The Bands' pages are dedicated to the groups from Hartlepool and Teesside who were operating in the 1960's. If your band is not mentioned here and you'd like to be considered, send me an email with all the details. If we don't know about you, we can't mention you!

A tribute page has been launched for Teesside musician,John Whittingham, a former member of such bands as Down and Out, Elastic Band, Cycle, Desperado and Raised on Rusks. Former band members Colin Bradley, Nev Reed and John Taylor have contributed with thoughts and photographs. See the John Whittingham page for full details.

This rare photograph, which was taken on the sea front in Redcar, is from the collection of the late Ian Naisbitt and came to us courtesy of Margaret Atkinson in New Zealand. We have had several emails about who is who on the image but Merv Jones has confirmed the correct line up for us. He says: "They are Chris Rea at top and next to him is Ian Naisbitt, front left is Wally Latheron, at the far side is Paul Cattermole and Terry Sidgwick is in the tractor". Paul Cattermole says he can’t remember the band name. He said it was the first club band that Chris Rea played in so it was before Magdalene and The Losers.

The Delmonts had a series of concert photographs taken recently and have a healthy concert schedule over the next few months. They are, left to right, Ray Brown on rhythm guitar, Norman Craggs lead vocalist, Colin Draper on bass guitar, Ron Taylor on lead guitar with Kevin Tierney on drums almost hidden at the back.

How it all started: For almost fourteen years I lived on the Costa Blanca in Spain. Following a visit I made to my hometown of Hartlepool in June 2004, it was suggested to me to start a web page featuring some of the old bands, or groups, that graced the pubs and clubs of the area back in the 1960's. The idea started after Billy Crallan, George Hart and Ed Saul all joined forces to play some of the old songs to help celebrate Ron Blair's 60th birthday. Billy Crallan, Ron and I played together in The Trakkers and George, of course, was the original lead guitarist of The Hartbeats.

The photograph above shows George, Billy, me and Ron at Hartlepool Cricket Club. So, what started as an idea has now expanded into many pages - and is dedicated to the great bands of that era and the friendship we all enjoyed. Photograph © Marion Crallan.


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