1980: A great day in Birmingham - But where are they now?

With celebrations to mark Big Bear Records 45 years in the music business well under way, the search is on to locate the Birmingham musicians in this photograph taken outside The Barrel Organ in Digbeth in June 1980.

Big Bear wants to invite the musicians in the photograph to the 45th Reunion Bash at Asylum 2 on Thursday, 28th November.

“In 45 years we have recorded over 150 albums and 60 singles with British, American, Spanish and Dutch musicians, in UK studios and in Kansas City, Chicago, New York, Eindhoven, and Montreux, but this recording over 7 memorable days in the heart of Birmingham, with 18 top bands [from which the best thirteen were selected] stands out as a very special event”

says Jim Simpson, M.D. of Big Bear Records.

The occasion was the recording of the now collector’s item, the double album BRUM BEAT – LIVE AT THE BARREL ORGAN which featured 13 of the finest Birmingham bands of the time – including three that went on to chart success – Carol Decker later of T’Pau, The Quads and Maggie de Monde and Rick P. Jones of Scarlett Fantastic

The funding of the recording was, at the time, considered groundbreaking. Not only did commercial advertising appear on the gatefold sleeve, but the box office income over the 18 performances helped pay the recording costs, possibly the earliest example of Crowd Funding.

 


 

IF YOU WERE IN THE PHOTOGRAPH, OR YOU KNOW HOW TO CONTACT SOMEONE WHO WAS, THEN PLEASE DO GET IN TOUCH.

For more information please contact Jim Simpson Big Bear Music, Po Box 944, Birmingham,
B16 8UT

Tel: 0121 454 7020 - admin@bigbearmusic.com 

 


 

  • The bands on the Live at The Barrel Organ album are Bright Eyes, The Lazers, Willy & The Poorboys, The Quads, Rockers Speed Limit, Dansette Damage, Mayday, Dangerous Girls, The Plaything, The Thrillers, Spoonful and Eclipse.
  • Brum Beat was a monthly Birmingham music magazine that was published from 1970 until late 1980s by Big Bear Music.
  • John Peel said that Birmingham Band The Quads were his favourite band of the 1970s and their Big Bear single ‘There Must Be Thousands’ is in his box of 50 favourite 45s.