Rusty Butler – 1973 featuring Colin Norton on drums

An early recording by the Stranglers’ Dave Greenfield made in late Autumn, 1973. The band was called Rusty Butler and this was made at Saturn Studios in Worthing, Sussex, England.
The line-up was: Tony Savva (Vocals), Dave Greenfield (Keyboards/Backing Vocals), Eddie Renouf (Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals), Dave Poxon (Bass Guitar), Colin Norton (Drums).
The song was written by David Poxon.

Colin Norton… Hey Alan, Thanks for posting!

Alan Esdaile… I remember Saturn Studios. Spend a few long nights their. Probably with Steve D’s bands?

Colin Norton…  I think that it’s called Pebble Beach now, not sure…

Anthony Ruffell… Saturn Recording studios was in teville road Worthing by the train station run by David Ruffell my dad from about 1972 to 1978 i think he sold it on, he had a trident mixing desk.

Anthony Ruffell… I got the date. It was from 1970

The Spooks – 1964


supplied by Colin Fox

In Worthing at the Sussex Beat Group Championship. The Spooks came first in the heat but were beaten in the final. The Alexanders and Tony Kenward and The Defiants, both from Eastbourne, also took part. L to R: Colin Fox, you can just see the drummer, (John Atkins with dark glasses), Dave Shaw, Chris Putland and John Brooker.

Peter Millington….Well I wonder who won? The attached photos explain what a great night the final was at Elizabeth Hall, Eastbourne, at least it was for a Hastings group – The Confederates. L-R Tony Goodman, Ginger Millington, Dave Saunders, Johnny Conroy and Trevor Spears



The crowd at the Evening News Sussex Beat Competition. All supporting their favourite groups – Circa. March 1964


all photos supplied by Peter Millington

Peter Millington…Another cutting with more details of the finalists. The Evening News National competition in London didn’t materialise. The Four Pennies appearance was changed from Portsmouth to Broadstairs and they didn’t bother to turn up!!!! The Confederates had to do the gig on their own, great fun? Four Pennies fans were a bit p****d off to say the least.

Alan Esdaile….Can you remember what you spent the £50 on Pete?

Peter Millington…..Split 6 ways including our manager/driver/van owner, (£8.00 each with £2.00 in the kitty, no not the cat). My share put towards my HP payments for the new blue Fender Precision Bass and the Vox amplifier. No change left for pleasures of the flesh unfortunately LOL