1956 Kevin Heywood and 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
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''.
Their 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
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', 'The Moody Blues' and many
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 others.
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
never made it as big 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 their response was simply ''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).
In February 2001 the band
reformed reuniting Barry, Kevin and Terry. Ex-session musician, Steve Wilde,
joined them on drums, and they played a few local gigs including a memorable
reunion show in Chirk.