Barry I'anson: Lead Vocal. Jim Hopwood: Lead Guitar. Pete Taylor: The Singing Drummer.
Pete Eddleston: Bass Guitar. Bernard Drugan: Rythmn Guitar.
"As The Electones, the band played a memorable night-of-nights at The Co-oporative Hall, Darwin, Near Blackburn. The night was the 25 January 1963 and the top of the bill was an up-and coming band from Liverpool: The Beatles."
Bernard Drugan was one of the original members of The Electones when we comprised Jim Hopwood, Bernard and myself Peter Eddleston. Bernard played rhythm and sung the Cliff Richard songs. The possessor of a wonderful dry humour and a very likeable lad, but also and very importantly he had parents who would let us rehearse in their front room and provide us with brews and appalling rock buns.
He was very popular with the girls despite looking more like an accountant than rock star. In 1966 he left us and was replaced by Fritz Fryer who had been with The Four Pennies. He had that wonderful ability to deliver one-liners with perfect timing, was also serious and clever, and a good player and songwriter too. Much missed.
Barry I'anson - Pete Eddleston: March 2013
"This was a friday night and the boys had just got to number 1 in the NME charts. They were all excited especially George, who was so affable, down to earth, yet terrified. Ringo was his laconic self and John, wearing those Buddy Hollly specs, sat on the floor with his Gibson. Paul, meanwhile, was sat at a table reading his fan mail.
In those days you recorded songs that Tin Pan Alley provided. Not The Beatles. George Martin wanted them to record Mitch Murray songs. They said they wanted to record their own. I know this is name dropping, but later that night, Paul said to me that he and John had written over 100 songs. I thought bloody liar ,nobody writes their own material. How wrong was I!"
Peter Eddleston: March 2014
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