Friends of Bilbo
||Songwriter and bass player
Wayne was originally a member of the Pete Best Three (the original
drummer with The Beatles) and then moved into songwriting with his
writing partner Tony Waddington. Bickerton and Waddington wrote most
of the early music for Bilbo Baggins before Brian started writing
himself. Wayne went on to become head of A&R at Polydor UK and
then to occupy senior executive positions within the Performing
Rights Society and SESAC International.
|| (songwriter and
guitar) Alan was a member of The Tremeloes before turning his hand
to song writing. He both wrote and produced "It's A Shame".
had been a well known singer and producer through the 1960's and 1970's,
also having his own performing career in the late 1950's and early
1960's. He worked with Mickie Most (a very famous producer). He produced
"Back Home", "Dance To The Band", "Hold Me"
and "What's Goin' On" for the band.
|| (record company
owner) Alan owned Lightning Records the company that released Bilbo's
singles in the late 1970's. Lightning tended to focus on reggae music,
rather than pop/rock music that was Bilbo's diet, having had a major
hit with Althia and Donna's Up Town Top Ranking, which knocked Mull
of Kintyre by Paul McCartney's Wings off the number one UK chart position.
was a member of Brian's first band, before he left school, called
Expo. They toured Edinburgh for a year before going their separate
||Roadie for the
band, who hailed from Brighton, replacing Billy.
a member of Brian's first band (before leaving school) called Expo.
They toured Edinburgh for a year before going their separate ways.
According to Bob Creamer, Roy is still in the music business.
||Roadie for the band until
July 1976. Died early 2001 of cancer.
||Roadie for the band.
produced "Dole Q Blues" and "I Can Feel Mad".
(manager and promoter) Henry became manager
of Bilbo after they parted company with Tam Paton. He went on to
promote Brian and Colin Chisholm in their post Bilbo days as Chisholm
An article about Henry's life can be found on
the articles page or by clicking on the following link. Bet
guitar) Tony was originally a member of the Pete Best Three (the original
drummer with The Beatles) with his songwriting partner, Wayne Bickerton.
They wrote most of the early music for Bilbo Baggins before Brian
started writing himself. Their song writing success encouraged Bickerton
& Waddington to set up State Records.
||(drums) Tom was
a member of Brian's first band, before he left school, called Expo.
||Roadie for the
band. Died 2004.
||(bass) was in
Edinburgh band Threshold (famous for having Les McKeown as a member
prior to him joining The Bay City Rollers) and, according to Alan,
he then joined Bilbo Baggins, who had a record contract. However,
Brian tells me that he was never a member of the band, although Tam
Paton was trying to make it so. He later worked as a session musician
working with groups such as M People.
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4 March, 2010
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