Merseybeat Appreciation Thread - The 1960's Liverpool Mersey Beat Sound

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by MerseyBeatle, Jan 18, 2020.

  1. MerseyBeatle

    MerseyBeatle Martha my dear (1995-2012) Thread Starter

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    Starting a catch-all appreciation thread of all things 1960's Merseybeat (AKA Mersey Beat, Mersey Sound, Liverpool Beat, etc). Let's discuss the groups of 1960's Liverpool, the clubs (Cavern, Iron Door, Casbah, etc.), new releases, reissues, videos, songs, books, news, broadcasts, websites, and anything else about the 1960's Liverpool Merseybeat music scene.

    The focus of this thread is on the groups from Liverpool and the sounding areas and active during roughly 1958-1966. So, no Hollies, Herman's Hermits, Freddie and The Dreamers, et. al., although all great groups, this is about the 1960's Liverpool music scene and the groups. Videos or music of other groups or performers playing at the Cavern or other clubs is fine as they're playing in Liverpool, or Liverpool groups playing elsewhere such as Hamburg, BBC, etc.

    So, let's discuss Adam, Mike & Tim, Steve Aldo, The Michael Allen Group, The Almost Blues, The Beatles, The Pete Best Four (Combo), The Big Three, Cilla Black, The Black Knights, The Blackwells, The Blue Mountain Boys, The Bow Bells, Billy Butler, Howie Casey & The Seniors, Lee Castle & The Barons, The Chants, The Clayton Squares, The Connoisseurs, The Cordes, The Crescents, The Crossbeats, The Cryin' Shames, Lee Curtis & The All-Stars, The Cyclones, Steve Day & The Syndicate, The Defenders, The Delmonts, The Del Renas, The Dennisons, The Dimensions, Jason Eddie & The Centremen, Lee Eddie & The Chevrons, The Escorts, The Excelles, The Exchequers, Faron's Flamingos, The Four Just Men, The Fourmost, Billy Fury, Johnny Gentle, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Chick Graham & The Coasters, Group One, Johnny Gustafson, The Hideaways, The Hillsiders, Ian & The Zodiacs, The Incas, Tony Jackson & The Vibrations, Jeannie & The Big Guys, David John & The Mood, Casey Jones & The Engineers, Sonny Kaye & The Reds, The Krikbys, Billy J. Kramer with The Dakotas, The Kubas (Koobas), The Liverbirds, Mark & John, The Markfour, Beryl Marsden, The Masterminds, The Mastersounds, Jacki Martin, The Merseybeats, The Mersey Monsters, The Mojos, The Nashpool Four, The Nocturns, Paddy, Klaus & Gibson, The Pathfinders, Mal Perry, Mark Peters & The Silhouettes, Earl Preston & The TT's, The Profiles, Tommy Quickly, The Rainchecks, The Remo Four, Rhythm & Blues Inc., The Richmond Group, The Riot Squad, The Roadrunners, Paul Rodgers, Earl Royce & The Olympics, The Runaways, Johnny Sandon, The Scaffold, The Searchers, The Seftons, Denny Seyton & The Sabres, Freddie Starr & The Midnighters, Rory Storm & The Hurricanes, The Strangers, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Tabs, Kingsize Taylor & The Dominoes, Tiffany, The Trends, Cy Tucker, The Undertakers, The Valkyries, Sonny Webb & The Cascades, Derry Wilkie & The Pressmen, The Young Ones..........and many other "some other guys".

    Let's discuss, share, learn, celebrate and enjoy the music of Liverpool....The Merseybeat. To use Bob Wooler's phrase.......We've got the hi-fi high & the lights down low, so here we go, with the Mersey Beat Show.................................
     
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  2. MerseyBeatle

    MerseyBeatle Martha my dear (1995-2012) Thread Starter

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    Liverpool A-GO-GO (1965)



    Liverpool A-GO-GO 1965 TV special. Bob Wooler, Cavern Club DJ and compere, takes you on a tour of Liverpool to see popular beat groups and local sights. Merseybeat groups perform at the Cavern Club, on a double-decker bus, aboard the Royal Isis (Mersey River beat cruise), the courtyard of the Town Hall in Castle Street, and the sea shore at New Brighton.
    Musical performances include The Fourmost: "Today I'm In Love," "Baby Baby" and "Hello Little Girl", The Mersey Monsters: "Watch Your Step." The Richmond Group: "You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover." The Clayton Squares: "Unchain My Heart," "How Do You Feel?" and "Hallelujah! I Love Her So." The Hideways: "Boom Boom." The Hoboes: "The Last Time." The Spinners: "Dirty Old Town." Tiffany: "I Know," "Reelin and Rockin'" and "Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid." Liverpool A-Go-Go was made for the U.S. market. TV guide lists a Los Angeles, Channel 9 airing on Sep-4-65 and describes it as: "A filmed-on-location hour featuring the new musical groups from the city that spawned the Beatles."
     
  3. Two Sheds

    Two Sheds Tea-sipping bad boy!

    Undeservedly overlooked - the Kubas (later the Koobas) with their first B-side, released in early 1965. I prefer this to the Searchers' version.

     
  4. john hp

    john hp Forum Resident

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    One of my favourites - ' Where Were You' - an Ian & the Zodiacs B-side (cover of song from the LP "Dick Campbell Sings Where It's At")

     
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  5. MerseyBeatle

    MerseyBeatle Martha my dear (1995-2012) Thread Starter

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    Yes, a great version. The Kubas had a much longer career than most Merseyside groups having recorded an LP as the Koobas in 1969. BGO records released this LP on CD in 2000 with 8 bonus tracks.

    The Koobas - Koobas
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  6. bekayne

    bekayne Forum Resident

    The Kirkbys (featuring Jimmy Campbell)

     
  7. MerseyBeatle

    MerseyBeatle Martha my dear (1995-2012) Thread Starter

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    A nice tune from Ian & The Zodiacs, with a touch of psychedelia. This was on their 1966 German LP, which came out on the Star-Club label. Repertoire Records reissued it on CD in 1994 with 8 bonus tracks, including 4 live tracks.
    Ian & The Zodiacs - Locomotive
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  8. bekayne

    bekayne Forum Resident

    Timex ad featuring The Hideaways

     
  9. MerseyBeatle

    MerseyBeatle Martha my dear (1995-2012) Thread Starter

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    Great little band and Jimmy Campbell was a fantastic songwriter. An unsung hero of the era. For those wanting to hear more Kirkbys (and their later incarnation The 23rd Turnoff), pick up RPM Records great CD from 2004 "The Dream Of Michaelangelo"
    The 23rd Turnoff - The Dream Of Michaelangelo
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  10. MerseyBeatle

    MerseyBeatle Martha my dear (1995-2012) Thread Starter

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    Awesome! Love seeing any footage from the original Cavern. Let's see more! :)
     
  11. bekayne

    bekayne Forum Resident

    Today in Merseybeat: January 18, 1962
    The Howie Casey Group with Derry and Freddie, plus Lee Eddie's Twistin' Five at the Twister's Den, Deysbrook Hall.
     
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  12. bekayne

    bekayne Forum Resident

    Chick Graham and the Coasters

     
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  13. bekayne

    bekayne Forum Resident

    Rory Storme & The Hurricanes

     
  14. bekayne

    bekayne Forum Resident

    The Roadrunners (with Mike Hart)

     
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    bekayne Forum Resident

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  17. GodBlessTinyTim

    GodBlessTinyTim Forum Resident

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    Any recommendations for Merseybeat groups with a slightly harder edge? For example, I posted about these guys in a similar thread a month or two ago, The Undertakers featuring Jackie Lomax.



    Their "Mashed Potatoes" is so crazy that he doesn't even bother with coherent verses:

    THE UNDERTAKERS / MASHED POTATOES / 1963
     
  18. MerseyBeatle

    MerseyBeatle Martha my dear (1995-2012) Thread Starter

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    Yep, the Undertakers, with lead vocalist and bass guitarist Jackie Lomax were a hard rockin outfit. You may also want to try The Big Three. Their Live at the Cavern EP is outstanding. They were considered by many to be the hardest rocking group on Merseyside, but their sound wasn’t accurately captured on disc. Look for one of the CDs that collects all their singles.
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    The Big Three - Cavern Stomp

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    The Big Three - Cavern Stomp: The Complete Recordings
     
  19. bekayne

    bekayne Forum Resident

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    Of course Eddie Cochran would die two weeks before the concert.
     
  20. bekayne

    bekayne Forum Resident

    Ogi and The Flintstones

     
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  21. MerseyBeatle

    MerseyBeatle Martha my dear (1995-2012) Thread Starter

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    A sad loss. Gene Vincent did continue to play in Liverpool and Hamburg. Here he is with John, Paul, and Pete Best at the Cavern Club.
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  22. MerseyBeatle

    MerseyBeatle Martha my dear (1995-2012) Thread Starter

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    Here’s Gene Vincent performing “What I’d Say” at the Cavern Club in 1965. Backed by, I believe, Sounds Incorporated.
     
  23. MerseyBeatle

    MerseyBeatle Martha my dear (1995-2012) Thread Starter

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    Digging up some rare stuff there. :cool:
    Regarding The Flintstones, they usually went by the name of Ogi & The Flintstones, although none of the members were named Ogi, but the name came from a misprinted newspaper ad that read ‘Ugh, It’s The Flintstones”. They originally formed as the Pegasus Four in 1959. Soon after their first gig, they changed their name to The Toglodytes and then shortly after that, The Flintstones. The line up as Ogi & The Flintstones was Ray Walker (vocals/guitar), Pete Dunn (lead guitar), Keith Corelli (bass), and Len Holden (drums). They usually played at such Liverpool clubs as the Zodiac Club, The Beat Route Coffee Club, Top Hat Club, Hambleton Hall, The Iron Door, and The Cavern.

    In 1961 they recorded a reel-to-reel tape performing hits of the day, including songs by Chuck Berry, Chubby Checker, and Joey Dee. In 1963 The Flintstones called it a day and the members moved on. Pete Dunn stayed in Liverpool and was a founding member of The Clayton Squares.

    Unfortunately, the complete tape they made in 1961 has not been released, but one track (Chuck Berry’s ‘Around and Around’) was released in 2013 on Beat Waves 'Cross The Mersey - Volume 3.
     
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  24. MerseyBeatle

    MerseyBeatle Martha my dear (1995-2012) Thread Starter

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    Another recommendations if you like hard driving saxophone Liverpudlian rock ‘n’ roll and beat.
    Howie Casey & The Seniors ‎– Twist at the Top Plus (Bear Family)
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    Howie Casey & The Seniors - Twist at the Top plus...
     
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  25. MerseyBeatle

    MerseyBeatle Martha my dear (1995-2012) Thread Starter

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    Howie Casey & The Seniors

    Double Twist
     
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