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March 2007 Newsletter.
John and the Tornados
MEEKFEST
Copyright © Clive Bubley 2007

Hello Everybody,
February has been a very busy month with many events taking place for the 40th Anniversary of the passing of Joe Meek. BBC Radio 2 have transmitted the Holloway Dreams programmes on the life of Joe, Sanctuary Records have released their RGM Collection of CDs, both the EP CD Box Set and the ‘They Were Wrong! Joe’s Boys Vol 1’ 2 CD set are now available from the website shop.Record Collector The February edition of the Record Collector magazine featured not only a very interesting article, written by JMAS member Rob Bradford, on many of Joe’s productions, but also the Russell Newmark interview on myself.

Many special events also took place during the month including the sell-out Meek Fest concert at the Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters Bar. I should like to pass on my special thanks to those of you who came to the concert, some of you travelled a great distance to be with us, especially those from Scotland, Manchester, Preston. the South West and East Anglia. It was great to meet up with many of you again and hopefully you enjoyed our event. Also it was a great pleasure for me to meet up again with some legendary artistes from the 60’s. These included Bruce Welch of the Shadows, Cliff Bennett, Craig Douglas, Bobby Rio and of course not forgetting that great drummer Clem Cattini.
Meek Fest brochure Clive Bubley the concert’s official photographer has just posted a large number of photographs that he took at the event. Check out www.bubley.com/meekfest
Should any of you wish to purchase any of Clive’s concert photographs please e-mail and we will discuss your requirements with Clive. Copies of this very special limited edition concert brochure are available for purchase at £5 (inc UK p/p)- Overseas £6 (inc p/p) For order details, check out the Joe Meek Appreciation Society website.

As well as recording an interview for the BBC Radio 2 Holloway Dreams series I also completed an interview for the Palmdoor Film Company of the USA. That will hopefully feature in the film about Joe that they are in the process of completing. An interview clip entitled ‘John Leyton blames Joe Meek’ can be listened to at www.myspace.com/meekmovie. Also I gather that on the myspace website there are other John Leyton film clips including the Harpers W1 TV clip of me singing ‘Johnny Remember Me.’
Finally I attended the opening of the Joe Meek exhibition that is running until 25th May at the Finsbury Library, 245 St.John Street, London. EC1V 4NB
Without a doubt February has certainly been ‘Joe Meek Month’

Gig Guide.
40's weekend1940’s Weekend event Friday 22nd – Monday 25th June.
This event sees John Leyton and The Clem Cattini Combo singing and playing songs from the 1940’s. Full details of this very special weekend are on the Gig Guide.

Weekend Friday 31st August – Sunday 2nd September.
18th International Festival of Fantastic Films. Days Hotel, Sackville Street, Manchester. I will be attending this weekend event as a special guest and the organisers plan to show 2 feature films that I starred in. I will also be discussing my film career with the audience. On the Sunday is a collector’s fair at which I will be signing autographs. When available, ticket details will be posted at www.fantastic-films.com.

Friday 21st September – Friday 28th September. The Elvis Party Event 2007. Elvis Party Haven’s Golden Sands Holiday Park. Quebec Road Mablethorpe Lincolnshire.
This event is a package holiday event and bookings are only accepted for the full week. Booking details are available at www.arenatravel.com or telephone 01473 600803.
John Leyton and the Rapiers are appearing on Wednesday 26th September.

Details of Concerts on Friday 13th July and Saturday 8th December have recently been posted on the Gig Guide. As regards the Christmas concert on the 8th December at Amersham, the promoter has advised us that last years Christmas Concert sold out very quickly and as a result many were unable to obtain tickets. We suggest you book early to avoid any disappointment.

The Saturday Night Rock ‘n’ Roll Party hosted by Geoff Barker – John Leyton Special. – BBC Radio West & Southwest Network. 6.05-8p.m. Geoff is planning to transmit this special on Saturday 10th March. Geoff’s show is available on the web www.bbc.co.uk and can also be listened to on the ‘Listen Again’ facility on the BBC website for up to 7 days after the show.

The John Leyton Juke Box.
This month we have added a couple of tracks to the website ‘Juke Box’ –Peter Williams' Guitar Instrumental version of’ Lone Rider’ from his ‘Johnny Remember Me’ CD and my version of Houston Wells RGM recording of ‘When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again’ from my ‘Look For A Star’ CD. Both CD’s are available from the website shop.

CD News.
Another CD release for ‘Johnny Remember Me’ and ‘Wild Wind’ on a Sanctuary Various Artistes 4 CD set titled ‘Huge Hits Of The 60’s & 70’s’ TVSAN 022.

Finally a big thankyou to those of you who kindly sent me birthday greetings.

Always yours.

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