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Posted by Jack Higginson in Lees Oldham @ 16:45 on Feb 7 2010

Thanks for bringing back so many memories of the Glorylanders .I am Bills cousin and worked with him in Dereks electrical company where Ian and arthur also worked. My memory of them opening the Paradox coffee club in Uppermill and the concert at the Civic hall where they asked me to control the lighting their faces where every colour of the rainbow. My three daughters grew up listening to the songs and still remember them after all these years . I thank God for Glorylanders work and witness and may they have a long retirement [or maybe a take that come back] luv and God Bless Jack and Carole



Posted by John Carr in Chester @ 09:25 on Feb 6 2010

Great to see this blog gaining momentum. Makes me think that the Glorylander records should now be re released and made available to our current generation. I am thinking of You Tube, Spotify and readily available downloads. With the technology now available to us what a vehicle we have for spreading the Gospel.
PS...We haven't heard from Anne Simmons! (as was)



Posted by Pete Howard in New Malden @ 22:17 on Feb 1 2010

I would just like to say, 'thanks Mark and your cheque is in the post'. I have a favourite memory of travelling down to London with the boys when they recorded, I think, their second album. We had such a good time and there was so much laughter - happy days.



Posted by alan keefe in manchester @ 16:43 on Feb 1 2010

Well we are doing well - 2 Glorylanders on the thread and Carr family as well - boy do I have fond memories of Nick Carr. Like Mark Simmons I too have sat by the phone (have I ever wished....) awaiting the call to become a Glorylander. Dream on...
I'd forgotten about Pete Howard - yes he was a great songwriter.
Bill I'm sure you've got the digits in your age the wrong way round - must be 57 surely?? Do you think we can convince the 3 of you to come out of retirement for a final shot at the 'Z' factor? You might sell the 400c 'Live' CD's!! Ian are you prepared to do it? Might even be able to convince Janet Proudman (nee Dawson) John Hampson and the Christ Church Harpurhey mob to do 'support'.


Reply by pete Roberts in Belfast @ 12:25 on Jul 19 2010

Can I play too! i think I'll still remember the words being the youngest by far!!

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Posted by Johnny Jaworski in GERMANY @ 12:45 on Jan 29 2010

The Glorylanders story is amazing, their music is still
listened by old and also young people, because that music is a people connecting, communicating music
(is that real English?) - And there are still some CD`s
"After all this years" and "time flies" left - here in Germany.



Posted by Bill Simmons in Chadderton Oldham @ 10:00 on Jan 29 2010

My name is Bill and I'm the old guy of the Glorylanders. I am amazed at the response from your web site and moved by the kind comments. We were really blessed as a group to have good Christian friends and contacts, and in the right place at the right time. I still have my old bass Cedric, and keep wondering whether or not we might make a comeback, but at my age of 75 I'm not sure. We are all still in touch with our manager in Germany Johnny Jaworski. He was the Lutheran Pastor who really put us on the map in Germany, and is still a good friend. He bought a LP when he was at Capernwray Bible College,in the 60's took it back to Dortmund and his boss said 'Get them over here' Keep the comments coming . you are giving an 'old guy lots of pleasure.


Reply by Chris Sealey in Swindon Wiltshire @ 17:56 on Jun 16 2012

Aarrgghh! whats all this about a reunion? and I missed it! Can you believe your record is on the turntable as I type this - how sad is that? Remember your trips to Shrivenham and when you stayed with me? Hope you get this Bill, hope you are well, reply is you can.

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Posted by Mark Simmons in Birmingham @ 00:12 on Jan 27 2010

Hi, I'm nephew of a Glorylander and son of their manager. As a youth I loved both the Beatles and the GloryLanders and hoped that one day I would be asked to join one of them! 40 years on I still sit by the telephone, guitar in hand, waiting for that call from Uncle Bill or Paul McCartney!! (It’s a lonely life!)What made the Glorylanders so good then? Well, Arthur and Ian were brilliant guitarists, Ian very understated, Arthur very over-stated (it was a dynamic combination.) Arthur had the big, excellent voice and Ian, the invisible singer, complemented it in a unique way, with subtle, dulcet harmonies. And (Uncle) Bill under-girded it all with solid bass vocals and instrumentation. But there was another unique factor - the fourth Glorylander! And who was that? Derek Simmons (Dad) their manager? Ria (Gullecki) Jones who sang with them on a few recordings and at some concerts? Harvey Crossland who played drums on two of their albums and many live concerts? No the fourth Glorylander, who was a major factor in their fruitful ministry, was Pete Howard. Pete played piano and guitar on their Volume two Album and, along with his sister, wrote many of the great Glorylander songs that are still blessing people today ("If ever there was just one day" "Are you going my way" "Not going to take my crown away") Pete has retired but still writes songs and lives in New Malden (away from the limelight!!) And whilst I feel very proud that my Uncle and Dad were a big part of a unique and wonderful musical ministry in the 60 & 70s lets give credit to my good friend Pete for all those wonderful songs full of Beatle-esque melodies and harmonies and most importantly - full of Christian truth! (What a combination!) So bless you all dear readers in 'Gloryland' as I go back to the phone and wait for that call!


Reply by Jonathan Wheeler in Reading, Berkshire @ 15:29 on Feb 26 2010

Wow, Mark Simmons! You probably don't remember me, but you were a hero of mine when I was about ten or so on holiday every year at The Warren. I think you were a couple of years older than me, and Mark (my brother) and I used to hang out as often as we could at your caravan. I remember helping build the beach pulpits for the Sunday CSSM services, and listening to the Glorylanders. I still recall most of the words for "Think of tomorrow".
The CSSM wa a very important organisation in my life, and I have happy memories of you lovely Simmons folk even to this day, 45 or more years later.

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Posted by Peter Carr in Wimborne, Dorset @ 16:09 on Jan 17 2010

Great to read these comments . Where do I start?
I remember the Glorylanders singing at the Abersoch Beach mission, Botwnnog Church, The Keswick Convention and our own garden near Abersoch - the view is still the same! What great times with the Glorylanders and Derek and Joan, John, Mark and Anne Simmons. They were great days and part of my christian upbringing. How time flies. All may change but Jesus never, glory tio his name. I loved their music and still have the LPs. Can they be found on Spotify?
Keep the blog going!!!!



Posted by John Carr in Chester @ 23:16 on Jan 16 2010

Further to my earlier message I failed to mention, and thank God, for the ministry of The Rev John Vevar. He was the Rector of Botwnnog and faithfully preached the Gospel in this rural outpost for many years. John used to welcome the Glorylanders to sing and witness in the Church. As a child I well remember these occasions and give God the glory.



Posted by John Carr in Chester @ 22:38 on Jan 16 2010

Every year we as a family have gone to Abersoch for our summer holidays. Through the CSSM and Botwnog church we were privileged to get to know the Simmons family and the Glorylanders. I have fond memories of their informal concerts which they gave at our Bwlchtocyn bungalow Nyth Y Mor. I well remember the open air concerts around Abersoch when the Glorylanders would sing and my Dad, Nick Carr, would invite those standing around to respond to the Good News. Precious days which certainly helped to build and encourage me in my early years as a young Christian. Thank you Dad, Mum, Derek, Joan, Bill, Arthur and Ian.



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