Des (A Musical Life)

Make new Friends But Keep The Old :One Is Like Silver The Other Like Gold

                                                                             Happy New Year  2017

I wish you health and prosperity in 2017

                                           Introduction To My Site












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                                 Happy New year to everyone.!!  stay safe , stay happy and stay healthy    




                                                       Des O'Reilly... G'Day and Welcome to my Site



    Des O'Reilly :  Resident Aldinga Beach South Australia                    Life Partner : Mos Day

Boasting superb scenery and ease of access to its shores, the beautiful Aldinga Beach is extremely popular with beachgoers during the warmer months.


The main beach is the perfect place to soak up the sun, however swimmers should be aware that strong rips do occur off Aldinga Beach in the trough between the inner and outer bar.

Reef fishing straight off the beach is a popular activity for local fisherman, and the protected reef off Snapper Point is the perfect place for scuba divers to explore this pristine aquatic reserve.




                                           Aldinga  Beach                                                                        Beautiful sunsets






                                                              Aldinga Beach                            Cars are allowed on the Beach 


                                                                                                 The Puppets








                                                                             Des, Jim and Dave






                    This pic has only just surfaced, the guy on the left is our Publicity manager Greg Tesser



                     I'm an original '60s musician from the UK. I was drummer/vocalist for The Puppets, a group from Preston, Lancashire. We recorded at the


legendary  Joe Meek's RGM Studio in London and backed many major Artists of the time...            

                 'Photo Copyright©1966 Clive Bubley.'


                                                                  Including America's 'Little Miss Dynamite'                                                 


                                                                                                    Brenda Lee








                         The Fabulous Ronettes                                        Big Dee Irwin                                             Dee Dee Sharp      
                                                                                                                                        (The Mashed Potato Lady )













                                                                           and that incredible Rock'n'Roller,









                                                                                        Gene Vincent



                                                                                    And Brit Idols



                             Marty Wilde                                   Michael Cox                                       Vince Eager   



                                               Duffy Power                                                                    Jess Conrad


                            Craig Douglas                                      The Marionettes                                           Danny Rivers


                                                       Bert Weedon                                                        Julie Rogers


                         Elkie Brooks                                                 Kiki Dee                                                         Billie Davis




                                     Crispian St. Peters                                                                    Billy Fury                             

                        'You Were On My Mind '& 'Pied Piper'                          The best Rock Balladeer in Britain    











                                                                 The Delightful Millie who sang 'My Boy Lollipop'    


                                  As you can imagine we had a ball! For our history, please click on History Chapters to your left.

                                                                           Contact :      




                                                                 The Puppets tracks have appeared on many CDs

























                                                                                 Monkey Business






                                Des                                 Andrew                                   Rob                                   Neil

I have been living in Adelaide South Australia since 1979. In 1986 I formed a band called Monkey Business with guitarist Andrew Hilton, keyboard player Rob Ryan and later Neil Andrews aka 'The Adelaide Guitar Doctor'.

                                                            We were around for about 10 years and had a ball.


                                                     Contact on :




                                                                                   Bob Johnson RIP

                                          Bob Johnson  passed  away on Sat May 7th 2011




                     Click on the  Bob Johnson  Obituary  page in the navigation panel to your left for details




                                                             Dave Millen The Puppets Guitarist 1943-2010 RIP


                                                                               Dave Millen passed away on  Tuesday Jan 19 2010


                                Click on the   Dave  Millen  Obituary  page in the navigation panel to your left for details      




                                                                                       No Longer With Us

                                                     Sadly the following artists have all passed away




                                                             Joe Meek  April 05 - 1929 --- Feb 03- 1967

                                                             Gene Vincent Feb 11 - 1935 --- Oct 12 - 1971

                                                             Billy Fury    April 17 - 1940  --- Jan 28 - 1983

                                                          Big Dee Irwin   July 06 - 1932  --- Aug  27 - 1995 


                                                            Dave Millen   Jan 29 -1944 --- Jan 19 - 2010

                                                      Crispian St. Peters April 05 - 1939 --- June 08 - 2010



                                                         Bob Johnson  Aug.30 - 1940 --- May 07 - 2011

                                                                                    Keef Hartley  April 08 -1944 --- Nov 26 2011  

                                                         Bert Weedon  May 10-1920 --- April 20 - 2012


                                                      David John Smith March 29 -1946 ---  Mar 03 2013

                                                      Sir Tom Finney            April 5   .1922   ---  Feb 14 2014

                                                    Duffy Power        9 September 1941 –--  19 February 2014    

                                                    Danny Rivers       November 7, 1941  ----  28 July 2016







                                                                                 Preston Musos Page



I've decided to open up a page as a forum for people to post items regarding the music scene in Preston, Lancashire UK.


                       You have to be a site member to post. If you are not a member you can register on the page, it's free, usual rules apply.


                                                     Please click on 'Preston Musos' at the bottom of the navigation panel to our left.


                                                                                                                 Des O'Reilly



                                                            Over Five million hits  on Fandalism

G’Day everybody


I would like to share this with you.

Around 5 years ago I joined a site for musicians

called  Fandalism. Today 08 Nov. 2017, I have

 5,775,741    hits,

   —Who -ooh




Here’s a link


Still counting

                                                                                 Site Updates

                   I've had this site since 2004, over time people have sent me all sorts of info etc.

                     If anyone has anything Puppet related pics or articles,

                there are even four demo discs out there somewhere there could also be some Videos too   So if you have please please send me a copy

  [email protected] 

I just want you to know that the site is constantly being updated

  and I genuinely thank you for your interest


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