Marshall Scott and Whisky Mac first gig – September 1968

supplied by Andre Martin

Ian McGilvray… One of My first Bands

Geoff Peckham… Yes, I remember seeing you with them. Quite awestruck as a young lad, I was!

Dave Nattress… Geoff, I recall seeing Whisky Mac round and about Bexhill a few times probably the first few live gigs I ever attended. I remember Mac (Ian) from school – he would have been 2/3 years older than you and I? Probably back then Ian and you would have been just about the only rock musicians in the school? As you would recall though, there was a thriving school orchestra for a good while presided over by a somewhat formidable Miss Celia Elsworth. I’m pretty sure there was a dedicated music room that carried over from the girls school when the boys and girls were amalgamated in our 4th year.

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.

Whisky Mac – Jerome Tait around 1967/68 & rock-a-nore group photo

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supplied by Graham Bradley

Andre Martin…..Jerome Tait in action with Whisky Mac around 1967/68 – thanks to Graham Bradley who has been sending me some great pictures, that bring memories flooding back for all sorts of reasons.

Alan Esdaile…..This is Tich Turner.

Andre Martin…..I do not know why – but that was the name that Tich wanted to use on the publicity we put out in late 68 – part of the image no doubt – all of this is great stuff.

Phil Gill…..Jerome! I’d forgotten about that!

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photo by John E Sweet       supplied by Graham Bradley

Andre Martin…..Graham Bradley has emailed me a publicity photo that John Sweet took in Autumn 68 at Rock-a-Nore of Whisky Mac I remember this session

Martyn Baker… A very young Tich Turner

Glenn Piper… Very young Tich indeed 😀

Whisky Mac – publicity folder & ad

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photo by John E.Sweet

Andre Martin…..Graham Bradley has sent me a copy of the Publicity Folder that was produced for the rebranding of the group as Whisky Mac, this photo was taken by John Sweet, and before anybody says anything, several years before a group called “Queen” produced a similar image

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supplied by Graham Bradley

Andre Martin…..The publicity description of the group Whisky Mac from Autumn 1968, thanks to Graham Bradley

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supplied by Graham How

Andre Martin….Graham posted to be last night some bits and one was this advert I will share – from Christmas 1968