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The Moontrekkers - Moondust - 1963 45rpm
The Moontrekkers - Moondust - 1963 45rpm
Published: 2013/11/13
Channel: Sids60sSounds
The Moontrekkers - Night of the Vampire
The Moontrekkers - Night of the Vampire
Published: 2007/10/30
Channel: Jonathan Bridge
The Moontrekkers - The Bogey Man
The Moontrekkers - The Bogey Man
Published: 2008/09/20
Channel: SirBasildeBrush
Hatashiai (Japanese Sword Fight) - The Moontrekkers
Hatashiai (Japanese Sword Fight) - The Moontrekkers
Published: 2010/07/28
Channel: Rasmusmusicvortex
The Moontrekkers - Dance Legless, Russian
The Moontrekkers - Dance Legless, Russian
Published: 2009/07/16
Channel: SirBasildeBrush
The Moontrekkers (Joe Meek) - There
The Moontrekkers (Joe Meek) - There's Something At The Bottom Of The Well - 1962 45rpm
Published: 2013/01/29
Channel: Sids60sSounds
The Moontrekkers Last Gig?  July 2007
The Moontrekkers Last Gig? July 2007
Published: 2009/10/14
Channel: Rob Humphreys
The Moontrekkers - Night Of The Vampire
The Moontrekkers - Night Of The Vampire
Published: 2013/11/13
Channel: RockaBilly Rebs Barragán
Underworld TRIBUTE
Underworld TRIBUTE
Published: 2016/09/18
Channel: CM3 Vids72
The Moontrekkers - Night of the Vampire
The Moontrekkers - Night of the Vampire
Published: 2012/06/23
Channel: mollie laRue
The Moontrekkers - Melodie D
The Moontrekkers - Melodie D'Amore
Published: 2011/06/11
Channel: skotterkore
THE BOGEY MAN - THE MOONTREKKERS
THE BOGEY MAN - THE MOONTREKKERS
Published: 2011/10/16
Channel: Scratchyoldies McVinyl
The Moontrekkers -  Night of the Vampire
The Moontrekkers - Night of the Vampire
Published: 2010/04/01
Channel: ronni1991
The Moontrekkers - The Bogey Man - 1963 45rpm
The Moontrekkers - The Bogey Man - 1963 45rpm
Published: 2013/11/23
Channel: Sids60sSounds
Leno vs Conan vs Kimmel vs Letterman vs Ferguson vs NBC
Leno vs Conan vs Kimmel vs Letterman vs Ferguson vs NBC
Published: 2010/01/17
Channel: mooch cassidy
John Brown
John Brown's Body - The Moontrekkers
Published: 2012/09/25
Channel: DiamondJoe304
NIGHT OF THE VAMPIRE - THE MOONTREKKERS
NIGHT OF THE VAMPIRE - THE MOONTREKKERS
Published: 2011/10/16
Channel: Scratchyoldies McVinyl
"Scary" Pumpkin Cream Roll (with aquafaba!) - Ep. 27
"Scary" Pumpkin Cream Roll (with aquafaba!) - Ep. 27
Published: 2015/10/27
Channel: So You're Dating A Vegan
Night of the Vampire - The Moontrekkers
Night of the Vampire - The Moontrekkers
Published: 2016/10/19
Channel: Zulu
the moontrekkers - the bogey man 7
the moontrekkers - the bogey man 7''
Published: 2012/12/27
Channel: cicodelico
The Moontrekkers - Night Of The Vampire
The Moontrekkers - Night Of The Vampire
Published: 2013/10/28
Channel: MrHellvis69
The Moontrekkers - Night Of The Vampire
The Moontrekkers - Night Of The Vampire
Published: 2012/10/07
Channel: DiamondJoe304
The Bogey Man - The Moontrekkers
The Bogey Man - The Moontrekkers
Published: 2012/09/25
Channel: DiamondJoe304
Moontrackers @ Electrobotik Invasion 2016
Moontrackers @ Electrobotik Invasion 2016
Published: 2016/08/01
Channel: Nareku Mixes
The Moontrekkers - Night of the Vampire
The Moontrekkers - Night of the Vampire
Published: 2014/10/31
Channel: Discofelsi
The Moontrekkers (Joe Meek) - Hatashiai (Japanese Sword Fight) - 1962 45rpm
The Moontrekkers (Joe Meek) - Hatashiai (Japanese Sword Fight) - 1962 45rpm
Published: 2013/03/15
Channel: Sids60sSounds
Daysarenumbers presents Night of the Vampires
Daysarenumbers presents Night of the Vampires
Published: 2012/10/24
Channel: daysarenumbersvids
The Moontrekkers (Joe Meek) - Night Of The Vampire + Melodie D
The Moontrekkers (Joe Meek) - Night Of The Vampire + Melodie D'Amore - 1961 45rpm
Published: 2009/03/05
Channel: Sids60sSounds
Clavioline Demonstration - as used on Telstar and Night Of The Vampire for Joe Meek
Clavioline Demonstration - as used on Telstar and Night Of The Vampire for Joe Meek
Published: 2009/11/02
Channel: Rob Humphreys
THE MOONTREKKERS         * *      MELODIE D
THE MOONTREKKERS * * MELODIE D'AMOUR
Published: 2015/09/28
Channel: teensoundman
the moontrekkers - night of the vampire 7
the moontrekkers - night of the vampire 7''
Published: 2011/12/15
Channel: cicodelico
Night of the Vampire - The Moontrekkers - HIGH QUALITY
Night of the Vampire - The Moontrekkers - HIGH QUALITY
Published: 2009/08/11
Channel: Noah The Troll-Hunting Christian Spy
Diminished Men-"Night of the Vampire" (Moontrekkers cover) at Turn, Turn, Turn
Diminished Men-"Night of the Vampire" (Moontrekkers cover) at Turn, Turn, Turn
Published: 2015/12/09
Channel: blueheronvideo
The Moontrekkers - Night Of The Vampire
The Moontrekkers - Night Of The Vampire
Published: 2012/01/05
Channel: thedarkdefender420
Music for Swingin
Music for Swingin' Ghouls! Halloween Oldies Music Mix
Published: 2015/10/30
Channel: Jason1920
Moontrackers - Valhalla
Moontrackers - Valhalla
Published: 2016/06/06
Channel: Nareku
The Moontrekkers - Night of the Vampire
The Moontrekkers - Night of the Vampire
Published: 2015/10/18
Channel: KennethRockingDaddy
The Moontrekkers - Night  Of The Vampire - 1961 #1
The Moontrekkers - Night Of The Vampire - 1961 #1
Published: 2016/10/01
Channel: crewzep
The Moontrekkers - Hatashiai
The Moontrekkers - Hatashiai
Published: 2016/11/21
Channel: Curious Orange
Quicksand Zombie Mask
Quicksand Zombie Mask
Published: 2017/05/05
Channel: The Half Assed Horrorcast
Night of the Vampire - The Moontrekkers
Night of the Vampire - The Moontrekkers
Published: 2015/10/27
Channel: TheSpacegg
The Moontrekkers - There
The Moontrekkers - There's Something At The Bottom Of The Well
Published: 2011/07/09
Channel: KennyRobot
fails 9
fails 9
Published: 2015/09/06
Channel: bugser
the moontrekkers - night of the vampire
the moontrekkers - night of the vampire
Published: 2017/04/18
Channel: marco17220
MoonTrekker 2014
MoonTrekker 2014
Published: 2015/05/01
Channel: MoonTrekker
Moontrekkers - Grandfathers Clock - Joe Meek
Moontrekkers - Grandfathers Clock - Joe Meek
Published: 2008/08/12
Channel: elofan567
Moontrekkers - Thank you to you all!
Moontrekkers - Thank you to you all!
Published: 2013/10/08
Channel: moonshine1231
The Moontrekkers - Night of the Vampire
The Moontrekkers - Night of the Vampire
Published: 2015/10/19
Channel: WarOfTheSaucermen
Copie de THE MOONTREKKERS : THE NIGHT OF THE VAMPIRE (version non officiel)
Copie de THE MOONTREKKERS : THE NIGHT OF THE VAMPIRE (version non officiel)
Published: 2017/01/13
Channel: rico wild overall
Night of the vampire (moontrekkers remix / tribute / cover)
Night of the vampire (moontrekkers remix / tribute / cover)
Published: 2012/07/18
Channel: Sam Haynes
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The Moontrekkers were a British instrumental rock and roll band in the early 1960s, who are best known for their minor chart hit "Night of the Vampire", arranged and produced by Joe Meek, and for their peripheral involvement in the early career of singer Rod Stewart.

Career[edit]

The origins of the group lay in The Raiders, formed around 1960 in Hornsey, north London, by teenage school friends Gary Leport (b. 1945, guitar), Jimmy Raither (guitar), Peter Johnson (bass), Tony White (drums), and Robert Farrant (vocals). After Farrant left - later going on to record under the name Bobby Shafto - the group auditioned new singers, and replaced him with the 16-year-old Rod Stewart. They then won an audition with record producer Joe Meek, who liked the group but not their singer. Stewart left, and Meek persuaded the group to add keyboard player Pete Knight, and to change their name to The Moontrekkers. They recorded Leport's instrumental tune, "Night of the Vampire", at Meek's home studio in Islington, with Leport on lead guitar, Knight on clavioline, and Meek himself providing the eerie screams at the end of the record.[1] The record was banned by the BBC as being "unsuitable for people of a nervous disposition" when released on the Parlophone label in 1961, but rose to #50 on the UK singles chart.[2] The group toured in their own right, and also provided backing for singer Vince Eager.[3][4]

In 1962, Leport, Johnson and White left the group. Knight and Raither continued, adding Bob Frost (bass) and Derek Dampier (drums). They released two further singles, "There's Something At The Bottom Of The Well" (1962) and "Moondust" (1963), without success in the UK although "Moondust" was a top ten hit in Sweden. The Moontrekkers broke up soon afterwards.[3][4]

Later activities[edit]

Peter Knight continued to play, with guitarist George Bellamy and drummer Max Temple. After leaving The Moontrekkers, Gary Leport formed The Dimensions with bass player Louis Cennamo in 1962. When singer Tommy Bishop left the group, Leport's old friend Rod Stewart joined as his replacement. In September 1963, the group were contracted to provide backing to singer Jimmy Powell, previously of The Rockin' Berries, with Stewart playing harmonica and the band being billed on a tour of the UK as Jimmy Powell & The Five Dimensions. Leport and Stewart both left the band before the end of 1963.[5] Leport then retired from the music industry, but began performing again with semi-professional group Cut Glass in the late 1980s, and occasionally performed with Knight, Johnson and White as a re-formed Moontrekkers.[3] In recent years Leport has performed with local Hampshire band The Plonkers, and with Bournemouth-based jazz quartet Swing 39.[6]

The Moontrekkers' rhythm guitarist Jimmy Raither died in Scotland in 1993.

An arrangement of "Night of the Vampire", by composer and pianist Harry Whitney, was performed by the Kronos Quartet at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2008.[1]

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