TRAMLINE - THE BAND

 

Tramline was formed in 1968 after Teesside's Real McCoy went their seperate ways after music differences in the band. John McCoy and Terry Sidgwick formed Tramline with Micky Moody & Terry Popple, while Alan Fearnley, Ron Aspery and Ray Dales formed Rivers Invitation with Alan Ludley, Peter 'Tubby' Ayton and Merv Jones.

Sir William Turner's Almshouses at Kirkleatham, near Redcar, was chosen as the picturesque setting for this photograph session by Bernard Fearnley's Studios in Middlesbrough. At the back is John McCoy and Terry Sidgwick with Micky Moody and Terry Popple seated.

Terry Sidgwick, Micky Moody, John McCoy and Terry Popple pose near the Almshouses arches in the garden of the grounds.

Terry Sidgwick, Terry Popple, John McCoy and Micky Moody are relaxed on the grass.

Walking through the main gates of the Kirkleatham Almshouse site near Redcar is Micky Moody, Terry Sidgwick, John McCoy and Terry Popple.

Terry Popple, Micky Moody, Terry Sidgwick and John McCoy relaxing in the park near Redcar.

Underneath the arches (I just had to say that) with Terry Sidgwick, John McCoy, Micky Moody and Terry Popple.

This was probably taken at the same time as the photographs above at Sir William Turner's Almshouses site at Kirkleatham, near Redcar, but is not from the Bernard Fearnley's Studios. John McCoy believes it was taken with his camera as he was the only one with a Brownie 127 in those days! Micky Moody is on the left, Terry Sidgwick seated, Terry Popple with hand on hip and John McCoy on the stairs.

A few notes on Tramline from Terry Popple:

Tramline was John McCoy's idea. He wanted to work with some of the best musicians from the area. At the time it was a really good band and built a name for itself. We recorded two albums for Island under the guidance of Chris Blackwell which was a great experience. I don't really know why it ended. Business commitments and ambition played a part, I am sure. I went to live in Australia and stayed with my great mate, the late Tony Hicks, the excellent drummer with Backdoor as I am sure many will remember. When I came back to England I teamed up with Micky Moody to form Snafu. When that folded I worked in the theatres for a while, then worked with Joe Brown, Alan Price, Gary Glitter and Van Morrison. Micky worked with Juicy Lucy, Zoot Money and Whitesnake to name a few. We had some great times along the way and owe it all to some great musicians from the north east.

Visit YouTube to hear "Somewhere Down The Line" and "Sorry, Sorry" from the album "Somewhere Down The Line" and "Pearly Queen" from "Moves of Vegetable Centuries".

Thanks to Alan Fearnley, John McCoy and Terry Popple for the photographs and memorabilia on this page.

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