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Tony Harty (aka Tony Hicks): Popdown

GUEST,Peter Prentice 18 May 10 - 06:12 AM
GUEST,Emile 07 Apr 16 - 06:22 AM
GUEST 07 Apr 16 - 06:45 AM
GUEST,Fum 07 Apr 16 - 06:50 AM
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Subject: Tony Harty (aka Tony Hicks): Popdown
From: GUEST,Peter Prentice
Date: 18 May 10 - 06:12 AM

Does anyone recall a busker by the name of Tony Harty? Tony (credited as Tony Hicks) appeared alongside Don Partridge, Meg Aikman and Jumping Jack Norris in a little-known 1968 pop film called 'Popdown'.

In the film, Tony is seen performing with Meg and Jumping Jack on the streets of London while an unknown musical tribute namechecking both is played over the top. The song is clearly a field recording featuring a vocal accompaniment by Meg - the Queen of the Buskers - herself.

It begins with the lines:

"In London town,
In London town,
Where there's nowhere else can be found..."

Two time-coded screenshots, taken from a heavily truncated 25m edit of the film found at Contemporary Films in London last year, can be viewed here:

http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.editAlbumPhoto&albumID=1748913&imageID=26886805

I am anxious to learn more about Tony and the mystery composition as part of my ongoing researches into the film.


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Subject: RE: Tony Harty (aka Tony Hicks): Popdown
From: GUEST,Emile
Date: 07 Apr 16 - 06:22 AM

Tony was a busker in London 1966/67. He got himself in a spot of bother with the law and was deported back to Ireland in early 67. That was probably the reason for the name changes when he reappeared. He did a summer season in Blackpool in 68 with Don Partridge and later sang in a group called Kelly's Eye.


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Subject: RE: Tony Harty (aka Tony Hicks): Popdown
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Apr 16 - 06:45 AM

In Kelly's Eye under the name of Tony Kelly.


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Subject: RE: Tony Harty (aka Tony Hicks): Popdown
From: GUEST,Fum
Date: 07 Apr 16 - 06:50 AM

If you ever meet Tony, ask him to sing you Stewball.


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