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!
Under very sad circumstances, it was nice to meet up with a few old faces at the funeral of Hartlepool musician, Kenny Allen on Monday, March 31st. It was suggested that I took a photograph of various band members from yesteryear. I do appreciate that a funeral is, perhaps, not the best place to do this - but they all agreed, as we may not meet again for some time. They are, left to right, Tony Kindlan of the Tony King Sound and Rockavons; Peter de Dee drummer and comedian; Billy Talbot ex-drummer with The Rockavons; Barry Cox another drummer who played with The Tony King Sound, The Trakkers and Vince Deacon & The Rebels; Alan Lindridge who played with The Rockavons, Toffees and The Trakkers; local musician Kenny Leighton and, last but not least, Jimmy Fawcett also in the Tony King Sound, Toffees and Reaction Roadshow to name but three. RIP Kenny Allen.
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.
When the Evening Gazette, in Middlesbrough, printed a story about The Zephyrs in March 2009, it certainly created a lot of interest. So much so that Paul Delplanque, who writes the "Remember When" column in the paper and has an on-line blog, has written more features based on the 'beat boom' of that era - When Teesside Really Rocked - and some wonderful articles on The Blue Caps, Barbara and the Vampires, The Condors and The Globe Theatre. Then, in April 2010 Paul wrote about some personal thoughts from Keith Roberts of The Crestas and The Johnny Taylor Five were featured in June the same year. The School of Rock from June 2011 was a wonderful article on The Crawdaddies and Plainsmen and we musn't forget The Milestones in May 2012. Then we had quite a long feature on The Denvers in February, 2013 and the latest feature on the bands is the Road Runners from March, 2013. What are your memories of those glory days and do you have photographs that you'd like to share? Please email me because if we don't know about we can't print it!" Remember When" is now under the 'Nostalgia' category in the newspaper.
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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