The Bruff Boys: Wendy & The Travellers: The Travellers: Little Fat Black Pussycats:
Sound Five: David John & The Mood: Purple Haze: Little Free Rock.:
Peter Illingworth: Lead Guitar. Mick Dilworth: Drums. Mick Hamer: Bass Guitar
Two of my earliest incarnations were The Bruff Boys who were little more than a skiffle group in a church youth club in Longridge. Then we were Wendy & The Travellers who were the growing pains and beginnings of The Falcons. Wendy left and I started doing the singing for The Travellers. Terry Walton - rhythm guitar - left to learn to play saxophone and we changed the name to The Falcons as a three piece. The Falcons were for the most part myself on guitar and vocals, Mick Hamer on bass and Mick Dilworth on drums.
Finally to be myself on guitar and vocals, Malcolm Fred Isherwood on drums - from The Corries, Rick Greenwood on bass - from The Centurions and Rob Dekka on electric piano - from The Strangers and being asked to back David John Smith - 'Miffy' at a gig he was compering and eventually transmuting into David John and the Mood.
The Falcons 'backing' David John.
More personnel changes followed when we signed with The Rolling Stones management - Eric Easton Northern - and got a record deal. Rick Greenwood was replaced by John Brierley of Freddy Starr's band The Midnighters and Rod Dekka - now known as Rob Shenton - by Peter Atkinson of The Thunderbeats on guitar.
The Falcons arriving at Morecambe Central Pier with the gear on a trolley.
Mick Hamer, Peter Illingworth and Mick Dilworth.
The Falcons Duo
Myself - Peter Illingworth during a Falcons gig at Penwortham Village Hall -
St Mary's I think - with four of the local girls. Those were the days!
The Fabulous Falcons:
(c)Peter Illingworth: September 2011