THE THYRDS – \”Hide \’N\’ Seek\” / \”No Time Like The Present\” (Decca F.12010) October 1964

So many beat and R&B singles were released during October 1964 in Britain and here\’s another one to add to the list. The boys from The Thyrds were all still attending Emanuel School, Battersea Rise in London when they formed the band and entered a \”Ready Steady Go\” Beat Group competition.

They didn\’t win the Beat Group contest, the victors were The Bo Street Runners. This disappointment didn\’t stop them from recording a couple of songs for Oak Records who released a Thyrds single \”Hide & Seek\” b/w \”\”I\’ve Got My Mojo Working\” sometime in 1964.

The single was then picked up for release by Decca Records who changed the B-Side to another group original \”No Time Like The Present.\” Sadly, like so many singles released back then it failed to gain much notice and remains quite an elusive 45 to find.

\”Hide \’N\’ Seek\” is a Bo Diddley inspired R&B mover with a fast tempo. It\’s appeared on several compilations over the years. I\’m pleased to own an original copy. I found a site mentioning The Thyrds with some more information. Go here.

Paul Ellis (vocals / lead guitar)
John Malcolb (bass)
Mick Teasdale (drums)
Michael Hughes (rhythm guitar)

I don\’t think any of the members went onto other combos when The Thyrds called it quits. Probably when they left school!


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