I'd like to bring to your attention a new book which was written by Brian K. Ashcroft and titled "Stars Fell on Stockton" which tells the story of the Teesside band The Denvers - as well as music in the area in the 60s which also mentions The Blue Caps and members Mick Kemp, Charlie Peacock and Eric Whitehouse; The Johnny Taylor 5 - Brian Taylor, Gordon Valentine; The Hartbeats featuring George Hart and John Rogan; The Zephyrs with Alan Coverdale; The Denmen - Alan Ludley; The Whirlwinds; The Midnighters; The Kalvins - Terry Popple and Dennis Trowbridge; The Tempests and George Kitching together with The Road Runners and Micky Moody with a few mentions of pages on this website, too! The book is released through Grosvenor House Publishing Limited and is available on line, in paperback and on kindle, via Amazon and also available at Waterstones. It's priced at £15.99 for the paperback and at £6.47 for the kindle edition.

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.

George Hart, Stan Laundon, Billy Crallan and Ron Blair re-living the sixties at Hartlepool Cricket Club and celebrating Ron's 60th birthday in June, 2004.

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