THUNDERBOLT 81 OUT NOW
PETE NEWMAN RIP
This news from John Repsch;
I have some sad news to report. The sax player Pete Newman died last week. He was aged 78. Some music fans may remember him playing with Lord Sutch’s Savages, especially at the Joe Meek Tribute Concert in Lewisham. He also performed for the JMAS in his own band, Some Like It Hot. But his great claims to fame were in launching Dave Sutch’s career and helping put Freddie Heath on the road to stardom before Freddie became Johnny Kidd.
Pete’s funeral will be at 12.30pm on Wednesday 1 November in March, between Peterborough and Huntingdon. If any of the members would like to attend, could you kindly collect their contact details, send them to me and I’ll pass them on to Pete’s daughter.
Any members wishing to attend can give us their contact details via our Contact Form and the information will be passed on to Pete’s daughter.
The minutes of our 2017 AGM have now been posted – click here to view
MALCOLM LENNY BOOK
Malcolm Lenny (ex Packabeats) has a book out. While not a 100 percent Meek book he does recall his recording with Joe.
It’s available in paperback and e-format at Amazon worldwide
Here’s the Amazon UK links:
Book Description: After being told that I should make a note of all the stories and people I’ve met during my life in music, as well as working in the television industry for 34 years, I felt compelled to put my own reminisces down on paper. It’s just that it occurred to me that I’ve met an awful lot of quite well-known people during my life, albeit some in only a small way. I played in ‘60s pop groups The Packabeats and recorded 3 singles with Joe Meek (The TELSTAR Man) and The Hi-Fi’s and recorded two singles with Glyn Johns (The Beatles record producer after George Martin). I also had a No.1 & No.4 in the German charts in ’65 and ’66 and a hit album with The Hi-Fi’s. Later on I worked in the TV industry, mostly with London Weekend Television (ITV) and later SKY TV (Satellite TV).
ADRIAN KERRIDGE’S BOOK
ADRIAN KERRIDGE’S BOOK
We have been contacted by Adrian’s daughter to advise:
From: Suzanna Kerridge
Subject: Adrian Kerridge’s book
Just to let you know we are in the final stages of editing. There was a delay due to the sudden death of my father. However, having worked closely with him in producing this book I have taken over its publication and we are working hard towards a date. As soon as that is available I will let you know.
NEW TRIUMPHS ALBUM AVAILABLE
THE TRIUMPHS – MEEK AND WILD
CD 24 Tracks with 12-page booklet
1. Meeksville 2. Telstar 3. Runaway 4. Husky Team 5. North Wind
6. Eye Of The Storm 7. Wild Wind 8. M25 9. Green Jeans 10. All Shook Up
11. Wipeout 12. Here Come The Good Times 13. He’ll Only Hurt You
14. Loneliness 15. Sunday Date 16. Dreaming Of You 17. Heart Of A Teenage Girl
18. Teardrops Fall Like Rain 19. Big Jim 20. The Coalman’s Lament
21. Night Of The Vampire 22. Jack The Ripper 23. Little Sister (Live) 24. Have I The Right (Live)
This is The Triumphs’ tribute to the work of famed record producer Joe Meek. Joe recorded many styles of music and ‘Meek and Wild’ offers a ‘jukebox’ full of great sounds, both vocal (15 tracks) and instrumental.(9 tracks).
In addition to popular chart toppers like Telstar and Have I The Right, the spotlight also falls on rarities such as Ray Dexter’s The Coalman’s Lament and, from the Tea Chest tapes, Geoff Goddard’s Here Come The Good Times. There are five original tracks, all inspired by the work of Joe Meek.
The Triumphs (Rob Bradford, Trev Faull, Ken Ledran and Ray Liffen) have as their special guest Dave Kaye, who recorded with Joe Meek. One of Dave’s tracks is He’ll Only Hurt You, a powerful ballad which he recorded with Joe, but which was never released at that time. Now you can hear it in a brand new arrangement with Dave backed by The Triumphs.
The album’s 12-page booklet includes descriptions of all the tracks and pictures of the band with many of the original Joe Meek artists that they have had the privilege of working with, including Clem Cattini, Dave Kaye, Malcolm Lenny (The Packabeats), Ray Dexter, Bobby Rio and Danny Rivers.
UK £9.99 including postage and packing
Europe £12.50 including postage and packing
Americas, Africa, Asia £13.50 including postage and packing
Australia, New Zealand £13.80 including postage and packing
Go to The Triumphs web site to purchase securely through
Now also available on-line at Bim Bam Records and Leo’s Den
Other methods of payment:
Pay by cheque (drawn on UK bank) made payable to ‘R. Liffen’
and sent to 24 Dalmeny Road, Carshalton, SM5 4PP U.K
Pay manually Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org
The album is also available as a digital download at many outlets including
I Tunes UK I Tunes US Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Google Play and also Spotify
ROBB HUXLEY’S BOOK
320 pages and many photos
Buy now from Amazon UK £10.99 – in stock and with free delivery
or buy from Amazon.com (USA) for $14.99 plus delivery
Or order in your local Waterstones (extra charges and delivery delay)
The highs and lows of a Joe Meek recording and touring band are vividly detailed. R0bb was in Robb Gayle & The Whirlwinds/The Saxons/The Tornados
BACK ISSUES OF OUR NEWSLETTERS
All our Newsletters are still available as back issues and they have now been reduced to 10p (plus postage) – the same price as digital copies. Special rates available if you buy in bulk. There is a lot of information in these – specially the early ones edited by John Repsch and he used to answer letters in these too. Contact us if you are interested in back issues.