July 2016






From Vince Eager

I’m absolutely gutted to announce the passing of my dear pal and partner in crime from over 55 years years ago, Danny Rivers. I was going to visit Danny in the hospice tomorrow, now I can’t believe he’s not with us anymore as he left us this morning. His middle name was mischief and he always bought a smile to your face. Thankfully Keith Woods and Tales From The Woods organised a soirée for Danny in the hope of cheering him up recently. It certainly did and in spite of the seriousness of his condition, he was still making us laugh. My love and condolences go out to his wife Emily who was distraught when I spoke to her only 3 days ago. I intend to write an obituary to Danny for various magazines and I’ll also post it on Facebook. RIP my dear buddy. You’ll be missed terribly. Love, Vince and family.

From Keith Woods

It is my very sad duty to announce the passing of our very good friend Danny Rivers passed away this morning, [28/7] Danny was transferred from Royal Free Hospital Hampstead to a Hospice near his home yesterday, tragically he would last but a few hours.

I will advise further once more is known, our thoughts are with his wife of many years Emily & with Danny family at what must be a truly terrible time for them all.

Regards  Keith

earlier news from John Repsch:

I am sad to report that the tribute to Danny Rivers, which was scheduled for this Sunday 31 July at The Spice of Life, has been cancelled. Danny’s health has taken a turn for the worse, and he has been transferred from hospital to a hospice.

Send him a prayer – he can do with as many as he can get.

Best wishes, John Repsch


Each year (at the Society’s AGM), two of Joe’s RGM artists are elected to the JMS RGM Hall of Fame. There were three nominations this year. Charles Blackwell, Mike Berry and Danny Rivers.

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After some interesting discussion / debate…..those members present had to vote. The outcome was that two of Joe’s finest RGM singers Mike Berry and Danny Rivers were duly elected to the Hall of Fame. Mike was on the Voice earlier this year and he will be touring the UK with Marty Wilde in the Autumn. The news on Danny is sadly, not so good. We learned from our friends at Tales From The Woods (and Colin Pryce Jones) that Danny is seriously ill with cancer. Tales From The Woods organised a recent special evening for Danny (with Mike Berry, Chas Hodges and Vince Eager in attendance amongst others). All we can do is to wish Danny well. I know that he has vowed to be positive and to live life to the full.


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The first-ever Honeycombs Japanese Discography, together with a REVISED EDITION of the recent UK one – the latter necessitated due to information received about previously unknown Oriole pressings.

The draw to win a CD-R of every Honeycombs fanzine from 2011 – 2016 (now including the Summer 2016 extra) is running until 31 August – see Long To Share It August 2016 for details – but, so far, disappointingly, very few of you appear to be interested in acquiring this unique item!

The September 2016 Newsletter, out next month, has further world exclusives.  Following my final edition in February 2017, for the 50th anniversary of Joe Meek’s death, the first new-style Thunderbolt (No. 80 June 2017) will be appearing – but only sent out to JMS members.  Join for as little as £10 (digital subscription rate), and continue to read exclusives about The Honeycombs – together with other Joe Meek artists – well after the fanzine has ceased publication.

JOE MEEK AND BEYOND DIGITAL PUBLICATIONS (all these digital publications are free to members and non-members – just CONTACT US)


The five years just gone was an amazing time for fans of the group! It all started in August 2011 with the launch of Long To Share It: The Honeycombs Magazine, eventually succeeded by The Honeycombs Newsletter. Previously unknown recordings and an incredible number of new pictures were discovered. In 2014, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of “Have I the Right?” reaching No. 1. Recently, there has been the release of Martin Murray’s critically acclaimed 304 Holloway Road Revisited – the first new album from The Honeycombs since 1965.

With regret, The Honeycombs Newsletter ceases publication in February 2017 as after that date a new position of joint editor of Thunderbolt: The Joe Meek Society Magazine beckons. Mark Newson’s final issue is for the 50th anniversary of Joe Meek’s death, a poignant time for him to be handing over the reins after 20 years as editor. I am being joined by Rob Bradford, the JMS Chairman, and together – with his Joe Meek expertise plus my publishing skills – we intend to bring out something on the lines of The Honeycombs fanzines. To prepare for the changeover, and in effect being trial runs, you will notice the final Newsletters looking a little different in places. An extra Summer 2016 issue is coming out shortly. As The Honeycombs are going to be well represented, can I recommend joining The Joe Meek Society if not already done so? It costs from as little as £10 (digital subscription), and full details are on this web site. You receive a bi-monthly Newsletter plus three issues of Thunderbolt each year (dated February, June and October). Exclusive DVDs – many with Honeycombs content – may also be bought by members.

In addition to Thunderbolt, Joe Meek and Beyond Digital Publications intends to continue with updated editions of The Honeycombs Discography – the latter still free of charge to fans whether a member of The Joe Meek Society or not.



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 logo_paypal_212x56

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



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


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.