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Title: Bands from Kent
Post by: Spekes Bottom on December 25, 2011, 01:18:18
Just off the top of my head, I'm trying to remember some bands from Kent.

The Rolling Stones (Dartford)
Soft Machine (Canterbury)
The Prisoners (Medway)
The Milkshakes (Medway)
The Claim (Cliffe)
The Dentists (Medway)
The Headcoats/ Headcoatees (Medway)
Buff Medways (Medway)
Thee Mighty Caesars (Medway)
Anthrax (The Punk band, not the American Thrash Metal band) (Longfield?)
The Accursed (Medway)
Sutcliffe Jugend (Tunbridge Wells)
Robert Wyatt (Canterbury)
The Pretty Things (Dartford?)
Jefferson Airhead (Maidstone)
Caravan (Canterbury)

And Topper Headon, the drummer from The Clash (Dover).

Any more acts of note?
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Sentinel S4 on December 25, 2011, 09:43:05
I used to Roadie for Band of Gold based in Whitstable, Hernebay and Deal..........
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: DaveTheTrain on December 25, 2011, 10:10:04
We need to add Vanity Fair, based in Rochester, who had hits with Hitching a Ride and Early in the Morning.
SA
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Glen on December 25, 2011, 10:20:11
Bad Manners (Buster Blood Vessel) used to have the hotel in Margate - think there's a post on here somewhere about it

Glen
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: chippy1 on December 25, 2011, 10:31:56
Bad Manners (Buster Blood Vessel) used to have the hotel in Margate - think there's a post on here somewhere about it

Glen
Chicory tip  son of my father fame, im sure came from maidstone, Guy Darrell,"ive been hurt" a minor hit in the 60s then again in the 70s came from Swanscombe i think.
Also a group called wang chang,who had a hit with dancehall days hailed from gilingham
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: chuffchuff on December 25, 2011, 10:52:41
Cracking site for Kent bands here

http://www.kentgigs.com/musicbiz/Bands.html
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: colin haggart on December 25, 2011, 11:20:00
The Rolling Stones are the only ones i've heard of.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: seafordpete on December 25, 2011, 11:40:23
I think one of the Chicory Tip guys ran a pub in Wheer St/Boxley rd area of Maidstone, if not CT then from another band.
Dad used to run the Evening Classes in Dartford in the early 60s, one of his teachers was Jagger snr. They used to go for a drink after and Mr J was always moaning about his son skiving from college and that he had to take him to the station and wait for him to get on the train. "He'll never make anything of himself" must be a quote of the century! :)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: shoot999 on December 25, 2011, 12:46:34
I think one of the first pop bands to emerge were Bern Elliot and the Fenmen in 1961. They did the Hamburg gigs around the same time as the Beatles; and had a hit with Money in 63. Appearing on Ready Steady Go with their follow up (which wasnt a hit). They disbanded shortly afterwards and two of the band went on to be part of the Pretty Things.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: JohnWalker on December 25, 2011, 13:02:14
And then there was 'Flight 56 Rock' from Canterbury.  Travelled Europe and UK.  My brother Nic Walker was the drummer.

And not to forget 'Back Van Nasty' - the rock band that won the Canterbury Rock Contest which I organised annually at the old Marlowe Theatre in St Margarets Street Canterbury.

The 'Honeycombs' had a kent connection I believe.

And 'Fiddlers Dram' - a number one hit with The Day We Went to Bangor - didn't we have a lovely time.... - I took some of their publicity photos and they were good customers of my music shop - Socodi Music, The Friars, Canterbury
See Fiddlers Dram No1 hit (1979) here -   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8WiPy1xSkw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8WiPy1xSkw)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: JohnWalker on December 25, 2011, 13:03:47
And  'Hatfield and the North' - Canterbury area band too.  All part of the 'Canterbury Sound'
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: LenP on December 25, 2011, 13:40:16
The obscure folk rock group Spirogyra found their biggest success whilst at the Uni of Kent (they came from Bolton originally). Barbara Gaskin was added to the group on vocals - later famed for 'It's My Party' with Dave Stewart. One of their albums was named 'St. Radigund's' after the Canterbury street in which they were living at the time.
She sang with Hatfield and the North as well.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: snodlandmalc on December 25, 2011, 23:18:39
Thats right,one of Chicory Tip ran the Dog and Gun at the bottom of Boxley Road for a while,another member still does the clubs and pubs now playing with his sons or backing his wife,he also does quiz nights in the north kent area,up to a few years ago he did tuesdays at the old vicarage in Leybourne.
Other artistes from the area,Judge Dread(snodland) The brothers Grimm(chatham)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Spekes Bottom on December 25, 2011, 23:41:55
And didn't Judge Dread pass away onstage in Canterbury?
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: snodlandmalc on December 26, 2011, 10:02:23
I dont think he was onstage Spekes,I think it was just after he came off,I think that show was something to do with Bad Manners. It was sad I only saw him the day before walking his little dog, at least Snodland honoured him by naming a road after him.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Bilgerat on December 26, 2011, 10:10:44
Wasn't the lead singer of 'Tight Fit' (80s re-release of The Lion Sleeps Tonight) a Rainham lad? I heard somewhere that he was.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Rochester-bred on December 26, 2011, 10:31:23
There is M Dot R (aka Moses)  from Sheerness and who's band is Riddim 40 ,great band on their own, well I would say that my son is lead guitarist  :)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Spekes Bottom on December 26, 2011, 11:22:06
That's true about the guy from Tight Fit being from Rainham, Steve Pratt.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: editorsfoot on December 26, 2011, 11:39:06
The guitarist from 80s band the Psychedelic Furs was from Tonbridge and used to drink in Uncle Toms Cabin before moving to New York.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: jervis bay on December 26, 2011, 11:49:15
Steve Hillage, Medways finest punk outfit Armitage Shanks, Medways finest folk outfit The Singing Loins, the original Rolling Stones (Dover not Dartford ),The Meteors, erm... The Anti nowhere League...
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Sentinel S4 on December 26, 2011, 12:12:56
Didn't the drummer for Boy George/Culture Clib come from Horton near Chartham? I heard a rumor in the 80's that he was from there, opposite where the Volvo dealer, car repair place is now. S4.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Spekes Bottom on December 26, 2011, 14:02:23
Didn't the drummer for Boy George/Culture Clib come from Horton near Chartham? I heard a rumor in the 80's that he was from there, opposite where the Volvo dealer, car repair place is now. S4.

Jon Moss? He's a Londoner as far as I know, grew up in Hampstead.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Sentinel S4 on December 26, 2011, 14:24:22
Thanks Spekes Bottom. I am pretty sure one of the group lived/grew up at Horton. It is now doing my nut......... S4.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: JohnWalker on December 26, 2011, 15:03:01
Richard Coughlan - drummer with Caravan.  Grew up on the Spring Lane Estate, Canterbury and now owns The Cricketers Pub, High Street Canterbury.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Spekes Bottom on December 26, 2011, 15:11:00
Haircut 100/ Nick Heyward came from Beckenham.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Lyn L on December 26, 2011, 15:30:55
Rod Cloutt, who was guitarist and keyboard player in Chicory Tip was born in Gillingham. Knew him when he was a 'budding' young player in their first group, and used to keep us happy at The Garrison church Youth Club in Brompton. Had no idea he'd go on to greater things  :)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: afsrochester on December 26, 2011, 19:54:30
Ah yes, Rod Cloutt, former guitarist in the New Aarons(?) who played regularly at the Ash Tree in Chatham 71/2/3. He left the Aarons and replaced Dickie Gentry in Chickory Tip following their No1 "Son of my Father". Dickie joined Edison Lighthouse along with bassist Dave Tewes (from Candy Choir and Graham Lecore's Perfection). Both excellent musicians.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Chatham_Girl85 on December 26, 2011, 20:25:38
One of the members of Edison Lighthouse, not sure which one, lives on my old road..
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: chippy1 on December 26, 2011, 20:26:20
That's true about the guy from Tight Fit being from Rainham, Steve Pratt.
Actually his stage name was Steve Grant and changed his name to it by deed poll,cant understand why.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Sentinel S4 on December 26, 2011, 20:47:47
I met Eric Burdon's (of the Animals fame) Mother in the 2000's. She lived in Cliftonville, next door to one of his exgirlfriends. He was a regular visitor to them both at the time. I was working for an electrical appliance outlet at the time. S4.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: grantidge on December 29, 2011, 23:59:03
The Immaculate Fools, from Rochester.  They were moderately successful in the UK, but absolutely huge in Europe, and they moved there.  I knew the Weatherill brothers, Kev and Paul quite well before they formed this band.  At the time I knew them, they had a band called Fang, with the late Keith Dallison on vocals.  What a great singer; could give Rod Stewart a run for his money, but he had a congenital illness of which he died eventually.  And in the Sixties, they were in another band with the delightful name of The G Flat Snurkle Love Pipe.

I bumped into Paul quite recently and we had a chat.  He described that level of fame as terrific at first, but that it became a burden, and eventually he got out of the music business.  Kev is still gigging as blues artist Dirty Ray.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: kms on December 30, 2011, 01:33:39


Siouxsie and the Banshees (Bromley)

Orbital (Otford)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: afsrochester on December 30, 2011, 12:49:13
Fang were a good, tight little band. Shame about Keith. I didn't know that he was no longer with us. Jammed with him a couple of times up at the Tam 'O Shanter. Here are a few names of bands that I can remember from Medway and beyond mid to late 70's

Winkle Bill, Baby Grand, Sindelfingen, Cenet Rox, The Pop Rivets, Crow Jane Blues Band, Saracen, Nicky Moore Band, Diablo, LBW, No Mercy. All very good bands in their day and some extremely talented musicians amongst them. Anyone else remember any of these or others?
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Rochester-bred on December 30, 2011, 12:51:54
Back in the 70s there was a band called Columbus who played in the hall above the Odeon in Rochester they were really good I still have a picture of them I wonder what they are doing now....
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: chippy1 on December 30, 2011, 13:06:38
Back in the 70s there was a band called Columbus who played in the hall above the Odeon in Rochester they were really good I still have a picture of them I wonder what they are doing now....
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Didnt they end up touring America.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: chippy1 on December 30, 2011, 13:09:00
Fang were a good, tight little band. Shame about Keith. I didn't know that he was no longer with us. Jammed with him a couple of times up at the Tam 'O Shanter. Here are a few names of bands that I can remember from Medway and beyond mid to late 70's

Winkle Bill, Baby Grand, Sindelfingen, Cenet Rox, The Pop Rivets, Crow Jane Blues Band, Saracen, Nicky Moore Band, Diablo, LBW, No Mercy. All very good bands in their day and some extremely talented musicians amongst them. Anyone else remember any of these or others?
Wasnt there a group called Ex Directory(the Glitter Band)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: afsrochester on December 30, 2011, 13:14:44
Quite possibly chippy1. I remember that one of the drummers and the bass player(?) from the Glitter Band were in a band that played at the Tammy.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: smiffy on December 30, 2011, 14:38:04
G Flat Snurkle Love Pipe - I remember that name, I think my brother may have known Keith Dallison from school.

I'm not sure but didn't The Sweet have a Kent connection? I believe King Crimson may have one, too.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: editorsfoot on December 30, 2011, 16:23:41
Shouldn't forget Jools Holland, he likes to talk up his connections with Kent.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: JohnWalker on December 30, 2011, 16:33:13
David Essex came hop picking in Kent - he's often refered to the fact at his concerts in Kent. Lost his favourite berry on one trip......   Now has a pad on the front in Whitstable.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: afsrochester on December 30, 2011, 17:08:12
The drummer in Sindelfingen, Matt Letley (who was 12 at the time) went on to play in David Essex's band for a few years. He has been Status Quo's drummer since 2000, A really gifted drummer and a nice guy as well.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: afsrochester on December 30, 2011, 19:28:47
Having stirred the old grey matter, two other names concerned with Fang, Brothers Rob and Doug Niven, keyboard player and drummer.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Peterj on December 30, 2011, 23:05:15
I managed a Medway group in the early 70's called Mr E and we played at most of the club's in the towns and also in Essex. Bob Vosper from Gillingham on drums, Bill Dobbie  on lead guitar and Brendan Keenen on rhythum/bass guitar.both from Hoo We did the reopening night at the Old Ash Tree along with Chicory Tip who had been on TOTP that week. I have a newspaper cutting showing Bill Dobbie with Rod Clout. The Aarons used to play most weekends at the Angel in Strood. They asked us to fill in for them one Friday, never again, it was like playing in a Wild West saloon with fights breaking out including two women who set about each other on the dance floor.......and the band played on!
Another popular group were the Lord Padlock's including the Wallace brothers and Harvey Keys. Other local club/pub groups were the Peter Elligate Trio, the Electrons and the Jonny Young Four(country pop) who did the rounds. The last named used to back George Hamilton when he was over here.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: grantidge on December 30, 2011, 23:22:51
afsrochester

I am sorry to have to tell you, but both the Niven brothers died, way before their time.  How sad for their parents.

I remember Winkle Bill, Sindelfingen and Baby Grand.  A girl called Gina who worked in the Copper Penny boutique used to sing with Baby Grand, as I recall.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Peterj on December 30, 2011, 23:37:08
I recently found out that all the former playing members of Mr E are now, sadly, deceased.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: grantidge on December 30, 2011, 23:48:39
Anyone remember Rick Manktelow, a very good guitarist?  He founded Sindelfingen and before that had a band called Propshaft.  A boyfriend and I went to see them at the Angel in Strood.  Things were quite calm in there that night!  The place did have a terrible name, though.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: JohnWalker on December 31, 2011, 09:01:41
Wout Steenhuis, the Dutch musician, had a recording studio in Broadstairs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5LCBZkAimw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5LCBZkAimw)

Mike Stock is a British songwriter and record producer best known for being a member of the songwriting and record production trio Stock Aitken Waterman. He was born in Margate December 3, 1951.

Ska singer Douglas Trendle, known as Buster Bloodvessel, of the 1980s British band Bad Manners, ran a hotel in Margate called Fatty Towers for part of the 1990s.

Julie Forsyth member of 70's vocal group Guys 'n' Dolls and daughter of TV presenter Bruce Forsyth lived on Royal Road, Ramsgate
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: afsrochester on December 31, 2011, 13:41:18
afsrochester

I am sorry to have to tell you, but both the Niven brothers died, way before their time.  How sad for their parents.

I remember Winkle Bill, Sindelfingen and Baby Grand.  A girl called Gina who worked in the Copper Penny boutique used to sing with Baby Grand, as I recall.

That's truly sad about Rob and Doug.

Yes, that was Gina Carter, grantidge. She now lives somewhere on Romney Marsh.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: torpointblue on December 31, 2011, 14:01:06
Whilest in my Apprenticeship in the Dockyard (winter 68-69 ) I worked with a Guy called Barry Bailey. He was Guitarist in a band called .. Backhouse James Blues Band.. I remember they recorded an album which featured in a full page article in the Chatham Standard ..Barry lived in twydall area and I know they had a Vocalist from Dartford.. Not 100% sure on this bit . maybe 95% lol But the word was that Barry auditioned with John Mayall when Clapton left too form Cream .. But the spot was taken by Mick Taylor. who later went on too become a short served Rolling Stone .
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: chippy1 on December 31, 2011, 14:32:00
I think i know of the guy you are on about,i believe he lives with his wife in Rochester,he used to drink in that great old sadly missed pub The Nortgate,in the high street.
On the subject of old local bands,does anyone remember the Temple Trio, from strood i think.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: shoot999 on December 31, 2011, 15:29:23
Guitarist Steve Lauri.
Although born on London he moved to Rochester and attended Chatham Technical School for Boys.
After working with local bands he went on to work/tour with Cliff, Bonnie Tyler, Bucks Fizz, Elaine Page and the Glitter Band.
He is still playing as a current member of The Hollies.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: afsrochester on December 31, 2011, 15:34:34
Shoot999  :)
Wasn't Steve in 5000 volts as well? Had a hit in the 70's "I'm on Fire"?
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: shoot999 on December 31, 2011, 16:05:59
Yes, you are right afsrochester  :)

Just found the official Hollies site; there is a full bio of Steve on there.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: grantidge on December 31, 2011, 18:48:06
Torpoint, yes Barry and his wife are still around.  We had a Northgate Reunion night in the Good Intent earlier in the year, and we had a chat there.  That's where I saw Paul Weatherill again, too.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Chatham_Girl85 on December 31, 2011, 19:09:57
For those of you with some latest music knowledge. Lee Ryan from the boyband Blue was born in Chatham, lived there for a few years before moving to South London..
Dane Bowers, ex of glamour model Jordan, and was in the group Another Level lived in Lordswood apparently.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Spekes Bottom on December 31, 2011, 21:02:49
Paul Daley from the Techno act is from Margate.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: kms on December 31, 2011, 22:17:13
Paul Daley from the Techno act is from Margate.

From Leftfield. 
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Spekes Bottom on December 31, 2011, 23:01:50
Paul Daley from the Techno act is from Margate.

From Leftfield. 

Yes, Leftfield!  :)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Scrumdown on January 03, 2012, 12:57:20
Anyone mentioned Thunder (from Darenth)?:

http://www.thunderonline.com/site/
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Fred the Needle on January 04, 2012, 15:51:17
The mother of one of the members of Chicory Tip used to come into my Dad's shop.  Can't remember her name though and when they became famous, she stopped coming in!

Also, my mother was taught to drive by a guy called Stuart - think his surname was Langridge.  He was drummer in a band called "The Classmates"...bet you can't guess why  :)  The band appeared (if that's the right word) in an episode of "Our Man at St Marks" starring Donald Sindon singing "Go tell it on the Mountain" if I recall correctly.

The Classmates released at least one record - Mum bought it for me...oh joy  :)  They disbanded and a few of them went to form a "country" group with some success I believe.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: afsrochester on January 04, 2012, 19:40:00
That would be "Loose" Langridge as he was known in music circles. A very tasteful drummer.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: HERB COLLECTOR on January 10, 2012, 23:30:29
Don't forget the Oysterband (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvxyT1VpCVA), formed Canterbury 1978 and still going strong.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Ajemp on January 31, 2012, 14:27:49


 Hi Fred THE Needle,  I remember Stuart Langridge from the 60s ,  he was one of us motorcycle boys, we would meet at the Chatham pie stall/eleven steps etc,and yes he was a brilliant drummer ...as i recall he rode a ROYAL ENFIELD . never understood why he was called( Loose) Langridge.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Ajemp on January 31, 2012, 14:29:59


 What ever happend to THE DENTIST?
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Ajemp on January 31, 2012, 14:40:37

 Can anybody  remember Eric Snow ball , I seemed to recall he was Maidstone based, The" London  Tavern."..allways had a good band playing there.( is the pub still there?)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: JohnWalker on January 31, 2012, 15:07:49

 Can anybody  remember Eric Snow ball , I seemed to recall he was Maidstone based, The" London  Tavern."..allways had a good band playing there.( is the pub still there?)

Eric Snowball - what a character - amazing guy.  He used to own a very good music shop E.S.E Music, Maidstone at the same I owned Socodi Music in Canterbury.  Met up with him a few times for a jar or two.  No idea where he is these days.

John
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Ajemp on January 31, 2012, 15:23:37

 Hi John Walker I knew Eric  from way back 1959 in fact ,he worked with me at Grays of Chatham motor cycles I was about 15 years old ,he would bring his guitar to work somedays and lunchtimes he would sing and play ..and i can recall a favorite of his" MULE SKINNER BLUES" he sang it very well.........good memories .........thanks
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: JohnWalker on January 31, 2012, 15:49:37
The shop moved from either The Broadway or Tonbridge Road to Frant Road at some point.  I found a Facebook site which said something about a closing down sale in 2011.  I would guess Eric is in the same generation as myself so has possibly retired now.  Bet he's still playing music though!
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Ajemp on January 31, 2012, 15:58:32
 HI again John , just thought I'de reminisce  back to the 60s went to utube found mule skinner blues by the  Fenders great memories  try it ...............
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Ajemp on January 31, 2012, 17:40:59
 
Hi john, I hope Eric is  still playing ,as you say time marches on , he must be in his seventies now,.nice man as you said. do you recall the bands at the LONDON TAVERN MAIDSTONE?
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: JohnWalker on January 31, 2012, 18:02:37

Hi john, I hope Eric is  still playing ,as you say time marches on , he must be in his seventies now,.nice man as you said. do you recall the bands at the LONDON TAVERN MAIDSTONE?

I didn't go to Maidstone very often so don't know of the London Tavern - sounds like it was a great place for bands in the 60s.  Another piece of local music scene history.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: heritage07 on February 07, 2012, 16:53:26
I have heard only about The Rolling Stones.
This is something i read 'bout them sometime back - http://home.comcast.net/~cindystones1/dartford.html (http://home.comcast.net/~cindystones1/dartford.html)

Also one of my fav music piece i would love to share:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztB_sJLC5Ew (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztB_sJLC5Ew)  :)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: BobC1965 on February 07, 2012, 21:37:08
I'm working on a book about the Medway music scene of the early 80s particularly around the 50s and 60s influenced bands like the milkshakes, prisoners etc. But I'm also interested in the live music scene that preceded that in the late 70s and before. If anyone would like to share any thoughts or observations about those times, please inbox me or post it on the board. I'm as interested in the venues, the audiences, the fashions, the vibe, as I am in the bands themselves.
   
Afsrochester I've sent you a private message.

Bob
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: grantidge on February 08, 2012, 19:38:20
I know Eric Snowball too.  I bought my Fender Passport PA from his shop, ESE Music in Upper Fant Road, Maidstone.  I haven't seen him for a while and guess he must be retired by now.  (The PA is very good.)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Ajemp on February 09, 2012, 21:59:13

 I seem to recall that the" DENTISTS" made a video taken at FORT LUTON ...filmed in part of the moat . i think they  also travelled to the USA .....any memories?   
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: HERB COLLECTOR on February 09, 2012, 23:29:08
Don't forget the Oysterband, formed Canterbury 1978 and still going strong.
BBC radio 2 folk awards 2012.
Oysterband with June tabour. 3 awards.
Best group, Best album, Ragged Kingdom and Best traditional track, Bonny Bunch of Roses.
June was also voted folk singer of the year.
See them perform 'Fountains Flowing' at the folk awards here. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwhFWiJUPdI)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: JohnWalker on February 10, 2012, 20:00:07
In the late 70s / early 80s I helped organise a jazz event at the old Marlowe Theatre in St Margarets St, Canterbury.  I was also asked to produce a set of black and white photos of the evening on my medium format camera.  There were many Kent based Jazz Musicians in the line-up.

The highlight of the evening was that a gentleman who's name I believe was (Colin?) Strickland flew over from America, some of the remaining original New Orleans Jazz players.  He then joined them on drums when they did their set.  The evening was a total success with every seat sold.   I have an extremely good photo of him with the band and would love him to have a copy.  I lost touch after the event.

The only thing I remember was that it was said that he or his family were millionaires and lived somewhere toward Faversham perhaps.

Can anyone shed any light on this gentleman?  I would guess he's between 60 and 70 now.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: BobC1965 on February 10, 2012, 21:13:17

 I seem to recall that the" DENTISTS" made a video taken at FORT LUTON ...filmed in part of the moat . i think they  also travelled to the USA .....any memories?   

yes we did and we did! Our one and only video was filmed in 1993 at various locations including Fort Luton, Motney Hill, the Isle of Grain and the inside of Red Studio in Wouldham

http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3Dxo2UPcKgYE0&rct=j&sa=X&ei=cYc1T9KxCseA8wPOqZHcAg&ved=0CD4QuAIwAg&q=youtube+dentists+gas&usg=AFQjCNFECHOYvgOfdYHyU-_wA-4rfjyW-w

Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: sandi_01 on February 10, 2012, 21:23:48
Great song...shame the video on YouTube wasn't a bit clearer.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: numanfan on February 10, 2012, 21:59:29
Another up-&-coming band from Medway, Maine River. Video filmed at Dover http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=846DcOPRs1Y
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: BobC1965 on February 11, 2012, 00:33:01
Numanfan posted this on the retail thread but I thought I'd repost it here. This is Wipeout playing in the Pentagon, Chatham, with Jim Riley singing lead, and the year I think is 1978. The number of people there is just astonishing!

(http://www.medway.gov.uk/apps/MALSC_thumbnail/Imager.dll?Image=/apps/medwayimages/ImageLibrary/Pentagon%20Centre%20Chatham%20concert.jpg&width=450&height=300&Compression=80)

You can see the pic in its original location on the Medway council website here, where it incorrectly (i think) gives the year as 1976.

http://www.medway.gov.uk/apps/medwayimages/details.asp?doc_id=1270&searchtype=all&pg=1&pga=4&search=pentagon (http://www.medway.gov.uk/apps/medwayimages/details.asp?doc_id=1270&searchtype=all&pg=1&pga=4&search=pentagon)

Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: afsrochester on February 11, 2012, 06:59:37
Wipeout's drummer was Andy Neal, who also played with Winkle Bill. Andy was a real solid drummer who never had any problems making himself heard!!!  :)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: skipraider on February 11, 2012, 12:14:03
I was there somewhere in that crowd in the Pentagon watching Wipeout. 1978 sounds about right, because I would have been 14 then and it was around that time I first started getting into local bands.

BobC1965 - I sent you an email to your blueyonder account - did you get it?
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Richrat2000 on March 28, 2012, 00:03:09
What about that old boy, that use to go though chatham high
Street on saturdays back in the late 70s.. he had a one man band.
Does that count. :)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Geoff B on March 28, 2012, 10:13:59
I think one of the Chicory Tip guys ran a pub in Wheer St/Boxley rd area of Maidstone, if not CT then from another band.
Dad used to run the Evening Classes in Dartford in the early 60s, one of his teachers was Jagger snr. They used to go for a drink after and Mr J was always moaning about his son skiving from college and that he had to take him to the station and wait for him to get on the train. "He'll never make anything of himself" must be a quote of the century! :)


Yes one of the guys was my Dads apprentice boy when he worked for Cox and co iron foundry in Gillingham I am not sure whether it was in in the Wyles St foundry or the one down by the strand at Gads Hill as my dad worked at both and was foreman at the Gads hill one.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Geoff B on March 28, 2012, 10:17:50
What about that old boy, that use to go though chatham high
Street on saturdays back in the late 70s.. he had a one man band.
Does that count. :)

You are talking about Johny Magoo or Oscar as many of us knew him. He was my uncle. He was an ex marine commando he was disabled after a cliff fall whilst training. He later worked for my Aunt, Liz Delahay who founded  owned and ran the Medway minicabs in Rhode st. Chatham   :) it later became known as Medley. Liz and Vokes taxis were the first ever minicab firms in Medway.

 I remember Oscar with his hat which had a plastic flower stuck in playing the mouth organ. His drum kit  was a piece of wood with a shoe nailed to the bottom. coathangers with bottle tops with holes in sliding up and down. A castrol oil can and two paint tins on it as a drum kit bouncing up and down very sound effective as he played when the saints go marching in.

 He was often seen outside Woolworths and later BHS if the Police moved him on. I last saw him in Leicester Square with a big horn instrument wrapped around him playing to the crowds. He made a few appearances at Medway Magistrates court for busking . I understand he was fined and the magistrate asked him how long did he want to pay. He said give me an hour and I will go round woolworths and come back shortly with the fine .  He has passed away but many happy moments with him.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: RogerGunkel on March 28, 2012, 10:45:17
Vey interesting reading through this thread, as I was a musician in Gravesend from 1962-68 when I moved to Boundary Road in Chatham and lived and played around Medway and Kent right up to 1983 when I moved away.

Apart from the Medway acts, there were many excellent musicians and bands from around Gravesend, including my own bands, like The Kleeks, 5%Soul, Midnight Sun, Unison, through the 60s, then Silver Rain from Strood who I went Pro with, then His "n Hers Duo in Chatham for several years. Several Gravesend Musicians were very suucessful, many coming from the management of Gravesend man Roger Easterby who looked after Chickory Tip, Vanity Fayre, Guy Darrel and a number of others. Guitarist Geoff Whitehorn has always lived in Gravesend and is probably one of the UKs best session and gigging guitarists, still playing with Bad Company, Paul Rogers, Family and many years with Elkie Brookes and with American artiste Christopher Cross. Bryan Chatham, who was drummer with the Rock Follies, Adrian Shepherd who was drummer for Bucks Fizz for a long time and lived with Cheryl Baker for years, Pam Travis, originally with me in Midnight Sun, then many years touring the world with Ray Davis and the Kinks. I've forgotten more than I can remember, but the list is endless.

I also had a recording studio in Gravesend for a while, and recorded many of the acts and musicians mentioned earlier in the thread, and in the 70s a music shop and sound equipment business on The Banks Rochester called Circle Sound, where I also became friends withh many pf the local musicians. I spent years playing in venues all round the area and have great memories of many musicians and venues and good times around the area generally.

I still play now to keep my hand in, mainly functions these days.

Roger
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Richrat2000 on March 28, 2012, 11:51:27
Jim Riley of wipeout went to fort luton.. and one of the chalk pit hill boys. After wipeout he was in a blues brothers tribute band. (can not think of name)
Im sure they went on opportunity knocks, or new faces..? The last time I saw Jim he was playing in the duke of wellington chatham with steve crisp, one
of kent's best lead guitarists, they were called spellbound.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Bryn Clinch on March 28, 2012, 13:29:28
Cracking site for Kent bands here

http://www.kentgigs.com/musicbiz/Bands.html

Crikey! That`s taken be back a bit! I was going to ask if anyone remembered Dave Champion and the Strangers and then found him on your link. I worked with Dave for a number of years in the printing trade. I believe when The Strangers finished he became the lead singer in Brian Hollands Dance Band. I occasionally used to see him in Sittingbourne but haven`t done so for a few years now. Hope he is well - does anybody know?
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: GJP on April 17, 2012, 23:05:17
The Spell are a Kent band, better known outside the UK for some reason, brilliant song !

Kingsgate Castle feautures in this video !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9IG3t6a3qg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9IG3t6a3qg)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: smiler on April 18, 2012, 08:14:14
Whilst working at Squires & Knight [formally Barnes & Brookers] I worked on the car owned by the lad who wrote [helped write?] the big 60s hit "Black is Black" if I remember right he sold his rights to the song for the price of this second hand Ford Corsier. Think he came from Hoo and was courting Squires daughter.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Geoff B on April 18, 2012, 10:31:49
The Singing Loins are one of the best Raw Folk Bands in the country and are from Kent. They sing songs about places in Kent, favouring the underdog. Some to the point, but with a sense of humour. They are from Wouldham and Gillingham.

Songs range from ascending Chatham Hill,The Topless Twins of Allhallows on Sea, The whores of Rochester, Old ferry Lane in Wouldham. And many more  They have a massive following. they play at the Sweeps Festival and have been going since the 1990s. They are still playing today. Their sound is unique and not as other traditional folk bands are. Some of their work can be listened to on the website.



  http://www.singingloins.co.uk/   (http://www.singingloins.co.uk/)



The first clip below is Old Ferry Lane Wouldham about distressed people jumping off the Medway Bridge and their bodies floating up the river.
 
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XtgiheVSr8   (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XtgiheVSr8)

A live clip from you tube ascending Chatham Hill

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivBopDbPRyY  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivBopDbPRyY)

There are plenty more on You Tube


They certainly liven up any venue or festival. People from all age groups covered here :)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: afsrochester on April 18, 2012, 12:21:26
Smiler :) Would that be be Tony Hayes by any chance?
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: ann on April 18, 2012, 13:04:52
Whilst working at Squires & Knight [formally Barnes & Brookers] I worked on the car owned by the lad who wrote [helped write?] the big 60s hit "Black is Black" if I remember right he sold his rights to the song for the price of this second hand Ford Corsier. Think he came from Hoo and was courting Squires daughter.

I thought his first name was Tony too, but dont recognise the Hayes surname - tall chap with blonde hair. I recall him driving a sports type car..  My chap lived at Knights Place, Strood, but used to frequent a pub in Hoo with a chap called Bob.   (ah memories - if only I could remember them in detail!)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: afsrochester on April 18, 2012, 13:36:34
Hi Ann :)

The Tony Hayes that I knew about definately lived in Hoo.(this would be the very early '80's) He is credited for co-writing "Black is Black" with Michelle Grainger and Steve Wadey. The song was a No.1 hit in 1966 for Los Bravos. It was later covered by a French Disco Girl Group La Belle Epoque   in 1977 which reached No2 in the British Charts.

Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: smiler on April 18, 2012, 14:16:55
Smiler :) Would that be be Tony Hayes by any chance?
Really cant remember his name but they certainly couldn't have realised how big a hit it was going to be, must have lost a fortune in royalties.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: afsrochester on April 18, 2012, 14:25:48
Does anyone remember the band Late Show? They had quite a big following in Medway 1977/8. They played at the Tammy quite a few times and had a top 40 hit with "The Bristol Stomp" An excellent band and absolutely brilliant live!! :)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Fred the Needle on April 19, 2012, 12:30:43
Chicory tip  son of my father fame, im sure came from maidstone
Not sure if it was Maidstone, but some of them at least came from Kent.  The mother of one of the guitarists was a "sometimes" customer in my Dad's shop.  I think she lived on St Williams Way in Rochester.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: misseda paeg on April 19, 2012, 14:36:57
reply to afsrochester - I don't actually remeber the Late Show, as I'd already left the UK on my travels .... however, Bill Clift (of the Late Show) who also attended Gillingham Tech School can be found here :

http://www.myspace.com/billclift
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: afsrochester on April 19, 2012, 16:04:22
Thank you for the information misseda paeg :)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: JohnWalker on April 27, 2012, 21:56:47
Anyone remember Flight 56 Rock?  Canterbury band that had quite a few succesful tours of UK/Europe in the 70s.  Little Tina was the singer.  Band is still going under that name i believe but not with all of the original line-up.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: YoungNan on April 28, 2012, 06:29:32

As previously mentioned...Vanity Fair. Im sure one of the members Tony (surname starts with G I think) later became a Councillor. I did have a newspaper cutting about them when I was at school in my "Scrap Book" but really dont know what happened to that :(

Im sure Ive heard that Jools Holland has connections with Cooling? House near the Castle?

Remember seeing Eddison Lighthouse at a venue in Maidstone..ahhhh  Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes..............

Used to go to The Copper Penny Boutique, but didnt realise a singer worked there (previous reply mentioned it)


Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: YoungNan on April 28, 2012, 06:32:34

Oh and of course Chicory Tip!  Saw them at the Malti Inn a couple of years ago....sang  a lot of covers, and I waited all evening for the infamous "Love Grows"   I was the nutty one singing and waving along!!
 :)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: silkenrobe on April 28, 2012, 08:12:41


Im sure Ive heard that Jools Holland has connections with Cooling? House near the Castle?



 Jools Holland owns the castle, doesn't he?  Think he got married there as well
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: babs on May 05, 2012, 16:26:51
YoungNan mentioned Vanity Fair.  Tony Gordon later hecame a councillor.  They used to play regularly at the Good Companions club, at the top of Star Hill, now the Independent College.  Tony Jarrett and Lee Fairbrother were other members.  The singer, whose name escapes me now lives in either Norway or Denmark.  They were also previously known as the The Sages.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: YoungNan on May 24, 2012, 19:25:02



I have just seen Vanity Fair on TOTP2 on BBC2 just now!! :)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: ISA on May 24, 2012, 19:56:11
Might be nice to add the Hot rats to this mix, Ian Cutler from Halling area, the fiddle player also of Feast of Fiddles fame and from the original 'Wicker Man film', as well as Doug Hudson from down Margate / Broadstairs area who is also a stand up comedian and announcer at Gillingham football club os so i believe...

Hey, this was my first post on day one of becoming a member, hello to all...
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Geoff B on May 25, 2012, 20:22:50
Thats right Isa Hot Rats are very good . Doug Hudson is the announcer at Gillingham FC as well. He also is also the music director of the Sweeps Festival. Ian Cutler also plays once a year with his old band for a week called the Bully Wee Band. They tour the Folk Clubs around the UK. They normally play at the Brook Theatre in Jan. The Feast of Fiddles is an excellent night at the Brook Theatre they tour also for a week. The Feast of Fiddles normally play in Kent in April every year. The other member of the band is Mike Peters and he comes from Whitstable. There are many clips of the Hot Rats on You tube or try Ian Cutler Orange Blossom Special to get a quick link.

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_MUc3ALFyw&feature=related   (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_MUc3ALFyw&feature=related)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: sandi_01 on May 26, 2012, 17:30:03



I have just seen Vanity Fair on TOTP2 on BBC2 just now!! :)

Tony Goulden...ex Labour councillor for Luton and govenor of my son's school used to be in Vanity Fair. I have seen him on Top of the pops 2. Very amusing. The band did make good music...so credit to him for that. :)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Roma Broom on May 26, 2012, 17:55:58
My sister Gina sang in Baby Grand. She was married to Brian Carter, a very good guitarist who played in a local band.  They are no longer together and she is now Gina Drexler and lives in New Romney.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Roma Broom on May 26, 2012, 18:02:45
Remember going to the London Tavern, Maidstone, on Sundays evenings and a brilliant group played all the Beatles songs.
I used to go out then with the drummer in the Karacters, Ken Chapman.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: les freathy on June 04, 2012, 15:37:49
Moving down towards the coast and Romney Marsh i began playing in a band the Concords in 1962 and for my sins called it a day only 18 months ago this is one of the first Concord photos taken
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: drunkenbaker on June 04, 2012, 17:19:56
Moving down towards the coast and Romney Marsh i began playing in a band the Concords in 1962 and for my sins called it a day only 18 months ago this is one of the first Concord photos taken
And in those 50 years did you master the tambourine?

Great picture by the way. Was it taken at Dungeoness?
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Sentinel S4 on June 04, 2012, 18:57:50
Moving down towards the coast and Romney Marsh i began playing in a band the Concords in 1962 and for my sins called it a day only 18 months ago this is one of the first Concord photos taken
And in those 50 years did you master the tambourine?

Great picture by the way. Was it taken at Dungeoness?

That looks like Lydd on Sea Station, close to Dungeness.

S4.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: les freathy on June 05, 2012, 16:42:04
spot on its Dungeness halt and still active at the time, the tambourine i grabbed for the shot as i had left my guitar at home
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: afsrochester on July 19, 2012, 11:00:35
I have just learnt the sad news that Dave Tewes, (mentioned in this topic) former bass player with Candy Choir, Graham Lecore's Perfection and later Edison Lighthouse, died last week. He was a very good musician, and prominent in the  Medway music scene and beyond for many years and was a nice bloke as well. I was fortunate enough to have gigged with him from time time over years. He also had a recording studio DTS in Rochester which many "muzos" will remember. RIP Dave.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Rochester-bred on July 20, 2012, 11:10:09
afsrochester, thats sad news I loved Edison Lighthouse as a teen ,bless him x
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: afsrochester on July 20, 2012, 22:08:05
[urlhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RY6N6pB6L4][/url]

Dave performing with Edison Lighthouse on the '80's TV show "Unforgetable"
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: afsrochester on July 21, 2012, 17:08:18
]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RY6N6pB6L4] (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RY6N6pB6L4)

Dave performing with Edison Lighthouse on the '80's TV show "Unforgetable"

The link now works.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Rochester-bred on July 22, 2012, 07:44:25
Brilliant ,now that certainly takes me back to some good memories  :)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Peterj on July 22, 2012, 17:42:20
Did Dave Tewes ever play with the Jonny Young Four from Medway?
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: afsrochester on July 23, 2012, 13:02:54
Hello Peterj.

Yes, Dave did play with the Johnny Young Four
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Peterj on July 23, 2012, 21:47:34
I thought he did as I saw them early 70's at the Cricketers Sturdee Ave Gillingham and remembered the name.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Peterj on July 23, 2012, 22:34:10
  link;  http://www.davewindle.com/images/youngy.jpg
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: afsrochester on July 24, 2012, 10:58:58
Peterj.

That was where I met him and saw him play for the first time in 1972 but he was with a trio. (Can't remember their name unfortunately) The Ash Tree was another venue where he gigged regularly.

Thanks for posting that link to The Jonny Young Four. Incidently, Jonny gave a great eulogy at his funeral.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Peterj on July 24, 2012, 11:49:51
In hindsight actually it WAS the Old Ash Tree and not the Cricketers that I saw them. I managed a group called Mr. E and our lead guitarist was also there (Bill Dobbie from Hoo) and we were chatting to Dave as he knew Bill. It was before the Ash Tree was revamped. We did a double header with Chicory Tip who had been on TOTP earlier in the week to celebrate the reopening. I have a press clipping with a photo of Rod Clout and Bill chatting.
Peter
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: afsrochester on July 24, 2012, 17:44:00
Peterj :)

Cor, the Ash Tree before the alterations! :) Music bar on your right as you went in the main entrance. Personally, I never thought it was as good after the alterations. I first saw Rod Clout playing there with a band called The New Aarons, the place was always heaving when they were played up there. Very good player Rod. Always remember them doing a cracking version of Argent's "Hold your head up"
Bill Dobbie is a name I have heard of, but I didn't know him personally. Would love to see that press cutting!



Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Toooldtodance on July 24, 2012, 18:24:03
I was always in there ( Ash tree ) on Sundays when a band was performing in the 80s. Highlight of my week. For whatever reason we all moved to the Beacon court for the bands on Sundays.

I grew up with the bass player of The Prisoners his name is Allen Crockford. I remember driving a blue transit van to the 100 club in London for one of there gigs.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Lyn L on July 24, 2012, 19:14:59
I knew Rod Clout when he was a budding musician playing with mates at Youth Club in the Garrison Church at Brompton, thought he might go far even then  :) we were about 15 yrs , must have been 1961/ early 62  :)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: afsrochester on July 24, 2012, 21:06:30
Just out of interest, when I drove past the Ash Tree today, I noticed that they were advertising live music on Saturdays, but no idea what form it might take.

Toooldtodance. :) I think the Ash Tree stopped having live music hence the move to the Beacon and I remember doing a couple of gigs there on a Sunday lunchtime, before they went over to jam sessions. (Didn't cost them anything!!)

Lyn L :) Rod stood out as he was a real talent. You could see that he knew his way around a guitar in no small way!!!!! :)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Rochester-bred on July 25, 2012, 08:05:16
I used to dance to the bands they had in the ballroom upstairs in the Odeon picture house after the Saturday morning showing in Rochester back in the late 60s/70s My favourite was 'Columbus' they played all the modern stuff back then , can still see myself in my hot pants dancing away to them.  :)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: AlanH on July 25, 2012, 10:17:52
Hi Fred the Needle and others who remember the Classmates. Stuart Langridge really was a good drummer until he had an accident on his motor bike and his left arm ( I think it was) was pulled out of it's socket. It was touch and go whether they amputated or not as it was nearly torn right off. I knew Stuart well as he lived on the Maidstone Rd Rochester just above Valley View Rd and I lived further up on the opposite side.
It took nearly 18 months before he could even grasp a matchbox and he didn't play again as far as I know.
The cause of the accident was apparently his passenger who went by the name of Cranky George, and he scrambled to get off the bike when they slipped a bit on a corner one night, in his efforts to get off he bent the back brake rods (it was a long time ago! :)) and that jammed the brake on and the bike slid headon into a wall.
The Classmates also did a backing number for TV show in the early 60' based in South American from memory. Maybe they even appeared in it a couple of times.
That's it, the memory has gone......
AlanH.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Peterj on July 25, 2012, 22:15:32
Re AFS Rochester, i have scanned and printed news clipping of Ash tree with Rod Cloutt & Ticket for The New Aarons at Rainham Mark Club 21/09/72 which I attended.
The original Aarons played all the early Bee Gees numbers and were at The Angel Strood most weekends early 70's. we (Mr E) stood in for them one evening, after about 30 mins it was like a scene from the wild west with fights everywhere.....and the band played on!
If you wish to text me your address i don't mind sending clipping to you.

Peter 07592584760
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Peterj on July 26, 2012, 09:12:26
Clipping in post AFS
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: afsrochester on July 26, 2012, 18:04:53
Thank you PeterJ. :)

Have discovered today that Rod now lives in Australia.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: JohnWalker on July 28, 2012, 21:43:01
Does anyone remember the Saturday Night Dances in Canterbury?  Frank Hooker School, St Thomas's Hall, Prince of Wales Youth Club, Littlebourne Hall.  Bands that I remember Johnny Kid and the Pirates, Ways and Means, The Satans, Swinging Secrets.   There was always one Saturday Night Dance on in one of the venues.  No alcohol - just coke and crisps (and potato puffs at the school dances)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Peterj on July 29, 2012, 16:33:38
Coke and crisps! You must have all been listening to Lucy in the sky with diamonds!
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: JohnWalker on July 30, 2012, 20:39:27
Coke and crisps! You must have all been listening to Lucy in the sky with diamonds!

 :)  That would be it - but unfortunately not - just coca cola and packets of crisps with the little blue twist of paper with salt in.  Rolling Stones, Shadows, Beatles and the rest of the Mersey mob.  The nearest we got to lighting effects was if a starter failed in one of the flourescent lights  :)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: HERB COLLECTOR on September 12, 2012, 00:44:07
"With many other types of English progressive music developing mostly in London, it may at first seem strange that the old pilgrimage centre and relatively quiet cathedral city of Canterbury became the centre of this very English form of progressive music and jazz fusion....
...Canterbury was then to be the cradle for several of the more freewheeling bands of the post-psychedelic era."


Everything you wanted to know about about the Canterbury scene can probably be found here @ http://www.progarchives.com/subgenre.asp?style=12 (http://www.progarchives.com/subgenre.asp?style=12)
Daevid Allen to Zyma, via Kevin Ayers, the Wilde Flowers, Robert Wyatt, etc. top 100 albums, reviews, sample songs, etc.
Useful too for the wider prog rock scene.
Enjoy.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: HERB COLLECTOR on November 25, 2012, 22:59:19
Whilest in my Apprenticeship in the Dockyard (winter 68-69 ) I worked with a Guy called Barry Bailey. He was Guitarist in a band called .. Backhouse James Blues Band.. I remember they recorded an album which featured in a full page article in the Chatham Standard.

The Backhouse James Blues Band album was recorded in 1968 and just 30 copies were pressed.
The current price (if you can find a copy) is 1,800++!!
http://eil.com/shop/moreinfo.asp?catalogid=569320 (http://eil.com/shop/moreinfo.asp?catalogid=569320)
http://www.kentonline.co.uk/medway_messenger/news/2012/september/15/rare_vinyl.aspx (http://www.kentonline.co.uk/medway_messenger/news/2012/september/15/rare_vinyl.aspx) ( May be slow link.)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: gina drexler on December 22, 2012, 16:32:16
I used to sing with Baby Grand in the 70s, we had a great band, still love music and go to many gigs, seems an age ago....Gina Drexler living at New Romney!!!
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: afsrochester on December 23, 2012, 14:37:55
I used to sing with Baby Grand in the 70s, we had a great band.

Not 'Arf! :)

Gina Carter (Vocals) Dermot Bassett (Vocals) Richard Manktelow (Guitar) MarK Letley (Bass) and yours truly (Drums).
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: afsrochester on December 23, 2012, 20:57:12
Other members of Baby Grand over the years have been:

 Jon Hayes (drums) Colin Mcleod, (drums) Simon Darby, (Bass),  Melvyn Arnott (Bass), Jeff Faulkener (Bass), Valerie Hill (Vocals), Simon Hurst (keyboards), Bubbs Hardy (Guitar) and Ian "Rufus" Rufel (Guitar).

The original line-up was Dermot, Gina, Richard, Melvyn and Jon.

The final line up in November 1979 when the band split was,

Dermot, Richard, Rufus, Mark and Myself.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: silkenrobe on December 24, 2012, 08:26:05

The Dentists (Medway)


Ah, a very good claim to fame - I was at school, from infants to secondary with Bob Collins  :)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: smiler on December 28, 2012, 09:45:47
The Dentist's played regularly in the Good Intent, Rochester in the mid 80s.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: HERB COLLECTOR on February 20, 2013, 23:16:39
Kevin Ayers (http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=1803), musician, born Herne Bay 16 August 1944, died Montoliev, France, 18 February 2013.

Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ip0ewd_p-fg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ip0ewd_p-fg)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: numanfan on February 28, 2013, 09:45:06
The March 2013 copy of Record Collector magazine has a feature on the 'Canterbury Sound'. I only glanced at it in W.H.Smith's, it's mainly about the group Caravan but I think some other groups are mentioned as well.

http://recordcollectormag.com/articles/a-canterbury-tale
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: mad4amanda on March 23, 2013, 13:33:59
I was at school with Nitin Sawhney, he was a couple of years above me but wow what a guitar player!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nitin_Sawhney
He appears to have done quite well.
Has anyone else come across "Tundra" folk group from the 1970s? I still have a signed album "A Kentish Garland", think I saw them at The Old Ash Tree but it could have been elsewhere, most of their songs were very Kent/Medway based.
In the very early 70s, a Folkestone group called Captain Black played at a friend`s party, they were quite good.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Clankypup on March 23, 2013, 20:36:34
I too have got a signed copy of "A Kentish Garland" by Tundra. I think that I saw them playing a small venue in Maidstone in the late 70s.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: afsrochester on September 14, 2013, 18:40:12
An update on Baby Grand.

Rufus was a member of BG in all but name from early 1979. He took over from Bubbs Hardy when he left, who had in turn replaced Simon Hurst.

They reformed in 1995/6 with Mark's brother Matthew on Drums ( he is mentioned elsewhere in this topic).

Baby Grand are still playing today with Andy Jenkins now occupying the drum slot. (He is a fantasic drummer and a nice bloke as well.)

I know I'm biased, but BG have always been a great little band, and if you get the chance, GO AND SEE THEM! You won't be disappointed.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: JohnWalker on September 14, 2013, 19:07:34
"With many other types of English progressive music developing mostly in London, it may at first seem strange that the old pilgrimage centre and relatively quiet cathedral city of Canterbury became the centre of this very English form of progressive music and jazz fusion....
...Canterbury was then to be the cradle for several of the more freewheeling bands of the post-psychedelic era."


Everything you wanted to know about about the Canterbury scene can probably be found here @ http://www.progarchives.com/subgenre.asp?style=12 (http://www.progarchives.com/subgenre.asp?style=12)
Daevid Allen to Zyma, via Kevin Ayers, the Wilde Flowers, Robert Wyatt, etc. top 100 albums, reviews, sample songs, etc.
Useful too for the wider prog rock scene.
Enjoy.

An amazing period in music history.  Many of the bands and musicians mentioned were customers who used my music shop in The Friars, Canterbury (Socodi Music Ltd).  In addition to the prog rock guys many of the local bands had their own transit vans.  A Saturday would find a long line of them parked outside my shop (before yellow lines) and inside the shop was a regular jam session.  Good times...
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Jim Bell on September 15, 2013, 09:12:45
What a great site.
Andy Neal now plays with Dirtie Bertie, and has a roofing business in Rainham.
Does anyone remember Lord Padloc Showband from the 70's?
Dave Pope still lives in Wouldham.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Peterj on September 16, 2013, 21:02:52
Lord Padlock show band also had the the two Wallace brothers in it, Malcolm and Mervyn. The latter was arrested in the Far East for drug offences I seem to recall.
Before he joined the "Padlocks" Dave Pope played with the late Bill Dobbie in Phase Three.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Peterj on September 16, 2013, 21:07:14
The drummer with the Padlocks was Harvey Keys.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Jim Bell on September 17, 2013, 18:32:17
 Thanks PeterJ.
My memory told me it was Melvyn Wallace ...not Mervyn, though I could be wrong.
A brilliant guitarist...especially with the old "Rock" songs, such as Route 66.
Trying to recall Lead Singers name.??? I believe he lived behind Tesco in Chatham.
I used to go round Holiday Camps with them on Sheppey, and I recall a competition held at The Lido in Margate.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: sandynan46 on October 11, 2013, 21:47:49
Lord Padlock, I am proud to say played at my wedding in 1967.  Dave Pope is a great friend, and as Jim Bell says  is still living in Wouldham as he did back in the day.(Hi Jim, this is Sandra Harrod)

Can anyone remember a dance band though, called Alan Ryder Band, they used to play at the Pavillion in Gillingham, late fifties, early sixties.  My uncle Ken was the drummer. 
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: afsrochester on November 27, 2013, 22:52:57
I knew Alan Ryder when I worked at the Council with him and when I was active in the Medway music scene (1970/93) Alan was a really friendly chap and we always stopped and chatted about music whenever our paths crossed. Obviously I knew about his band, but never saw them.

His Son Jez, (a first rate guitarist and singer) became internationally famous with Wang Chung 1977/91. He is now known professionally as "Jack Hues."
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: oobydooby on November 29, 2013, 14:11:45
Whilst working at Squires & Knight [formally Barnes & Brookers] I worked on the car owned by the lad who wrote [helped write?] the big 60s hit "Black is Black" if I remember right he sold his rights to the song for the price of this second hand Ford Corsier. Think he came from Hoo and was courting Squires daughter.

I thought his first name was Tony too, but dont recognise the Hayes surname - tall chap with blonde hair. I recall him driving a sports type car..  My chap lived at Knights Place, Strood, but used to frequent a pub in Hoo with a chap called Bob.   (ah memories - if only I could remember them in detail!)

Crumbs!!  My name is Tony Hayes, not the one referred to here, and my brothers name is Bob.  My uncle used to work in the refinery at Hoo and I often frequented a pub there in the 1960's, as well as the social club.  At the time I lived in Gillingham.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: John38 on November 29, 2013, 15:07:40
Not the same type of band that has gone before, but I was a member of the St John Ambulance Brigade`s (as it was) band in Sheerness. We had a great time and did every carnival in Kent and got as far as Chelmsford and Harwich. Real claim to fame was Rod Hull (later of Emu fame) and me playing a fanfare in St Paul's Cathedral for HRH The Princess Margaret.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: oobydooby on November 29, 2013, 15:26:03
Re: Vanity Fare.
Vanity Fare were still going strong and touring with the Solid Silver Sixties Show in 2012.  I saw them in Dundee where they were backing Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits), Chris Montez, Brian Hyland and Brian Poole of the Tremoloes.  In previous years with the same show they supported Dave Berry, Chris Farlowe and Wayne Fontana.

Their line-up then, and presumably still is, Mark Ellen, Bernie Hagley and the fabulous Eddie Wheller, all from the Medway area and Steve Oakman whose birthplace I cannot establish.

At a signing session after the gig, from the back of the crowd, I shouted "Up the Gills" as Hagley was from Gillingham and they gave a cheer and I spent a few minutes chatting to them about Kent.

They do have a web site and fan pages.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: RogerGunkel on November 30, 2013, 15:29:00
Hi Ann :)

The Tony Hayes that I knew about definately lived in Hoo.(this would be the very early '80's) He is credited for co-writing "Black is Black" with Michelle Grainger and Steve Wadey. The song was a No.1 hit in 1966 for Los Bravos. It was later covered by a French Disco Girl Group La Belle Epoque   in 1977 which reached No2 in the British Charts.
Hadn't looked at this thread for a while, but have a few additions to this post. I never met Tony Hayes  but, while working for a short while as a draughtsman in Strood, a new draughtsman joined the firm called Steve Wadey. He told me he lived in Hoo and had co-written Black is Black and although I was dubious at first, we got to know each other well through a mutual interest in music. I was only 19 at the time and Steve had quite an influence on me over the months that we worked together, as he encouraged me to start my own business. He showed me how to set up a limited company and was a great believer in pushing yourself.

Steve was always telling me he was waiting for a royalty cheque from his publisher, which was why he was working as a draughtsman, and was going to start building multi track studio recorders as soon as the cheque arrived. One day he walked into the drawing office with a big smile on his face, saying he had received a cheque for South American royalties for 30000 and was immediately handing in his notice. I did wonder whether it was Steve who bought out Tony Hayes, as he was a shrewd guy.

I kept loose contact with him for a few years, and sure enough, he started a company called 'Cadey' which produced early multi track studio recorders. It became quite successful and in the early 1980s, I actually came by one of his recorders for my own studio? I believe Steve moved to Australia where he carried on with a successful business, but I have no idea what he is doing now.

Roger
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: babs on December 27, 2013, 15:15:10
The Vanity Fayre that Oobydooby speaks about is certainly not the original band.  The originals would be either approaching or past their 70's by now.  The originals went their separate ways back in the early 70's.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: oobydooby on December 27, 2013, 18:17:12
The Vanity Fayre that Oobydooby speaks about is certainly not the original band.  The originals would be either approaching or past their 70's by now.  The originals went their separate ways back in the early 70's.
I don't dispute that, but whatever else they may be or have been, three of them are from Kent, so can be still be relevant to this thread.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: babs on December 28, 2013, 15:38:09
Sorry Oobydooby, I didn't mean it was irrelevant to the site.  In fact, all of the originals came from the Medway Towns, one of whom went on to be Mayor.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: oobydooby on December 28, 2013, 16:54:10
No, I'm sorry, Babs, I was just being a bit petulant.  And it's ooby with lower case 'oo'.

And still on topic....When I worked in the White Cliffs Hotel in the early/mid 1960's there was a group who played first in the basement bar, then latterly in the main restaurant called 'The Gremlins'. I occasionally joined them onstage in my waiters attire (back dickie bow tie and trousers, white shirt and jacket) to sing '24 Hours From Tulsa', much to the anger of the manager, a Mr Bourdini and the head waiter a Monsieur LeTigre. I wonder if anyone has heard of them or knows what happened to them.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Bluesbat on September 03, 2014, 13:23:54
Fang were a good, tight little band. Shame about Keith. I didn't know that he was no longer with us. Jammed with him a couple of times up at the Tam 'O Shanter. Here are a few names of bands that I can remember from Medway and beyond mid to late 70's

Winkle Bill, Baby Grand, Sindelfingen, Cenet Rox, The Pop Rivets, Crow Jane Blues Band, Saracen, Nicky Moore Band, Diablo, LBW, No Mercy. All very good bands in their day and some extremely talented musicians amongst them. Anyone else remember any of these or others?
Diablo...Yes indeed...Excellent multi percussive Santana type outfit, original line up was based in London with just drummer vocalist Ray King from Medway, the second line up which won the national Wheatley taverns heat at the Old Ash Tree was Tony Parsons Gtr/vocals - Ray King drums/vocals - Pete Burt Bass (went on to play in the Frankie Miller band) - Bobby Stignac (who also played with Gonzalez) Don Rey timbales (deceased) - the other guitarists name I can't remember......There was a third line up as well which did a fantastic BBC radio Medway session with Mike Brill
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Bluesbat on September 03, 2014, 15:22:06
Fang were a good, tight little band. Shame about Keith. I didn't know that he was no longer with us. Jammed with him a couple of times up at the Tam 'O Shanter. Here are a few names of bands that I can remember from Medway and beyond mid to late 70's

Winkle Bill, Baby Grand, Sindelfingen, Cenet Rox, The Pop Rivets, Crow Jane Blues Band, Saracen, Nicky Moore Band, Diablo, LBW, No Mercy. All very good bands in their day and some extremely talented musicians amongst them. Anyone else remember any of these or others?
Diablo...Yes indeed...Excellent multi percussive Santana type outfit, original line up was based in London with just drummer vocalist Ray King from Medway, the second line up which won the national Wheatley taverns heat at the Old Ash Tree was Tony Parsons Gtr/vocals - Ray King drums/vocals - Pete Burt Bass (went on to play in the Frankie Miller band) - Bobby Stignac (who also played with Gonzalez) Don Rey timbales (deceased) - the other guitarists name I can't remember......There was a third line up as well which did a fantastic BBC radio Medway session with Mike Brill
The last Diablo line up was Don Rey/Congas (Deceased) - Ray King drums/timbales/vocals (Now living in France - plays with Fat Boy Blues - http://www.reverbnation.com/fatboyblues - Adrian Perry/Guitar (Deceased) and Simon Darby/Bass (plays with Medway group - Jack Bates band) - they played at the Tammy/Ash Tree/and a lot of london gigs (Upstairs at Ronnie Scotts/Golden Lion Fulham/Hatchetts Piccadilly/Greyhound Fulham/the Kensington Oval) used to rehearse at the Alliance studios with the Tom Robinson band/Suzi Quatro)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Bluesbat on September 03, 2014, 15:30:08
Just off the top of my head, I'm trying to remember some bands from Kent.

The Rolling Stones (Dartford)
Soft Machine (Canterbury)
The Prisoners (Medway)
The Milkshakes (Medway)
The Claim (Cliffe)
The Dentists (Medway)
The Headcoats/ Headcoatees (Medway)
Buff Medways (Medway)
Thee Mighty Caesars (Medway)
Anthrax (The Punk band, not the American Thrash Metal band) (Longfield?)
The Accursed (Medway)
Sutcliffe Jugend (Tunbridge Wells)
Robert Wyatt (Canterbury)
The Pretty Things (Dartford?)
Jefferson Airhead (Maidstone)
Caravan (Canterbury)

And Topper Headon, the drummer from The Clash (Dover).

Any more acts of note?
Diablo  (Medway & London)
Fruit Machine (Gillingham)
Inner Circle  (Gillingham)
John Browns Body (Medway & Gravesend)
Chapel Farm  (Geoff Whitehorns band - Gravesend)
Dave Lee & The Rebounds (Sheerness)

Have you read the book by drummer Ray King "Once a muso" it's all about
the Medway music scene from the sixties through to the eighties) lots of info and anecdotes in it!
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Bluesbat on September 06, 2014, 17:43:13
Just off the top of my head, I'm trying to remember some bands from Kent.

The Rolling Stones (Dartford)
Soft Machine (Canterbury)
The Prisoners (Medway)
The Milkshakes (Medway)
The Claim (Cliffe)
The Dentists (Medway)
The Headcoats/ Headcoatees (Medway)
Buff Medways (Medway)
Thee Mighty Caesars (Medway)
Anthrax (The Punk band, not the American Thrash Metal band) (Longfield?)
The Accursed (Medway)
Sutcliffe Jugend (Tunbridge Wells)
Robert Wyatt (Canterbury)
The Pretty Things (Dartford?)
Jefferson Airhead (Maidstone)
Caravan (Canterbury)

And Topper Headon, the drummer from The Clash (Dover).

Any more acts of note?
Diablo  (Medway & London)
Fruit Machine (Gillingham)
Inner Circle  (Gillingham)
John Browns Body (Medway & Gravesend)
Chapel Farm  (Geoff Whitehorns band - Gravesend)
Dave Lee & The Rebounds (Sheerness)

Have you read the book by drummer Ray King "Once a muso" it's all about
the Medway music scene from the sixties through to the eighties) lots of info and anecdotes in it!
And what about:
The Maniacs (Gillingham)
Lee Harmer & the Chaquitos (Medway)
Pandamonium (Gravesend)
Popcorn (Medway)
Dave Champion & the Strangers (Gillingham)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Bluesbat on September 09, 2014, 14:14:22
I knew Alan Ryder when I worked at the Council with him and when I was active in the Medway music scene (1970/93) Alan was a really friendly chap and we always stopped and chatted about music whenever our paths crossed. Obviously I knew about his band, but never saw them.

His Son Jez, (a first rate guitarist and singer) became internationally famous with Wang Chung 1977/91. He is now known professionally as "Jack Hues."
And what about the Brian Jenner band, another good versatile outfit of the day...they were maybe the top Kent danceband around during the sixties/seventies/eighties......when I used to play with the Terry Milton Sound from Gravesend, our bass player Ken Wells used to dep with them.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Bryn Clinch on September 09, 2014, 16:29:11
If I`m not mistaken, the narrator on this interesting video is Dave Champion (Dave Champion and the Strangers). I recognise his voice as he was a workmate for a number of years in the 60s. I think he went on to join the Brian Jenner Dance Band. Caroline Gower, who posted the video, I think must be Dave`s daughter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbRlOLU4Z8knd.


 
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Bluesbat on September 09, 2014, 17:31:37
If I`m not mistaken, the narrator on this interesting video is Dave Champion (Dave Champion and the Strangers). I recognise his voice as he was a workmate for a number of years in the 60s. I think he went on to join the Brian Jenner Dance Band. Caroline Gower, who posted the video, I think must be Dave`s daughter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbRlOLU4Z8knd.
He certainly did.....as a fourteen year old aspiring drummer in 1964 I saw the strangers playing at some hall in Gillingham, and at the time was very impressed not only with Dave`s voice, and the extremely good harmony vocals of the band, but more importantly the drummer Mick Clydesdale...so tight and precise....He was a rather big lad, great drummer...wonder if he's still playing ?
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Bluesbat on September 09, 2014, 20:52:21
Fang were a good, tight little band. Shame about Keith. I didn't know that he was no longer with us. Jammed with him a couple of times up at the Tam 'O Shanter. Here are a few names of bands that I can remember from Medway and beyond mid to late 70's

Winkle Bill, Baby Grand, Sindelfingen, Cenet Rox, The Pop Rivets, Crow Jane Blues Band, Saracen, Nicky Moore Band, Diablo, LBW, No Mercy. All very good bands in their day and some extremely talented musicians amongst them. Anyone else remember any of these or others?
Diablo...Yes indeed...Excellent multi percussive Santana type outfit, original line up was based in London with just drummer vocalist Ray King from Medway, the second line up which won the national Wheatley taverns heat at the Old Ash Tree was Tony Parsons Gtr/vocals - Ray King drums/vocals - Pete Burt Bass (went on to play in the Frankie Miller band) - Bobby Stignac (who also played with Gonzalez) Don Rey timbales (deceased) - the other guitarists name I can't remember......There was a third line up as well which did a fantastic BBC radio Medway session with Mike Brill
Diane Stewart (Graham Bond's ex wife) was in the second Diablo line up on backing vocals & percussion (she was with Ginger Baker`s Airforce)
Bobby de Montez replaced Bobby Stignac on congas in the second line up (he was also an ex member of Ginger Baker`s Airforce & Noel Reddings band Fat Mattress) think he died a few years back.
The conga player from reggae band Steel Pulse was in the band at one point, as was the cuban percussioniste Tony Navara.
Whilst Diablo gigged in the Kent area and Ray and Tony were Medway musos, all the others were London based, and so they were probably more well known on the pub rock circuit of the metropolis playing at the venues of the day..Hatchetts Piccadilly, Upstairs at Ronnie Scotts, Greyhound Fulham Palace Road, Pied Bull Islington, Golden Lion Fulham, the Kensington at the Oval, etc etc, plus numerous University gigs.
The last line up was a four piece: Ray King/Drums timbales vocals - Simon Darby/Bass - Don Rey/Congas (deceased) - Adrien Perry/Guitar (deceased).
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Spekes Bottom on February 18, 2015, 20:17:30
I was sent this image today of these old posters from 1987 on what was the White Hart on Chatham High Street (http://i1236.photobucket.com/albums/ff446/HoathWay/10612690_10153114486352354_3938440241745918402_n.jpg) (http://s1236.photobucket.com/user/HoathWay/media/10612690_10153114486352354_3938440241745918402_n.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Troyboy on January 13, 2016, 20:33:51
Reply #132 on: July 25, 2012, 09:17:52

http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=12581.30
Hi AlanH, once again there seems to be a common link. I remember Stuart Langridge. He used to play in a group at the Pagitt Hall in Gillingham about 1961/62
regards Troyboy
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Troyboy on January 13, 2016, 21:04:25
Re: Bands from Kent

Reply #94 on: April 18, 2012, 12:04:52


http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=12581.75
Hi Ann, I think the Pub was The Chequers in Hoo. I believe he was also friends with the owners of Hoo Tv, which was on the corner of Vicarage Lane, who I worked for in the 70's. I also think he may have lived in Squires Close, because he came into the workshop complaining of a sink hole in the road where he lived.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: ann on January 14, 2016, 12:33:47
Could well have been that pub.  The friend I recall was called Bob and he lived in a cottage in Upnor.  This was way back in the 70's.
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: Ajemp on January 25, 2016, 11:34:54
Tony Goulden ?
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: conan on July 31, 2016, 21:30:33
Noel Redding the bass player for the Jimi Hendrix Experience was born in Folkestone and played his first gig at Hythe youth club

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noel_Redding
Title: Re: Bands from Kent
Post by: skipraider on August 10, 2016, 19:27:32
I don't think anyone's mentioned Kris Dollimore yet? Originally from Sheppey (Eastchurch?), Kris was gigging locally from the age of 16 with his "Major Setback Band" - I first saw them in the Southern Belle in Gillingham, must have been around 1982. After that split, he went on to play guitar with an impressive list of bands and people, including The Godfathers, The Damned, Adam Ant and Del Amitri. These days he lives in Polperro in Cornwall, and tours as a solo artist specialising in delta blues (he's very good). I believe he still plays with Del Amitri on occasion. If you get a chance to see him play it's well worth the effort; he still plays locally a couple of times a year (I think his Mum still lives on the island so he ties in a visit with some gigs).