Seventies Music And Retro Talk (SMART) Club

THE sun was shining and the memories were flowing at the White Rock Hotel last Friday.

There was an interesting talk with Andre Martin and Geoff Peckham on how the musicians in traditional dance bands taught the next generation of pop group members their craft.

Andre has been busy with writing an excellent weekly post of the history of groups playing The Happy Ballroom, Hastings Pier. Andy Gunton is looking for information on anyone who went to the Nick Cave gig in 2004 on the pier, for a feature in the next The Stinger magazine.

Chris Sambrook was helping to go through a number of photo albums and trying to work out the names of the members of the band and also talk about the beach concert.

Nigel Ford reminded us about the great gigs that used to take place at Battle memorial hall. Philip Meston chatted about the early record players, still loving vinyl, happy memories of The Disc Jockey and Alan Jensen.

Chris Stovoid brought along a copy of the CD by psychedelic band Mirage and talked about 13 Floor Elevators and The Misunderstood. Philip John is putting on Mott Road Crew Show in June at the Electric Palace cinema, talk and video of life on the road with Mott The Hoople, David Bowie and others.

Mick Mepham came in with a massive bag of photos and a few oddities. Mick as a star player of cricket, lots of pieces on the band Magma and also odd ITV photos including Cats Eyes with Jill Gascoine and Leslie Ash!

Steve Cooke talked about memories of Prom In Aid in 1986. Phil Gill was very pleased with the excellent Stallion reunion at The Carlisle. On the website we have some rare Steppin’ Out recordings from Martyn Baker. Photos added from The Silhouettes, Sam Tripp, The Dekorators, Mike Urry Showband, The Ordinary Men, The Sand Fountains, Bloco Liberdade, Blue Stone Mor, Hippo Band, Buick 6, 3s A Crowd and Midnight Shift.

Also lots of nightclub memories of Rennies and Dennies Clubs, Scalliwags, Witchdoctor, Cobweb, JR’s and Saturdays.

If anyone has any group photos, cuttings etc with a connection to Hastings from the 60s onwards, we would be happy to feature them on the website. We are looking for more people to join us, we have a lively SMART chat group on Facebook through the Alan Esdaile Johnny Mason link or contact or log onto