BANDS - FROM HARTLEPOOL & TEESSIDE IN THE 60'S
The latest bands to grace our music pages are The Legends and The Mizares. Both groups were in action during the mid to late 60's and were based around the Horden and Peterlee area. You can view these photographs in a larger size, and read details about the individual band members, by visiting our Various bands page.
An excellent and informative new website on the Teesside band The Freelanders titled "There Is A Story To Tell" is now published - and what a story! It has been created by John Blench and covers their career from start to finish from their biography to music. It's their highs and lows, the many laughs and the 'occasional' differences they had and the chance to see, and hear, the experiences of the band as they moved from being a semi-pro outfit to a professional one.
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.
Live action at Ron Blair's 60th birhday party with George Hart, Stan Laundon, Billy Crallan and Ron Blair.
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