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Producer Diane Herring

presents..

 

Bill Hart

THE WHR-LANKY BEAT SHOW

 

The LBS new Series 3 coming up 2015..

 

TLBS 2nd Series - Autumn 2013
 
 

THE WHR LANKY BEAT SHOW

2nd Series: 2.14 The Spidermen's

John Partington

 

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A Wigan - Hindley lad with a scouse accent. John Partington moved around the county of Lancashire as child, at the behest of his policeman father, who could be posted on the beat just about anywhere in the county at any time. He finally found some roots as a teenager in Litherland, Liverpool, in the early 1960s where he founded a band called The Spidermen.. and the rest as they say.. is fab musical history!

Bill Hart interviews.

 

THE WHR LANKY BEAT SHOW

2nd Series: 2.13 Manfred Kuhlmann

 

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In the small town of Bielefeld, Germany, a 13 year boy sneeked through a back door and into into the down-town local 'Star Club'; and what the young Manfred Kuhlmann saw that day changed his life forever. It was 1965 and on stage that day, was a live band from Liverpool.

 

  Not content with being just-a-fan he became increasingly curious and in his fascination, he wanted to know more about about lesser known light's of Mersey beat, the bands and the people who made this wonderful music.. His destiny was therefore sealed.

 

His later mission in life was to eventually produce an archive of documentation which included covering the contributions made by many bands hailing from the wider boundaries of County of Lancashire, all of which is contained in his published books Mersey Beat Waves and Some Other Guys.

Bill Hart delves deeper..

 

 

THE WHR LANKY BEAT SHOW

2nd Series: 2.12 Slipstream

 

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From the mid 60s and onwards Geoff Shepard's passion for his music has never waned. His involvements in many bands which included Wigan based band Edward John Concern was just one activity on his springboard journey to longevity.

 

  Meanwhile Tony Benfold's path was remarkably similar to Geoff's, so it was inevitable and no surprise at all that when Lankykats was formed in 2011 that so too was a band called Slipstream emerged.

Bill Hart investigates...

 

THE WHR LANKY BEAT SHOW

2nd Series: 2.11

The Sue Raymond Band

 

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The Sue Raymond Band don't do conventional.. but they can do if you want it! Such sweet talent abounds her in spades. How lucky can we be to have Mick Cooper's self-compositions and musical direction coupled with the now well-established classic line-up of bass, drums, rhythm and lead guitar's from which sprout all the golden oldies (..and not so old) you always sem to want to hear most.. plus many other surprises. With Sue Raymond fronting the band you have to have been operating at the upper levels of the music business for a long time to sound this good..

Bill Hart hosts.

 

THE WHR LANKY BEAT SHOW

2nd Series: 2.10

ED HARRIS - THE MEDIA

 

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Ed Harris once met up unexpectedly with a local Liverpool musical hero of his. It was New Years Eve in a Liverpool suburb and partying had spilled out from the nearby houses and into the street. At midnight he crossed casually across the deserted road to greet the party who were emerging from an open front door opposite. "Happy New Year," said a voice he instantly recognised. "Happy New Year to you too Paul. Ahem... Mr McCartney." 

Bill Hart gets the full story.

 

THE WHR LANKY BEAT SHOW

2nd Series: 2.9

STILL STANDING

 

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Geoff Gillison and John Widders were two Liverpool sixties musicians who happened to live in the long shadows cast by more wellknown, familiar contemporaries. Many of them became worldwide household names. However, they fell short of the big time, as did many hundreds of other aspiring wannabes in the wake of the rock 'n roll tidal wave that was called Merseybeat.

 

  But Merseybeat never went away; instead it simply dropped out of the world spotlight and what remains from back then is still up and running and here with us today. In the shape 'Still Standing' we have the spririt of those long lost days being happily recreated from 50 odd years ago.

Bill Hart investigates..

 

 

THE WHR LANKY BEAT SHOW

2nd Series: 2.8

The Sixth Generation

 

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The Sixth Generation are a sixties band from Niles, Michigan USA who built a glorious reputation for themselves by covering most of the rock music imported from the UK.

 

  Recenty reformed after 40 years, they talk to show host Bill Hart about their first-ever UK Tour and some of the exciting gigs coming their way in a 10 day stint in Northwest England last summer 2013. One of which includes a dream debut of a world famous Cavern Club appearance.

Bill Hart digs deeper.

 

THE WHR LANKY BEAT SHOW

2nd Series 2.7

Ronnie Carr & Eddie Barker

 

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Ronnie Carr: A local legend who pioneered rock 'roll in south Lancashire from 1955 onwards in the shape of well known local band The Beat Boys

 

  He brings his pal and fellow rock 'n roller Eddie Barker into the WHR Studio. At Wigan's Sportmens Club Eddie played in The Illusions whilst Ronnie took on the Hammond organ and sang along a bit too..

Bill Hart hosts and finds out more..

 

THE WHR LANKY BEAT SHOW

2nd Series 2:6 - Georges Big Shed

 

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At home George White has a big shed. His band is called George's Big Shed. From inside his big shed - located in the heart of Lancashire -many magical rock and roll things are happening.

He explains all to host Bill Hart.

 

THE WHR LANKY BEAT SHOW

2nd Series 2:5
Vince Reno & The Sabres

 

 

Ken Hobin and Allan Wilson play in the reformed Vince Reno & The Sabres from St Helens. They played at the world famous Cavern Club in the early 60s and once again in 2013 as part of a Lankykats charity show. For Ken in particular it was a dream come as it now happens he resides in Canada. So not without a lot effort he manage to re-join the band for a couple of weeks last summer. 

Bill Hart discovers how it all came about.

 

THE WHR LANKY BEAT SHOW

2nd Series 2:4 - John Bass

 

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With his rock 'n roll life beginning with The Olympics, so on to Ipso Facto and then beyond into the nether world of the North of England social clubs, John Bass has witnessed it all - except world wide fame that is! - Well most of us muso's can say that too - eh!- But what trivia is that compared to the everlasting fun of what we had back then, what we still have right now and what memories we still love to recall..  

Bill Hart interviews..

 

THE WHR LANKY BEAT SHOW

2nd Series 2:3 - The Cheetahs

 

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The Cheetahs from Widnes turned up to audition at the Wigan Empress Hall one cold and murky November night in 1963. They were part of a show where local band The Beat Boys were a well known and major rock 'n roll attraction. However, another band, unknown in these northern parts, had travelled from their base in west London to top the bill. They were called The Rolling Stones. 50 Years on John Turner and Ray Jones remenisce.

Bill Hart hosts.

 

 

THE WHR LANKY BEAT SHOW

2nd Series 2:2 - Bob McKinley

 

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Bob McKinley served his time as singer-guitarist with local Ashton-in-Makerfield band The L'Ringo's - a french name - and a fitting tribute to Ringo Starr of The Beatles. Then came the name change to The Long & The Short, then they cut a single called 'The Letter' - and then Bob and Co' began to fly..

Bill Hart interviews.

 

THE WHR LANKY BEAT SHOW

2nd Series 2:1 - Chimbo

 

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From Denmark, Chimbo's Revival lead vocalist and Bill Haley look-a-like Ingvar Christensen, together with Southport based drummer Alan Menzies, chat tonight stand-in host and show producer Diane Herring about their professional rock 'n roll life inbetween the north of England and Denmark.

 

 

 Now you can listen in too..

 

 

Tuesday night was rock 'n roll meeting of minds.

Diane Herring invited me onto her radio programme as she has recently caught sight of the goings-on in

Lancashire of late, concerning Lank Beat and it's sister live musical offspring - Lankykats..

 

  Diane's musical roots were born in the 1970's where she toured around Europe with Lanky Bands like Rainbow Cottage and Schooner, worked as a DJ and later becoming resident DJ at the Planet Room in The Winter Gardens, Blackpool. Now however - and amongst her many other talents - she hosts a regular show on Hospital Radio Wrightington, near Wigan. Here she regularly chats about the many things musical which are closest to her

heart and then spins her favorite tracks for the benefit of patients and staff at the Wigan Royal Infirmary a

nd the world famous Wrightington Hospital itself - from which the radio station takes its name.

 

  A certain Professor Sir John Charnley (1911 - 1982) put Wrightington Hospital on the world map back in the 1960's with of his famous ground breaking and pioneering work in hip replacements therapies - which of course brought much pain relief and subsequently improved lifestyles to many thousands of people from all around the world. Now the volunteers' WHR radio station is entering its own 40th anniversary year of broadcasting and is - as always - offering up a very different style of therapy - that of producing enjoyable, high quality and topical programmes - for which the in-patients and staff can avail themselves during their stay.

 

 

  

 Bill Hart - founder of Lanky Beat and Lankykats being interviewed by Diane Herring - Chair - Hospital Radio Wrightington. I shared a memorable times with Diane on both occasions - me catching up with her fascinating stories of yesteryear, whilst I brought everyone up to date with Lanky Beat's latest rock 'n roll news and the Lankykats live music scene.

Bill Hart: April 2012 

Fancy volunteering..? Contact:                                                                                                                                                                   Celia Topping
Voluntary Services Manager
Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
Tel: 01942 822509
Email:
celia.topping@wwl.nhs.uk

 

 

*THE LANKY BEAT SHOW 1..

 

Special Guests:

Mick Hannon of The Trakkers with

'Mitch' Mitchinson of Ipso Facto and Pokie

 

*Apologies:

Some content has been removed to comply with world-wide copyrights..

27 Sepember 2012

 

 

 

THE LANKY BEAT SHOW 2..

 

Special Guests:

Gerry Sandon of The Envoys and Allan Wilson

of Vince Reno & The Sabres

 

11 October 2012

 

 

THE LANKY BEAT SHOW 3..

 

 

Special Guests:

Graham Lythgoe of The Plims & Gerry Sandon of The Envoys

 

25 October 2012

 

 

THE LANKY BEAT SHOW 4..

 

Special Guests:

Ronnie Carr The Beat Boys and Keith Wright of The Sportsmen

 

31 October 2012

 

 

WHR - THE LANKY BEAT SHOW  5

 

Special Guests:

'Golly' Goulding of The Paul Hayes Collection and Pete 'Skip' Holroyd formerly of Marty Wilde & The Weather join Bill for a cool Lanky Chat..

 

22 November 2012

 

 

 

WHR - THE LANKY BEAT SHOW  6

 

Special Guests:

Bill meets Tony Bird who played with The P.A.C.T. rock group and Bill Blackledge ran a Showband at The Wigan Emp' - later to become The Wigan Casino - for 15 years in the 50's and 60's. In addition, in 1964 at the Emp', it was compere Bill who introduced a 'new' band to the Wigan scene called 'The Rolling Stones..

 

29 November 2012

 

 

WHR - THE LANKY BEAT SHOW  7

 

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Bill Hart hosts the final 2012 WHR Lanky Beat Show. Guests Graham Lythgoe and Gerry Sandon assist. Produced by Diane Herring.

 

13 December 2012

 

 

WHR - THE LANKY BEAT SHOW  8

 

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Margo Thompson (Ellis) and Jennifer Green (Gorton) were so-called 60s Go-Go cage dancers at The Las Vegas Club and elsewhere in Wigan - the first in the north-west  - allegedly! They join Lanky Beat's Bill Hart and share a fun-filled, colourful, glamorous and distinctly feminine insight into some of their musical romps of the past...

 

3 January 2013

 

 

WHR - THE LANKY BEAT SHOW  9

 

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Doug Larby once of The L.E. Agency - 60/70s beat group manager and musical variety shows director, chats to Bill Hart about his colourful lifetime in the biz over the last 50 years..

 

17 January 2013

 

 

WHR - THE LANKY BEAT SHOW  10

 

Graeme 'Toshie' Tosh has only lived in Lancashire for 7 years but he is making many friends here on the rock 'n roll scene - his amazing piano playing versatility is seeing to that.. He chats to Bill Hart about his Scottish roots and his present day involvements..

30 January 2013

 

 

WHR - THE LANKY BEAT SHOW  11

 

Barry I'anson and Pete Eddleston were members of Blackburn based bands The Electones, Summers and Weather and turned professional when backing up Marty Wilde in the late sixties. Much earlier however, they were wowing audiences nationwide, being the first known band to sing five-voice harmonies live on stage. Their superb cover's of Jan & Dean and The Beach Boys sounds are legendary.                               

20 February 2013

 

 

THE WHR-CPR LANKY BEAT SHOW 12

 

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The Vaqueros were one of the first 'super-bands' to emerge from Lancashire in the sixties. Based in the Whiston area of St Helens they had talent in abundance and their popularity is legendary. Joining Bill Hart are Colin Edwardson, Garry Roberts, John 'Wokky' Watkinson and one of the first ever band roadies Malc Brown who talk about the other four members who eventually made the line-up. These were John Kearns, Alan Liptrot, Mick Gannon and sadly the demised Lally Stott who wrote the chart topping hit 'Chirpy, Chirpy, Cheep, Cheep!'

27 Feb 2013

 

 

THE WHR-CPR LANKY BEAT SHOW 13

 

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Keith Hubbard has been a professional rock musician for 50 years and some more.. Hailing originally from Ormskirk in west Lancs, his travels took him acoss Europe and closer to home he graced the Merseysound scene and was honoured to be a member of the last band to play at Liverpool's world famous Cavern Club, before it was demoished in 1973. Oh! - And here he chats to Bill Hart about the magical 18 months he spent as a cast member of the international and controversially famous stage musical 'Hair'.

From CPR Studios - Chorley Preston Hospital Radio.

20 March 2013

 

 

 

C P R

CHORLEY PRESTON RADIO

Joining Hands..

 

A unique collaboration is well underway. Wrightington Hospital Radio - WHR - are temporarily homeless and will be joining forces with Chorley Preston Radio - CPR - at their studio HQ in Chorley Hospital. WHR's Diane Herring and CPR's Kathy Townley have already hosted The Lanky Beat Show 12 - a programme you can hear on Lanky Beat and Lankykats websites soon.

 

Bill Hart meets CPR Chair Kathy Townley

www.cprradio.org.uk

 

 

The newly located WHR Station in Wrightington Hospital is scheduled to be open in summer 2013, meanwhile many radio shows are to be shared between these two popular stations.

Diane Herring said, "this means the Lancashire catchment area demographic will be something near to double the existing audience and the shared resources will considerably enhance our voluntary broadcast service's to patients and staff."

Lanky Beat wishes them every success..

Bill Hart March 3013

 

 

 

CHARITY NIGHT raised 425 at St James RC Club Orrell.

 

VINTAGE

THE BLUENOTES

"Last night our bands stormed it!

Many thank Q's for your kind support. Soon we will be able to fund the station studio move into our new premises.. Yeh!" 

Best wishes. Diane Herring - WHR Chair

 

 

 

Shhhhh.... "Is this gonna be 3rd time lucky or what.. LANKY BEAT on Salford City Radio 94.4 from 12:00 noon Sat 2 Feb or wot.." Bill

 

Made it!

60's music broadcaster Ian 'Pop' Larkin meets Lanky Beat's Bill Hart, where a 2013 Lankykats calender is presented to the Studio.

 

www.salfordcityradio.org

 

(Apologies: Live streaming to the web-site was unfortuately down whilst on-air)

 

 

 

 

 

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