George Bean and the Runners – Witch Doctor St Leonards 6th March 1965

Pete Fisher… In the early 80s, while I was living in North Norfolk, Alan Haven (who lived there on the coast) showed up at a village hall gig my band was doing, and afterwards said he’d like to record us. We ended up doing a couple of tracks at his home studio, and he played a Moog solo on one of them. Have to dig out the cassette…

The Riot Squad – Witch Doctor 16th September 1967

Alan Essex… One of Joe Meek’s bands.

Lawrence Ralph… Is this the same Riot Squad, that David Bowie recorded 4 – 1967 demos with, released on a 2013 Acid Jazz label E.P ?.

Alan Essex… Yes a young David Bowie joined in 1967, after the death of Joe Meek. Some info and a picture here:…/david-bowie-and-the…/


Heinz and The Wild Boys – Witch Doctor St Leonards 29th July 1967

Eddie Larnerd Lane… Heinz great song Just like Eddie

Mark Mackenzie… I was the drummer with The New Breed on that gig and seem to remember that we also did the Witch Doctor in Catford,we worked for Radio Caroline .

Alan Esdaile… Have you got any photos of The New Breed, Mark?

Mark Mackenzie… Alas no,i had loads but all lost in a move overseas,still trying to track down the other guys ,John Couchman ,Joe Black ,Colin Wilson ,and Roger Fox….

Nigel Ford… My Aunt took my Bruv & I to see either Ferry Cross the Mersey with Gerry & the Pacemakers or a Beatles film at the Gaiety, Queens Road around ’63 (?) and the supporting film starred Heinz, but I can’t remember the title, but vividly remember my Aunt saying afterwards “thank you for introducing me to Heinz”

Alan Esdaile… I think it must be ‘Live It Up’ Nigel. Great clip below, a rather young looking Steve Marriott.

Nigel Ford… Could that be Jet Harris on guitar ? I seem to recognise him? Looking on it seems it was likely Ritchie Blackmore, ‘ knew the face was familiar from somewhere…

Mick O’Dowd… Saw “The Blonde One” in The Tornadoes as Billy Fury’s backing band at The ABC( now ESK) in Cambridge Road.