The Mockingbirds

Bernard Basso - bass
Steve Jacobson - guitar
Kevin Godley - drums
Graham Gouldman - guitar

picture courtesy Olaf Owre

thats how its gonna stay



The Mockingbirds were managed by Kennedy Street Enterprises and Harvey Lisberg, who also had Herman’s Hermits under his supervision and who would later become the manager of 10cc.

With Gouldman in their ranks, original material was starting to be written - some in the back of Bargains Unlimited, a mens clothes shop in the Manchester suburb of Salford, where Gouldman worked.

It was here that Gouldman wrote the lines of his first millionseller "For Your Love". It was intended to be the first Mockingbirds single. The group recorded the song together with "That’s how it’s gonna stay", also written by Gouldman - which their record company preferred and was released.

The Yardbirds recorded it, making it a UK and US top 10 hit in 1965.

Sadly, the Mockingbirds didn’t have much success with their single - a story that continued throughout their recording career.


NME 12/2/65


I was the bass player with The Mockingbirds and also The Whirlwinds.  Let me say what a great experiance this was as a young lad in the 60s.

Manchester was a fantastic place to be then  - the amount of talent and great groups will never be here again.

Reading through the list of bands and clubs listed it brings back so many happy timesĀ  and to all the guys who were there in Manchester. Wish we could turn the clock back for 1 night only.  Happy days

Bernard Basso

Not been on the site for some time so it was great to catch up again with all the great stories people have put on and all the great groups that we may have forgot.  As I said before there was never a better place for music clubs and night life than in Manchester in the 60/70.  Sorry we have to get older and can't go back in time - this is a period never to be forgotten or replaced so anyone who was there, cherish the memories.

Bernard Basso


The Mockingbirds were formed February 1965, with 19 year-old Graham Gouldman on rhythm guitar (b. Graham Keith Gouldman, May 10, 1946, Broughton, Salford, Lancashire, UK), with Steve Jacobsen on lead guitar, bongos (born Steven Jacobson), Bernard Basso on bass and Kevin Godley on drums (b. Kevin Michael Godley, October 7, 1945, Prestwich, Lancashire, UK).  Godley was ex-Group Seven and The Sabres, while the others had been in The Whirlwinds.  

In 1957 Gouldman had brought his first guitar and had also gone to North Salford Secondary School in Salford, Lancashire, having before that gone to Sedgley Park Country Primary School from 1951. Godley had been to Sedgley Park Country Primary School and in 1956 had gone to North Cestrian Grammar School in Dunham Road, Altrincham, Cheshire. Godley later went to Manchester College of Art, then to Ashton-under-Lyme College of Art and then Stoke-on-Trent College of Art for his Diploma in Graphic Design. Godley would later play with Gouldman in Hotlegs (1970 - 1971) and 10cc (from 1972). 

John H. Warburg


UK 45s

Friday, February 12, 1965 That's How It's Gonna To Stay/I Never Should Have Kissed You Columbia DB 7480 

Friday, May 7, 1965 I Can Feel We're Parting/Flights Of The Mockingbirds Columbia DB 7565

Friday, October 8, 1965 You Stole My Love/Skit Skat Immediate IM 015

Friday, July 1, 1966 One By One/Lovingly Yours F 12434 

Friday, October 28, 1966 How To Find A Lover/My Story Decca F 12510  



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Topic: The Mockingbirds
Milton Firman says...
I cannot add too much but what an amazing story. I went to see the recording of Top of the Pops in Didsbury. I was aged about 12 at the time and very small. I was allowed in but on condition that I kept out of the way of any camera (an instruction I ... Read More
28th April 2014 9:53pm
Acid Jazz Records says...
I'm trying to reach Bernard Basso; Acid Jazz would like to release a track by The Mockingbirds.
27th November 2014 4:09am
Bernard Coonan says...
I know Bernard Basso so if you still need to contact him let me know.
26th August 2015 1:52am
Bernard basso says...
Just been on the site again and it always brings back the the happy times I had in manchester in the 60s .Want to wish everyone who has written on the site a great thanks as it gives me so much pleasure to read about the groups and places in ... Read More
15th December 2014 8:58pm
Bernard Basso says...
Just had an interview on radio Salford about when I was in the mockingbirds remmember lots of things I had forgot when I played in the first group the whirlwinds which included gragham Gouldman ie 10cc we recorded at abby road studio 2 the studio ... Read More
21st October 2015 8:30am

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