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"JOHN HARTLEY"  is a multi-talented, natural born singer with good looks and has a graceful personality. John Hartley is truly dedicated to his craft. John Hartley, the passionate artist, sings with his heart and soul. It is on the stage where John truly shines. When John Hartley sings, people listen. There is also the comedian side of John along with his good buddy Des Sands. John is a kind and generous man with many friends who just think the world of him. John Hartley was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania on January 01, New Years Day. John is now residing in Barto, Pennsylvania with his lovely wife Marge. John and Marge have been happily married since 1966. John and Marge have four children and ten grandchildren whom he loves very much. They are a very close and loving family. John is a veteran of The United States Marine Corp.
 
John had an uncle who played guitar and taught John how to play at the age of 16. From playing guitar his natural singing ability came out and he has become a great singer. John is a local singer and entertainer throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. John considers himself a lover of country music, although he does branch out into Doo Wop and your oldies but goodies. There isn't anything that John can't sing. He is just amazing! He has been in the recording studio recording old music and new songs written by Frank Crispo.

 

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John has played at the Lake View Inn in New Jersey as part of the opening band for Tammy Wynette and Hank Snow for four nights. The band's name was "Country Gold Band" run by Bob Steam Bolt Fulton the manager of Country Gold Band and disc jockey at WXTU radio. John also was the opening band at Big John's Ontelaunee Park opening the show for Freddy Fender, David Frizzel, Shelly West, Mo Bandy and Ronnie Prophet.
 
John has played at the Country Western Inn, Land Mark Inn, Hide Away, Buck Hotel and many other local establishments. Some of the local bands he had or played with through the years were The Gamblers, The Applejacks, Sands of Time, Shades of Country, Fugitives, White Oak, Nashville East, Midnight Special and many other bands.

 

In 1989 the band that John Hartley played with called "Southern Breeze" was invited to perform for the U. S. Military personnel stationed at Thule AFB in Greenland. They performed four nights of the seven days that they were in Greenland. They were interviewed by "The Morning Call" newspaper and published a very nice article about their performing for the U.S. Military troops in Greenland. Needless to say, this was a very exciting time for John Hartley. John said that this experience will remain with him forever.

 

The group "Southern Breeze" was well known throughout a fairly large area in Eastern Pennsylvania playing at such familar places as the Dutch Cottage in Skippack, Stahleys in Allentown, The Country Tavern in Plunsteadville and also at clubs in Kutztown and Downing.

 

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John Hartley had many many followers in the early years of playing his country music and entertaining his followers. Today, if you were to fondly mention the name "JOHN HARTLEY"  to anyone of his time, they will  instantly let you know that he is known as a "local legend"  in all the areas he performed, as well as playing with many bands throughout the years. John Hartley has been a long standing friend of "DES SANDS". John was also in the band called "The Apple Jacks"  for the full run of the band. John was equally known throught the area as well as Des Sands. John also went for the full run of Des's band "The Sands Of Time".
 
Since the early years, John has been busy working, raising his children, enjoying his grandchildren, and now has retired. Since his retirement, he hopes to do some things he has always wanted to do including re-starting his music and getting together with his "Senior Citizen Pals".
 
John and his old buddies Frank Crispo, known as The Country Picker, Des Sands, Rich Bosco and Johnny Iatarola (fondly known as Johnny I.) are reunited and they are now called "Frank Crispo" The Country Picker  and "The Senior Power Band". John
is now looking forward to a wonderful future filled with lots of music, good times and good health with his buddies in their "Senior Power"  years and playing the music they love!

 

The good old boys just keep moving on. They love getting together, playing music and just having a blast in their "Golden Years!"

 

 

 

 

"Frank Crispo", The Country Picker and "The Senior Power Band"  put on a venue on May 28, 2013 at 1:00 PM. The "Senior Power Band"  venue was held at the Ben Wilson Senior Citizens Center in Warminster, Pennsylvania. The event really had a great turn out of the "Senior Power Band"  fans. Many family members and friends were there too! Everyone really had a wonderful time dancing and good food to eat. The band had a really good time too! It was so great to see some of our old friends and family members from way back when? Frank Crispo's very good friend and local radio station personality, Jack Boland was the MC of the "Senior Power Band"  venue. Jack is the show host of the "Country Gold Classics" at wrdv.org every Friday night on your "radio" dial. Listen in and enjoy the music! Hope to see you all again soon! 

 

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"Frank Crispo",The Country Picker and "The Senior Power Band"  was invited back to appear at Tamanend Park Day at Upper Southampton, Pennsylvania. The band appeared on September 07, 2013 from 12:00 to 3:00 PM. The all day event offered Historical information, games, food stands and more. It was a "Great" day and everyone had a wonderful time! Tamanend Park Day is an event that is put on every year. Thank you to all of our loyal fans who came out to see "The Senior Power Band". We sure do hope to see you next time! For more information about Tamanend Park Day...... > Click Here! To read the Public Spirit Newspaper Article that was written Frank Crispo and The Senior Power Bands appearance at Tamanend Park Day...... > Click Here!

 

Frank Crispo would like to thank John Hartley, Des Sands, Rich Bosco and John Iatarola for a wonderful performance! They worked hard and they did a "Great" job! "Thanks Guys"!!

 


 

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