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The Moontrekkers - Night of the Vampire
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NIGHT OF THE VAMPIRE - THE MOONTREKKERS
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The Moontrekkers - Dance Legless, Russian
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The Moontrekkers - Night Of The Vampire
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The Moontrekkers - Night Of The Vampire
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The Bogey Man - The Moontrekkers
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Sunday Sunset - The Moontrekkers
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The Moontrekkers -  Night of the Vampire
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The Moontrekkers - Night Of The Vampire
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the moontrekkers - the bogey man 7
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The Bogey Man - The Moontrekkers
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The Moontrekkers - Night Of The Vampire
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The Moontrekkers (Joe Meek) - Night Of The Vampire + Melodie D
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Night of the vampire (moontrekkers remix / tribute / cover)
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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]

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.[7]

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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