When South Shields singer ruled the pop charts

The Wolves rock groyup in action in  August 1976.
The Wolves rock groyup in action in August 1976.

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

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.

Rock band The Letters pictured in June 1981.

Rock band The Letters pictured in June 1981.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Reign, a local rock band. What can you tell us about them?