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United Kingdom

Years: 1964 - 1967
Styles: Beat, Garage Rock, Mod Rock, Rhythm and Blues


Bob Langham - Drums (in band: 1963 - 1964)
Ron Wood - Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1964 - 1967)
Ali McKenzie - Harmonica, Vocals (in band: 1964 - 1967)
Tony Munroe - Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1964 - 1967)
Kim Gardner - Bass Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1964 - 1967)


Pete McDaniels - Drums (in band: 1964 - 1966)

Biography Picture   The Birds were a popular rhythm and blues band in the United Kingdom during the mid-1960s, although they recorded fewer than a dozen songs and released only four singles.

    At first calling themselves The Thunderbirds, they started out playing local clubs and a neighbourhood community centre, but they soon expanded to a larger club circuit. When they were hired to play on the same bill as Chris Farlowe, whose back-up band was also called The Thunderbirds, they shortened their name to The Birds – a decision which would have significant ramifications later.

   The ensuing recording contract resulted in their first two singles, "You Don't Love Me" and "Leaving Here". After releasing the third Decca single in late 1965, the band moved to Reaction Records, whose director, Robert Stigwood, suggested they change their name to The Birds. Birds, to distinguish themselves from the American band Byrds.

    By 1967 the group had disbanded. Both Gardner and Wood went on to join The Creation, with Gardner then joining Ashton, Gardner and Dyke.

Singles & EPs

You're On My Mind / You Don't Love Me (Nov, 1964)
Leaving Here / Next In Line (Apr 30, 1965)
No Good Without You Baby / How Can It Be (Oct 22, 1965)
Say Those Magic Words / Daddy Daddy (Sep, 1966)

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