BANDS - FROM HARTLEPOOL & TEESSIDE IN THE 60'S
The Delmonts are letting all their followers know that the band will be back on the road after the summer holidays with a brand new show fronted by their new singer. This follows the departure of lead vocalist Norman Craggs during mid-July.
Bass player, Colin Draper, says that they now have a better reinforced professional sound system to lift the vocals above the drum and bass and new songs to add to the old favourites. The Delmonts are looking forward to being with you as they prepare to roll out the show and will be coming to place near you soon. Photograph © Copyright IRB Photography.
The former Hartlepool based band Hawaiian Meets Country are having reunion event in the town after 40 years apart as a group. It's all taking place at the Headland Social Club in old Hartlepool on Thursday, July 28th and will feature Peter de Dee on drums, Eric Leighton on guitar, Kenny Leighton on bass with John Smith on pedal steel guitar. The show starts at 7.30pm and all tickets are sold with proceeds going to a veterans charity.
John Rogan, former member of The Hartbeats and later with Adam Faith and The Roulettes, paid a visit to his hometown of Hartlepool towards the end of June. The last time we saw each other was at the New Musical Express Poll Winners Concert at the Empire Pool, Wembley, on April 21st, 1963. After 53 years we had a lot to talk about!
How nice it was to meet up with Graham Pearson, a former Teesside man, who now lives in Fredericksburg, Texas. Originally from the Oxbridge area of Stockton, he played with The Zombeats around the area about 1964/65, and is still going strong after all these years as lead vocalist, guitarist and keyboard player with a band in Texas called The Power Section. Graham, who is on the right above, studied classical piano and the theory of music from the age of 5, resulting in a BA from the Royal Schools of Music in London at 18. At 12, he started learning acoustic guitar and by 16 he was touring as a solo act playing in the popular folk clubs of the time. On a brief visit to the area he visited his hometown before popping down to Hartlepool - having a meal in the Traveller's Rest - before heading for Tyneside and then on to Scotland. Many years ago he moved to the United States to live and is now the Deputy Mayor of Fredericksburg, Texas.
Frankie Miller's Full House are, left to right, Dave 'Boycie' Boyce, Dave 'Bucket' Colwell, Ray Minhinnett, Terry Slesser & Clive Edwards. Click on the image to view it larger.
Frankie Miller's Full House - with two north east musicians - are all set to help celebrate their 40th Anniversary. On lead guitar is Ray Minhinnett from Horden (formerly of The Kavemen) with lead vocalist Terry Slesser who is from South Shields. Frankie Miller's Full House was formed in late 1975 by Frankie Miller and Ray Minhinnett - the original guitarist. Ray pulled into the fledgling band keyboard man James Hall and ex-Judas Jump and Poco bassist Charlie Harrison while he and Frankie were auditioning drummers. They eventually settled on Graham Deakin (Blue Jays, John Entwhistle Ox).
The Frankie Miller Duets album - including tracks featuring Full House - has finally been signed off with Universal Records. Ray Minhinnett informs us that a release is now scheduled around September time and he also tells us that they have just added Danny Peyronel (formerly of The Heavy Metal Kids 'n' UFO) on keyboards to Full House making them a six piece. Other band members include Dave Bucket Colwell (formerly of Bad Company, Humble Pie and The Jones Gang), Terry Wilson Slesser, who was with Beckett and also vocalist with Paul Kossoff's Post Free Band Backstreet Crawler. 'Sless' continued singing, touring and writing with the band after Kossoff's untimely death, when the band became simply Crawler. On bass is Dave Boyce (formerly of Samson, Airrace and The Quireboys) and completing the line up on drums is Clive Edwards (UFO, Pat Travers, Uli John Roth & Wild Horses).
They will be out on the road the first week in August for dates including The Half Moon, Putney and The Cambridge Rock Festival playing all Frankie Miller’s classic songs from the Fullhouse era together with material featured on the new duets album. Click on the image above to view it larger.
Ray has consistantly continued to work with Frankie since Frankie's illness although, obviously not live, demo-ing his songs, helping with business helping, and procuring song covers with Frankies wife Annette, as well as acting as Musical Director on various recordings and concert projects here and in the States. In 2006 Ray reformed Full House to celebrate their 30th anniversary with ex-Grease Band and Wings guitarist Henry McCullogh headlining the Cambridge Rock and Great British Blues Festivals.
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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