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THE LANCASTRIANS

The Heartbeats: Tommy Hart & The Heartbeats:

Barry Langtree & The Lancastrians: The Dollies

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Kevin Heywood: Lead Guitar. Barry Langtree: Lead Vocal 

Terry Benson: Bass Guitar: John Fleury: Drummer

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"In 1956 Kevin Heywood & Barry Langtree met at secondary school they were both learning to play guitar. Kevin invited Barry to his house to play and thats when it started. 'The Garage' was their first venue. The neighbours were not ready for 'The Heartbeats'.

  They both watched 'The Six Five Special' to see what real players did. Eventually they learned the same three chords, when they put the guitars in the same pitch as well things sounded better. Time wore on, so did the patience of the neighbours but they got good and soon found a bass player and drummer then a singer.

  The group became 'Tommy Hart & The Heartbeats' and did a few radio gigs. Eventually the bass player and the drummer were changed to Terry Benson and John Fleury, Tommy Hart left and the name was changed to

'Barry Langtree & The Lancastrians'. The Manager said; 'We would have to have bigger billboards to fit it on.' Instead, the letters got smaller so much to the relief of Barry his name was taken off.

 

  They made TV and summer shows, winter clubs followed and this was important to complete their 'apprenticeship'. At those venues they met many top stars of the day, some are still massive e.g. Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck, Cilla Black, Moody Blues and many more.

 

  Eventually they were introduced to Shel Talmy, a record producer involved with The Kinks, The Small Faces, The Who, The Ivy League and was responsible for helping the British Invasion of America. Shel was their A & R man and produced all their six singles. He also brought in Jimmy Page to session with them on 'Was She Tall' and 'The World Keeps Going Round' - NOT -''We'll Sing In The Sunshine'' as specified by some people.

 
  Nicky Hopkins (pianist) played on two tunes and can be heard clearly on both. Nicky was called 'The Fifth Rolling Stone' and would insist on being hidden from view because of his shyness. 

  The record's never made it as hits, just memories.

  Going to Germany on tour was 'the straw that broke the camels back', after returning with less money than they went with and then asked to tour France for six months they said, 'No Thanks'. By instruction of the group, a meeting with Shel was arranged and the group decided to disband - not as published on CD covers.

  During 2001-2004, the band reformed, reuniting Barry, Kevin and Terry, along with ex-session musician Steve Wilde on drums."
Mike Wilde: August 2010
 

The Lancastrians brick in the Cavern Wall of Fame

 

Barry Langtree, Kevin Heywood & Terry Benson are

joined by ex-session drummer Steve Wilde.

 

"I remember well The Lancastrians! They had a 'biggy' with 'We'll Sing In The Sunshine' around 1964-65."

Mitch Mitchinson: August 2010

 

Terry Benson - John Fleury - Kevin Heywood - Barry Langtree

A grand reunion at The Adephi Hotel, Liverpool in August 2012


 

 

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