commented….I remember that gig well cos while I was singing my teeth flew out my mouth into the audience and I had to quickly jump down to pick them up and carry on playing !
Martyn Baker… In case John Alexander Wilde was feeling left out from my earlier comments about great soul singers from Hastings…. Here he is singing dual lead vocals with Tich Turner. For one night only in 1977 the two ex-“Stallion” lead vocalists singing together on Hastings Pier singing in the band Steppin’ Out. (From a very rare live tape). Recorded live on Hastings Pier c.1977. The band on that night were:- Tich Turner – vocal, Johnny Wilde – vocal, Roger Hubbard – guitar and vocal, Stevie Whitefield – guitar and vocal, Wesley Magoogan – saxes and vocal, Andy Knight – Drums, Martyn Baker – Bass
Pete Prescott… ran into kevin hoad last night at porters. We talked briefly about steppin outs photo session by winkle Island. It was the day after lynyrd skynrds plane crash in 77.i would love to see a photo from that session. I was a very inexperionced young singer completely out of his depth.i had never sung harmonies before. But l loved the band and learned a lot.i moved to Hastings on Christmas Eve 77. The band broke up on new years eve ha ha ! Ray fenwick had organised a recording using tich and wes plus session players in london.no other members were involved. Wes (as I recall ) was having none of that (good on him! ) he and tich had a fair old barny. End of band. Tich did the session. Enter the roaring 80’s. Shame. Amazing band steppin out.i had a fairly miserable few years not really knowing anyone. But it got better. I was very lucky moving to the most amazing town for music in the country. I have a couple õf cassettes of songs. And a few photos. Roger hubbard wrote most of the songs with tich I recall.not completely sure how all that worked. If anyone has any photos I’ll be at the White Rock Hotel Friday.
Martyn Baker… This gig happened just before you joined us Pete Prescott. Before that we had Martin Stringer as our other lead vocalist, John Alexander Wilde was there on this night to help with the transition, but I don’t really think it was his cup of tea, as we heard that he had left the gig before the encore to go directly to Portugal that night! This song “Hurt Again” by Martin Stringer and Tich Turner. Also featuring Wesley Magoogan, and Andy Knight.
John Wilde… Thanks for the word up Martyn. I have absolutely no memory of this. Tich was/is a great Soul singer and still giving it large! Best wishes to you.
Mick O’Dowd… Tich was a good soul singer that’s why I signed him up for Deep Purple.
From 68 – Tich Turner, Tony Bird , Len Benton, Peter Horton and Ian McGilvray.
supplied by Pete Hornton
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Paul Sleet – saw them at a gig at a girls school in Hastings. Think it was woodlands in tower road if memory serves. I was a mere schoolboy at the time.
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Tich Turner’s Escalator – Don’t Really Want You Back Again
Cheapskate Records — CHEAP 22 – UK 7″ – 1981
A – Don’t Really Want You Back Again (Producer – Ray Fenwick / Written -Tich Turner)
B – Ska’d For Life (Producer – Ray Fenwick / Written – Ray Fenwick, Tich Turner)
Mick Mepham….A mighty line-up
Phil Gill….Good song. I’d left the band by that time and it was was Vince (Steve Vincent) playing bass on that record. I loaned Tich my white jacket for that photo session and I’m wearing Ray Fenwick’s leather jacket – it had “Marlon” writ large across the shoulders at the back. Some of us were to refer to Ray as “Marlon” from that day forward….
Mick O’Dowd…..What a good band they were and Tich is still going!
supplied by ….Mick O’Dowd & Pete Horton
Glenn Piper….Tich is a long time fan of Sherlock Holmes and is/was a member of a group dedicated to said character.
Martyn Baker….Tich is probably one of the UK’s top authorities on Sherlock Holmes. He has a huge vault/library/museum dedicated to the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.