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Ricky And The Spitfires
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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.
Artefact added : 18th October 2013
by pdgreenwood
Pars Says –
Did someone called Nigel ever play with the band ?
COMMENT ADDED 1st August 2014
pdgreenwood Says –
Yep, Nigel was the drummer from Wolverhampton who played till the band split up
COMMENT ADDED 3rd August 2014
Peter Berry Says –
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 :-)
COMMENT ADDED 3rd September 2018
Peter Greenwood Says –
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)
COMMENT ADDED 4th September 2018
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