THE TUBELESS HEARTS
Hearts was a Yorkshire band formed in 1981, originally consisting
of Trevor Midgley on keyboards, guitars and vocals, Kevin
Moore on bass and vocals, Trev Sargent on guitars and Simon
Kay on drums and vocals.
All had previous musical experience, with Sargent and
Simon part of Billy Furys last backing band, The New
The group managed to release a single in its first
18 months, Paperback Romance/Telephone,
and performed a number of support slots with acts as diverse
as Bucks Fizz, Showaddywaddy and Musical Youth.
The departure of Sargent in late1982 gave the opportunity
for Kevin to reunite with lifelong friend Adrian 'Fos' Foster,
who had been playing with Kevin in bands together since they
were nine years old.
The band enjoyed considerable live success in the 80s
and were offered a publishing deal with EMI, which they subsequently
turned down. A chance meeting via TV personality Jimmy Saville
and a mutual friend led to Tubeless Hearts becoming the vehicle
for Jeff Christie's planned reworking of Yellow
River in 1988.
Under the wing of Jeffs long-time manager Brian
Longley, the Tubeless Hearts re-recorded the song (listen
to a sample here) and it had even been scheduled to be
released as a single, but Brians tragic accidental death
effectively shelved the possibility indefinitely.
Nevertheless, the working relationship was successful
and as the 20th anniversary of Yellow
River fast approached in 1990, the band joined forces
with Jeff to re-launch a brand-new version of Christie into
the live arena.
Around this time, Trevor Midgley left the band, and
the remaining members of Tubeless Hearts, in tandem with their
work as Christie, adopted a rockier direction, and released
the CD Three, which is now considered a collectable rarity,
featuring a guest spot by Saxon's Graham Oliver.
The classic Tubeless
Hearts line-up: Simon (left), Kevin, Trevor Midgley, Adrian
Around 1989/90, a leading publisher in the UK approached
Jeff personally to commit a piece to the Eurovision song contest,
and Jeff submitted a soft rock ballad called Safe
In Your Arms, on which Kevin sang lead vocals. Jeff played
piano, Kevin bass, and Adrian lead guitar, while Simon provided
backup vocals, with Midgley returning to the group to program
In 1992, the band re-recorded San
Bernadino with Jeff for an album, and in 1994 backed Jeff
on Happy Christmas for a Christmas
album that Christie participated in.
Tubeless Hearts effectively ceased as a band in 1996,
having run uninterrupted for 15 years, as its members chose
to pursue different musical projects, but they continued to
come together to perform with Jeff as Christie.
One of those projects involved Kevin joining forces
with Sargents son Dave in 1997 on an album of cover
songs under the name of Dedication. Called Under the Covers,
the set featured electronic rock versions of classic hits
including Yellow River.
Jeffs link with the trio has now survived for
more than 20 years, making it an enduring relationship indeed.
A few years ago, a new version of Tubeless Hearts reconvened,
and still performs regularly, though now under the name of
Badfingerz, playing classic 70's hits, and features Trevor
Midgley, Trevor Sargent, and Simon on the drums.
Read more about the band here.