supplied by Tony Bird. Mark Harrison, Keith Brooker, Alan ? and Tony Bird
Robert Searle… Good photo of Tony Bird and his group
Andy Taylor… I think Alan ? is Alan Ribchester.
Ian Mcgilvray… Tony hasn’t changed
Supplied by Tony Bird
Brian Lowe… I wanted a new drum kit in those days
Geoff Peckham… I remember the shop and Mr Bird very well. I bought a set of black bass strings here and a small tortoiseshell plectrum which lasted for years. This was around ’67/68, so goodness knows why I still remember such details….
Phil Thornton… I saw my first Mellotron in that shop….. I was not allowed to touch it.
Jan Warren… Its still there, but recently under new management, Tony retired near the end of last year!!
Phil Thornton… the shop in the pic was further down Sackville rd on the other side ( it was also a post office !)
Tony Bird… it was only ever a post office in the music shop at number 58 Sackville Road but when I opened it in October 75 it was only ever a music shop which became birds music centre
Chris Jolly… It’s called Replay Music and the owner is Dave!
Tony Bird… This was at 9 Sackville Road Bexhill
Chris Cozens… Bought my first sheet music there and taught myself to play piano. Thanks Tony.
Ernest Ballard… I remember walking with Dave Wood to the shop talking of Tony Bird. My 5 year old daughter holding my hand hearing us speak pointed and said. “ look dad there it is a tiny bird “. She was pointing at a sparrow. We laughed so much never saw the shop the same again. But yes it was a great shop
Mike Waghorne… This was when Tony’s dad ran the shop ,was it not a post office as well ?
supplied by Martin Stringer
Phil Thornton, Kevin Hoad, Tony Bird and Martin Stringer.
Phil Thornton… Well thanks for digging this out Martin ! (I don’t remember ever seeing this before) didn’t we have a bass player ?
Alan Esdaile… It would be interesting to know the story behind the props.
Tony May… A definite touch of The Bonzo’s by the look of this pic! (lol)
Martin Stringer… Hi Phil, hope all well with you and yours. Can’t remember a bass player.
Tony Bird… the fifth member of the band was Mick Ingram and the photo was taken at my studio called Wing at Ninfield circa 1980 and the props what part of the studio decoration. Now that’s recycling.
Julian Richards… cannot forget the Abysmal Sisters , great music , lots of humour ! I went back to Bexhill in September 2014 for 3 weeks , live in Perth , Australia , my best mate Richard Crawley took me in to see Tony Bird , he even gave me a copy of the A/sisters on CD , what a great surprise , still sounds bloody good even after such a long time . Great to see Tony is still in business , you bloody Legend !!
regards , Julian Richards ( Formerly of Bexhill )
You can hear Tony talking about The Abysmal Sisters on my recent radio show… https://www.mixcloud.com/alan-esdaile-johnny-mason/johnny-mason-60s-and-70s-show-on-chr-with-special-guest-tony-bird-180719/
photos supplied by Peter Horton
Peter Horton… The pics show a group that we named ” The Flipsides “. This group was formed to perform at The Sidley Fete on Saturday 29th May, 1965. We were formed on Wednesday 7th April, 1965 and we broke up following the gig. The line up was fairly flexible and several people actually came up on stage to play on the day. If anyone can remember who the vocalist was please let me know. During the afternoon we had multiple equipment failure and we never completed the set. Pictures of the audience indicate that they seem to be enjoying themselves.
photo 1 … Tony Bird Lead/Rhythm Guitar LHS, unknown singer vocalist Centre Snap, Phillip Earle Drums RHS, Sue Walden Vocalist Shown just to the left of the right hand window.
photo 2… Tony Bird Lead/Rhythm LHS, Rev Stockdale Lead/Rhythm Centre, Pete Horton Rhythm Guitar RHS.
photo 3… Phillip Earle Drums Unfortunately 2 snaps were taken on top of each other but this is the only other picture of Phil that I have from that day.
Geoff Peckham… Great pictures. Being a Sidley lad at that time, I was probably one of the lads there in thrall.
Phil Earle… Gosh, I’d forgotten this. No idea who the vocalist is. This was the first of many kits I had over the years and was a red sparkle mixture of a Gigster bass drum, Olympic toms, and Gigster snare. Cymbals and hi hats were Zyn and super Zyn. I can even remember I used Premier L sticks bought from Bird Music when they were at the top of Sackville Road. Shame the photo of me was double exposed but hey ho still good to see. Following this group I went on to join The Shrew People which has been mentioned here before. I must look out the photos for the site.
Ian McGilvray… I must have been trying to get some tips from the Band. Believe it I’m in the bottom left hand corner of the second photo. (posing as normal)!
Robert Searle… Can’t miss you mate
Colin Fox… Not THE Tony Bird of Birds Music fame? lol
Gaynor Duke… I was just going to comment that I spotted Mac in the crowd
Ian McGilvray… That’s me Gaynor with My imitation Beatles haircut
Philip Holloway… Can you remember any more about the fete, when the group wasn’t playing? I could ask Tony Bird, but can’t get in the shop. I’m making a Facebook album on Sidley past present.
Nikki Terry… I remember Rev Stockdale, Tony Bird, Dave Easton, Mick Ingram, Stuart Moir, Graham Putland oh loads of names…….
Mark Randall… We recorded our first ever demo at Tony’s 4 track studio
Laura Stockdale… Hey! Revs daughter here, does anyone have any more pictures of my dad?
Peter Millington… Looks like Tony Bird is playing Bass if that’s him on the left hand side?
Robert Searle… Mac bottom left
photo from Jenny Hervey-Moon via Terry Pack – National Hero Paul Kendrick & Terry Pack
supplied by Mick O’Dowd
Terry Pack… Paul Kendrick & Terry Pack. It was a pop harmony band: a guitar, bass, keys and drums quartet with three voices, doing 50s, 60s and 70s material. I enjoyed it. The drummer you can just make out was Paul ‘Bunny’ Freeman. Out of shot is Tony Bird.
Mick O’Dowd… Am thinking maybe National Hero or Easy Street?
Terry Pack… That’s right. National Hero. We played night clubs, holiday camps, British Legions and Working Men’s’ Clubs, in the days when there were lots of those gigs, and well paid.
Mick O’Dowd… Thought it might be them as I promoted them at The Carlisle around this time Terry.
Phil Thornton… I have no memory of playing at the Carlisle with Minotaur !!! – did this happen ? was anybody there ?
Mick O’Dowd… Yes it did happen as I put it on. Not full but I made a modest profit on the night Phil.
David Miller… I was there, your Mum and Kaye were there, John Wilde even showed up…. David McKnight, Marc Reynolds and Glen too. Upstairs, wunnit…! I remember that night (April 7th) as a member of Minotaur, I lost my voice but met John Wilde for the first time. One scene was coming to an end and a new one was bubbling up and getting ready to manifest.
Tim Moose Bruce… I remember seeing Loggerhead upstairs at the Carlisle. Prog stuff if I recall. Labrath Roadshow. Great rock music disco
Mick O’Dowd… Any idea where Steve & His Brother are now Tim?
Tim Moose Bruce… I never knew them . I just saw the band that night upstairs in the carlisle. Think the main band that night was Footlose or Slack Alice as they were latterly known when they changed the band name. Harry Randall may remember that night.
Mick O’Dowd… I used Labrath regularly as Steve was very reliable. I would love to know what became of him.
Steve Fox… I’ve just found out what happens when you google your history! Great days, good memories of running the Labrath disco, van loads of gear and tons of records, I’m still in the business repairing and servicing sound gear.
supplied by Len Benton
Ian McGilvray, Tony Bird and Len Benton.
Photo 2 jamming with Joe Mulligan
Ian McGilvray… Joe was a great sax player.
Harry Randall… back in 67-68 I used to sing for his soul band whatever happened to Joe and Ron? Shouldn’t that be Joe Milligan not Mulligan?
Alan Esdaile… Thanks Harry, have updated.
Ernest Ballard… Tony looks so young
Roy Penfold… I was about to say the same – mind you, he hasn’t changed much over the years
Paula Kerkvliet…. Joe passed away few years ago now . Ron lives in Hastings still.
Harry Randall… Love to catch up with him!
Tony Court-holmes… used to work there
supplied by Len Benton
Tony Bird, Ian McGilvray and Len Benton
Photo of Ian McGilvray York Hotel Bexhill
Ian McGilvray… I think that was pre Deep Purple days.
Robert Searle… Good photo Mac of you and Tony Bird. Was it a Peddlers type of group?
Ian McGilvray… Yeah, more like the Peddlers. Keyboard based sound.
Pete Prescott… wow ! Good looking guys !
Terry Pack… I sat in with this trio at a talent competition at The Yorkshire Grey in St Leonards and won £5. I also depped with the band when Len was unwell.
Ian McGilvray… I remember
Terry Pack… I sat in with this trio at a talent competition at The Yorkshire Grey in St Leonards and won £5. I also depped with the band when Len was unwell. Early 1974? Late 1973? I know that I was about 15/16 and way too young to have been in the pub! Steve D was trying to persuade me to join his band, and I kept saying no because he was so much older than me, and I was intimidated by him and the others. Steve had to change your kit around to sit in.
Ian McGilvray… Thanks Len for finding the above photo.
Jim Breeds… At last!! A band for those of us with hearing aids!!