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!
Former members of the Teesside band The Blue Caps appeared on the John Foster Show on BBC Tees on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 22nd. Pictured above are Les Bennett, Albie Smith, Eric Whitehouse, Charlie Peacock and Ian "Tex" Peacock. It's hoped that the group might be nominated by members of the public to be part of a spectacular new piece of artwork at The Globe Theatre in Stockton.
STELLAR: The Stars Fell on Stockton is a brand new art installation designed to pay tribute to the galaxy of famous stars who performed at The Globe over the years. The artwork will see colourful LED light strips installed in the paving outside the historic theatre as well as 15 spotlights, each etched with a portrait of one of the Globe’s past performers. The striking installation is set to transform the area into Stockton’s very own version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The Blue Caps were the only local band to appear on the main stage at The Globe Theatre. If you'd like to vote for them to be sure to see their Facebook page or visit Rediscover Stockton site to vote for your favourite to appear at this historic theatre. Nominations close on Wednesday, April 30th.
It's sad to report the death of yet another of our Teesside musicians. Baz Norton, the former bass player with The Delmonts for the past eleven years passed away in his sleep on Sunday, April 20th. Fellow musician and band member Norman Craggs says that Baz was a well known figure within music circles in the local area. Baz, on the extreme right, is pictured here with The Delmonts.
From musician to deputy mayor and still playing - that’s Graham Pearson. A former Teesside musician who started in the 60’s with a band called The Zombeats is now enjoying his music with a Texas-based band called The Power Section and has just launched a new website.
Graham (above left) who is lead vocalist, guitarist and keyboard player, was born and raised in the north-east of England. He studied classical piano and the theory of music from the age of 5, resulting in a BA from the Royal Schools of Music (London) at the age of 18. At 12, Graham started learning acoustic guitar. By age 16, he was touring northern England and Scotland as a solo act playing in the popular folk clubs of the time.
After immigrating to the States, Graham played with several bands that toured Canada and the USA. After moving to Fredericksburg, Texas in 1998, Graham put together “The Beat Goes On”, an annual event that recruits local musicians to perform for free in aid of cancer research. This gave him the opportunity to play with Riley Osbourn, keyboard player for Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Graham has been a guest performer at The RockBox, a showcase theatre in the heart of Fredericksburg, most recently for 22 performances of their 2013 Christmas show. Graham is a founding member of The Power Section. His full time job is deputy Mayor of Fredericksburg in Texas.
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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