The Puppets were an English pop/beat group from Preston, Lancashire, that were managed and recorded by Joe Meek. They backed artists such as Brenda Lee, The Ronettes, Dee Dee Sharp, Gene Vincent, Vince Eager, Marty Wilde, Michael Cox, Duffy Power, Jess Conrad, Crispian St. Peters, Billy Fury and Millie. Drummer O’Reilly had been in The Rebels, who included Reg Welch on lead guitar (b. Reginald Welch, 1944, Preston, Lancashire d. March 2006) and Derek Pearson on bass. He was then in Bob Johnson and the Bobcats (1960 – 1962), who included Bob Johnson on lead vocals (b. Robert Johnson, 30 August 1940, Preston, Lancashire d. 7 May 2011), Jim Whittle on bass and Dave Millen on guitar. O’Reilly then formed The Puppets (1962 – 1967), with Millen and Whittle and later in 1965 Don Parfitt.
- Des O’Reilly drums, vocals (b. Desmond Vincent O’Reilly, 28 May 1944, Deepdale Road, Preston, Lancashire).
- Dave Millen lead guitar (b. David Millen, 29 January 1943, Preston, Lancashire d. 19 January 2010, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire).
- Jim Whittle bass (b. James Whittle, 1 July 1943, Preston, Lancashire).
- Don Parfitt organ (b. Donald Parfitt, 4 January 1943, Todmordan, Yorkshire).