Little Tina & Flight 56

It is our sad task to report the death of Les Bailey early on Saturday 21st February 2009 after a long illness, he had been a good mate for over 30 years and our drummer on and off for all that time. His Funeral took place in South East London on 12th March and was very well attended by family and most of the South London Rock n Roll fraternity.

Les Playing with Flight 56 on rip it up,

with the Ravens on we wanna boogie,
with CSA on Don't and with the South London Cruisers on Sea of Heartbreak.

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Les originally joined us around September 1976, and stayed for around a year, this doesn’t seem long but it was our busiest year ever involving at least two tours of Holland, one of Belgium, one of Denmark and a huge number of one off gigs in England, France, Scotland and Wales, probably totalling around 200 gigs in all.
Les was also the drummer on our Rockhouse Album “this little girl’s gonna rock it”
which was recorded in four days in the middle of a ten day Dutch tour, in 2000 Rarity records re-mastered the album and released it on CD.
In 2007 we all got back together again for a 30th anniversary tour which is still going on, Les was again our drummer during 2007 and 2008, in December 2008 he asked us to replace him because he didn’t feel fit enough to play.
Over the years Les played with lots of Rock and Roll bands and some of us who he played with the most (Flight 56, the Ravens and the Cruisers) will be playing a benefit gig on Sunday 19th April with as many guests as we can fit in on the night, the idea is to help Les’s family with some of his funeral costs, the venue is The Livesey Social Club
225 Perry Hill, London, SE6 4HD. Doors will be open from 5pm

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