June 13, 2009

My Quest for THE BUGGS

Category: Music — jerry @ 11:02 am

Okay, boys and girls–I need your help on this.

In a GOOGLE search on the topic of “Beatles clones”, I came across this group.  According to Wikipedia:

The Buggs were a short-lived pop band of the mid-1960s which attempted to cash in on The Beatles craze.

The Buggs only album, “The Beetle Beat”, consisted of covers of Beatles songs (I Want To Hold Your Hand, She Loves You) with quickly-written dance-title originals (Big Ben Hop, Soho Mash, Liverpool Drag, Teddy Boy Stomp, Mersey Mercy) which displayed an almost preternatural cluelessness of what The Beatles were actually about.

Although the album cover was emblazoned with the legend “The original Liverpool sound”, The Buggs actually hailed from Omaha, Nebraska, and the album was recorded at Kay Bank Studios in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[1]

A later re-release (or pirating) of the album was titled “Meet The Buggs” and featured the band in an exact simulacrum of The Beatles’ pose on the cover of “Meet The Beatles” (the then-current American title for the album now called “With The Beatles”).

So they hailed from Omaha, Nebraska, in the mid 60’s and had larceny in their hearts–these are my kind of guys!!  And here’s the other thing–they sounded pretty darn good (see below).

So…does anyone recognize these fellows?  I have an email out there to an eBay seller who has the actual LP and am trying to get the names of the members.  I’d think they would have to be 65- or 70-ish in age now.

Dear The Buggs:  Please contact me–I want to get together.  The beers are on me!   Beatles Forever!!

Some of their music:
I Want to Hold Your Hand

Mersey Mercy

Soho Mash

East End

London Town Swing

She Loves You

Liverpool Drag

Swingin Thames

Big Ben Hop

Teddy Boy Stomp


  1. I have a copy of the album and NO NAMES are listed. Very strange. Also, the album was recorded in England on Coronet Records. The cover was printed in the USA. I am following up on a hunch that the guy third from the left is Billy Shepard. I find a lot of errors on Wikipedia and I believe the idea that they were from the USA is not true. Additionally, there is no evidence of a second (even pirated) album exists that can be found.

    Comment by Alison Wilson — June 16, 2010 @ 7:55 pm

  2. Yeah, this continues to be one of Life’s Great Mysteries.

    I’m not familiar with Billy Shepard. Who is he?

    Comment by jerry — June 16, 2010 @ 9:00 pm

  3. The lead singer of the Buggs was Andy Anderson, who was in a couple of Omaha bands in the early sixties called Andy and the Live Wires and Andy and the Manhattans. The bass player was a guy named Bobby Jones, who later went on to join Joe Cocker’s group on the Mad Dogs and Englishmen album and tour. There was also a drummer, name unknown.

    Andy Anderson later retired from music and became a physician. Sadly, Andy murdered his wife and then killed himself in 2009. Bobby Jones was last seen living near Santa Barbara.

    The links below contain more information:



    Comment by sprattle — February 14, 2013 @ 7:51 pm

  4. Thanks a million for the info!

    Comment by jerry — February 14, 2013 @ 11:00 pm

  5. More on the murder/suicide here:


    I remember when this occurred. Little did I know there was a THE BUGGS connection!

    Comment by jerry — February 14, 2013 @ 11:04 pm

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