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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 local success into national fame. Johnny Hutchinson could have been a...

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 7 - essentially a plank of wood with strings) was The Beatles' chief...

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 display and the crowning of a Rose Queen, The Quarrymen are...

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 centre landmark) were, ironically, the most worthy heirs to the Fab...

Swinging Blue Jeans, The

Although they are only remembered today for their 1964 hit Hippy Hippy Shake, The Swinging Blue Jeans were actually one of the strongest of the Liverpool bands from the Merseybeat period. Formed in 1961 (initially as The Blue Genes)...

Searchers, The

One of the premier groups from the mid-60s Merseybeat explosion. Having previously backed Liverpool singer Johnny Sandon, they broke away and took their new name from the 1956 John Ford western. During 1962, they appeared in Hamburg and, after sending...

Rory Storm & The Hurricanes

Despite changing the name from The Texans, Rory Storm (real name Alan Caldwell) was obviously still fond of the numerous Western series on television. He decided to call guitarist John Byrne "Johnny Guitar", after the title of...

Remo Four, The

The Remo Four had the connections (guitarist Colin Manley and bassist Don Andrew were classmates of Paul McCartney at Liverpool Institute) but were destined to stay bridesmaids in the Merseybeat scene. The group chose the name "Remo Four" (originally...

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, such as Faron's Flamingos, dipped. Stu was also an exceptional lead vocalist,...

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 took their name from the fictional 'Liver Bird' which is the...

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 a clever but cruel Liverpool saying "Flannery will get you nowhere",...

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 Eddie Parry was only sixteen when the group first appeared at...

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 Red Mountain Boys but changed their name to Mars Bars in...

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 of Cavern MC Bob Wooler) in early 1962. Toughened during the required...

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 the city's sons, Liverpool would have become a focal point for...

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 Liverpool beat group: four young guys growing up in post-war Merseyside...

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 Williams to victory, but twenty years earlier it was a base...

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 group called The Coasters when Brian Epstein spotted them playing at The Cavern. The Coasters...

Johnny Sandon

Johnny Sandon was born William Francis Beck on 27 May 1941 ın Liverpool. He began singing at the age of 12 and in 1958 he entered Hughie Green's Opportunity Knocks contest at Liverpool's Adelphi Hotel. He was...

Cass And The Cassanovas

Merchant seaman Brain Casser returned to Liverpool and formed Cass & the Cassanovas as a trio in May 1959, with singer and guitarist Adrian Barber, and drummer Brian Hudson. Hudson left after a few months and...

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