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  • Cryin' Shames
    of Brian Epstein s NEMS stable By 1965 the group had become one of the most popular unsigned acts in the area Late in 65 they were signed by Decca and placed under the wing of the legendary producer Joe Meek By this time Meek s great days were behind him but he was confident that The Cryin Shames would make it to the top Their first record was a

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  • Lee Curtis & The All Stars
    together a hand picked group of backing musicians and named them The All Stars They were joined in August by Pete Best following his dismissal from The Beatles They rapidly gained a large following in their native city Liverpool in fact they would finish as runners up to The Beatles in the Merseybeat newspaper s end of year poll Having been signed by Decca and released a pair of singles the group split from Curtis twelve months after his previous band had done the same thing A case of lightning striking twice Curtis put a new line up of the All Stars together in the summer of 63 This group George Peckham who would eventually join The Fourmost Paul Pilnick Mushy Cooper and Don Alcyd went over to Germany and began to build up a good fan base From this point on the line up of the All Stars changed with bewildering regularity The band listed and pictured above lasted for nine months during 1964 Despite all of the problems with personnel Curtis became a major star in Germany while making no impression at home outside his native Liverpool His full time career was ended in 1967 after he was

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  • The Dennisons
    died 1991 bass guitar Clive Hornby drums The Dennisons were an archetypal Merseyside group with a solid straightforward beat approach They did a good version of Walking the Dog but generally lacked individuality and never quite made the charts Singles Sept 1963 Be my girl Little Latin Lupe Lu 46 Feb 1964 Walking the Dog You don t know what love is 36 July 1964 Devoted to you You better

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  • The Escorts
    documentary The Sound of a City Dizzy Miss Lizzy sold fairly well but no Escorts singles made the Top Thirty even when they switched to Columbia and Paul McCartney produced them Terry Sylvester left to join the Swinging Blue Jeans and went furthewr to the Hollies Singles June 1964 The one to cry Tell me baby Dec 1964 Dizzy Miss Lizzy All I want is you Sept 1965 I don

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  • Faron's Flamingos
    style Their Let s Stomp and Talking bout you are outstanding tracks on Oriole s This is Merseybeat Volume 1 and they subsequently put out a version on Oriole of the Contour s classic Do you love me which was unfortunately overshadowed by the Tremeloes slicker but less exciting version Both Faron Bill Russley and guitarist Paddy Chambers joined the Big Three at the end of 1963 and the Flamingos

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  • The Fourmost
    which consolidated their position as one of the most successful Liverpool outfits but they received a blow when their leader Mike Millward was taken ill after the release of I m in love Bill Parkinson took over on rhythm guitar until Millward was well enough to play with the group again but the change prevented them from cashing in on their early success as much as they might have done and after 1964 none of their records sold particularly well In spite of their preference for comedy revealed in later records like Girls girls girls which featured Chipmunk type choruses and George Formby s Aunt Maggie s remedy they were a tight beat group whose singles displayed great professionalism Perhaps their style was a little too slick seeming rather mannered by contrast with the roughness of the R B groups which emerged in 1964 SINGLES Sept 1963 Hello little girl Just in case 9 Jan 1964 I m in love Respectable 17 April 1964 A little lovin Waiting for you 6 July 1964 How can I tell her You got that way Nov 1964 Baby I need your loving That s only what they say 24 July 1965 Everything in

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  • Gerry & The Pacemakers
    old Rodgers Fr Hammerstein ballad You ll never walk alone both made No 1 the group became the only artists ever to achieve this position with their first three records Even the Beatles had not managed this Gerry and the Pacemakers were featured in a film which slightly belatedly attempted to exploit Liverpool mania Ferry Cross the Mersey 1965 and the theme song written by Gerry Marsden was their sixth Top Ten single in January 1965 It was also their last Their next I ll be there made No 12 after that the group continued to be successful but went increasingly after the family audience a process which culminated in Gerry going solo as a children s television and musical comedy performer SINGLES Mar 1963 How do you do it Away from you 1 June 1963 I like it It s happened to me 1 Oct 1963 You ll never walk alone It s alright 1 Jan 1964 I m the one You ve got what I like 2 April 1964 Don t let the sun catch you crying Show me that you care 6 Aug 1964 It s gonna be alright It sjust because 24 Jan 1965 Ferry cross the Mersey You you you 8 Mar 1965 I ll be there Baby you re so good to me 12 Oct 1965 Walk hand in hand Dreams Feb 1966 La la la Without you Nov 1966 Girl on the swing Fool to myself Gerry Marsden June 1967 Please let them be I m not blue Aug 1967 Gilbert Green What makes me love you April 1968 Liverpool Charlie Girl Nov 1968 In the Year of April Every Day May 1969 Every Little Minute In Days of Old May 1971 I ve Got My Ukulele What a Day April 1972 Amo

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  • Ian And The Zodiacs
    left in May 64 when the band decided to turn professional They decided to continue without a pianist and recruited new drummer Bamford from The Memphis Three They went over to Germany where they enjoyed extraordinary popularity spending their time touring and recording Two of the albums they made in Germany consisted entirely of Beatles songs and were released under the name The Koppycats Ian The Zodiacs disbanded during the

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