Liverpool Express was formed (in Liverpool, natch) by Billy Kinsley, Roger Scott Craig, Tony Coates, and Derek Cashin in 1975 and managed by Hal Carter, who had managed many other successful musical acts including Billy Fury, Eddie Cochran, Marty Wilde, Brenda Lee and Johnny Burnette.
They recorded and self-produced their debut album, Tracks, and within a matter of months, they had several hit records in the UK and Europe.
Following their second album, Low Profile, (1977) they appeared on many major British TV shows (Top of the Pops, Supersonic, Multi-Coloured Swap Shop . . . and It’s a Knockout) and toured the UK and Europe.
Their greatest success came in South America, where they scored two consecutive #1 hits and were treated as superstars.
In the late 70s, the band decided to abbreviate their name to simply L.E.X. Drummer Pete Kircher joined the band in place of Derek Cashin and participated in the recording of their third album – L.E.X. The following year, John Ryan replaced Kircher, and guitarist Kenny Parry replaced Tony Coates.
In 1981, Roger Scott Craig emigrated to California, and Ryan emigrated to Australia. Kinsley and Parry continued working together as Liverpool Express and enlisted Dave Goldberg on keyboards, Peter Phillips on keyboards and guitar and Brian Rawling on drums.
This line-up released two singles and a charity record during the 1980s. Kinsley, Goldberg and Parry have since remained the three core members of the band, playing with various stand-in drummers.
Roger Scott Craig
Keyboards, guitar, vocals