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Added 18th October 2013 by pdgreenwood


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Ricky And The Spitfires

Formed at Bury Grammar School around 1974 original members Dave Arnold, Peter Greenwood & Ritchie Hardin. Joined by Howard Brown later. Various drummers including Ian Wilkinson, Vinny Reilly's flat mate & Pete Mulvihill, later of Que Bono & D-Notes fame.
The band changed its name from Ricky Dean and the Spitfires to Ricky and the Spitfires (RATS) when Ritchie left.

Latest Discussion

“Did someone called Nigel ever play with the band ?”
01 Aug 2014
“Yep, Nigel was the drummer from Wolverhampton who played till the band split up”
03 Aug 2014
“I suppose no band archive would be complete without everything. Remember Dave Arnold met a club drummer while he was working part time at The Hare & Hounds pub in Holcombe Brook, probably while in his last weeks in 6th form. At that time the band was without a drummer with a gig at Tottington Conservative Club coming up? This was very early days, around 1974. The club drummer joined a single short practice session at a house in Tottington before joining the band for the gig - which, shall we say, on the night didn’t turn out as well as it could have done, and was their one and only together as a result. This was probably due to the drummer only having (several years) experience of accompanying dowdy Hammond organ around the local clubs. His kit was a little antiquated too and he was dropped in the deep end with a fabulous up and coming group performing all the rock n roll era hits. That drummer would be me :-)”
03 Sep 2018
“Everything you say was spot on. I also worked with Dave for a time at the Hare & Hounds ( aka The Fluffy Dog) and it was at our house in Quakersfield where we practised. I founded the group with Dave when we were in music class together at Bury Grammar School. I left them after several years as a pro band & later formed "D Notes" with Peter Mulvihill, Jane Mulvihill & Peter Barratt ( also on this archive site)”
04 Sep 2018
“Being a Bury lad I remember this group in the mid 70s. Was someone with the surname Adamson associated with the group and if so how? I was best mates with his Brother Gregg.”
23 Oct 2023
“You are correct, Gregg's brother was the original singer "Ricky Dean" of Ricky & the Spitfires (centre). I was the guitarist (right)”
23 Oct 2023
“I played bass with the band in it's original configuration - Dave Ives”
27 Apr 2024
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