Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by MerseyBeatle, Jan 18, 2020.
Howie Casey & The Seniors
Twist at the Top
I have that one, and considered posting one of the songs as another example of what I'm looking for. A great example of the transition between rock 'n' roll and beat.
By the way, I ordered a Big Three CD. Thanks for the tip!
......more harder edged sax driven R’n’ R Merseybeaters on the forth coming (March) CD on Bear Family
Kingsize Taylor and The Dominos
King Size Taylor
Dr. Feelgood - The Brits Are Rocking Vol.3
King Size Taylor CD: Dr. Feelgood - The Brits Are Rocking Vol.3 (CD) - Bear Family Records
Merseybeat with and R&B edge. Great stuff. Check out their website at The Roadrunners - one of Liverpool's best-loved 60s R&B bands
Also look for their recordings, which has been reissued by both Repertoire Records and Bear Family.
Mike Hart later released an album on John Peel's Dandelion label.
Another favourite - The One to Cry' - the Escorts
I’ve never seen this before - incredible! Had to chuckle at the misspelling of Larry Parnes - Larry Parkes (the name of the Hollywood actor who played Al Jolson). Allan must have been distracted!
Stepping away from the rockin' R&B fare for a moment, The Meresys (formerly Merseybeats) - "Sorrow"
About twenty years ago, a friend of mine who was one of the original Cavern audience back in the early 60s, was having problems with her gas boiler at her Merseyside home. She called British Gas, who sent out a maintenance engineer. My friend opened the door when he showed up and was thrilled, astonished and totally smitten when she immeditaely recognised the engineer as Earl Preston from the TTs. They spent a convivial afternoon talking of old times. He even fixed her heating problem.
Great story and a pleasant surprise for your mate.
Here’s some footage of Earl Preston and The TT’s in their prime........
........and Earl Preston and The TT’s about 50 years on.
Love that these guys are still making music and Cy Tucker still has it. Tuck’s bit at about the 1:00 mark is brilliant.
Today in Merseybeat: January 19, 1962
After a lunchtime session at the Cavern Club, The Beatles headline a bill at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton that includes Earl Preston and the T.T.'s, Steve Day and the Drifters and the Commotions. The evening Cavern session features the Red River Jazzmen and Gerry and the Pacemakers, while the Swinging Bluegenes and the Merseysippi Featuring Jill (Martin) are at the Mardi Gras Jazz Club. St. John's Hall in Bootle has the Mark Peters Cyclones, The Cimmerons and the Night Hawks. Big Howie Casey's Seniors are at the David Lewis Theatre and the Aintree Institute promises a "Twistville Special" with "Three Top-line Groups".
Earl Preston after the T.T.s, now with The Realms
Great little mini-documentary on the story of The Liverbirds.
The Liverbirds in Germany 1965 preforming ‘Why Do You Hang Around Me?’
Here’s Mary and Sylvia today performing Peanut Butter with the cast of Girls Don’t Play Guitars.
Girls Don't Play Guitars - The Reviews! - Royal Court Theatre
The Liverbirds were probably the first all female guitar group in Liverpool, if not the world. Formed in 1962 they were named after the mythological birds of Liverpool’s Atlantic coast and the emblem of the city. They started out as a five piece group with two guitars, bass, drums, and a vocalist, Irene Green. Irene left The Liverbirds and later recorded as Tiffany (Tiffany & The Thoughts). Shortly afterwards, The Liverbirds were in London and were introduced to Pam Birch by Ray Davies of The Kinks. The Liverbirds now became a quartet and left for Hamburg, Germany for a long residency where they became a major part of the “Star-Club” scene.
The Liverbirds built a large following in Germany, but rarely returned to Liverpool and never released a single in the UK. They recorded for the Star-Club label and released several singles and two LP’s , ‘Star-Club Show 4’ and ‘More Of The Liverbirds’. They did have one US single (‘Why Do You Hang Around Me’ b/w ‘Diddley Daddy’) released in 1965 on the Philips label.
In 1967 Sylvia Saunders (drums) and Valerie Gell (guitar) left and Pam (vocals & guitar) and Mary McGlory (bass) carried on with two replacements from Germany. They did a tour of Japan and by the late sixties, they had disbanded.
Their complete recordings have been released on Big Beat Records and is still available.
The Liverbirds – From Merseyside To Hamburg: The Complete Star-Club Recordings
The Liverbirds - From Merseyside To Hamburg: The Complete Star-Club Recordings
Today in Merseybeat: January 20, 1962
Holyoake Hall hosts "Saturday's Twist Ball" with Howie Casey's Seniors (featuring Freddie "He's Got It" Starr and Derry "Hot Man Hot" Wilkie), Faron's Great Flamingoes, Johnny's Twistin' Travellers, The Del-Renas, The Statesmen, The Climbers. Also the same night at Blair Hall in Walton are the same bands including Howie Casey's Seniors (featuring Freddie "C His Twisted Knee" Starr and Derry "Double Twist" Wilkie). So the roads between the venues will be busy. This is just one day after the release of the "Double Twist" 45. The Travellers won't make it to Blair Hall, as they have an engagement at the Orrell Park Ballroom, along with the "Sensational" Undertakers and King Size Taylor and the Dominoes. At the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton, it's "New Swing Beat Night" starring Rory "The Golden Boy" Storme and The Hurricanes (along with the Echolets). Aintree Institute has Earl Preston and The T.T.s while the Big Three and The Sorrals "with Swoonin' Croonin' Alby" are at Barnabus Hall in Allerton. All the Cavern Club has are The Beatles and the Yorkshire Jazz Band.
'Live Like a Lady' - the Remo Four (1966)
Does George refer to this song in "It's All Too Much", in the line "With your long blond hair and your eyes of blue"?
Yep, he sure does. And David Bowie covered the song on his 1973 PinUps LP.
And David Bowie did a superlative cover of the tune for his PinUps album from 1973. I think it was released as a single then too.
The Remo Four . Colin Manley was an outstanding guitar player. Here he is and the rest of the Remo's doing Peter Gunn.......
Another great Jimmy Campbell song is Keep Me Warm ('Til The Sun Shines) by the Swinging Blue Jeans recorded in 1966
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