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THE HAMMERS

Vince Reno & The Sabres: The Magic Lanterns

St Helens

1963

The Hammers.

 Gerry Blackman - Allan Wilson - Maurice Tickle - Ian Moncur

 

The line up that became The Magic Lanterns.

Pete Shoesmith: Guitar. Jimmy Bilsbury: Lead Vocal. Allan Willson: Drums. Ian Moncur: Bass Guitar.

 At the Keg o Kee club Atherton in 1965.

 

"We changed our name from The Sabres as there was a Liverpool group called Denny Seyton & The Sabres and it was causing us problems getting into the Liverpool clubs. We also had a change in line up. Pete Bond and Ken Hobin left the group and we replaced them with Gerry Blackman from Leigh."


 

1964: The Hammers on stage at Formby Hall, Leigh.

Jimmy Bilsbury: Vocal-Guitar. Ian Moncur: Bass Guitar
Gerry Blackman: Lead Guitar. Allan Wilson: Drums.

 




*http://youtu.be/ExyeCczwO0o

Jimmy Bilsbury R.I.P

 

  1962 Jimmy Bilsbury - right - formed The Sabres, playing locally and changing their name a few years later to The Magic Lanterns and hailing from Warrington. 

 

  Later he went on to achieve even greater things such as joining the The Les Humphries Singers in Hamburg, Germany who had a diverse ethnic line-up which included Liz Mitchel of Boney MAs one of the lead singers, Jimmy never gained the respect and credit for his writing and co-writing since to the record company wanted to have the focus on Les Humphries only.

 

 

Jimmy however, is credited with writing the song recorded by

Boney M called 'Belfast': A Northern Ireland protest song. 

 

Jimmy's former bands:

(England)
RAY JOHNSON SKIFFLE GROUP

THE NIGHTBOPPERS
THE BEAT BOYS

THE SABRES
THE HAMMERS
THE MAGIC LANTERNS

(Germany)
THE LES HUMPHRIES SINGERS
MEGATON

A film is out soon featuring Jimmy's earlier career!

 

 

This was The Hammers line up which in turn became The Magic Lanterns.

 

  Pete Shoesmith on guitar Jimmy Bilsbury vocals, Allan Wilson on drums with Ian Moncur on bass at the Keg 'O Kee Club Atherton, near Leigh in 1965.

 

 

 

Allan Wilson: October 2013.

 

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