HARTBEATS

 

The Hartbeats at the Maison de Dance in Stockton, with the master of ceremonies the late and great Jack Marwood. With Jack are George Hart Senior, Roly Thompson, John Rogan and George Hart. John Hart is in the background at the drum kit. Jack Marwood was, of course, leader of Jack Marwood & his Orchestra. He was a great musician and liked by all the groups who worked for him. Underneath the stage at the Maison de Dance, we are told, was a cellar trap door with a passage leading to the old Empire building on the site of the old Stockton Castle.

A very rare photograph of The Hartbeats taken by Marg Dickinson at Easington Welfare Hall on April 30th, 1962 and used with thanks. It shows John Hart on drums, Roly Thompson on rhythm guitar, George Hart on lead, Brian Gibson on vocals with John Rogan on bass.

George Hart with a Fender Stratocaster in 1960 and, on the right, with a Telecaster taken in Tunisia sometime during the early 1970's.

John Hart on drums and, on the right, a photograph which dates back to 1963 and was taken after The Hartbeats won a band competition. Geoffrey Alder who is playing the white Stratocaster says, "I remember one of the other bands was The Haft'a Darkks. Two of the band members were brothers called Alec and Brian Weegram I believe?" Other Haft'a Darkks members included Pete Maunder on rhythm guitar and Billy Collier on lead. The photograph shows Geoffrey Alder with the Stratocaster, Roly Thompson with the Gibson guitar, Peter Trundley on Gibson bass, Harry Bilton – the lead vocalist and holding the trophies - and John Hart on drums. Geoffrey Alder replaced George Hart as lead guitarist and John Hart is George's brother. Peter Trundley took over on bass guitar after John Rogan left the band to join Adam Faith and The Roulettes.

The Hartbeats outside the Catcote Hotel - Geoff, Peter, Harry, John and Roly.

The Hartbeats at Hartlepool Community Centre in 1963.

The Hartbeats in John Hart's front room in 1963. The LP they are looking at is "Joe Brown - Live" which was recorded at the Globe Theatre, in Stockton during 1962/63.

The Hartbeats perform at a local dance.

This photograph, from 1965, shows John Hart, George Hart and Derek Allen at the back with Roly Thompson and Ken Officer in the front.

Another rare photograph from 1965 which shows John Hart, Brian Officer, Ken Officer and Roly Thompson.

Two photographs of John and George Hart at the Causeway, in Hartlepool, October 2006. Photographs © Stan Laundon.

George and brother John enjoying a drink at a Blues Club Night in The Causeway, Hartlepool in October, 2006.

George Hart, who was the founder member and lead guitarist of the 60's Hartlepool band The Hartbeats, passed way during the early hours of May 27th, 2008 after suffering from cancer. He was 64. He started his musical career at the age of ten when he studied keyboards. At 15 he opted to play guitar and, along with his brother John, founded The Hartbeats. In later years he also played with The Plainsmen, The Reaction Show Group, Two of Hearts, The Harts Showgroup and The Hart Family who won the ITV television show "New Faces" in 1974.

George Hart taken at Hartlepool Cricket Club in June, 2004. Photograph © Stan Laundon.

Nothing to do with The Hartbeats directly, but two photographs of George at The Causeway in Hartlepool dating back to 2006. Photographs © Stan Laundon.

Former Hartbeats bass guitarist John Rogan with Stan Laundon on June 28th, 2016 - the first time they'd met since April 21st, 1963 when they were both at the Empire Pool in Wembley. On the right are former Hartbeats musicians Ken Officer, John Hart and Roly Thompson enjoying a reunion at the Blacksmith's Arms in Hartlepool on Monday, November 21st, 2016.

This page is dedicated to the memory of George Hart.

All photographs on this page are copyright to their respective owners and must not be used, or copied, in anyway without prior written permission. All credit is given wherever possible. Thanks to Geoffrey Alder, Marg Dickenson, George Hart, Sue Hart, Alan Lindridge, Dr. Barry McGurk and Derrick Rowbotham for use of the photographs on this page. The John Rogan article is courtesy of the Northern Daily Mail.

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