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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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Mary Wells

Born in Detroit on 13 May 1943, Mary Wells started singing at the age of ten and actually auditioned for the Tamla Motown label in 1961,...

Longboatmen, The

Formed in Sweden in 1965, originally under the name Steampacket, this group combined soul music with their take on the British Invasion to produce...

Alan Bond

This English-born Australian entrepreneur was chair of the Bond Corporation from 1969 until 1990 during the years when its aggressive takeover strategy gave the...

Abductors, The (1972)

Ginger Cheri Caffaro Ken Stanton Richard Smedley Carter Winston Jennifer Brooks Jason Varone William Grannell Jablon Patrick Wright Abductors Anthony Barone Rudy Hornish Mary Lou Gerie Bronson Mr. Aronson Stan Franklin Mr. Stuart Eli Levine Jane Jeramie Rain Director Don Schain

Johnny Hates Jazz

Purveyors of super-slick pop, this UK band derived their unusual name from a friend called Johnny, who - you guessed it - literally did...

Ask Pickles

1 9 5 4 - 1 9 5 6 (UK) Many modern TV shows owe a considerable debt to this show which began in May 1954...

Soldier and Me

1 9 7 4 (UK) 9 x 30 minute episodes Two teenage boys witness the murder of an old man, only for the old man to turn up...

Dick Barton – Special Agent

1 9 7 9 (UK) 26 x 15 minute episodes The adventures of World War II veteran turned crime fighter Dick Barton and his sidekicks Snowy and Jock. The...