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PLEASE COME JOIN US ON THE JOE MEEK SOCIETY PAGE FOR AN EVENING OF JOES MUSIC . FRIENDLY CHAT WITH FANS AND EVEN SOME OF JOES RECORDING ARTISTS. GOOD FUN GREAT MUSIC, REQUESTS TAKEN TO HEAR YOUR FAVOURITE TUNE.  ALL AREAS OF JOES CAREER COVERED FROM WELL KNOWN TO NOT SO WELL KNOWN.


 
Please contact joemeeksociety@gmail.com for tickets for next years event, there will be no tickets on the night – it is advance tickets only to ensure we cover Mike and the bands fees. There are plenty of places to stay nearby and getting in early avoids disappointment. There’s also Friday nights pre party as well. Due to problems with Pay Pal you need to email us for tickets.

 
 
Hi everyone, I know it’s a long way away but booking early was the only option for this one. Over the past 2-3 years I have received so many requests for this big RGM name so I took the plunge and struck lucky so here you go folks, please give your support as it’s not easy to get big names on board and we don’t know when we’ll be fortunate enough to have Mike on the bill again in the future.
 
The venue has changed due to the popularity of Mike Berry & His Outlaws but you can still book your overnight rooms at The George Hotel only being a 5 min walk from the hall.
 
Next year, I have added an additional night (Friday 31st) at The George Hotel by adding a live Rock’n’Roll DJ set to get us in the mood for the following day, there could be an extra act on the Friday night so watch this space.
 
GET BOOKING NOW peeps, as the tickets prices change after 1st July 2022. Any queries you may have, please CONTACT US. Thanks, Pete.XXX

FREE ENTRY TO ROCK’N’ROLL NIGHT!


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Well, here we go with the second part of this extensive series dedicated to Joe Meek, and this time we are going to focus on the years 1957 and 1958. I repeat what I said in the presentation that it seemed like an easy thing, but it is not, And luckily I count the help of a few specialists on the subject such as Bob Hill, a great connoisseur and researcher of Meek’s work in the 1950s.
One of the great difficulties is being able to verify with complete certainty the issues in which he was involved, since the various scholars on this man have not yet closed the issue, and I think it will never be done, since they are discovered, for example that themes that have always been associated with him, in reality were not, and I suppose the opposite will also happen, that some are unidentified.
 


Of course, the information on the Internet is very varied and at the same time many times with many contradictions, and for an amateur like me, it is very difficult to figure out what the good information is.
Another thing that also leads to confusion is the years of these albums, especially when they are recorded at the end of a year and appear either at the end of that same year or the next, and many end up being successful the following year.
This question happens to me constantly in many of my works, especially when in those years it was not the most common thing to have the date written on the record label, which is what I personally trust the most. In any case, the error is usually one year up or down, which I think after so many years, it is not so important either.
In short, I have done the best I know and trying to contrast the doubts, but I know that there will still be many errors, which I hope will be commented on in the comments. 
Well, I won’t go any further and I leave you with the track-list of these six new volumes:
 
Vol.07 1957 (III) 
 
1 DENNIS LOTIS All Of You (1957)
2 KENNY BAKER Puttin’ On The Ritz (1957)
3 JOHNNY DUNCAN & THE BLUE GRASS BOYS Calamity Mose (1957)
4 COLIN HICKS & HIS CABIN BOYS Wild Eyes And Tender Lips (1957)
5 KENNY GRAHAM Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (1957)
6 ERIC DELANEY BAND Rock And Roll King Cole (1957)
7 LONNIE DONEGAN & HIS SKIFFLE GROUP I’m Just A Rolling Stone (1957)
8 DENNIS LOTIS Everything Is Nothing Without You (1957)
9 JOHNNY DUNCAN & THE BLUE GRASS BOYS Get Along Home, Cindy (1957)
10 KENNY BAKER How Can You Face Me (1957)
11 GARY MILLER Wonderful! Wonderful! (1957)
12 MELODY MAKER ALL STARS Mood Indigo (1957)
13 OTTILIE PATTERSON & CHRIS BARBER’S JAZZ BAND Kay Cee Rider (1957)
14 PEGGY SEEGER & GUY CARAWAN Freight Train (1957)
15 JOHNNY DUNCAN & THE BLUE GRASS BOYS Just A Closer Walk With Thee (1957)
16 DENNIS LOTIS You’ve Done Something To My Heart (1957)
17 LONNIE DONEGAN & HIS SKIFFLE GROUP Don’t You Rock Me DaddyO (1957)
18 TEDDY JOHNSON & PEARL CARR Tomorrow, Tomorrow (1957)
19 KENNY BAKER How’s This (1957)
20 DILL JONES TRIO Carolina Shout (1957)
21 JOHNNY DUNCAN & THE BLUE GRASS BOYS St. James Infirmary (1957)
22 KENNY BAKER If I Could Be With You (1957)
23 KENNY GRAHAM I Dreamt I Dwelt In Harlem (1957)
24 DENNIS LOTIS WHERE OR WHEN (1957)
25 THE KIDS The Old Red Lion (1957)
 
 
Eric Delaney Band – Rock And Roll King Cole – 1957
 
Vol. 08 1957 (IV) 
 
1 SHIRLEY BASSEY Tra La La (1957)
2 DENNIS LOTIS Over The Rainbow (1957)
3 KENNY BAKER Honolulu Blues (1957)
4 JOHNNY DUNCAN & HIS BLUEGRASS BOYS Footprints In The Snow (1957)
5 LONNIE DONEGAN & HIS SKIFFLE GROUP Gamblin’ Man (1957)
6 KENNY GRAHAM I’ll Get By As Long As I Have You (1957)
7 COLIN HICKS & HIS CABIN BOYS Empty Arms Blues (1957)
8 HUMPHREY LYTTELTON & HIS BAND BABY DOLL (1957)
9 TEDDY JOHNSON & JOHNNY GREGORY ORCHESTRA Mandolin Serenade (1957)
10 DENNIS LOTIS Spring Has Something Up Her Sleeve (1957)
11 KENNY BAKER Act One, Scene One (1957)
12 JOHNNY DUNCAN & HIS BLUEGRASS BOYS Get Along Home Cindy (1957)
13 LONNIE DONEGAN & HIS SKIFFLE GROUP Love Is Strange (1957)
14 PEGGY SEEGER & ISLA CAMERON & GUY CARAWAN SAIL AWAY LADY (1957)
15 NOEL ANTHONY & HIS CALYPSO BAND Zombie Jamboree (1957)
16 JANETTE SCOTT & JOHN FRASER Where There’s You Good Companions (1957)
17 JOHNNY DUNCAN & HIS BLUEGRASS BOYS Jig Along Home (1957)
18 DENNIS LOTIS That Lovely Week End (1957)
19 KENNY BAKER Too Cool For The Blues (1957)
20 GARY MILLER The Moonraker’s Song (1957)
21 JIMMY MILLER & THE BARBECUES Sizzlin’ Hot (1957)
22 KENNY GRAHAM Monkey Business (1957)
23 LONNIE DONEGAN & HIS SKIFFLE GROUP Cumberland Gap (1957)
24 JOHNNY DUNCAN & THE BLUE GRASS BOYS Travelin’ Blues (1957)
25 KENNY BAKER Gal From Joe’s (1957)
26 DENNIS LOTIS Dusk (1957)
 


Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group – Gamblin’ Man – 1957
 
Vol.09 1957 (V)
 
1 DENNIS LOTIS How About You (1957)
2 KENNY BAKER Bugle Call Rag (1957)
3 JOHNNY DUNCAN & HIS BLUE GRASS BOYS Railroad, Steamboat (1957)
4 SHIRLEY BASSEY The Banana Boat Song (1957)
5 MELODY MAKER ALL STARS Top Score (1957)
6 DILL JONES TRIO Little Rock Getaway (1957)
7 LONNIE DONEGAN & HIS SKIFFLE GROUP Go Down Old Hannah (1957)
8 DENNIS LOTIS My Resistance Is Low (1957)
9 GARY MILLER Since I Met You Baby (1957)
10 JOHNNY DUNCAN & HIS BLUEGRASS BOYS Blue Blue Heartache (1957)
11 KENNY BAKER Coquette (1957)
12 KENNY GRAHAM Rockin’ In Rhythm (1957)
13 JACKIE DAVIES & HIS QUARTET Land Of Make Believe (1957)
14 ERIC DELANEY BAND Time For Chimes (1957)
15 KENNY GRAHAM Olwen’s Dream (1957)
16 DENNIS LOTIS I’ve Told Every Little Star (1957)
17 KENNY BAKER Whistle And I’ll Come To You (1957)
18 JOHNNY DUNCAN & THE BLUE GRASS BOYS Which Way Did He Go (1957)
19 LONNIE DONEGAN & HIS SKIFFLE GROUP Gloryland (1957)
20 FRANKIE VAUGHAN Priscilla (1957)
21 PAULINE SHEPHERD By You, By You, By You (1957)
22 JOHNNY DUNCAN & HIS BLUEGRASS BOYS Ella Speed ​​(1957)
23 KENNY BAKER DooDee (1957)
24 DENNIS LOTIS But Not For Me (1957)
 


Johnny Duncan & The Blue Grass Boys – Which Way Did He Go – 1957
 
Vol. 10 1958 (I)
 
1 PEGGY SEEGER Ridin’ In A Buggy (1958)
2 RED PRICE WEEKEND (1958)
3 ROBERT EARL Someone (1958)
4 MIKE PRESTON My Lucky Love (1958)
5 JOY & DAVID My Oh My! (1958)
6 ALAN LOMAX & PEGGY SEEGER The Lone Green Valley (1958)
7 HUMPHREY LYTTELTON & KATHY STOBART Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You (1958)
8 SELWYN STEPHENS & THE TRINIDAD SOUTHERN ALL STAR STEEL BAND Alone (1958)
9 THE ALLAN GANLEY QUARTET FEAT. JOE HARRIOTT I Feel A Song Coming On (1958)
10 ALAN LOMAX, PEGGY SEEGER, GUY CARAWAN, JOHN COLE & SAMMY STOKES Jumpin’ Judy (1958)
11 SHIRLEY BASSEY There’s Never Been A Night (1958)
12 THE DON RENDELL JAZZ SIX Rambo (1958)
13 BILL SHEPHERD ORCHESTRA Big Guitar (1958)
14 HUMPHREY LYTTELTON & KATHY STOBART PACKET OF BLUES (1958)
15 MARY MARSHALL Kiss Kiss Kiss (1958)
16 PEGGY SEEGER, JOHN COLE & SAMMY STOKES RAILROAD BILL (1958)
17 GARY MILLER Dancing With My Shadow (1958)
18 CHERRY WAINER Blue Cha Cha (1958)
19 MAX MILLER With A Little Bit Of Luck (1958)
20 THE CRESCENTS Wrong (1958)
 


Bill Shepherd Orchestra – Big Guitar – 1958
 
Vol. 11 1958 (II)
 
1 CHERRY WAINER BEER (1958)
2 GARY MILLER Put A Light In The Window (1958)
3 MIKE PRESTON A House A Car And A Wedding Ring (1958)
4 THE ALLAN GANLEY QUARTET & JOE HARRIOTT Margona (1958)
5 ALAN LOMAX & PEGGY SEEGER SATURDAY NIGHT (1958)
6 BEN BOWERS & BERTIE KING’S ROYAL JAMAICANS Donkey City (1958)
7 HUMPHREY LYTTELTON & KATHY STOBART In A Mellow Tone (1958)
8 SELWYN STEPHENS & THE TRINIDAD SOUTHERN ALL STAR STEEL BAND Last Train To San Fernando (1958)
9 OTTILIE PATTERSON & CHRIS BARBER’S JAZZ BAND Trombone Cholly (1958)
10 CHRIS BARBER’S JAZZ BAND & OTTILIE PATTERSON Georgia Grind (1958)
11 BEN BOWERS & BERTIE KING’S ROYAL JAMAICANS Not Me (1958)
12 LAURIE JOHNSON & HIS ORCHESTRA [I Lead A] Charmed Life (1958)
13 LONNIE DONEGAN & HIS SKIFFLE GROUP Mule Skinner Blues (1958)
14 ALAN LOMAX, PEGGY SEEGER, GUY CARAWAN, JOHN COLE & SAMMY STOKES This Train (1958)
15 HUMPHREY LYTTELTON & KATHY STOBART Rain (1958)
16 JIMMY MILLER & THE BARBECUES Jelly Baby (1958)
17 EDDIE SILVER Put A Ring On Her Finger (1958)
18 GUY CARAWAN Black Book (1958)
19 GARY MILLER Lollipop (1958)
20 PEGGY SEEGER The Two Sisters (1958)
 


Cherry Wainer – Beer – 1958
 
Vol.12 1958 (III) 
 
1 THE CRESCENTS Baby, Baby, Baby (1958)
2 MARION RYAN Always And Forever (1958)
3 JOHN FRASER Why Don’t They Understand (1958)
4 JIMMY MILLER & THE NEW BARBECUES Cry Baby Cry (1958)
5 ROBERT EARl I May Never Pass This Way Again (1958)
6 LAURIE JOHNSON & HIS ORCHESTRA Aunt Orsavella (1958)
7 PEGGY SEEGER, GUY CARAWAN & SAMMY STOKES Johnson Boys (1958)
8 HUMPHREY LYTTELTON & KATHY STOBART Kath Meets Humph (1958)
9 SELWYN STEPHENS & THE TRINIDAD SOUTHERN ALL STAR STEEL BAND Man On Fire (1958)
10 ALAN LOMAX, PEGGY SEEGER, GUY CARAWAN, JOHN COLE & SAMMY STOKES Inchin’ Along (1958)
11 MR. ACKER BILK & HIS PARAMOUNT JAZZ BAND TRAVELING BLUES (1958)
12 THE ALLAN GANLEY QUARTET & JOE HARRIOTT Stewpot (1958)
13 JOHNNY DUNCAN & HIS BLUE GRASS BOYS This Train (1958)
14 PEGGY SEEGER, GUY CARAWAN, JOHN COLE & SAMMY STOKES Hattie Belle (1958)
15 THE DON RENDELL JAZZ SIX Salamander Stroll (1958)
16 TEDDY JOHNSON & PEARL CARR Sweet Elizabeth (1958)
17 ALAN LOMAX, PEGGY SEEGER, JOHN COLE & SAMMY STOKES Doney Gal (1958)
18 CHRIS BARBER’S JAZZ BAND Majorca (1958)
19 MIKE PRESTON Whispering Grass (1958)
20 CHERRY WAINER Itchy Twitchy Feeling (1958)
 


Peggy Seeger, Guy Carawan & Sammy Stokes – Johnson Boys – 1958
Well, here ends this second part, which for many of us is helping to discover the origins of British popular music.
But I would like to add a reflection that Lemonflag made in the comments of the first part:
” If you don’t know where you came from, how do you know where you’re going?” ( If you don’t where your coming from how do you know where your going)
Until next week.
 
 
Comments are appreciated

 

 

Here we have taken info from a Spanish Blog.  They have six volumes more – of Meek engineered material. Visit the blog to see all tracks and free download.
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Finally! After two and a half years, I’m launching this project based on the work done by that studio wizard Joe Meek. He should have presented it a year ago, but for reasons that are irrelevant, the thing has taken longer than necessary.

I still remember years ago when my friend Rick told me that a job on this man would be nice on my blog, and my response was that there were countless jobs on him, and some really brilliant ones. But with the passage of time I thought that it was still a good idea to do an exhaustive work, that would collect all its facets, and thus I wrapped the blanket around my head and an extensive collection has come out, of zillion volumes, of which today I present this advance , where many of his greatest hits are and some of those songs that I especially like.

I told Rick to write me the presentation, recounting the life and miracles of this gentleman, to which, and as usual, he promptly responded with a magnificent story of his life and which I transcribe below:

For a large part of the fans, the producer is a character whose presence in the recording process is not very clear. At most, he is supposed to be messing around with the infinite buttons on the mixer, controlling the volumes, surely making sure that “everything works well”, and that’s it. But they’re wrong: that’s what sound engineers are for. Who work under the orders of the producer, by the way. So his work must have more importance than we thought. And that importance was made very clear when the Beatles arrived: does anyone believe that his career would have been the same if it hadn’t fallen into the hands of Sir George Martin? Why is that man still at the top of the list of aspiring “fifth Beatles” who are rewritten from time to time? Well, because he was fundamental in musical and technical progress, the refinement of the songs and the evolution of the other four. A producer can make or break a group, simple as that. 

But Mr Martin had plenty of resources, as well as a solid background: he worked at EMI, then one of the most flourishing things in the British music industry, and consequently had access to the most advanced equipment of the day. In the early 1960s, monaural sound was still widespread (except on classical music recordings) and lavish 24-track technology and all sorts of other sound tricks were a long way off, but a talented producer was on his way. defending. Well, now let’s imagine what the situation would be like in the mid-1950s, the age of rock and roll. The producer as such did not exist: the common thing was to put a microphone in front of the singer, one or two more “ambient” ones in front of the instruments and go ahead, to record in one go, trying not to make many mistakes. This is how the first records of Elvis, Berry and company arrived at the stores. That process, in essence, remained the same since the end of World War I, when recordings on 78 rpm discs began to become popular. 

Of course, on the Island the same thing happened with pop singers or small orchestras; At best, sometimes the catalog of environmental sounds published by the BBC was used to add a “color” note to the recording, but nothing more. And in the midst of that poor scenario, Joe Meek emerged: the first true producer, the first who did not conform to the limits imposed by the scarce technology of the time and began to invent tricks to give more greatness to the recordings. Without him, much more popular figures like Phil Spector or Martin himself would have had a much harder time. Meek had to fight against many obstacles, beginning with his own nature and continuing with the frequent opposition of record labels to many of the ideas – some great, others not so great – that he proposed. Consequently, he decided to become the total owner of his destiny by creating his own label, which was a success at first but ended up leading to disaster. There is no doubt that if he had adhered to the wishes of the industry, surely his fame today would have nothing to envy to that of his most brilliant colleagues. 

As for its nature, the prospect was dramatic from the start. Born in 1929, he was the youngest of three brothers. His father, traumatized by his experience as a soldier in World War I, gave him a neurotic character; and his mother, obsessed with having a daughter, dressed him as a girl for the first four years of his life. Meek was a gay man who, like all those of his condition at the time, had to live an atrocious, lonely childhood, suffering contempt and insults from his classmates at school; and then, as an adult, staying on guard, fearful of being tipped off, subject to blackmail and boycotts, waiting for the police to break into the clubs he frequented or his own home, because being gay at that time was illegal in most of the world. world. between one thing and another, it is logical that he had such an easily irritable character. On the other hand, since he was a child he was fascinated by electrical gadgets: his favorite toys were cables, lights, switches. Finally, to this hobby we must add another, almost obsessive, with “hidden worlds”, science fiction, the Beyond… all that kind of stuff, which usually forms part of a nebulous idea that we imagine as The future. And for Meek the future was more interesting, more modern than the present. Meek was an absolute modern. But the sum of all these circumstances resulted in a character who lived between genius and disaster, as he often happens with brilliant minds who continually walk the razor’s edge. ever since he was a child he was fascinated by electrical gadgets: his favorite toys were cables, lights, switches. Finally, to this hobby we must add another, almost obsessive, with “hidden worlds”, science fiction, the Beyond… all that kind of stuff, which usually forms part of a nebulous idea that we imagine as The future. And for Meek the future was more interesting, more modern than the present. Meek was an absolute modern. But the sum of all these circumstances resulted in a character who lived between genius and disaster, as he often happens with brilliant minds who continually walk the razor’s edge. ever since he was a child he was fascinated by electrical gadgets: his favorite toys were cables, lights, switches. Finally, to this hobby we must add another, almost obsessive, with “hidden worlds”, science fiction, the Beyond… all that kind of stuff, which usually forms part of a nebulous idea that we imagine as The future. And for Meek the future was more interesting, more modern than the present. Meek was an absolute modern. But the sum of all these circumstances resulted in a character who lived between genius and disaster, as he often happens with brilliant minds who continually walk the razor’s edge.

After finishing his studies he worked in a power plant and then did his military service in the RAF, where he served as a radar technician; there he developed his interest in outer space, galaxies, the possible sound of distant worlds that he would later try to reflect in music. He came to London at the age of 25, and after a few short jobs he managed to get into IRC, which at the time was one of the most powerful sound companies on the Island; His activity ranged from television programs or movie soundtracks to production work for record labels, both in pop and jazz or blues, and even with small orchestras. There he began to stand out as a sound technician and engineer, and by mid-1956 he was already working as a producer, especially under the orders of Denis Preston, specialist in jazz productions who in 1957 decides to create his own studio and hires Meek to look for a building with the necessary characteristics and the technical material that he chooses. In 1958 it was inaugurated with the name of Lansdowne Studio, and it was the most advanced of the moment on the Island.  

Meek, both at the IRS and later at Lansdowne, used to use his sound tricks without consulting anyone; in fact, he even got into trouble with some artists for it. Sometimes it went well and others not so much, but what is clear is that his productions were a novelty: he was the first to start using sound compression, creating echoes, altering tape recorders to create unexpected sounds, and so many revolutions techniques were not usually accepted by their bosses. So in 1960 he decided to become independent, created the production company RGM (that is, Robert George Meek) and rented a three-story house that would be his home and his studio at the same time. The RGM produced a handful of songs for most of the major labels of the day, and the spirit of the new decade seemed ideal for a mentality like his: 

At that time, instrumental music was very fashionable, and his obsession with the “sounds of space” led him to record, shortly after opening his studio, enough material for a work that would have become the first electronic conceptual album of the history, although finally only one EP was published under the name of Joe Meek & The Blue Men -a group of London musicians- and in a very limited print run (of course, the complete material was reissued some years ago on CD). But his triumph came later: the Shadows had become the sensation of the Island with “Apache”, and Meek decided to create a group that could compete with them as well as serve as a studio band for his other recordings. Thus the TornadoS were born,

However, in the mid-1960s things began to go wrong: the beat was destroying the instrumental styles, and Meek did not understand this new fashion well (in fact, he did not believe that the Beatles could achieve anything). His last big hit was in 1964 with the Honeycombs, who were also the last big old-school pop group. From there began a downhill that was destroying him: an excessive dependence on drugs kept him on his feet while he worked feverishly in his studio, which he did not allow anyone to enter, and his economic situation became desperate. The root of the problem was in the rights of “Telstar”: Meek had a good amount of money for it, but suddenly a claim for plagiarism paralyzed the collection until the lawsuit was resolved; he, counting on that money, he had spent a lot on new gadgets, and the debts were upon him. Meek was literally losing his mind: According to him, Buddy Holly was visiting him often for guidance; but also a brigade of spirits from the Beyond was ready to make his life impossible, and they appeared in the body of a cat, or through strange noises in the house. On the other hand, he even hid recording material and tapes in the strangest places, convinced that someone was breaking in to steal his ideas. or through strange noises in the house. On the other hand, he even hid recording material and tapes in the strangest places, convinced that someone was breaking in to steal his ideas. or through strange noises in the house. On the other hand, he even hid recording material and tapes in the strangest places, convinced that someone was breaking in to steal his ideas. 

This situation came to an end on February 3, 67 (8th anniversary of Buddy Holly’s death). Meek was usually out of his mind by then; a friend who had gone up to see him had to leave because he yelled at him, mad; When he went downstairs, he discussed the situation with his landlady, and she went upstairs to ask about his condition. Meek killed her with two shots and then killed himself. Three weeks later, the “Telstar” case was resolved in his favor. And before the year was out, the law banning homosexuality in the UK was withdrawn. For him it was too late. But his work remains, and that does not die. It is true that part of it is outdated, and that many pieces were simply commissions that he had to fulfill because money is necessary, but that has always happened: each professional goes as far as he can. Nevertheless, even today it is surprising how many resources Joe Meek invented and used in his work. We go back to the beginning: without him, the history of British music in the 50s/60s would have been much more boring.  

Rick.

            Well, this has been the “prelude to a great journey”, which we will do in chronological order and a few volumes once a month so as not to get overwhelmed, I create an exciting journey through music that is sometimes very unknown, especially because of its distance in time, that some will be passionate about, but others will be unbearable, but I think it is a good opportunity to see what was cooking in the United Kingdom between 1955 and 1967.

Magnificent presentation of Rick, in his line that is the starting gun of this series.

I put the track list of this “sampler”, most of them well known by all of you:

1 EMILE FORD & THE CHECKMATES What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For (1959)

2 THE FABULOUS FLEE-RAKKERS Green Jeans (1960)                    

3 DANNY RIVERS Can’t You Hear My Heart (1960)                     

4 THE BLUE MEN Orbit Around The Moon (1960)                        

5 LANCE FORTUNE Be Mine (1960)                                    

6 MICHAEL COX ANGELA JONES (1960)                                 

7 MIKE BERRY & THE OUTLAWS Tribute To Buddy Holly (1961)          

8 IAIN GREGORY Because (1961)                                     

9 JOHN LEYTON Johnny Remember Me (1961)                           

10 THE OUTLAWS Valley Of The Sioux (1961)                          

11 GEOFF GODDARD Girl Bride (1961)                                 

12 THE MOONTREKKERS Night Of The Vampire (1961) 

13 THE TORNADOS Telstar (1962)                   

14 SCREAMING LORD SUTCH Jack The Ripper (1963)

15 HEINZ Just Like Eddie (1963)                                    

16 THE HONEYCOMBS That’s The Way (1964)                            

17 THE SYNDICATS Maybelline (1964)                                 

18 THE CRYIN’ SHAMES Please Stay (1966)

Joe Meek Sampler

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Hello Joe Meek Society Members!

I’m back with the JMS! And so I have bought with me some new videos to our Vimeo Showcases, all of which are included for free in your membership! This time we have such delights as the live videos taken at Newent for AGM happenings, footage of Dave Kaye in an Elvis movie, and a newly discovered live performance by The Honeycombs (they sound absolutely great!)

Enjoy the videos and best wishes,  (all links and password info on our JMS CHANNEL)

Craig! 

***NEW SHOWCASE***

NEWENT 2022 – FACEBOOK LIVE VIDEOS

  • 1 Market Square (01:45)

A quick look at the centre of Newent and Joe’s birthplace.

  • The Unveiling Of The Joe Meek Bust  (25:27)
  • Shy Rochford – Joe Meek Girl’s Tribute (12:52)

Shy Rochford performs a fantastic set of Joe Meek’s girl tracks using Joe’s original backing tracks!

  • Bobby Rio Sings Live  (08:13)

I’m A Believer / Dream Lover / The Wonder Of You

  • Cliff & The Stereos Perform Live (1)  (05:54)
  • Cliff & The Stereos Perform Live (2)  (06:28)
  • Cliff & The Stereos Perform Live (3)  (04:16)

         Shy Rochford joins the group to perform “Johnny Remember Me”.

  • Cliff & The Stereos Perform Live (4)   (02:41)

Shy joins the band to perform “Wild Wind”.

  • Cliff & The Stereos Perform Live (5)   (04:54)

The night would not be complete without Telstar and Little Baby…

  • End Of The Night Madness With DJ Meektrekker Pete  (03:35)

Party time, top Meek tunes and too many beers…

  • How To find Joe’s Grave In Newent  (07:04)

Watch to find how to locate Joe’s resting place when visiting the town.

VARIOUS TV AND OTHER CLIPS

  • Dave Kaye in – Elvis – Thats The Way It Is  (02:44) 

        (Dave Kaye and the Dykons in a brief clipping performing “Words” 1970. This footage was longer when the film originally came out).

50’S AND 60’S FOOTAGE

  • The Honeycombs – Have I The Right  LIVE – 24.11.64  (2:54)

This was taped in London on 24 November 1964 for insertion in The Red Skelton Hour (US) January 1965.

  • Telstar Played On American Bandstand 1964  (2:41

Is it possible to dance to Telstar? Let’s see….!

  • The Tornados – Telstar Scopitone Video IMPROVED QUALITY  (03:19)

An even better quality copy with correct aspect ratio.

CRAIG NEWTON


”RIP Gerry Temple”. Another 304 recording artiste has left us and there will definitely be no more tomorrows.

NEWLY ELECTED TO HALL OF FAME – ROBB HUXLEY AND MICHAEL  COX

Robb Huxley Michael Cox
This years Joe Meek Society’s nominations into the Hall of Fame went to both Robb Huxley of The Saxons / Tornados and Michael Cox. A show of hands at the AGM clearly put these two Meek legends into the hall of fame where they deserve to be.

 
Hello folks.. I would like say a very big thank you to everyone who attended the Joe Meek Society event – it was such a great day with all the activities. I’m so proud of every live act who performed for us, George Buddy, Cliff & The Stereos, Shy and of course the legendary bobby Rio who were all absolutely brilliant and sounded awesome. Your support to the event was so very much appreciated and I’m sure Joe is proud himself. Also, a kind thank you to Craig Newton for filming parts of the event so that everyone could watch live plus Rocky Buffets and The George Hotel I thank for all their hard work and support they also continue to give. I had a very special birthday yesterday and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing you all there and we will be back in Newent on 1st April 2023. A very big kind thank you to you all. X

Pete Rochford   Chairman JMS

 
 
 

 

 
 

 

 
JOE MEEK SOCIETY RADIO LIBRARY NOW LIVE!
All of our members who have signed up for exclusive access to our website content have been emailed the link and password to access the Radio Library.

This amazing collection features shows both recent and vintage that have not been heard since originally broadcast. Importantly there are numerous interviews with Joe Meek artists who are sadly no longer with us. There are also recordings from the 60s including live artist recordings and Joe’s notorious demos.

The library will be video format on a platform that has it’s own app and can viewed on Smart TVs as well!! 

EXCLUSIVE !!!

The Society’s “Radio Library” has laid dormant for many years and many members will have never had access to it… Until now….!

The library contains over 100 shows from the 60s to present day and also such gems as Joe’s own vocal demos and autobiographical recordings. These were all transferred digitally in 2012 and will shortly available to hear in full via our website.

Please note this is a bonus feature to all Joe Meek Society members and is available to those members only.

If you are already a member of JMS and have not registered on our website for access to the exclusive content, you need to contact us with your name and a one word user name of your choice plus a 7 digit (mixed characters) password of your choice – email all that with your membership no. to joemeeksociety@gmail.com

If you are not a JMS member, you can join instantly via our website, for £18 per year which includes 3 bumper issues of our Thunderbolt magazine through your door (slightly higher rate for rest of the world due to postage)… or just £10 a year worldwide to join and receive Thunderbolt magazine digitally.

Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy this upcoming exciting bonus!


*IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT*

Hello everyone, there has been a change to the Joe Meek Society website and the following announcement by Cherry Red Records, they have insisted that all updates and information be exclusively available to the Joe Meek Society and it’s members.

During the estimated 18 month period before any release of material on CD, any information released and concerning the content of the tapes will ONLY be available to members.
All current members will be available to achieve full access but you must first register via the website.

Existing members there is a link in the menu when you can register. If you are not currently a member of the Joe Meek Society and would like to join, please visit the website and the log in/register link is on every page.

Your annual subscription entitles you to three issues of our Thunderbolt magazine with exclusive news, interviews, CD releases and Joe Meek events, together with full access to the JMS website which will keep you updated on the progress of the Tea Chest Tapes.
So join us and join in”.

Kindest regards,
The Joe Meek Society Committee.

Fantastic news for all lovers of 60s Music / History of Sound Recording / Joe Meek / RGM etc.

Rob Bradford writes…..This is a huge project which I shall be directly involved with:

CHERRY RED ACQUIRES JOE MEEK’S LEGENDARY ‘TEA CHEST TAPES’
Cherry Red Records have acquired legendary producer Joe Meek’s ‘Tea Chest Tapes’ – a near mythical collection of almost 2,000 reels that contain a vast amount of the producer’s work.

In the early 60s, Meek had a string of UK No 1s, including Telstar, which was the first song by a British artist to top the US charts. Meek pioneered numerous recording techniques in his studio flat (304 Holloway Road in North London). Following Meek’s death in 1967 the tapes passed on to Cliff Cooper, who worked with the producer when playing bass with the Millionaires and went on to found Orange Amplification.

The fabled quarter-inch tapes got their name because they were contained and sold in 67 tea chests. Amongst the recordings are previously unheard songs by David Bowie’s first band The Konrads, recordings by Billy Fury, several songs by Tom Jones, and unheard material from The Honeycombs, Heinz and John Leyton (who had a UK No 1 with Meek).

The Konrads can be heard playing an old Charlie & Inez Foxx song ‘Mockingbird’. This is widely thought to be Bowie’s first studio recording. Also included are mastered recordings of Mike Berry, Glenda Collins, Michael Cox, The Cryin’ Shames, The Outlaws, Screaming Lord Sutch and The Tornados – recordings which have languished in the vaults for five decades and should finally now see the light of day.

Further the tea chests contain demo recordings of (among others) Ray Davies, (who wrote some songs for The Honeycombs), Georgie Fame, Jonathan King, Alvin Lee, Gene Vincent, Rod Stewart, Steve Marriott and an early line-up of the band who became Status Quo. Finally it is said that there is also a demo tape of a certain Mark Feld, who later found fame under the name Marc Bolan with his band T. Rex.

Cherry Red plan to work closely with Alan Wilson at Western Star on the tape digitization and mastering side, as well as Pete Rochford and the Joe Meek Society to bring these amazing sounds to an audience who have been waiting patiently for many years.

‘I first met Cliff Cooper at the Classic Rock Awards 6 years ago so the process of Cherry Red acquiring the Tea Chest Tapes has taken its time. But we are so proud to now be the custodians of this unique library. Over 1,800 ¼ tapes with such a diverse range of artists, some superstars, and some almost completely unknown. The work that lies ahead is massive; baking, then cleaning up, then digitalisation, then clearing rights, then deciding how best to release the tracks. But, as always, we relish the challenge.’
– Iain McNay, Chairman Cherry Red Records

“I am so pleased to pass on to Cherry Red Records the tape collection of Joe Meek, which have been carefully stored and untouched for over 50 years.
I feel, as I have been the custodian of this collection, which may have otherwise been separated and lost.
Passing them to Cherry Red Records will be the perfect home for these original analogue recordings where they will be selected, carefully digitally mastered and released for the pleasure of future generations.
Joe was a legendary and innovative genius in music recording and production and rightly takes his place in the evolution and history of music”
– Cliff Cooper

As a lifelong Joe Meek enthusiast, the very mention of words ‘The Tea Chest Tapes’ have always stirred mixed emotions within me: Excitement – wondering what treasures may lay within. Amazement – that they still exist and of course Fear. These near-mythical reels containing Meek’s life’s work, could have deteriorated beyond repair.
Having now inspected and even tested some of these tapes, I am happy to confirm that they are in first class condition. Cliff Cooper has been an excellent custodian and has ensured that this important chunk of British music history has survived for more than half a century. I’m thrilled beyond words to hear at last the contents of these tapes and to be part of the restoration project. Who better than Cherry Red records to treat this project with the attention to detail and respect that it deserves?
– Alan Wilson, Western Star

It comes with GREAT pleasure to hear that Joe Meek’s T-Chest tapes have been bought and will now be given a new lease of life after 50+ years of being in storage. The Committee and all it’s members of the Joe Meek Society will be thrilled to hear that all of Joe’s tapes will, in time be available to enjoy as it’s been many decades of anticipation and much patience in the hope of their release.
On behalf of myself and the Joe Meek Society, I would like to give special thanks to Cliff Cooper, Cherry Red Records and Alan Wilson for making our dream possible.
– Pete Rochford Chairman of the Joe Meek Society.

The remarkable, unique tape archive (1, 800+ reels) of legendary 60s producer Joe Meek. A veritable musical / historical treasure trove of popular music history and recorded sound. Thanks to Cherry Red Records, the contents will gradually become available to music fans and collectors.

– Rob Bradford, ‘Thunderbolt’ Magazine Editor, The Joe Meek Society


To purchase go to our Merchandise link

  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 rayliffen@compuserve.com

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

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 – especially 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.