From Mr LT – picture and memories:
Clarence Pier c.1914 [built around 1860 – 61] in response to the fantastic Picture Mick C. sent you. I love the fact that it boasts the only circular ballroom on the South Coast, and to see it from the inside in all its 1930’s splendour is wonderful – look what we got stuck with, and that applies to the ever more decrepit South Parade Pier [that’s another story though].
There’s another thousand stories surrounding Kimbells [both of them] as well. Great pics from Mick, where does he get them from? The one thing I regret is that I never saw Manfred Mann at the Corner House, I believe they had a residency of sorts, which coincided with us [Barry And The Zodiaks] playing in The Golden Fleece just up the road apiece, on the opposite side – I always thought it was on a Thursday evening, but in any case we did Thursday, Friday and Saturday so it wouldn’t have made much difference.
The grand sum of £3 per night – £9 for the three days BETWEEN US was paid, I suppose when you think a curry was about 3/- it wasn’t too bad, plus in their kindness they did give us drinks and would also let us off playing, if we had gigs at Kimbells or The Savoy.
PS: Mr T’s Italian cousin Leonardo sent me a nice link to the TV Show “Playboy After Dark”. There is a fabulous interview with a guy who looks like a ‘B’ Movie James Bond and Jerry Garcia in a multi-coloured poncho. The Dead then play the truly magical “Mountains of the Moon” with Tom Contanten on keyboards (ie post-Pigpen). In case you’ve not noticed before I am an utterly unconditional Dead-Head … (P A Dark also features other 60s acts)