Mike Hart (singer/songwriter)

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Michael William "Mike" Hart (3 December 1943 – 22 June 2016) was an English singer-songwriter and poet.[1]

In 1962 he founded the band The Roadrunners, before leaving in 1965 to join The Liverpool Scene, a poetry and music collective, with Adrian Henri, Andy Roberts, and Mike Evans. After recording one album with them he had a solo album, Mike Hart Bleeds, produced by John Peel, on Peel's Dandelion Records label.[2]

He recorded a second solo album with Dandelion; Basher, Chalky, Pongo and Me.

In 1980 he began work on a third solo project. Five tracks were recorded, but none were released. They have been rediscovered, remastered, and put online.[3]

He died on 22 June 2016 at the age of 72.[4]

Discography[edit]

with The Roadrunners[edit]

  • "Twist Time im Star-Club Hamburg - 4" (Ariola S 71 225 IT), German release 1964
  • "Rock Generation Vol. 5 – The First Rhythm & Blues Festival In England" (2 tracks from the band as ‘The Liverpool Roadrunners’) (BYG Records 529.705) French release 1964
  • "The Roadrunners in Pantomania" EP (2 tracks by the Roadrunners, 1 track by Chris Edwards with the Roadrunners, 1 track by Chris Edwards & Clive Wood) (Cavern Sound 2BSN L7), Feb 1965
  • "Star-Club Show 2" (Star-Club Records 148 001 STL), LP shared with Shorty & Them, German release 1965
  • "Star-Club Show 2" CD release (Repertoire Records IMS 7014) 1994 CD release features original album plus tracks from Rock Generation Vol. 5 and Pantomania EP

with The Liverpool Scene[edit]

  • "The Amazing Adventures Of …" (RCA Records SF 7995), 1968
  • "Heirloon” (RCA Records SF8134), 1970
  • "The Amazing Adventures Of … The Liverpool Scene" (Compilation Double-CD release 2009 on Esoteric Recordings ECLEC22138 featuring non-album tracks)

Mike Hart[edit]

  • "Mike Hart Bleeds" (Dandelion Records S 63756), 1969
  • "Basher, Chalky, Pongo And Me" (Dandelion Records 2310 211), 1972 (released as ‘Mike Hart & Comrades’)
  • "Son, Son" / "Bad News Man" (Deram Records DM 409), 1974 single
  • "The Lost Sessions" (5 tracks recorded 1980 for a possible new album; not released on record but remastered and put online for free download)


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mike Hart: Wayward Genius". BBC Liverpool. 2007-10-04. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  2. ^ Andy Gill (2008-11-28). "Album: Mike Hart, Mike Hart Bleeds (Dandelion/Cherry Red)". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  3. ^ The lost sessions "Mike Hart" Check |url= value (help). 2010-04-09. Retrieved 2010-04-09. 
  4. ^ Mike Hart obituary