Davy Jones and The Lower Third – Witch Doctor St Leonards – 17th July 1965

Trevor Webb… Interesting coincidence .just reading biography of David Bowie by Simon Goddard Ziggyology a brief History of Ziggy Stardust. I was never into David Bowie at School but a number of my friends were. Apparently David Bowie met the Lower Third a beat group from Margate in La Gioconda in Denmark Street, London. No mention of Hastings gigs.

The Majority – Witch Doctor St Leonards – June 11th 1966

Arthur Sutherland… Were the Koobas out of Liverpool, because I seem to recall seeing a group at Butlins Ayr called the Koobas in 1962 just before the Beatles broke.

Alan Esdaile… Yes I think your right Arthur.

Mick O’Dowd… At last some names I do remember!!

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

The New Breed. Supplied by Mark Mackenzie – John Couchman, Peter Anderson, Joseph Black, Mark Mackenzie, Chris Wilson and Roger Fox.

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 .

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 allmusic.com 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.

Did The Yardbirds play The Witch Doctor asks Jimmy Kent?

Jimmy Kent… According to a sixties magazine called Beat Instrumental from 1965, probably the coolest band ever assembled The Yardbirds were scheduled to play in Hastings. Can anyone confirm they actually played in Hastings & was the venue The Witchdoctor

Alan Esdaile… Anyone help with this? I have listed the Mark Four appearing at The Witch Doctor of the 3rd Jan 1965 but The Yardbirds did play Hastings Pier on 10th July 1966.

Mick O’Dowd… I was there. I won 2 tickets in a comp on Steve Maxted’s Show on a Thursday night.