Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Anyone remember the Satellites?

Received this email from Sunny Portugal the other day.
Can anyone help?

Hi Alan
I played in the Satellites in the sixties and can remember the punishing schedules at the time. I remember one week when I had seven hours sleep. We played with the Animals as support at Bellingham town hall on the Friday when "House of the rising sun" was released. We went on the Geordie beat tour with four other bands, Paul Ryan and the Streaks, Kim and the kinetics, and the VIPs. My memory will not recall the last band. Apologies. The tour consisted of The Merseys, The Fortunes, The Naturals, Little Eva, Lulu and the Luvvers and Joe Cocker on his first tour. Can anyone remember us?
Cheers--- from Portugal
Peter Johnson

George Hart loses battle against cancer

I received this very sad news from Stan Laundon early today:

George Hart, who was the founder member and lead guitarist of the 60's Hartlepool band The Hartbeats, has lost his battle against cancer. He was diagnosed with the disease earlier this month and his condition deteriorated rapidly over the last few weeks. He passed away during the early hours of Tuesday, May 27th.

George, who was 64, started his musical career at the age of ten when he studied keyboards. He was 15 when he opted to play guitar
and, along with his brother John, founded The Hartbeats. In later years he also played with The Reaction Show Group, Two of Hearts,
and The Hart Family Band who won the television show "New Faces" in 1974. He also played with The Plainsmen. Our thoughts are with his wife and family.

Please don't forget for those who can make it:

A fund raising spectacular, with proceeds to the George Hart Fund, has been organised for Wednesday, May 28th at Owton Manor Social Club in Hartlepool.

The show stars Lorraine Crosby and Tony Johnson, with Johnny Newsome and Fun Girl 3.

Tickets are £2.00.

Sincere condolences to George's family and friends. He will be sadly missed.

Monday, 19 May 2008

Krack of Dorn ReUnion - for one night only

Reproduced from the Bowburn Interchange newspaper

150 Thousand and rising .....

VSL performers please take a bow.
Our video clips have now exceeded 150,000 hits on YouTube and the hit rate is increasing all the time.

Our website stats show that we have had almost 60000 visitors from all parts of the globe as can be seen from this map.

(Click to enlarge)

As we approach our second anniversary Alan Leightell and myself would like to give a massive thank you to all those who have taken part and made the venture such a great success.