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  • The Fourmost
    singer Chick Graham The follow up Bad to me was another No 1 and an instrumental by the Dakotas The Cruel Sea made the Top Twenty at about the same time Four more reasonably big hits followed the most successful being Little Children by the American song writers Mort Shuman and John Leslie McFarland which gave Billy J Kramer his second million seller March 1964 After that the group seemed to lose its grip on the public Billy was essentially an unexciting singer especially in live performance and his record success depended on strong material The group were unable to write hit songs themselves and they only made the Top Twenty once after the summer of 1964 with a Burt Bacharach song Trains and Boats and Planes Kramer himself failed to establish an image and attempts to make a come back have not been widely successful in terms of the charts although he still plays the variety club circuit SINGLES April 1963 Do you want to know a secret I ll be on my way 1 July 1963 Bad to me I call your name 1 Oct 1963 I ll keep you satisfied I know 4 Feb 1964 Little Children They remind me of you 1 July 1964 From a window Second to none 10 Jan 1965 It s gotta last forever Don t you do it no more May 1965 Trains and Boats and Planes That s the way I feel 12 Nov 1965 Neon City I ll be doggone Feb 1966 We re doing fine Forgive me Aug 1966 You make me feel like someone Take my hand Billy J Kramer Jan 1967 Sorry Going Going Gone Apr 1967 Town of Tuxley Toymaker part one Chinese girl The Dakotas July 1963 The Cruel Sea The Millionaire 18 Sept

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  • The Kubas
    Koobas on the Beatles tour in the winter of 1965 they thus satisfied virtually all the conditions for Merseybeat success except a hit record Following the release of their album The Koobas in 1968 and appearing as support group on the Jimmy Hendrix Experience tour they disbanded Singles Feb 1965 I love her Magic Potion Dec 1965 Take me for a little while Somewhere in the night The Koobas Apr

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  • The Merseybeats
    1964 He was replaced on bass by Bob Garner for a few weeks and then by Gus Gustavson of the Big Three They continued to make interesting and unusual singles produced by Jack Baverstock for two years most of them sold well but not spectacularly and the personnel again went through some changes Billy Kinsley returned and in January 1966 a more fundamental split took place Aaron Williams left the music business and Gustavson and Banks signed to Parlophone as Johnny and John putting out a single Bumperto Bumper June 1966 which did nothing But something unexpected happened Tony and Billy carried on as a duo shortening their name to the Merseys and bringing in a backing group with the wonderful name of the Fruit Eating Bears one of the first to use two drummers Now managed by Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp they achieved their greatest success ever the hysterical receptions began again and the new group s first single Sorrow became their biggest hit Memory of this song was kept alive by the Beatles who for some reason quoted a line from it during the fade out of George Harrison s It s all too much from the Yellow Submarine film and it has been revived by David Bowie Johnny Gustavson has been playing bass guitar in Roxy Music SINGLES Aug 1963 It s love that really counts Fortune Teller Jan 1964 I think of you Mr Moonlight 5 Apr 1964 Don t turn around Really mystified 13 July 1964 Wishin and hopin Milkman 13 0ct 1964 Last night I made a little girl cry See me back May 1965 Don t let it happen to us It would take a long long time Sept 1965 I love you yes I do Good good lovin 26 Dec 1965

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  • The Mojos
    lead voice some fine rocking piano and some unexpected chord changes took it to No 9 in the charts but after that nothing In spite of a good Merseybeat pedigree a strong local reputation a triumphant spell at the Hamburg Star Club a guitarist who had been a member of the renowned Faron s Flamingos the Mojos popularity dropped so swiftly that their fourth record was beaten in terms of sales by a completely unknown group the Cherokees whose version of the same song rose two places higher in the charts in the days when these things mattered This extraordinary change in the group s fortunes may have had something to do with the fact that they were under contract to Decca a company so huge in terms of publicity and exposure that groups who were less than phenomenally successful were not given much individual attention SINGLES Oct 1963 Forever They say Mar 1964 Everything s alright Give your lovin to me 9 July 1964 Why not tonight Don t do it anymore 25 Aug 1964 Seven daffodils Nothin at all 30 Apr 1965 Comin on to cry That s the way it Goes Sep 1965 Wait a minute Wonder

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  • Paddy, Klaus & Gibson
    just a few weeks Chambers Kemp and Franland jumped ship and after recruiting bassist Lewis Collins formed a new group called The Eyes left Liverpool and moved to Hamburg Germany In October 64 while the group was still in Germany Collins departed and the band brought in a saxophonist Johnny Phillips who had previously been with the Roadrunners and Klaus Voorman who had never previously played with a band Voorman was a graphic designer who had befriended the Beatles during their Hamburg days In March 1965 Frankland and Phillips left Now reduced to a trio the Eyes returned to Liverpool and re christened themselves Paddy Klaus Gibson Back in England they became the first group to be managed by the future founder of Charisma Tony Stratton Smith Stratton Smith helped them secure a contract with Pye Records and booked them into the Pickwick Club where they were seen by the Beatles At their suggestion Brian Epstein bought out the groups contact from Stratton Smith They only lasted for a little more than a year releasing three singles during that time one of which was produced by Paul McCartney Following their demise in May 1966 Chambers joined a late formation of

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  • The Pete Best Four
    recorded the Beatles Decca audition the year before After the failure of the single Decca dropped them They went to the USA during 1964 and based in New York City spent quite a bit of time in the studio recording material some of which was issued in the States on small independent labels during the mid 60s By the beginning of 65 McGurk had left the group his place had

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  • Tommy Quickly/ Johhny Sandon & The Remo Four
    got around to releasing themselves One of Lennon McCartney s slightest numbers it was downright wimpy in fact Quickly had a minor hit with it when he made it his debut release in mid 1963 Only 18 at the time Quickly recorded half a dozen singles in 1963 and 1964 sometimes backed by Liverpool combo the Remo Four notching another small hit with a cover of the country standard The Wild Side of Life but never truly broke out into stardom His material mostly mined the most pop influenced end of the Merseybeat style sounding like a more MOR version of Gerry the Pacemakers who were not exactly radical innovators themselves Quickly was at one time slated to be given another Lennon McCartney song the excellent No Reply with Paul McCartney on tambourine But the session came to naught when Quickly was unable to sing the vocal in tune partially because John Lennon had it has been written impeded Quickly s concentration by supplying Tommy with whiskey Quickly s version of No Reply never came out the Beatles would record it themselves on their fourth album and in fact his career was therefore finished as he left Epstein s management stable and quit the music business shortly thereafter One of their singles did scrape into the charts but Tommy Quickly had a noticeably weak voice and they never caught on Singles Tommy Quickly The Remo Four Aug 1963 Tip of my tongue Heaven Only Knows Nov 1963 Kiss Me Quick No Other Love Mar 1964 Prove It Haven t You Noticed Jun 1964 You Might As Well Forget Him It s As Simple As That Oct 1964 Wild side of life Forget the other guy 27 Dec 1964 Humpty Dumpty I go crazy Johnny Sandon The Remo Four 1963 Lies

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  • The Riot Squad
    not help them to achieve the required breakthrough Bonney went on to have a solo hit with Supergirl 1966 Mitchell left to join Georgie Fame s Blue Flames before moving on to the Jimi Hendrix Experience Of their singles Gotta Be A First Time 1967 one of the last songs to be produced by the legendary Joe Meek was the closest they got to a hit attracting considerable airplay without

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