The John Banks Page
The reason MerseyCats exist is because of John Banks. Read
the History page and you will understand.
This is an email received from Johns friend who got to know him
when they both lived in Israel.
----- Original Message
From: Ko Kantorowitz
Sent: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 9:25 PM
Subject: John Banks
I'm writing to you as a result of reading an artikel that was
published last year in May by a Israeli journalist about the story of John,at a Israeli music
In the last 20 years of me living in the Netherlands,i often
thought of my friend John,which for me was my top floor neighbour in my granny's building in Tel Aviv
I was 16 at the time and John was i believe
34.I was for my age a real kean 60's fan a played
guitar with my brother two stories below John's appartment,
One day he just knocked on our door and we became very good
friends.There and then he told us that he used to
play drums for the Merseybeats.
As to lack of internet back than,i was real intriged by his
stories about the Mersey scene and most of all the stories about the Beatles and the
Now more than 20 years later all my childhood's memories of John
came back and i even found pictures i took of him with my brother in his appartment in Tel Aviv,Israel,i'll enclose
one of this pictures.
I am now in contact with his girlfriend for the last 7 years of
is life,who also wrote a big artikel about John back in 1988.
She's the one who contacted Gus Gustafson (ex-Merseybeats
bassist) to arrange hospitalization in London for John, after having severe chest pain because he was'nt medical
insured in Israel.
That was 2 weeks before his passing.
Through my search on the internet i found your rock and roll
children's charity foundation,(which i didn't know of),and trully touched by the fact that it came about as a
memory of John Banks
I am really proud and honored to be a part of John Banks
Keep up the good work.
A young Ko with John at their flat in Tel Aviv,
John Banks in Tel Aviv 1986
John soon after arriving in Israel 1970.