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Hello again
and welcome to my July newsletter

Chris and Linda  EleyJuly gives me a chance to catch my breath after the hectic and exciting schedule of events that surrounded the release of my ‘Hi Ho Come on England’ CD Single. Whilst we did not enter the Top 75 CD singles charts we did just miss the top 100 charts and considering there were 118 World Cup CD singles issued in England, that’s not a bad performance. Hopefully the England team will achieve even better and go all the way to No 1 in the World Cup, but as I compose this newsletter they’ve still a few matches to win yet, but fingers crossed.

Many thanks to all of you who came to visit me at HMV Chichester where I was signing copies of the CD single. I picture Chris Eley and Linda when they visited me at the store. Chris is currently writing the liner notes for Peter Williams guitar instrumental tribute to myself titled ‘Johnny Remember Me’, which along with my ‘Look For a Star’ CD Album are scheduled for release on our own record label, Lone Rider Records in September, but more about that in August.

Pictured below are Maria, Becky, Vicky and Maureen whom I had the pleasure to meet at my recent concert in Wellingborough. Maria, Becky, Vicky and Maureen
This month I am in concert with The Rapiers’ at the Starfighters Rock ‘n’ Roll Club on Saturday 22nd July and I can now confirm 2 further up and coming concerts. These are on Saturday 2nd September at the Fernham Hall, Fareham, Hampshire with Jet Harris, The Rapiers, Billie Davis, the Songbirds and Suzi Jari and on Saturday 4th November at the Amersham Rock’n’ Roll Club with Mike Berry and the Outlaws. Full ticket details where available are posted on the gig guide.

Telstar - The hits of Joe MeekLater this month Sanctuary records are releasing a new 2CD compilation set entitled ‘Telstar – The Hits of Joe Meek’ containing 5 of my tracks. ‘Johnny Remember Me’, ‘Lonely City’, ‘Son this is She’, ‘Wild Wind’ and ‘How will it end’. It’s a great value set containing 36 tracks at a budget price. If any of you wish to order a copy from us please ‘e’ mail us at mail@johnleytonofficial.com and we will obtain a copy for you.

On the CD news front the Beat Magazine are currently working on a CD compilation for release later this year, titled ‘Going Back’ that, apart from containing a new recording by myself ‘Bye Bye Love’ also contains tracks by Brian Poole, Dave Berry, Peter Williams and other 60’s artistes, the majority of the tracks having been specially recorded for this unique compilation. More details when they are available. Tommy Bruce Book
Also published this month is the long awaited Tommy Bruce book ‘Have Gravel Will Travel’ written by our friend Dave Lodge. This book retails at £10.99 and is available from most booksellers and many on-line shops. We have contributed in some small part to this publication. It looks like a very good read and my personal copy is now on order.

One of the most popular radio programmes, for fans of 50’s and 60’s music is that hosted by Dell Richardson, his ‘Good Rocking Tonight’ show on Radio Caroline airs on a Tuesday night from 6-9p.m.
The good news is that it’s now easier to tune into the show if you have a Sky TV system. Just tune into channel 0199 and you can listen to Dell’s show. You can of course still listen to Dell’s show via the Internet. Up and coming guests on the show include on 15th August ‘The Honeycombs’, 5th September Myself, and on the 26th September Mark Newson of the Joe Meek Appreciation Society and Peter Williams.
Another very popular radio programme is that hosted by Geoff Barker on Saturday evenings between 6-8p.m. Geoff’s show is now available on a ‘listen again’ facility on the BBC Bristol website, this means that if you miss Geoff’s show on a Saturday night you can ‘listen again’ during the next 7 days. It is likely that I will be appearing on Geoff’s show in a few weeks time to discuss my new CD.

A special exhibition in memory of the late Joe Meek is taking place at the Gloucester Folk Museum from 1st July to 30th September. Many special items will be on show including some that we have supplied along with contributions from other artistes associated with Joe. Our contribution includes footage of one of my concert performances and I believe Clem Cattini has also contributed footage of the Tornados.
This unique event is well worth visiting. Full details are available at the Museum’s website The Folk Museum is located at 99-103 Westgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 2GP. Tel 01452 396868

The Joe Meek Appreciation Society is in the process of planning a very special concert to mark the 40th Anniversary of Joe Meek’s passing on Saturday 3rd February 2007. More details as we get them but the ‘provisional’ bill for that evening already looks something quite special. We are working closely with JMAS on this event.

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