BANDS - FROM HARTLEPOOL & TEESSIDE IN THE 60'S


How nice it was to see two of John McCoy's photographs of Rod Stewart on the BBC One Show on Monday night, November 25th. The photographs, which were taken by Mike Barrass, were on stage at The Kirklevington Country Club in March 1965. Rod is on stage at The Kirk with The Soul Agents and were shown on the programme as Rod celebrates his 50th anniversary in show business.

You can see a small section of The One Show which shows John McCoy's Kirklevington Country Club photos on this video clip. Copyright © BBC.



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.

Stan Laundon, Ron Blair, Ed Saul, Billy Crallan and George Hart with a nice selection of Fender guitars as they all re-live the sixties at Hartlepool Cricket Club in June, 2004.

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