When South Shields singer ruled the pop charts

Making it big in the music industry remains a difficult thing to do – as lots of hopeful singers and groups will testify.

By Peter French
Thursday, 04 April, 2019, 10:12
The Wolves rock groyup in action in August 1976.

Today we feature one of those who did, a South Shields pop singer who topped the charts in the early ‘70s, along with a number of local bands from the past whose fortunes we’re unsure about.

The ‘chart-topper”’ in question was Gerry Monroe, who is pictured in 1972 being presented with a gold disc by Mr CR Barlow, general manager of EMI (Australia) Ltd for his recording of It’s A Sin To Tell A Lie.

Rock band The Letters pictured in June 1981.

At the time, Gerry, who was celebrating having six records in a row in the charts, had just returned from Australia where he had been touring.

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What more can you tell us about him and the groups pictured here?

Back in June 1972 Gerry Monroe, South Shields pop singer, is presented with a gold disc.
Reign, a local rock band. What can you tell us about them?