The Road Show – Discophonic Disco’s


Years of involvement:  1967 – 1984
Alias: Steve T & Mr H
Home Location: Hadleigh & Stanford-le-hope Essex
Types of involvement:  DJ’s
Comment / History:
  The Radio kaleidoscope road show, better known as “Discophonic Discotheques” was based at Hadleigh and Stanford-le-Hope , Essex.

The two main DJ’s were ” Mr H” and “Steve T” who teamed up in 1968 and soon established a string of clients who regularly booked them for a variety of functions from weddings, anniversaries to social clubs, Bar Mitzvah to Masonic Halls. Night clubs to Irish clubs everyone was catered for both young and old.

The original Twin DJ record deck-consoles used by Discophonic Discotheques were always specially ordered usually in red cloth from “Sound Electronics” London, the record decks were Garrard SP25 MkIII supporting Ceramic pick-up cartridges, the microphone was a Sure Unidyne II

In the seventies Simon Stanway of Hadleigh Marching Militaire joined in providing set up assistance and background music.

 Pictures & Documents:
H & Steve-s

DJ’s Barry Halls (Mr H) & Steve Taylor (Steve T) – Radio Kaleidoscope Road show – 1969

Discophonic Card 1968-2

First Discophonic Discotheques Business Card – 1968

Warden Dave Britt, Hadleigh Youth Centre – 1971


Road show DJ’s Steve & Barry, late 70’s

Juliee Street Pary 1

The Queens Silver Jubilee – 1977 – Colworth Close, Westwood Estate Street Party- DJ Steve T with Jeff Levi – Jeff ran the local Hadleigh Market Shop in Rectory Rd, Hadleigh, most weekends he would lend his Blue Ford V4 Transit van to Discophonic Disco’s (Courtesy Samantha Roberts)

Juliee Street Party 3

The Queens Silver Jubilee – Colworth Close, Westwood Estate, Hadleigh – Street Party 1977


Simon Stanway – Roadie and background music – VHS video extract – 1980’s


Discophonic Disco’s Illuminated Console – Video Extract -1979


DJ Steve T at work – VHS Video Extract – 1983


Discophonic Disco’s filling in for the Essex Radio Road show – This included David Keddie daughters Birthday at The Lawns family home.


DJ Steve, Boy George, The Chief & Sonja – VHS Video extracts – 1980’s


One of Steve’s favourite helpers, Sonya from Austria. 1980


Steve Taylor working at Mike Goffs, Hollywood Restaurant, Shipwrights Drive, Benfleet, Essex 1980’s

Top view of the ALPHA 120 twin Garrard SP25 MKII decks – 1979

Eurosound Electronics, Leigh-on-Sea, receipt for ALPHA 120 twin disco decks and speakers – 1979

Road Show equipment set up for a house party

Disco Supplies Ltd, Chadwell Heath, Essex,  receipt for road show lighting equipment – 1979

For many years we purchased thousands of records from Golden Disc at Queens Road, Southend-on-Sea (Courtesy Pam Bird)

The only time Simon was serious was when he was carrying beer.







































Booking Diary – Extracts:-


Hadleigh Youth Centre

— Hadleigh Essex – Contacts: Dave Britt

Hadleigh Town Football club

— Hadleigh, Essex – Contacts: Dave Townsend

— Functions at  “John Burrows hall”, Hadleigh and “Runnymede Hall”, Benfleet

Bishop Stortford Football Club

— Bishop Stortford – Herts – Contacts Coleen & Barry Halls

Teachers Training College

— Stately Home Sawbridgeworth


East Thurrock Karate Club

–- Stanford-le-Hope & Canvey Island – Contacts Dave & Peter Waterhouse.

—  Canvey Island sports club, Pegasus Club Corringham.


Hadleigh Marching Militare

– Hadleigh – Contacts: John Wilson, Sheila Yates & The Downing family

— Functions at Hollywood Restaurant & Runnymede Hall  Benfleet


 CBA (Canvey Breakers Association)

– Benfleet – Contact: Dave Hoggarth

— Functions at Hollywood Restaurant, Benfleet & various night clubs around Southend-on-Sea.

Gold Mine  Night club

– Canvey Island – Contacts: Chris Hill & Dave Howard

Essex Radio Road show

– Southend-on-Sea – Contacts: David Keddie & Dave Hoggarth

— Functions at Southend-on-Sea night clubs & The Lawns, Rochford (Keddies family home)

 Pegasus Sports & Social club

– Corringham – Contacts: Chris Trelawny & Stephen Acock

 Catcracker Public House

– Corringham – Contacts: Chris Hill & Dave Howard

 The Joker Public House

– Laindon – Contacts Chris Hill & Dave Howard

 Romford Ball Room

– Romford High Street – Contact Norman Anderson

 South Woodham Ferrers social club

– Contact Ron Chesney

— Functions at South Woodham Ferrers,  Ladies nights, London, Chelmsford often with Jimmy Jones comedian

 HMS Belfast – London –

– Inc the Captains daughters wedding, plus a lot of sailors to help carry the equipment aboard.

 Rayleigh Lawn Tennis Club

– Rayleigh, Essex-

 Southend-on-Sea Post office

 – Southend, Essex – Contact: Lilly Downing

Leigh Cocklers – Leigh-on-Sea

Arlington Rooms

The Old Vienna


Zero Six Night Club

— Southend Airport Contact: Mr Barnfather


Many more…………..