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Lambrettas’ Jez Bird dies

Posted on August 30, 2008
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Jez Bird lead singer with mod revival band The Lambrettas passed away on Wednesday following a long battle with cancer at the age of 50.


43 Responses to “Lambrettas’ Jez Bird dies”

  1. jen and phill cooper on September 3rd, 2008 8:01 am

    to all jez’s family we are so deeply sorry to hear this tragic news, what a lovely man who will never be forgotten, we have seen jez play many times he also played at our wedding in 1994 and we still talk about it now. please accept our deepest sympathy
    love from phill jen cooper xx

  2. Spud Murphy on September 3rd, 2008 2:50 pm

    A fantastic man, musician, singer song writer no doubt son husband and father will always remember my mate the rock n roll star Jez Keep that Fender tuned buddy will catch up again sometime in another place.

  3. Alan Deller on September 3rd, 2008 8:58 pm

    Jez, you’ll be missed. Thanks for all the good times & memories. Best wishes to Jez’s famliy.

  4. carl stopforth on September 5th, 2008 1:40 am

    Jez, Thanks for music you made. You helped me and many of my friends through our teenage years. you helped to give us an identity through your music. R.I.P

  5. Marcus W on September 5th, 2008 7:18 pm

    Saw Jez loads of times, a really great and lovely guy, really sad to hear he has gone, he was so generous and warm and his gigs were always brilliant. Gutted. Thinking of his family.

  6. Brass Monkeys on September 8th, 2008 8:37 am

    A great man and a brilliant musician, Jez will be missed by all the local muso’s who were his great friends.

  7. David Ceredig-Evans on September 8th, 2008 9:22 pm

    Can’t believe it – Jez was such a great guy, brilliant musician and performer – will be so missed. Very much thinking of his family at this time.

  8. Brian on September 11th, 2008 10:13 am

    First meet Gez in 1981 at a record signing as a young Mod. His songs influenced my mates and I, and we are still spinning the vinyl. I thankyou for the music ,memories and the top bloke you are. Thinking of his family and friends at this time. Go Steady Beat Boy.

  9. Piers Cullen on September 12th, 2008 12:05 am

    Jez you became a good friend and always made your gigs a great night to share with you and friends i will miss you and your music greatly RIP a wonderful musician and all round great guy

  10. Greg Huff on September 13th, 2008 2:34 am

    Sad news…. rip, your music makes me happy and The Lambretta’s will spin on and on! cheers.

  11. samantha on September 16th, 2008 10:49 pm

    god rest his soul jez was the bestperson ever and i will never forget him

  12. Stefan Lindon on September 18th, 2008 7:56 pm

    Your memory will be with all of us who you knew you for the rest of our lives.
    Rave on Jez!

  13. johnny bebj on September 26th, 2008 5:02 pm

    only new jez for a short time had loads of laffs killing time as film extras .God Bless You Mate x
    johnny benj

  14. Ian, London on September 26th, 2008 7:27 pm

    Never liked The Mod revival bands, always prefered the originals,BUT my mum bought me Pioson Ivy when I was eight, needless to say that I do own a small collection of 79 revival & every single one has The Lambrettas written on it.Thanks Jez for all the pleasure – I AM GUTTED that you are no longer with us

  15. steve on October 5th, 2008 7:56 pm

    1986 we always listened to jez and the lambrettas in our mod days,always remembering a month to wait for beat boys in the jet age 2 come in our local music store! a treasure in my collection!tanx for my teenage dayd jez

  16. Del Beck on October 24th, 2008 1:42 pm

    Thanks Jez
    You’ve guilded & moulded alot of Mods, were still out there
    from a Beat Boy in the Jet Age
    Our thoughts goes out to the Bird Family From the Low Numbers SC

  17. Lee Baigent on October 26th, 2008 10:34 pm

    Only just heard that Jez had passed away. Really sad news.
    Enjoyed his solo gigs in the Bacchus Wine Bar and The Lamb in Rustington many years ago. He even played at Sue and Rich’s for Rich’s 30th, and we had a great time.

    Sadly missed but fondly remembered.

    RIP Jez. 🙁

  18. Bob Palmer on November 2nd, 2008 5:49 pm

    Only just heard the very sad news of a guy taken way too soon -saw the Lambrettas at the Marquee more years ago than i can rightly remember (78/80/81?) was blown away (and that was in a time of exceptional musicians and musical magic!!) sincere condolensces to all Jez’family-he was a super musician and man XX

  19. paul cottam on December 1st, 2008 8:03 pm

    shocked, and saddened, a band who will in my mind forever be linked to my early teenage years, great album beat boys,only found out today, will play it in my taxi tomorrow, R.I.P JEZ, god bless you.

  20. PHIL WATSON on December 13th, 2008 10:52 am


  21. Nick on April 8th, 2009 7:10 pm

    Thanks for making my teen years the best….Your music was and still is timeless. RIP Jez x

  22. LOCK UP on April 23rd, 2009 1:13 pm

    Jez always made an ordinary night monumental for everyone,especially atE.R.F.C. Will never sink in that he`s really gone.Ican`t listen to “weather with you” without shedding a tear!But i`m sure Jez had a tear in his eye everytime i grabbed the mike for “Night boat to Cairo”. “WE ARE THE MODS WE ARE THE MODS WE ARE WE ARE . . . . .

  23. julie short on May 22nd, 2009 12:56 pm

    i saw the lambrettas at The Coach house in Huddersfield (quite a number of years ago) me and my friends got to talk to the band after the gig. i managed to get Jez’s autograph – there wasnt any paper available so he signed the back of a photograph (one of those done in the booth at woolies) and he seemed like such a nice man. i was sorry to hear of his death and my sincere sympathy goes out to his family.

  24. HOWARD HENNESSY on October 4th, 2009 1:40 pm

    Our deepest sympathies to Jez Bird’s family. Most of my mates and myself grew up on The Lambrettas’ music. I hadn’t listened to them for a while and whilst looking them up on the internet heard the shocking news.
    R.I.P. Mate!!
    Howard (Episodes)

  25. Mac on November 21st, 2009 9:43 am

    The last time I saw Jez was at
    The Lambrettas reunion gig
    The Sir George Robey (London)
    back in the early 90s.
    Great band,great singer.
    R.I.P. Jez

  26. Bridget Dawkins on March 10th, 2010 11:11 am

    Hi Just read the news, cant believe it, will not be the same, No Jez, No Lambrettas. xx R I P Jez.

  27. Kevan Higgins on May 21st, 2010 4:36 pm

    So sad – only just found out- saw the Lambrettas in Brightion reckon around 1979/80 so superb still up there with the best gig,I remember dancing in my bedroom at home to D-A-A-ANCE,never met him but enjoyed his music and still on occasions listen to Beat boys..died too young.

  28. Mr_minty on June 22nd, 2010 6:46 pm

    I just dug out my old lp’s damn I miss not being a beat boy in the jet age.
    Miss not hearing you live and havin that pint in the White heart.

    Cheers jez there will always be one waiting for you.

  29. redmikee on July 3rd, 2010 1:48 pm

    Listened to The Lambrettas yesterday and wondered ‘where are they now?’ searched and found this! Very sad.
    Loved the music (still do!)

  30. brian crane on July 31st, 2010 10:07 pm

    goodnight jez ol’ buddy,hope u giving em’ hell up there!! …..see u soon ol’ mate!! x B

  31. jenny lake on October 26th, 2010 11:41 am

    only just found this out, rip jez, thanks for the brilliant gigs in and around bexhill. Our maggie may duo? You’ll live on in our memories as a great guy! God bless, last one out, turn the light off!

  32. Froggy on January 15th, 2011 2:34 am

    Just having a stroll down memory lane, Found out that Jez had gone. Beat Boys was a sound track to my youth, Once a Mod always a Mod. Gone but not forgotten. Gotta look out my Beat Boys album. Belated Condolences to all his family and friends.

  33. Derek Grant on May 4th, 2011 11:40 am

    SO sorry you are no longer with us Jez. I am still playing the vinyl.You will always be in our hearts, from all your mates at British Caledonian. God Bless.

  34. James gibbs on May 9th, 2012 2:26 pm

    Now 2012 and I did not know. Very sad. Lambrettas, secret affair brilliant

  35. johnny bayley on August 19th, 2012 7:31 pm

    Just heard. Sad news. Loved watching him at Bacchus wine bar in the early nineties on a Wednesday night. Rip.

  36. david norcup on September 19th, 2012 11:06 pm

    i no its four years but i still think of the great loss only listend to the albums today and still love them jez was part of my youth with some great memorys he will never be forgot by any mod what ever there age… so sad

  37. Bridget on September 27th, 2012 4:06 pm

    I sang with Jez a good few years ago… Such a great guy… Rest In Peace.

  38. Ralph Gunnion on November 25th, 2014 12:18 pm

    Jez it’s six years since you passed away I will always remember my youth & hearing poison ivy on the radio I was in Torquay on holiday with my mum & dad & was so overwhelmed when I saw you were playing that week in the town hall great gig & to this day thankyou for guiding me through my youth giving me an identity god bless you Ralph Gunnion

  39. Lyn and Fin on February 20th, 2015 7:39 pm

    Hi lyn & fin (ex swan Pulborough) thank you jez for the really good times with us at the swan! XX

  40. brian berquist on April 24th, 2015 1:01 am

    Just seen an old t.o.t.p rerun and theres poision ivy,,,, the record took me back right away,,,, looked up on net to see what they all up to,,,, and end up here… very sad.. way to young a talent to go,,,, and by all accounts a top bloke,,,, sad,

  41. Helen Parsons on May 18th, 2015 1:14 am

    …Was just looking for my old Lewes Priory classmate on the social networks and found this. Very sad, he was such a lovely guy 🙁

  42. Ruth Graham on November 23rd, 2015 1:19 am

    Jez and I wrote many songs together in the late 1990s and he was a wonderful, humorous man. We had great fun and many laughs. We lost touch when I had to move away, and I’m so shocked to discover many years later that he’s no longer with us. What a loss to music and his family. All the best to you Fiona – I hope you and the kids are ok. Ruth x

  43. Leslie Phillpott on October 16th, 2018 6:26 am

    My son Nathan and I first met jez at his nights in a bar in worthing, tremendous bloke, he would give Nathan his guitar and let him play during the breaks. He did a party at my home and also my brother’s wedding, brilliant nights, such a nice talented fella, still miss him terribly, RIP mate

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