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Related: The Olympics

Town/Village/County: Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim

Vocals: Barry Brent, Marty
Lead Guitar:
2nd Guitar:
Harry Baird
Tom, Bert
Tommy Bodel


The Regency Showband was formed from the original members of The Olympics and toured the length and breadth of the country for a further nine years. The group had many personnel changes during their duration and even briefly featured a young Van Morrison on saxophone. The Regency played support to many of the touring bands that came to Belfast including The Tremoloes, The Kinks, Cat Stevens and Marmalade. By 1969 Harry Baird had decided to give up the hectic life of a touring musician and to concentrate on both his family life and his trade as an electrician. His bass-playing skills were still much in demand and he returned to permanent residency at The Talk of the Town nightclub with the in house band, The Roly Stewart All Stars backing the likes of Shirley Bassey, Frankie Vaughan and Guy Mitchell.

Throughout Harry's career of over ten years as both a musician and an electrician he had developed a keen interest in the workings and repair of his on stage equipment of amplifiers and speakers leading him to take the plunge in 1971 and give up his day job and open a music shop both for retail and short time hire - the beginning of Baird Sound Systems Ltd.

Harry didn't hang up his bass completely though and continued to perform on the local cabaret circuit with Barry Brent and the Jetset. In 1973 the band featured on national TV appearing on Hughie Green's Opportunity Knocks show, the X Factor of its day! 

thanks to Harry Baird of

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