We were back on the road again for a while and were very well received in the clubs we played. We eventually drifted back to working on a semi-pro basis. Lee was becoming more and more interested in songwriting rather than singing and he and I decided that we would try our luck in London as songwriters. We doorstepped some of big name agencies and studios - names such as Shel Talmy and Andrew Loog Oldham come to mind. We eventually signed up with Joe Meek . We had some very interesting times at his RGM studios on Holloway Road . I recall the three of us sitting around an Ouiji board trying to contact Buddy Holly . I remember thinking back at the time to the song Tribute to Buddy Holly which was one of my favourite Tremors numbers. It was written by Joe after he reckoned he had been in touch with Buddy Holly. We were busy writing and performing demos at his studio with a range of his regular session musicians who included members of the Tornados and Ritchie Blackmore (I wish I still had some of those demos!). When one night we phoned to arrange our next session a strange voice said that he was not available and that we shouldn't phone that number again. In the paper that evening we read that he had shot his landlady and then shot himself.
At that, I decided to cut my losses and move back home. Lee stayed there, married and raised his family. He continued with songwriting and had at least one single released under the name Steven Lancaster but did not achieve big success.
I joined the Tamla Express ( Tom Rigby - lead vocals, Derek Foley - lead guitar, Phil Carney - bass, and myself on rhythm guitar. I don't recall the drummer's name). We worked quite a lot around the country but eventually split up. Phil Carney moved to Canada and I moved into folk music.
In 1996 I had a call from Len Dyson regarding a get-together for lads from some of the old Middleton bands. This went very well as did a second get-together. As a result, a few of us decided we would try and form a band playing material from that era. We are still on the road as Rock of Ages with the line up of Les Hall on rhythm and lead vocals, Len Dyson on lead guitar and vocals, Nick Cook ( Tremors and Country Gents ) on keyboards and vocals, Geoff Walker on bass guitar and vocals, Dave Hill on drums and Graham Attwood (Powerhouse and Pete MacLaines Clan) on sax.
Here endeth my story for now!