Liverpool provided many bands in the late 50's and 60's, some more successful than others and I have given an outline of some of them and singles (if any) that reached the top 20 in the UK.








L to R :

Fred Marsden

Les McGuire

Les Chadwick

Gerry Marsden in front



How do you do it, I like it, You'll never walk alone 1963 : I'm the one, Don't let the sun catch you crying, Ferry cross the Mersey 1964 ; I'll be there 1965
     Gerry and the Pacemakers

Gerry Marsden and brother Fred (drums) Les Chadwick (bass) and Arthur McMahon in 1959(replaced by Les Maguire) They disbanded in 1966 and reformed in 1972 with Jose McLaughlin, Billy Kinsley & Pete Clarke



L to R :

Mike Pender

Chris Curtis

John McNally

Tony Jackson

                                               The Searchers

One of the more successful bands who are still going today , John McNally (+Brian Dolan+Tony West got fed up) so Mike Prendergast (Pender) and Tony Jackson joined +  (Joe Kennedy) replaced by Norman McGarry soon to be replaced by Chris Crumney(Curtis)

Johnny Sandon (Billy Beck) lead singer. Played Iron Door as Johnny Sandon & the Searchers. Sandon left 1961 to join Remo 4in Feb 1962.  Tony Jackson was lead singer. July 62 128 days at Star Club.Tony Hatch produced them on Pye. Tony Jackson left after Needles replaced by Frank Allen from Cliff Bennett & the Rebel Rousers. Jackson signed as solo.Curtis left in 66 replaced by John Blunt then replaced by Billy Adamson. Curtis joined Jon Lord & Blackmore = Roundabout who later became Deep Purple. Pender left 1985 to form Mike Penders Searchers. McNally & Allen & Adamson recruited Spencer James to replace Mike and Eddie Rothe replaced Adamson who left to engage Jane MacDonald & was replaced by Scott Ottaway for pic l to r mp cc jm tj



Sweets for my sweet, Sugar & Spice 1963 ; Needles & Pins, Don't throw your love away, Someday we're gonna love again, When you walk in the room, What have they done to the rain, Goodbye my love 1964 ; He's got no love, Take me for what I'm worth 1965.








                                  The Merseybeats

Originally called the Mavericks with  Tony Crane & Billy Kinsley in late 1960 & Sept 1961 became the Pacifics. Feb 1962 Aaron Williams (guitar) and John Banks(drums) joined to form the Merseybeats .Kinsley left & was replaced by

 Bob Garner then Johnny Gustafson (ex Big Three) joined.They folded in 1966 & Crane & Kinsley formed the Merseys but split in 68. Kinsley joined Liverpool Express. Crane carried on as Tony Crane & the Merseybeats in 70's.Crane & Kinsley re-formed Merseybeats 1993 (pic bk left tc right)

I think of you 1963 ; Don't turn around, Wishin' and hopin' 1964

Sorrow 1966 (as The Merseys)  

L to R :

Aaron Williams

Tony Crane

John Banks

Billy Kinsley








               Swinging Blue Jeans

 1957 Bruce McCaskill (guitar/vocals) formed  the Bluegenes with banjo player Tommy Hughes, washboard player Norman Kuhlke, and oil drum bass player Spud Ward.  Guitarist Ralph Ellis joined the band and Ward was replaced by Les Braid. Johnny Carter and Paul Moss entered the band to replace Hughes and McCaskill. They changed their name to the Swinging Blue Jeans.Moss left and in December 1963, "Hippy Hippy Shake" took the band to Number two on the UK. In early 1966, Terry Sylvester from The Escorts replaced Ellis. Ray Ennis .(Madeline Bell and Kiki Dee references).  Mike Gregory from the Escorts joined on bass with Braid moving on to keyboards. Sylvester left at the end of 1968 to replace Graham Nash in The Hollies. Early in 1999 Alan Lovell deputised for guitarist Colin Manley due to his deteriorating health. Manley died in April 1999 and Lovell became a permanent member of the band as lead guitarist/vocalist. When Les Braid died in 2005, Peter Oakman took over on bass guitar/vocals. In May 2010, Ray Ennis officially retired. During and prior to the tour, Ennis offered Lovell the opportunity to continue with the band under the name "The Swinging Blue Jeans". Initially Lovell declined but subsequently registered the trademark of the name "The Swinging Blue Jeans" without Ray Ennis's knowledge. Phil Thompson (drums) was unable to continue with band due to personal reasons so in June 2010, two new musicians joined; Graham Hollingworth (drums) and Jeff Bannister (keyboards/vocals). Ennis then decided to challenge Lovell for the ownership of the trademark but a Court decision ruled that Lovell had exclusive legal rights to the name. A subsequent appeal was lodged but was also dismissed. Meanwhile, Ennis came out of retirement to make occasional appearances with another band under the name "Ray Ennis's Blue Jeans".The Swinging Blue Jeans continue to perform today, with no original members, under the leadership of Lovell.







Hippy hippy shake 1963 ; Good Golly Miss Molly, You're no good 1964

L to R :

Les Braid

Norman Kuhlke

Ralph Ellis

Ray Ennis








Guitarist/vocalist Brian O'Hara and best friend guitarist/vocalist Joey Bower formed the Two Jays in 1957. The group changed its name to the Four Jays in September 1959 when bass guitarist/singer Billy Hatton and drummer Brian Redman joined the group. Rhythm guitarist/singer Mike Millward (ex-the Undertakers) joined the Four Jays in November 1961, followed by drummer/singer Dave Lovelady in September 1962. The band changed its name to the Fourmost in October 1962. They signed a management contract with Brian Epstein They signed to EMI's Parlophone .Mike Millward died from leukaemia. George Peckham was replacement. George left in 1969 to run a recording studio. Original member Joey Bower returned to the band as replacement, in 1975. Hatton, Lovelady and Bower all left in 1980 while O'Hara continued the group with new members, although a version of the band featuring O'Hara and older members Hatton and Lovelady did once perform at the new Cavern Club. O'Hara eventually dropped out selling the band's name. A later line up featuring longtime later member bassist/singer Bill Haisman (who had been in the later group alongside Brian O'Hara) plus John Richards (lead guitar, vocals), Gary Pearson (guitar, vocals) and Kevin Clarkson (drums, vocals) In 1999. Brian O'Hara took his own life

Hello liitle girl 1963 :  A little loving 1964


L to R :

Brian O'Hara

Mike Millward

Dave Lovelady

Billy Hatton


           Cass and the Cassanovas

 Brian Casser formed a trio, Cass & the Cassanovas, in May 1959, with Adrian Barber and drummer and singer Brian J. Hudson.  After a few months, Hudson left and was replaced by
Johnny Hutchinson. In Johnny Gustafson joined in December 1959
on bass.
In December 1960, Gustafson, Hutchinson and Barber left the band, and formed the Big Three.By this time, Casser had begun using the stage names of "Casey Jones" and "Casey Valence". SEE WIKI FOR MORE BRIAN CASSER DETAILS - V INTERESTING - Blue Gardenia club - the Nightsounds, Albert Lee -  the name Casey Jones - Eric Clapton and bassist Tom McGuinness,  

L to R :

Johnny Gusafson

Brian Casser

Johnny Hutchinson

Adrian Barber































                         Big Three

The Big Three evolved from Cass and the Cassanovas,), Adrian Barber (lead guitar, vocals) - who ecame stage manager at the Star Club,. Johnny Hutchinson (drums),  Johnny Gustafson.(bass).  Brian Griffiths joined the group, and the best-known line-up of the Big Three was established. Gustafson and Griffiths quit in November 1963.They were replaced with Faron Ruffley and Paddy Chambers from Faron's Flamingos.Chambers left in March 1964 and was replaced by Paul Pilnick from Lee Curtis' Allstars. Pilnick only stayed a short time before moving on to Tony Jackson & The Vibrations in October 1964, with Ruffley leaving around the same time. Various members joined like bass players John Bradley, Adrian Lord (ex Mojos), and Mike Bankes, whilst Ray Marshall and Howie Casey played saxophone on a trip to Germany. Barry Womersley was guitarist for a while. Hutchinson had played with the Spidermen, but reformed the group with Barry Womersley and Ray Marshall.
Between 1964 and 1966, the line-up consisted of John Hutchinson, Ray Marshall (vocals, bass) and Barry Womersley (lead guitar).1966 the band folded. Dave Blackstone (lead guitar), Johnny Hutchinson (drums) and
Pete Mumford (bass guitar) was a line up briefly. In 1973, Gustafson and Griffiths teamed up with Elton John drummer Nigel Olsson, and Quatermass keyboardist J. Peter Robinson for a reunion album, Resurrection.
Johnny Hutchinson died on 12 April 2019.  Gustafson roxy.

L to R :

Johnny Hutchinson

Johnny Gustafson

Adrian Barber




















Rory in 1965


L to R :


Ty O'Brien


Lou Walters

Johnny Byrne










Pete Best in the middle and Lee Curtis on the right




L to R:

Chris Huston

Geoff Nugent

Jackie Lomax

Bugs Pemberton

Brian Jones

                     The Undertakers  

Originally,Bob Evans and the Five Shillings, with Geoff Nugent; lead guitarist Ike X (replaced by Pete Cook (ex the Topspots); drummer Bob Evans (ex the Renegades); bassist Billy Evans; tenor saxophone player Les Maguire and rhythm guitarist, vocalist Mike Millward , who was later in the Fourmost. Then they became the Vegas Five formed in 1959, a group led by drummer Bob Evans with Geoff Nugent; Chris Huston (ex the Casuals); lead vocalist Jimmy McManus (ex the Topspots); bassist Mushy Cooper  (ex the Topspots) and Les Maguire, who was later in Gerry and the Pacemakers, replaced by alto / tenor sax player, vocalist Brian (Sax) Jones (ex the Rebels) They changed their name to the  "Undertakers"and used  the "Death March" to start their show. In February 1961, Evans' group merged with another group, Dee and the Dynamites, and Evans left to be replaced by Bugs Pemberton (ex Dee and the Dynamites) in September 1961.Jackie Lomax joined as singer.They split up in 1965, with Lomax, Huston and Pemberton all remaining in there.Pemberton lived in Los Angeles. When Brian Jones returned from America he and Geoff Nugent formed the New Undertakers with three members of the Newtowns:Geoff Nugent vocals rhythm/lead guitar / Brian Jones tenor sax/vocals / Jim Jones bass guitar /Bob Frazer keyboards/Bob Williams drums. Geoff Nugent re-formed the band and in 2007 settled on a line-up of Geoff Nugent vocals /rhythm guitar /Brian Jones tenor sax /Bill Good bass guitar /vocals /Baz Davies lead guitar/vocals /Jimmy O'Brien drums. Lomax died in r 2013, followed shortly after by Bugs Pemberton. Both died from cancer related illnesses. Geoff Nugent died in 2014.Tony Schofield - (rhythm guitar, lead vocals) Les Jones - (lead guitar) Kevin Murphy - (bass guitar) Colin Gort - (keyboards, vocals) Mike Bennett - (drums)


L to R :

Billy Hughes

Jimmy O'Connor

Derek Gill

Stan Johnson

Stan Foster (behind Johnson|)


                      The Remo Four 

 Originally, in 1958, the Remo Quartet, the members were Colin Manley  (lead guitar/vocals), Hary Prytherch (drums), Don Andrew (bass/vocals) and Keith Stokes (vocals/guitar) , Don Andrew (bass guitar/vocals). They changed their name to the Remo Four in 1960.  Johnny Sandon 'joined' the band as vocalist in 1962

L to R :

Don Andrew

Harry Prytherch

Keith Stokes

Colin Manley

for two years.  In early 1963, Prytherch left, and Roy Dyke took his place and Phil Rogers replaced Stokes. 1963 they 'acquired' a new lead singer, Tommy Quickly. Many say that Remo Four were a backing group to Sandon, Quickly and Black and better on their own. Different members came and went, including songwriters Wayne Bickerton and Tony Waddington (who later joined Pete Best), and Tony Ashton (keyboards/vocals), who replaced Don Andrew, with Rogers moving to bass. They became Billy Fury's backing band, in the late 1960s. Disbanding in 1970, Ashton and Dyke joined guitarist Kim Gardner, formerly of The Creation and The Birds (not to be confused with California rock band The Byrds) to form Ashton, Gardner & Dyke. Ashton later formed Paice Ashton Lord with members of Deep Purple. Manley became an accompanist for singers including Engelbert Humperdinck, and later joined The Swinging Blue Jeans. Manley died of cancer on 9 April 1999. Ashton also died of cancer, on 28 May 2001.












                                     Rory Storm & The Hurricanes

Rory Storm (born Alan Ernest Caldwell) was the singer and leader of Rory Storm and the Hurricanes who started out with several names - Dracula & the Werewolves, Al Caldwell's Texans, Al Storm and the Hurricanes and Jett Storm & the Hurricanes  In 1959, Storm's group consisted of himself, Paul Murphy, and  Johnny "Guitar" Byrne all performing on guitar and vocals, Reg Hale (washboard) and Jeff Truman (tea-chest bass). "Spud" Ward (former member of the Swinging Blue Jeans) later played bass guitar.Storm met Ringo Starr at a talent contest. The line-up of the Hurricanes was finally Storm (vocals), Byrne (rhythm guitar), Ty (Charles) O’Brien (lead guitar), Walters (bass guitar/vocals) and Ringo Starr.In July 1960, the group secured a residency at Butlins in Pwllheli in the Rock 'n' Calypso Ballroom. In early October 1960, they were free to travel to Hamburg, replacing Derry and the Seniors at the Kaiserkeller.Whilst in Hamburg they arranged a recording session at the Akoustik Studio (the Klockmann-House) on 18 October 1960. Williams asked Lennon, McCartney and Harrison to play and sing harmonies for Walters (of the Hurricanes) on the recording..Starr played drums, which was the first time that the classic Beatles line-up of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr recorded together.They recorded three songs: "Fever", "September Song" and "Summertime" -whereabouts of this recording  unkown.Sam Leach (a Liverpool promoter) arranged a series of dance nights at the Palais Ballroom in Aldershot, starting on 9 December 1961.The first Saturday featured The Beatles, but as the local newspaper forgot to run the advertisement only 18 people turned up. The second Saturday was arranged for Rory Storm and the  Hurricanes to perform, and as it was advertised this time, 210 people paid to get in. During a Hurricanes' residency at Butlins, Skegness, Lennon and McCartney (on 15 August 1962) asked Starr to join the Beatles which he did. Lennon and McCartney offered Best to replace Starr but Best rejected the idea. The Hurricanes then became known for having a succession of drummers, including Gibson Kemp,Brian JohnsonKeef Hartley (August 1963), Ian Broad and Trevor Morais, who all stayed with the group for a short period. He changed the  name of his family's home in Broadgreen to Hurricaneville. On 28 September 1972, Storm and his mother were both found dead, at Hurricaneville. Storm's remains were scattered on section 23 at Anfield Crematorium's Gardens of Remembrance. In September 2012 it was reported that a reel-to-reel tape of a complete concert by Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, from March 5, 1960 at Liverpool's "Jive Hive",( St Luke's Church Hall, Crosby) had been unearthed in the basement of his sister Iris Caldwell. The recording was released on CD as Rory Storm And The Hurricanes Live At The Jive Hive - March 1960. The significance of the Morgue is explained elsewhere. Ringo's details are elsewhere(offered £20 pw).

post Ringo I assume ?































































Formed in 1957 the original five members were Billy Hughes, Jimmy 0'Connor, Derek Gill, Stan Johnson and Stan Foster. Howie Casey on Sax joined, then Derry Wilkie on vocals. Brian Griffiths, guitar,also joined for a brief time.
They disbanded at the beginning of 1960 and after they split up, Casey took what was left of the band and formed a group called Howie Casey & the Seniors. Then Howie left and it became Derry Wilkie & the Seniors. That lasted a while
and then Derry went with Derry Wilkie & the Pressmen. Brian Griffiths, lead guitarist went with the Big Three.











                                            Derry and the Seniors

As Howie Casey and the Seniors,they were also the first Liverpool group to record an LP, and featured singer Freddie Fowell, later known as Freddie Starr. Derry Wilkie (Richard Derek Wilkie) was a black British singer. The Seniors were Howie Casey (saxophone), Billy Hughes (rhythm guitar), and Stan Foster (piano) - together with Brian Griffiths (lead guitar), (all ex Hy-Tones) Phil Whitehead (bass) and Jeff Wallington (drums). For the next year the band was usually billed as Derry and the Seniors. They travelled to Germany and played regularly in Hamburg over the summer 1960. At the end of the year Wallington and Hughes decided to leave. At the start of 1961, the group reformed using the name Howie Casey and the Seniors, with Frank Wibberley on drums, and Wilkie sharing vocals with Freddie Fowell. Whitehead left, and was replaced by several bass players including Lu Walters, and Wibberley also left to be replaced by  Kenny Hardin, before they finally broke up in mid 1962. Wilkie joined  the Pressmen but  split up in early 1964, and Wilkie formed  Derry Wilkie and the Others, with Kenzie, Bennett, Ernie Hayes (guitar), and Bob Montgomery (bass). After touring the UK, and playing in Germany, they supported Alan Price  at the Marquee in London, in November 1965, billed as Derry Wilkie and the Pressmen. They then worked as the Savages with Screaming Lord Sutch, before the group split up in 1966. Wilkie gave up the music business soon afterwards and died in 2001.Howie Casey joined Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes. He played as a session musician for Marc Bolan and others, before recording the album Band On The Run with Paul McCartney and Wings, and recorded and toured worldwide with McCartney until the end of the 1970s. Freddie Fowell changed his name to Freddie Starr, and led several Liverpool beat groups including Freddie Starr and the Midnighters, before appearing on the TV talent show Opportunity Knocks and then becoming one of the
UK's leading comic performers in the 1970s and 1980s.

Derry and the Pressmen 1963

Lineup in1961

Lto R :

Derry Wilkie

Howey Casey

Frank Wibberley

Brian Griffiths

Freddie Starr

Phil Whitehead



















                       Lee Curtis and the All-Stars 

Led by Pete Flannery, who used the stage name Lee Curtis  other group members included Pete Best and Wayne Bickerton.Their origins lay in the Detours, a group formed in 1961. Peter Flannery adopted the  stage name  from the American singer Curtis Lee. Although they performed regularly in the Liverpool and North Wales areas, Lee Curtis and the Detours split up after a few months. Flannery and his brother and manager Joe, who had previously worked as a singer with the Joe Loss Orchestra, decided to form a new group, to be called Lee Curtis and the All-Stars. Original members were Frank Bowen (lead guitar), Tony Waddington (rhythm guitar), Wayne Bickerton (bass), and Bernie Rogers (drums). However, when Pete Best was sacked by the Beatles, the Flannery brothers decided to dispense with Rogers and install Best as the group's drummer They also occasionally performed with singer Beryl Marsden. Lee Curtis and the All-Stars and released two singles in early 1963, "Little Girl" and "Let's Stomp" on Decca. In mid 1963 the rest of the band decided to split from Curtis to form The Original All-Stars. That group later became the Pete Best Four, and several years later Bickerton and Waddington moved on to become the writers and producers behind The Rubettes.
Curtis formed a new version of the All-Stars in 1963, with Paul Pilnick (lead guitar), George "Porky" Peckham (rhythm guitar - in later years a renowned record cutting engineer), Dave "Mushy" Cooper (bass), and Don Alcyd
(drums). Curtis continued to build up his popularity on the club circuit in Germany, and had a year-long residency at the Star-Club. Towards the end of 1967, he was a passenger in a car which crashed while he was on the way to a performance in Germany, and he suffered head injuries. After a few further performances, he decided to leave the music business and returned home to Liverpool. He now lives in Hamburg, Germany













                                     Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes 

formed in the late 1950s  as the Sinners, the original members were Arthur Baker (vocals), George Watson (guitar), Charlie Flynn (guitar), Sam Hardie
(piano) and Cliff Roberts (drums). Ted "Kingsize" Taylor joined as lead vocalist and guitarist. Over the next two years, Baker, Watson and Flynn all left, and the group was completed by Bobby Thompson (bass and vocals) – with whom Taylor had played in another skiffle group, the James Boys – and John Kennedy (rhythm guitar), with Geoff Bethell often standing in for Hardie on piano.  By summer 1960, the group were Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes. Kennedy and Roberts left the band to join another group, Ian and the Zodiacs, and were replaced by John Frankland (rhythm guitar) and Dave Lovelady (drums). Cilla Black sang regularly with the group until 1962. In early 1962, Ken Shalliker replaced Bobby Thompson on bass for several months when Thompson temporarily joined Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. Dave Lovelady left and was replaced briefly by Brian Redman and then by Gibson Kemp. In December 1962, Taylor recorded several performances by The Beatles at the Star-Club, on reel-to-reel tape;which were released in 1977 as Live! at the Star-Club. They added saxophonist Howie Casey in 1963; later that year, Sam Hardie left to join Tony Sheridan and was replaced by a second sax player, Dave Woods. While in Germany, they also performed in Kiel and Berlin, and was a backing group for Alex Harvey, before returning to the UK to back Chuck Berry and Carl Perkins on tour in 1964. The original Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes split up at the end of 1964, with the Dominoes – Frankland, Casey, Thompson and Kemp, with singer Paddy Chambers – remaining in the UK. Taylor returned to Hamburg, where he played lead guitar for the Griff Parry Five before forming a new version of Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes with Baz Davies, Mamoud Hari, Kenny Rees and Cliff Roberts. After recording a solo single for Decca in London in 1964, "Somebody's Always Tryin'", with Jimmy Page on guitar, he gave up music. There, and later at Birkdale, he ran a family butcher's business for over thirty years until his retirement. Thompson joined Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, and then The Rockin' Berries in 1965. Frankland and Kemp formed a new group, The Eyes, with future actor Lewis Collins, before Kemp formed the trio Paddy, Klaus & Gibson, with Paddy Chambers and Klaus Voormann; he later worked in A&R. Taylor reunited with Hardie, Davies, Frankland and others for occasional performances from the 1990s onwards. In 1999, Bear Family Records issued the complete Ariola recordings by Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes. Taylor returned to live in Germany in 2006, and continued to perform with a band called The Brotherhood of Rock 'n' Soul. - research the James Boys


L to R :

Sam Hardie

John Frankland

Brian Redman


Bobby Thomson






Left to right:

Trevor Morais - Drums

Paddy Chambers - Guitar

Nick Crouch - Guitar/Vocals

William ‘Faron’ Ruffley - Bass/Lead Vocals







               FARON'S FLAMINGO'S

Originally the Hi-Hats  then Robin and The Ravens with lead singer Robin dressed in a yellow silk suit and the band in pink jackets.They made their first appearance at The Cavern in 1962 with The Beatles singing backup.

Also that year and with a growing following, they were offered a chance to go to France and play at the US army bases. Band member Eric London did not want to give up his job, so he did not travel. He was replaced by Dave Cooper. Bands touring France had to bring a female singer with them and they took a lady called Pam Connolly on tour with them. In spite of doing well, there were some issues with Billy Jones leaving the band. When the group returned to the UK, the line up was Nicky Crouch on lead guitar, Paddy Chambers on rhythm guitar,
Faron Ruffley on bass and vocals and Trevor Morais on drums.
Faron's Flamingos split up that and Paddy Chambers and Faron joined The Big Three.
In 1965, Faron reformed the band and performed in France until the late 1960s.He also had a version of the group running in the 1970s.Later versions of his Flamingos have included Brian Jones, Arty Davis, Phil Melia, Ken Shalliker, Billy Burton, Arthur Hayes, Nicky Crouch, Bernie Rogers and others.





L to R :

Mary McGlory

Pamela Birch

Sylvia Saunders

Valerie Gell










                 Ian and the Zodiacs

 Formed in 1958, originally a jazz group known as The Zodiacs, with lead singer John Kennedy. Kennedy left and Ian Edwards, from the Deltones,  took his place in 1960 and changed direction to Rock n' Roll calling themselves now Ian and the Zodiacs. The lineup for the group included Edwards as lead vocalist, Pete Wallace on lead guitar, Geoff Bethell on piano, Charlie Flynn (stage name: Wellington Wade) on bass guitar, and Cliff Roberts on drums. They became the resident group for St. Lukes Hall (The Jive-Hive). Their manager was Ralph Webster. In May 1964, the band got rid of Bethell and  Geoff Bamford replaced Roberts on drums.They became promoted by Manfred Weissleder, owner of the Star-Club, and were joined by drummer Joe Walsh. 1965, Wallace and Walsh departed, and were replaced by Freddie Smith and Arthur Ashton.  German musicians Manfred Jung (bass), Jürgen Pfingst (lead guitar), Dr.Joachim Wagner (rhythm guitar) and Raimund Jung (drums). The backing group from Cologne, Germany, still performs as Ian's Zodiacs and as The Roaring Fourties, and is also well known in Liverpool.


      The Dennisons 

The band's drummer, Clive Hornby, (drums)later became Jack Sugden - formed in 1961  Their original bass guitarist, Alan Willis(bass),was then replaced in December 1962 by Terry Carson
Group members Steve McLaren (guitar/vocals)and their lead singer, Eddie Parry ,(lead vocals) left the group in March 1965. The Dennisons continued as a four piece before disbanding in 1967.1n 1991, they reunited to perform at a memorial concert for Terry Carson.  Ray Scragg (rhythm/vocals) was also a member. Scragg's died in 2001 from lung cancer.













      Billy J Kramer

      & the Dakotas

William Howard Ashton  known as Billy J. Kramer turned professional but his then backing group, the Coasters, were less keen, so the services of a Manchester-based group, the Dakotas were sought, a combo then backing Pete MacLaine. The Dakotas enjoyed Top 20 success in 1963 on their own with "The Cruel Sea", then "Magic Carpet" The Dakotas' ranks were then strengthened by the inclusion of Mick Green, formerly a guitarist with the London band the Pirates who backed Johnny Kidd.





























              The Escorts

 in 1962, by three classmates — Terry Sylvester — guitar/lead vocals / John Kinrade — lead guitar/vocals / Mike Gregory — bass guitar/vocals  / Ray Walker — lead vocals  Johnny Foster — drums; replaced by Pete Clarke  replaced by Kenny Goodlass from The Kirkbys; replaced by Pete Clarke; replaced by Tommy Kelly of Earl Preston's Realms; replaced by Paul Comerford of The Cryin' Shames.Terry Sylvester was replaced by Frank Townsend from The Easybeats (1962–65) and the Beachwoods, who was later to become a member of Tony Rivers and the Castaways. Paddy Chambers (ex-Faron's Flamingos and The Big Three) subsequently replaced Townsend. Sylvester left to join The Swinging Blue Jeans in 1966 then he replaced Graham Nash in The Hollies. John Kinrade stopped playing after The Escorts split up in 1967. Mike Gregory would also leave The Escorts in 1967 to join The Swinging Blue Jeans, and stayed until 1973, whereupon after leaving and doing sessions for a couple of years, he formed a group with Johnny Goodison of the original Brotherhood of Man called Big John's Rock 'n' Roll Circus in 1975. Gregory stayed in 'The Circus' until its demise in 2005, and is now a solo artist. Still wanting to be in a group, in 1969 he joined the strange poetry band, The Liverpool Scene, and still working for Apple he did sessions for Kiki Dee and Billy Preston, and then did a brief stint in Badfinger He is now living in the US.


                    Billy Fury

Ronald Wycherley had a short relationship with actress Amanda Barrie and was married to Judith Hall in May 1969, but later left her for heiress Lisa Voice (née Rosen). They lived together in London, and sometimes on Fury's farm in Wales, from 1971 until his death.  After returning from a recording session in the early hours of 28 January 1983, Fury collapsed from a heart attack at his home in London  but died later , aged 42.  Fury's body was buried at Mill Hill cemetery, in North London. Fury's backing band from 1970 until 1976, when he stopped touring due to ill health, were Fury's Tornados. They continue to tour in the theatre show "Halfway to Paradise:The Billy Fury Story".

                      Cilla Black

Priscilla Maria Veronica White OBE (27 May 1943 – 1 August 2015), better known as Cilla Black.
Black began her career as a singer in 1963.

              The Hideaways

The band included Ozzie Yue, later to become a well-known actor and Frankie Connor, now a BBC Radio Merseyside DJ. Judd Lander (Harmonica / Vocals) later to become a well-known London session musician who performed on Spice Girls & Culture Clubs worldwide No. 1 hits, along with performances on Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Beach Boys, and a host of other major artists albums, Lander became a director at various major record labels working closely with artists such as Michael Jackson, ABBA, The Ramones, Run DMC, Salt & Pepper, and instrumental in the breaking of Meat Loaf's multi-platinum album 'Bat Out Of Hell' - now heads his own PR agency Lander PR Ltd. As a group, The Hideaways now hold the official world record for over 300 Cavern performances in both old and new venues, and still perform annually at the Cavern Club. The band formed in about October 1963 by Ozzie Yue (guitar, vocals), John Shell (bass guitar) and John Donaldson (drums); Frankie Connor joined three months later, followed by Judd Lander on harmonica.In 1969, under the name of "Confucius", they released their only single ‘The Brandenburg Concerto’.Shell, American by birth, would later die in the Vietnam War aged twenty. Lander would later play with Paul McCartney's Wings, provide harmonica for Culture Club's number 1 hit "Karma Chameleon" and become head of music for Warner Brothers UK.


            THE LIVERBIRDS

The Liverbirds were an English all-female rock band from Liverpool, active between 1963 and 1968. The group consisted of vocalist
and guitarist Valerie Gell, guitarist and vocalist Pamela Birch, bassist and vocalist Mary McGlory, and drummer Sylvia Saunders.

Gell, Saunders, and McGlory formed the band in 1963,along with guitarist Sheila McGlory (Mary's sister) and vocalist Irene Green,
both of whom quickly left to join other bands and were replaced by Birch.They achieved more commercial success in Germany than
Britain, where they performed at the Star-Club after the Beatles' own tenure and were billed as "the female Beatles". The group broke up in
1968, just after finishing a tour of Japan. They briefly reunited in 1998.
Three members of the band settled in Germany permanently.Saunders moved to Spain, settling in Alicante with her husband,
John (died 2 April 2017). Sylvia is now living in Glasgow. McGlory runs a Hamburg-based company called Ja/Nein Musikverlag
("Yes/No Music Publishing") which she founded with her husband, German songwriter Frank Dostal (died April 2017), who was one
of the band's former colleagues from the Star-Club and later vice-chairman of the German performance rights organization GEMA.
Birch also settled in Hamburg and worked for many years in the city's clubs. She died at the UKE on 27 October 2009, at the age of 65.
Gell, who settled in Munich but later returned to Hamburg, died on 11 December 2016, aged 71.