Who Played Thunderbirds Back In The Day?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by The Golden Boy, Apr 17, 2021.


  1. Were there any players of note who played Thunderbirds when they were new?

    More or less- I mean from 1963-1966.

    After doing some searching, I'm seeing:

    David Martin from Sam The Sham and the Pharaohs
    George Chambers of the Chambers Brothers
    Nick Massi of the Four Seasons

    Anyone else?
     
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  2. Hover-Rich

    Hover-Rich Commercial User

    Jan 21, 2018
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    Although he was mainly known for his Rick basses, Lemmy played in bands during those years and did play a T-bird at one point .

    Also, John Entwistle played one (pictures of him looking fairly young). The years you mentioned were definitely pre-Alembic, which was what he played in the later years.
     
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  3. The bassist for Beep Beep and The Roadrunners played a 60's T-Bird during the 60's, who were they you ask? A local Worcester, Mass band, I saw them in 1968 at an outside gig, they used Super Beatles amps and had two drummers, were very good live.


     
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  4. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Yeah, but then we’re getting into the 70’s, different era altogether. I know the OP said “63-66, more or less”, but by ‘67 music was moving way past the Brit Invasion/Shindig thing, slipping into psychedelia and on to “underground” rock. By then, players were looking for different sounds, and that’s when T-Birds really got discovered. But in the mid-60’s, besides those mentioned, there was Karl Green(a lefty who flippped it) with Herman’s Hermits...
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    ...and the guy with J. Frank Wilson(“Last Kiss”)...
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    In that time period, Lemmy was actually playing guitar with a band called the Rockin’ Vicars...

    Slightly before Entwistle got one, Martin Turner with Wishbone Ash was a high profile T-Bird player, as well as Pete “Overend” Watts of Mott The Hoople.
     
  5. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    When was Glen Cornick playing onevwirh Jethro Tull? Probably not in '65 but late '60s.
     
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  7. Thank you all!!!
     
  8. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Overend Watts of Mott The Hoople, John Entwhistle, Martin Turner, Chris Squier, John McVie, Leon Wilkenson.
     
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  9. I think he was asking about T-Bird players in the early to mid ‘60’s.
     
  10. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Ah my bad.
     
  11. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Karl Green Herman's Hermits.
     
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