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John in Halifax

Hello Everybody,
Welcome to my July & August Newsletter.

Small Town Saturday Night - The Dance.
John and Trevor Simpson I would like to express my personal and The Flames thanks to Trevor Simpson and his great team of helpers for their efforts in ensuring that 'The Dance' was such a great success. The most important thing was that judging by the many 'e' mails that we have received from you, that those attending had a really great night. Together with his excellent book 'Small Town Saturday Night Vol 1' Trevor has raised over 4000 so far for The Calderdale Radio Charity.
A review of 'The Dance' has been added to our website and some excellent pre-concert photographs have also been added to our newly designed 'photo gallery' page. Thank you to Philip Fearnley for supplying them to us.
I know that many of us are looking forward to Vol 2 of 'Small Town Saturday Night' which hopefully will be published in November. This volume features more unpublished pictures of 60's Artistes and more on Artistes who recorded for Joe Meek. Currently Trevor is currently working on another 'Dance' to tie in with the book launch.

Gig Guide Update.
Saturday 19th July
A Rockin' Good Night - The Old Market, Hove.
This Concert will commence at 7.00p.m. - doors open 5.00p.m. for merchandise sales and meeting Jeanne LeMay at 6.00p.m.
Jeanne LeMay spent several years in the 70's working as Elvis's Graceland Secretary and was the best friend of Linda Thompson, Elvis's girlfriend. Jeanne has many great memories of 'The King' that she will be sharing with those attending the Concert.
Also I will be performing some Elvis songs that I have never sung 'live' before. The event should be quite a special one.

Saturday 13th September
Mike Berry 'Charity Sixties Gold Show'
Dinton Village Hall, Dinton, Nr. Salisbury.
John Leyton, Mike Berry and The Outlaws (featuring John Burleigh)
View flyer...
This concert has been added to the Gig Guide 'mid' newsletters. It is a very worthwhile Charity event and features myself and good friend Mike Berry with backing being supplied by The Outlaws, augmented on my set by John Burleigh of The Flames.

Saturday 15th November.
Joe Meek Newent Festival.

Newent, Glos.
John Leyton and The Rapiers.
Full details to be announced.

Saturday 22nd November.
Juke Box Legends.

The Wyllyotts Theatre, Darkes Lane,
Potters Bar, Herts.
John Leyton and The Flames, The Tornados, Craig Douglas, and Shayne Driscoll.
Tickets Tel:- 01707 645005
View flyer...

Lone Rider Records and other CD News.
Lone Rider This Autumn will see the latest release by talented guitarist Peter Williams. Titled 'Instrumentally Christmas' featuring Christmas favourites 'Old and New' plus a John Leyton unreleased Christmas track.
If all goes to plan John and The Flames will be recording tracks for a NEW CD at Alan Wilson's Western Star Studios in the next few weeks. This NEW John Leyton and The Flames CD will contain all newly recorded tracks.
Lone Rider are also working with other Companies on a CD compilation that includes John's 'Forbidden Love' and 'Lone Rider' and a series that will hopefully include some John Leyton previously unreleased Joe Meek recorded tracks. More news on these projects in future newsletters.

Who were they?
We receive many questions about my career and the Artistes who have performed with me. A couple of the currently most asked questions are 'Who were my backing group when I was 'singing' Johnny Remember Me in an episode of Harpers W1 in 1961' and 'Who were, and where are they now, the trio of young ladies that backed me on stage during the early 60's?
The group backing me on that famous and still today much viewed on Youtube' 'Johnny Remember Me' performance were the original Outlaws comprising Billy Kuy, lead guitar, Bobby Graham, drums, Reg Hawkins, rhythm guitar and Chas Hodges on bass guitar. The 3 girls featured as backing vocalists were non-musicians and 'extras' to add to the scene. The original Outlaws plus singer Lissa Gray provided the backing on the actual record. With assistance from the legendary Geoff Goddard on keyboards who also wrote this classic number, and arranger Charles Blackwell. The Outlaws
The trio that backed me on stage during the early 60's were The Angels. Wendy one of The Angels has recently been in contact with us and hopefully in the next newsletter we will have a feature on the group and maybe a picture.

We are currently working on a new performance page for the website and are in the process of updating my Movie, Television and Radio performances. Thanks to some stirling work by Rob Bradford in the BBC Archives at Caversham we will be able to publish full details of my BBC Saturday Club, Parade Of The Pops and other Sessions that I recorded especially for them.
For example; I performed on BBC Saturday Club a total of 10 times. My first performance was on 19th August 1961 and my final appearance was on 9th February 1964. The songs that I sang on the 1964 show were ''Beautiful Dreamer', 'I Guess You're Always On My Mind', 'I Saw Her Standing There', 'Make Love To Me', and 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On' backed by Arthur Greenslade & The G - Men.
Hopefully one day we will find the session tapes for all my BBC Sessions.

Always yours.

top image supplied by PHILIP FEARNLEY.
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