Seaside Rock




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Published on Apr 23, 2015

A film made by students on a WEA film making course. The students had no previous film making experience. The project-based course was based on the theme "The Great Yarmouth Music Scene of the Sixties", but students determined the direction of the film.

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  • Song

  • Artist

    • Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers
  • Album

    • Classical Pop
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    • [Merlin] The state51 Conspiracy, UMG (on behalf of Ideal Music), and 3 Music Rights Societies
  • Song

  • Artist

    • Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers
  • Licensed to YouTube by

    • UMG (on behalf of UMC)

Comments • 4

Steven Leo Jordan
Steven Leo Jordan2 years agoHighlighted comment
Great video. Good to see Peter Jay. He came to see a band I was in in 1974 and liked the way I used the brushes. Good to see a nod to the skiffle groups. Particularly as I was taught by the late Nick Nichols, Lonnie Donegans's drummer. Great memories. Thank you.
joseph harlow
Beating the East Coast drum Lets Talk Magazine, Post on 26th August, 2015 It was only the big names who hit the headlines. From the Shadows to the Beatles, but now a new documentary film turns the spotlight on the East Coast rockers. Derek James reports. Almost every place of any size across Norfolk and Suffolk had at least one. They shared the stage with many musicians who went on to be the best in the world. . . and what great times they had. So did we. The fans who jived and twisted to the exciting sounds of the ‘60s. While we handed over our money, usually about five bob, to see the likes of Gerry & The Pacemakers, the Shadows and even the Beatles, there were usually “local boys” who got the crowd warmed up. They were the groups formed by lads from all backgrounds, not just in Norwich or Ipswich, but in towns and villages across our region. There were dozens of them and they gave us so much pleasure. In fact, some were just as good as the headliners but they came from an unfashionable part of the country and didn’t have the luck. And it often came down to luck – getting the right break at the right time and getting one big hit that all groups needed. One did. Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers, formed at Norwich City College, had a top twenty hit with Can Can 62. Today the much-loved Peter is “Mr Yarmouth”, running the wonderful Hippodrome Circus, and he is one of those featured in a charming short documentary called Seaside Rock. It is a little beauty, mixing old footage with new, taking a look at the music scene in Great Yarmouth during the swinging ‘60s and chatting to members of local bands – the likes of Charlie Marsden, David McDermott, Peter Pease, Bron Parker, John George and members of a new band, Destination Mars. Along with The Jaywalkers there were several other good rock bands in Yarmouth – the Strangers, the Ramblers, the Mi££ionaires, the E-Types and others. Don’t you love those names! Being in a big holiday destination they had the opportunity of playing with the biggest bands and artists in the land. One of the music makers starring in the film is Joseph Harlow, who was born in Yarmouth 60 years ago. He loved playing the drums as a boy and was taken on by Trevor Copeman – remember that great band leader? He was resident at the Tower Ballroom. A talented musician. He was also at the Samson in Norwich and most of the other venues across East Anglia. Joe then went to London where he studied under renowned drum teacher George Fierstone and Martin Drew. He played with many famous names and also worked with top Norwich jazz pianist the late great Mike Capocci. Another rare talent and a lovely man. “Over the years I had the pleasure of playing with some wonderful musicians and backed many well known names,” said Joe. From Ronnie Carroll to The Drifters, Joe beat the drum for the best. That is what comes over in this film. The pure joy and fun these Yarmouth musicians got from entertaining locals and visitors alike at venues such as The Tower, the Garbaldi, Goodes Hotel, the Floral Hall, (Ocean Rooms), on the piers, the holiday camps, the clubs and pubs. Did you have a favourite local band or perhaps you were in a group and have memories and pictures to share with us? Drop me a line at derek.james2013@gmail.com or write to me at Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE. Seaside Rock was created and made by students on a film making course led by course leader Brian Gardner, run by the Workers Educational Association and supported by BBC Voices and the Time and Tide Museum at Yarmouth. All those involved are to be congratulated on at last making some of the original East Coast rockers film stars. See it for yourself by going on Goggle, U-Tube and clicking on seaside rock film.
Utterly charming, enticing and informative. And very British... Totally enjoyed it. (So, Sounds Incorporated has taken after Jay?!) (Please stop rapping... Please. Just STOP). Thank you!
peter jackson
Never ever seen a video of Peter Jay and the Jaywalkers playing. Does anything exist?
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