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Beatles, The

So it goes like this . . . 15-year-old Paul McCartney hears a Skiffle group called The Quarrymen play on Saturday 6 July 1957. Along with a police dog...

Big Three, The

In 1962 the most popular group on Merseyside with other musicians was possibly not The Beatles but The Big Three, and yet they couldn't transform their...

Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas

Billy Kramer (real name, William Howard Ashton) was an apprentice fitter for British Rail - He was also the lead singer for a Liverpool...

Cavern, The

A foul-smelling, dirty, damp and cramped cellar beneath a fruit warehouse at 10 Mathew Street in Liverpool city centre had served as a World...

Clayton Squares, The

Of all the Liverpool bands desperate to escape the long shadow of The Beatles in the 60s, The Clayton Squares (named after a city...

Dennisons, The

The Dennisons were named after a Liverpool street and managed by the parents of drummer (and ex-accountancy student) Clive Hornby - Their lead singer...

Escorts, The

A group of schoolboys formed The Escorts in 1961. John Foster (aka 'Johnny Sticks') was Ringo Starr's cousin and the famous relative with the...

Faron’s Flamingos

Faron's Flamingos emerged from a band formed at the Liverpool Mercury Cycling Club (apparently in the winter months they preferred skiffle to cycling!). The...

Fourmost, The

The group formed in late 1959 and were originally called The Blue Jays, then The Four Jays and then The Four Mosts. One of the...

Gerry & The Pacemakers

Born Gerard Marsden in Liverpool on 24 September 1942, Gerry formed his first group with his brother Freddie. A skiffle outfit, the band were originally called The...

Ian & The Zodiacs

Relatively few Britons had heard of a place called Crosby, eight miles from the centre of Liverpool, before the 1981 by-election that swept Shirley...

John Lennon

"We're more popular than Jesus right now", John Lennon said in 1966 at the height of The Beatles success. His irreverent remark caused a storm of...

Koobas, The

Possibly the least-known of Brian Epstein's post-Beatles charges from the Merseybeat era, The Koobas formed in 1962 and broke up in 1968. Their story read like virtually every other...

Lee Curtis & The All Stars

Peter Flannery became Lee Curtis by reversing the name of the American singer Curtis Lee. He was managed by his brother Joe, and there was...

Liverbirds, The

One of the very few Merseybeat bands with female members and possibly the first 'girl group' of all time, The Liver Birds formed in 1963. The band...

Merseybeat

Let's get one thing clear before we begin: The Beatles did not create Merseybeat, it created them. And although they are by far the most famous of...

Merseybeats, The

The Merseybeats formed in 1961 as The Mavericks. After a short period as The Pacifics, they finally settled on The Merseybeats (at the suggestion...

Mojos, The

Billed as "The Liverpool Yardbirds", The Mojos had in Stu James (real name Stuart Slater) a rich stockpile of original songs into which other acts,...

Paul McCartney

Inspired equally by show tunes, music hall and rock 'n' roll, the young James Paul McCartney (whose first guitar, incidentally, was a Rosetti Lucky...

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Alamo, The (1960)

John Wayne as Colonel Davy Crockett leads the futile defence in 1836 of the famous fort in the town of San Antonio, Texas, against the onslaught of the...

Movies in the 1960s

Dressed in a pair of white Levis you're driving around London in an MGB with David Hemmings and one of the Redgrave girls, shaking your stuff...

Yakuza, The (1975)

Retired detective and ex-serviceman Harry Kilmer (Robert Mitchum) is called on to help an old army friend whose daughter is being held hostage by...

Marty (1955)

During the Golden Age of Television, Paddy Chayefsky wrote the teleplay Marty. It was notable for its focus on the ordinary life of an unmarried...

Ral Donner

Ralph Stuart Emanuel Donner was born in Norwood Park, Chicago and sang in church as a child. He sang in local talent shows as...

Dragonslayer (1981)

When Galen (Peter MacNicol in his film debut), ward of the earth's last master wizard, Ulrich (Ralph Richardson), tries to use his master's magic...

Tams, The

Atlanta's Tams were among the more popular up-tempo soul groups of the 60s, although they were never able to break Motown's pop stranglehold. Joseph Pope's...

Greatest American Hero, The

1 9 8 1 - 1 9 8 3 (USA) 45 x 60 minute episodes Despite the earnestness of the theme song, which went to #1 on...