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                   Gallowgate at the Barra's 1990                                                                           GlesgaPal Norrie                  

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Gallowgate at the Barra's April 2007 - Gibson Street junction                                                                                                           GlesgaPal Norrie        

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 "Every night was a riot. There were some good musicians in the band but you couldn't play for laughing. Billy MacGregor was probably the greatest showman band leader that I ever worked with"
 ....Jimmy Philips who joined the Gaybirds in 1956

 The line-up remained the unchanged for over ten years before the fire in 1959.  The band played six or seven nights per week and earned 15 in the early 1960s.

 " Billy never gave us the opportunity to play what we consider is good music. It is fair to say that he had his finger on the pulse of what a certain audience wanted. He knew exactly. Nobody could have done what he done." .....John Murray who played with the Gaybirds 1963-97

  All the band's instruments and music were destroyed in the fire but Director Sam McIver replaced the instruments and gave all the musicians other work until the Barrowland opened again. During this time Jimmy Phillips became a bookkeeper.

 

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