Memories of Phil

Fabulous drummer and a great friend who will be greatly missed by all in the band.

27 comments

  • Ducksy

    Ducksy Brackley

    Still find it hard to accept this shocking news. Our condolences to Val and the rest of the family

    Still find it hard to accept this shocking news. Our condolences to Val and the rest of the family

  • john hall

    john hall cwmbran

    rip phil

    rip phil

  • Stephen Cleaves

    Stephen Cleaves Risca

    I first saw Phil play with The Pieces of Mind when I was still at school. Back then, his playing style reminded me of Keith Moon of The Who and with his blonde hair, he looked like Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys. Not only was he a great drummer, he was a great showman too. My condolences to his family and friends. R.I.P. Phil.

    I first saw Phil play with The Pieces of Mind when I was still at school. Back then, his playing style reminded me of Keith Moon of The Who and with his blonde hair, he looked like Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys. Not only was he a great drummer, he was a great showman too. My condolences to his family and friends. R.I.P. Phil.

  • Ducksy

    Ducksy Brackley

    Been thinking of memories about Phil all day and the one I remember the most, at least the one clean one is: We were playing the Tredegar Working Men’s Club one night in 1966 and the packed audience of predominantly girls, was getting quite hysterical. I can’t remember exactly how high the stage was but from a couple of old photographs, the heads of people on the dance floor came up to our knees, so it must have been around 3-4 feet high. Some of the girls reached up to Adrian and pulled him off the stage. Andy was the next to go followed shortly by me, just leaving Phil playing drums, with no other instruments playing. Phil stood up and shouted to the girls, ‘What about me?’ A couple of girls jumped up on the stage and dragged him down to the floor. The 4 of us were under a mass of girls trying to get souvenirs and being very friendly with us. It was very reminiscent of what had been happening to the Beatles, albeit on a smaller scale. What a bloke

    Been thinking of memories about Phil all day and the one I remember the most, at least the one clean one is:
    We were playing the Tredegar Working Men’s Club one night in 1966 and the packed audience of predominantly girls, was getting quite hysterical. I can’t remember exactly how high the stage was but from a couple of old photographs, the heads of people on the dance floor came up to our knees, so it must have been around 3-4 feet high.
    Some of the girls reached up to Adrian and pulled him off the stage. Andy was the next to go followed shortly by me, just leaving Phil playing drums, with no other instruments playing.
    Phil stood up and shouted to the girls, ‘What about me?’ A couple of girls jumped up on the stage and dragged him down to the floor. The 4 of us were under a mass of girls trying to get souvenirs and being very friendly with us. It was very reminiscent of what had been happening to the Beatles, albeit on a smaller scale.

    What a bloke

  • Vic Johnson

    Vic Johnson Romford Essex

    Like I said in the Book 'Birth to Reunion ' I first met Phil while I was playing in the 100 club London he came up and said we've been looking for you... wanna go to Germany. Before I met Phil my perception of the Drummer was just the person who kept time , sat in the middle of the band at the back so the band could hear him , not really in the mix. When we first rehearsed I couldn't believe the Power. I'm sure he contributed to the loss of my hearing today. His big sound was the reason we did so well in Germany and France I love him as a person and a fabulous drummer. RIP my dear friend

    Like I said in the Book 'Birth to Reunion ' I first met Phil while I was playing in the 100 club London he came up and said we've been looking for you... wanna go to Germany.

    Before I met Phil my perception of the Drummer was just the person who kept time , sat in the middle of the band at the back so the band could hear him , not really in the mix.

    When we first rehearsed I couldn't believe the Power. I'm sure he contributed to the loss of my hearing today. His big sound was the reason we did so well in Germany and France I love him as a person and a fabulous drummer.

    RIP my dear friend

  • Adrian Williams

    Adrian Williams Frigiliana

    I got the call from Val early this morning .... I've had all day to think about it and still can't believe or come to terms with this tragic news . In the old days , what a drummer and to this day could still smash ' em !!! But mostly I'm gonna miss him as my friend over here ..... He was a very generous person and the life and soul .... He will be seriously missed by many .... Big love to you dearest Phil and thanks for all those memories ..... Ax

    I got the call from Val early this morning .... I've had all day to think about it and still can't believe or come to terms with this tragic news . In the old days , what a drummer and to this day could still smash ' em !!! But mostly I'm gonna miss him as my friend over here ..... He was a very generous person and the life and soul .... He will be seriously missed by many .... Big love to you dearest Phil and thanks for all those memories ..... Ax

  • Marc Beaumont

    Marc Beaumont

    Not just a fantastic drummer but a fantastic dad and grandad to Kim zoe and Ebony . In the short 2yyrs I'd known him he always made a big impact. Lived his life in the fast lane doing what he loved best! My heart is with val zoe kimberley Ebony trudy and Jerry, And not forgetting all his many friends ...... Raise a glass to the big man! Rock n roll x

    Not just a fantastic drummer but a fantastic dad and grandad to Kim zoe and Ebony . In the short 2yyrs I'd known him he always made a big impact. Lived his life in the fast lane doing what he loved best! My heart is with val zoe kimberley Ebony trudy and Jerry, And not forgetting all his many friends ...... Raise a glass to the big man! Rock n roll x

  • ALAN JONES

    ALAN JONES Newport

    I was in the band Five In Hand with Phil many moons ago and always enoyed his great drumming and accompanying patter ! I hadnt seen him for 40 odd years but saw him play with the The Pieces a few months ago and managed to have a brief chat-and he hadnt changed a bit ! Fond memories. AJ x

    I was in the band Five In Hand with Phil many moons ago and always enoyed his great drumming and accompanying patter !
    I hadnt seen him for 40 odd years but saw him play with the The Pieces a few months ago and managed to have a brief chat-and he hadnt changed a bit !
    Fond memories. AJ x

  • john hall

    john hall cwmbran

    i rember we were on the same bill with the p o m in beaufort phil asked me if he could borrow some sticks as he broke all his when he had finished he said i.ve left you one

    i rember we were on the same bill with the p o m in beaufort phil asked me if he could borrow some sticks as he broke all his when he had finished he said i.ve left you one

  • Andy Gibbon

    Andy Gibbon New Inn, South Wales

    In the 1966 Pieces of Mind, Phil used Trixon drums and when he hit them thar skins, boy you certainly knew about it, the sound was incredibly full, loud and what a groove. In my opinion he was well ahead of his time and a perfect anchor man for the band. It was great rekindling old and lost acquaintances at the Christmas 2012 Celtic Manor reunion and who would have thought the "old school" would get together again with Phil yet again whacking out a tidy beat for the rest of us to feed off. I will miss his wicked sense of humour which, he was never at a loss to express with the occasional expletive thrown in for good measure. His passing on was sudden, unexpected and such a sad, sad loss to both friends and family alike. I would like to think somewhere out there in the great scheme of things the beat goes on. ACG

    In the 1966 Pieces of Mind, Phil used Trixon drums and when he hit them thar skins, boy you certainly knew about it, the sound was incredibly full, loud and what a groove. In my opinion he was well ahead of his time and a perfect anchor man for the band.

    It was great rekindling old and lost acquaintances at the Christmas 2012 Celtic Manor reunion and who would have thought the "old school" would get together again with Phil yet again whacking out a tidy beat for the rest of us to feed off. I will miss his wicked sense of humour which, he was never at a loss to express with the occasional expletive thrown in for good measure.

    His passing on was sudden, unexpected and such a sad, sad loss to both friends and family alike. I would like to think somewhere out there in the great scheme of things the beat goes on. ACG

  • Bob Teague

    Bob Teague New Inn, Wales.I

    I have only known Phil since the Pieces reformed last year, and I was invited to play with them due to Dave Kubinecs Health issues. My fondest and slightly controversial memory was in the rehearsal studio on the first day we all met up. I was jamming along with a few of the guys when Phil piped up, 'Oi, none of that effin poncy piano playing, give it a bit of the dirty old organ'. So its dirty old organ they had, and its all down to Phil balling me out. But we kissed and made up, and its been a pleasure to have known him if all be it a very short time. Rock on Phil.xx

    I have only known Phil since the Pieces reformed last year, and I was invited to play with them due to Dave Kubinecs Health issues.
    My fondest and slightly controversial memory was in the rehearsal studio on the first day we all met up. I was jamming along with a few of the guys when Phil piped up, 'Oi, none of that effin poncy piano playing, give it a bit of the dirty old organ'. So its dirty old organ they had, and its all down to Phil balling me out. But we kissed and made up, and its been a pleasure to have known him if all be it a very short time. Rock on Phil.xx

  • Anne Hambrook

    Anne Hambrook Weston Super Mare

    It was at the Parkway I said my final goodbye. I just can't get my head around this.My condolences to his family.I'm sorry it sounds so formal. X x

    It was at the Parkway I said my final goodbye. I just can't get my head around this.My condolences to his family.I'm sorry it sounds so formal. X x

  • Chris Sharley

    Chris Sharley Slough

    One of my biggest inspirations, Phil Edwards from The Pieces of Mind, has sadly died. Powerful r&b drummer. I remember my stepfather telling me,"he's loud!" I said, "that's good!" He never quite understood. Phil played a Trixon kit in those days. My fondest moments as a schoolboy, was to hear some live music at Croesyceiliog school. You always new if the Pieces were on, as you could hear the drums from the main gates. Thanks for those memories Phil. My condolences to his wife & family.

    One of my biggest inspirations, Phil Edwards from The Pieces of Mind, has sadly died. Powerful r&b drummer. I remember my stepfather telling me,"he's loud!" I said, "that's good!" He never quite understood.

    Phil played a Trixon kit in those days. My fondest moments as a schoolboy, was to hear some live music at Croesyceiliog school. You always new if the Pieces were on, as you could hear the drums from the main gates. Thanks for those memories Phil. My condolences to his wife & family.

  • Ric Lawton

    Ric Lawton Pontypool

    When I first joined Andy Gibbon to play music as a youngster of 17 he used to tell me all these wild stories about the Pieces of Mind in the 60s and talk about Phil Edwards a drummer of note with a character larger than life. When I actually got to meet him in my 60s he proved to be no less a character than in those stories told by Gibbon and a gentleman to boot! He certainly left a lasting impression. My condolences to his wife Val and family.

    When I first joined Andy Gibbon to play music as a youngster of 17 he used to tell me all these wild stories about the Pieces of Mind in the 60s and talk about Phil Edwards a drummer of note with a character larger than life. When I actually got to meet him in my 60s he proved to be no less a character than in those stories told by Gibbon and a gentleman to boot! He certainly left a lasting impression. My condolences to his wife Val and family.

  • denise everson

    denise everson newport south wales

    can,t believe it, went out with Phil when I was 16 when he played in the Five Hand, great guy, so shocked when I read the news. My condolences to his family,

    can,t believe it, went out with Phil when I was 16 when he played in the Five Hand, great guy, so shocked when I read the news. My condolences to his family,

  • Cy Benson

    Cy Benson Tenerife

    So sorry to hear that a great friend and fellow musician, Phil Edwards Drummer with Pieces Of Mind has passed away so suddenly. I came over from Tenerife last year to see the Piece´s Re Union and was talking to Phil whom I have known since I was about 15. He was a great bloke and a fantastic drummer. We had a great chat at the Cwmbran Workingmans Club along with my Partner Angie. It was the first time I had seen Phil in years and we had a great chat about old times when I was in Pandoras Box and also working on the Door at the Kensington Court Club. You will be sadly missed by everyone that knew you Phil. Our sincere Condolences to his wife & family and also to the rest of the Pieces Of Mind, who like us are in deep shock. May you now R.I.P. in the arms of God above. Cy Benson ( Joey ) and my Partner Angie. Till we all meet again. xxxxxx

    So sorry to hear that a great friend and fellow musician, Phil Edwards Drummer with Pieces Of Mind has passed away so suddenly. I came over from Tenerife last year to see the Piece´s Re Union and was talking to Phil whom I have known since I was about 15. He was a great bloke and a fantastic drummer. We had a great chat at the Cwmbran Workingmans Club along with my Partner Angie. It was the first time I had seen Phil in years and we had a great chat about old times when I was in Pandoras Box and also working on the Door at the Kensington Court Club. You will be sadly missed by everyone that knew you Phil. Our sincere Condolences to his wife & family and also to the rest of the Pieces Of Mind, who like us are in deep shock. May you now R.I.P. in the arms of God above. Cy Benson ( Joey ) and my Partner Angie. Till we all meet again. xxxxxx

  • Rob Wilson

    Rob Wilson Newport

    So sad to hear the bad news, condolences to Phil's family, friends & POM band members. Good memories of Phil in the 60's. Phil once stood in for me & almost deafened my band mates with his superb drumming & loud 'industrial' language. RIP Phil

    So sad to hear the bad news, condolences to Phil's family, friends & POM band members. Good memories of Phil in the 60's. Phil once stood in for me & almost deafened my band mates with his superb drumming & loud 'industrial' language.
    RIP Phil

  • John Beardmore

    John Beardmore Newport

    I was shocked, and very saddened to hear about Phil. I only met him for the first time in March last year. Over this short period of time I came to know him as a great guy, a person who has left left a deep, lasting impression on me. Extrovert , full of life, always quipping, not shy coming forward with his opinion . He was sociable, likeable, very funny and it was a pleasure to be in his company. I could see how much he enjoyed being back, playing in the band. His time with the band has been sadly cut short , but I’m sure he’ll still be there in spirit. RIP Phil, you will be missed. My condolences to Val and family.

    I was shocked, and very saddened to hear about Phil. I only met him for the first time in March last year. Over this short period of time I came to know him as a great guy, a person who has left left a deep, lasting impression on me. Extrovert , full of life, always quipping, not shy coming forward with his opinion . He was sociable, likeable, very funny and it was a pleasure to be in his company. I could see how much he enjoyed being back, playing in the band. His time with the band has been sadly cut short , but I’m sure he’ll still be there in spirit. RIP Phil, you will be missed. My condolences to Val and family.

  • Brendan Thomas

    Brendan Thomas Caerleon

    What a shock. I was unable to get to the recent reunion and how I regret it. Its a shame that contacts are lost but memories are for ever. I wonder if your the loudest drummer in heaven. God Bless Phil...RIP

    What a shock. I was unable to get to the recent reunion and how I regret it.
    Its a shame that contacts are lost but memories are for ever. I wonder if your the loudest drummer in heaven.
    God Bless Phil...RIP

  • Katy Edwards

    Katy Edwards

    Best uncle ever, kindest person I've ever met and always made me laugh. Still doesn't feel real that he's gone but he will never be forgotten. Love you uncle Phil xxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Best uncle ever, kindest person I've ever met and always made me laugh. Still doesn't feel real that he's gone but he will never be forgotten. Love you uncle Phil xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Jim Dyer

    Jim Dyer Newport

    Phil I remember from the local Newport circuit in the 60's. Indeed he was a great drummer and loud. Excellent with paradiddles and offbeats. I first came across Phil during an extremely short period with the Five In Hand, when he took over the drumming. He joined the Pieces, and the rest is history. So sad to hear of any musicians from that era who have passed on, having survived those magic music times. Then it was considered nothing to chug up to New Tredegar in a clapped out Transit van. Phil, will be missed, not only for his skills on the skins, but more importantly as a nice fella.

    Phil I remember from the local Newport circuit in the 60's. Indeed he was a great drummer and loud. Excellent with paradiddles and offbeats. I first came across Phil during an extremely short period with the Five In Hand, when he took over the drumming. He joined the Pieces, and the rest is history. So sad to hear of any musicians from that era who have passed on, having survived those magic music times. Then it was considered nothing to chug up to New Tredegar in a clapped out Transit van. Phil, will be missed, not only for his skills on the skins, but more importantly as a nice fella.

  • Patsy

    Patsy Torrox Costa - Spain

    I wish I could be there next Friday, to say goodbye to my little friend with the big personality. You made an impression that´s for sure!! I will never forget you Phil....rock on Boyo. x

    I wish I could be there next Friday, to say goodbye to my little friend with the big personality. You made an impression that´s for sure!! I will never forget you Phil....rock on Boyo. x

  • Ducksy

    Ducksy Brackley

    It was a long sad day in Southampton. Romsey Abbey was a beautiful location for Phil's service. Despite being not religious I thought the occasion was very moving. Excellent reverend lady doing the service followed by several tributes including one from Adrian. It was great being able to play a song just alongside his coffin. It was almost as if he was there playing with us. In fact I wish he had been as I messed up the start and I could have done with him counting us in!! The Abbey had a problem with the music choice for his exit so we suggested they play something from the last time he played with us on the BRFM Live at the Vault session. Hearing 'I Wish You Would' playing in that wonderful Abbey was amazing. Andy asked the Reverend at the wake what she thought of the 'Devils' music and she said it was great. Anyway, we all said goodbye to Phil and I hope he was up there having a drink with us at his wake. We will all miss him.

    It was a long sad day in Southampton. Romsey Abbey was a beautiful location for Phil's service. Despite being not religious I thought the occasion was very moving. Excellent reverend lady doing the service followed by several tributes including one from Adrian.

    It was great being able to play a song just alongside his coffin. It was almost as if he was there playing with us. In fact I wish he had been as I messed up the start and I could have done with him counting us in!!

    The Abbey had a problem with the music choice for his exit so we suggested they play something from the last time he played with us on the BRFM Live at the Vault session. Hearing 'I Wish You Would' playing in that wonderful Abbey was amazing. Andy asked the Reverend at the wake what she thought of the 'Devils' music and she said it was great.

    Anyway, we all said goodbye to Phil and I hope he was up there having a drink with us at his wake.

    We will all miss him.

  • Ducksy

    Ducksy Brackley

    It's now over 4 months since we lost Phil and on the eve of his birthday, I am sat here trying to watch TV and thinking how hard it must be for Val and his family. Losing a friend is nowhere as bad as losing a family member, but it still hurts. As Andy hinted we never thought we would get the old band back gigging again, especially considering the logistics involved. I am so glad we played the 5 gigs last year with Phil and really sad he won't be involved again, at least physically; he will always be in our minds.

    It's now over 4 months since we lost Phil and on the eve of his birthday, I am sat here trying to watch TV and thinking how hard it must be for Val and his family. Losing a friend is nowhere as bad as losing a family member, but it still hurts.

    As Andy hinted we never thought we would get the old band back gigging again, especially considering the logistics involved. I am so glad we played the 5 gigs last year with Phil and really sad he won't be involved again, at least physically; he will always be in our minds.

  • Ebony Edwards

    Ebony Edwards

    Still to this very day It's still such a shock!! My grandad was the bested man you would of ever met and I am so thankful for everything he done for me. It still hurts me so much, all the memories instantly come back when I listen to the old music played from the gigs and most of all the old classics we used to listen to! Best drummer ever🏆 I looked up to him massively amounts and was a very inspirational man! ❤️ The day my grandad passed away is coming up and looking back at pictures now it brakes me so much seeing us all loosing an amazing man who was a big part of my family's and his friends life's!! Never ever to be forgotten, always thinking about you grandad non stop👼🏾 Hope your having a nice gin con tonic up there, truly can't wait to see you again! I love you grandad R.I.P ❤️💔😭

    Still to this very day It's still such a shock!! My grandad was the bested man you would of ever met and I am so thankful for everything he done for me.
    It still hurts me so much, all the memories instantly come back when I listen to the old music played from the gigs and most of all the old classics we used to listen to! Best drummer ever🏆
    I looked up to him massively amounts and was a very inspirational man! ❤️

    The day my grandad passed away is coming up and looking back at pictures now it brakes me so much seeing us all loosing an amazing man who was a big part of my family's and his friends life's!!

    Never ever to be forgotten, always thinking about you grandad non stop👼🏾
    Hope your having a nice gin con tonic up there, truly can't wait to see you again!
    I love you grandad R.I.P ❤️💔😭

  • Graham Fullwood

    Graham Fullwood Lincolnshire

    Phil and Dave Martin landed on us in about 1968. We had a shared house in Bryngwyn Road near the civic centre, Newport. We helped out with the band they had at the time - David, was it called? Phil, Dave and 2 lads from Cardiff. We helped out at various valley gigs as well as Birmingham. I remember the keyboards being horrendous to cart around. They finally left to support Dave Dee, possibly in Southampton, although the lead guitar was horrified at the prospect of the songs and stage gear he might have to wear and dropped out. Havent seen or heard of them until now. Good times. Good lads. RIP.

    Phil and Dave Martin landed on us in about 1968. We had a shared house in Bryngwyn Road near the civic centre, Newport. We helped out with the band they had at the time - David, was it called? Phil, Dave and 2 lads from Cardiff. We helped out at various valley gigs as well as Birmingham. I remember the keyboards being horrendous to cart around. They finally left to support Dave Dee, possibly in Southampton, although the lead guitar was horrified at the prospect of the songs and stage gear he might have to wear and dropped out. Havent seen or heard of them until now. Good times. Good lads. RIP.

  • The Pieces of Mind

    The Pieces of Mind

    Thanks for the memory Graham. Yes the band with Phil and Dave was called David. Sadly both are no longer with us.

    Thanks for the memory Graham. Yes the band with Phil and Dave was called David. Sadly both are no longer with us.

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