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John in Hove

Hello Everybody,
Welcome to my October newsletter.

Football Battalions Documentary/DVD.
I would like to express my thanks to the staff and supporters of Leyton Orient FC for their hospitality on Saturday 20th September where I was filming for the Football Battalions Documentary film. This film tells the story of the 17th Middlesex Regiment who fought so courageously in France during the 1st World War. The players and staff of Leyton Orient FC, then known as Clapton Orient FC, were the first football club to volunteer en-mass for the 1st Football Battalion. Also a big thanks to my good friend Andy Gilson who is heavily involved in the film's production and arranged the filming.

Dinton Hall Concert.
Again I should like to pass on my thanks to the many of you that I met at this recent concert and to David Parker (The Beat Magazine) for arranging this charity event.

CD News.
Peter Williams Instrumental Christmas Lone Rider Records have just released the latest compilation from talented guitarist Peter Williams. 'Especially For You - Instrumentally Christmas' contains a mixture of Christmas Favourites old and new and a first release as a bonus track of my only Christmas recording - 'Merry Christmas, I Love You'.
The CD is now available from our website shop at £10.00 (inc p/p).
Cherry Red Records have released 'Bikes 'N' Leather - Rockin' at the Ace' that contains my Western Star versions of 'Forbidden Love' and ' Lone Rider'. Compiled by Alan Wilson, the CD celebrates 70 years of the Ace Café. CR PIE 003.

Gig News:
January 2009 Concert.
Monday 19th January.
'Marsha's Birthday Bash'.
Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury, Kent.
John Leyton, Craig Douglas and The Flames.
Tickets at £10 are available now from www.kent.ac.uk/gulbenkian/ or by telephone 01227 769075.
(courtesy of Kent Rock 'n' Roll Society)

Abbey Road Joe Meek films update.
Telstar - The Movie.
Telstar gets its first screenings at the BFI 52nd London Film Festival on Saturday 25th October at the Odeon West End, 40 Leicester Square, WC2 at 21.00hrs and at The Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Rd, Whitechapel, E1 on Tuesday 28th October at 18.15hrs. www.bfi.org.uk/lff

A Life In The Death of Joe Meek. This documentary film has been screened recently in Cambridge and gets it's next showing on Saturday 4th October at 17.00 hrs at The Raindance(London).

The Tea Chest Tapes.
The November issue of Record Collector magazine features an excellent article by Rob Bradford on 'The Tea Chest Tapes' and the so far many unreleased tracks contained on them.

Small Town Saturday Night - Vol 2.
Volume 2 of Trevor Simpson's excellent book is scheduled for publication at the end of November. The book contains a great deal more on the Artistes who recorded for Joe Meek, including myself and again many unpublished photographs.

John Leyton and The Flames NEW CD.
John at Western Star The new CD is taking shape with initial mixes having just been received. We still have a lot of work to do before its release later this year or early in 2009.

And finally.
Helen Shapiro, Craig David and John Leyton This rare picture of myself, kindly supplied by Mark Newson, with Helen and Craig was taken off-set during the filming of 'It's Trad Dad'. Craig's new CD ' The Golden Anniversary Album' is now available and he will be personally signing copies at 'The Juke Box Legends' concert at The Wyllyotts Theatre on Saturday 22nd November.

Stop Press.
Juke Box Heroes Concert - Saturday 4th October - Lakeside.
'The Honeycombs' will not be performing and are replaced by 'The Dakotas'.

Always yours.

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