Welcome to The Liverpool Beat website, chronicling the history of UK Rock music from the golden era of Merseyside music of the 50s and 60s to the present day. Some say the roots of Rock 'n ' Roll lie purely in the deep south of the USA. That maybe true, but Liverpool in the 50s/60s was the centre of the new wave of music which formed the basis of "garage" and even heavy metal. Liverpool Beat takes you on a journey from those heady days of The Beatles into the 21st century with news, reviews and exclusive articles from the real world of rock music.
Tickets are going well for the first Liverpool Beat show at the fabulous Yacht Club at the Liverpool Marina on Sunday 22nd December.
Four great bands for just £8....I must be mad. Compering the evening will be Liverpool's top Radio personality Frankie Connor, who will also be giving us a few songs. The new Liverpool Beat band had its second practice last week and I think the audience are going to like the finished product.
Liverpool Beat Club, kicks off with a special "fatabuloso" show at The Yacht Club, Liverpool Marina just 5 minutes from the city centre on Sunday the 22nd December. Celebrating "The Beat" both old and new, we have arranged a terrific line-up featuring Liverpool's premier Rock n Roll band Karl Terry and The Cruisers, along with the Liverpool Beat band which includes players from The Cryin' Shames and Kingsize Taylor and The Dominoes. Along with 'Old Boys', we have two of Liverpool's new generation of "Beat Boys", the fabulous Shakers (The Cavern's resident band) and Searchin' (Searchers tribute).
Your host for the evening will be Radio Merseyside's Frankie Connor, who will also be doing some numbers from his famous 60's band The Hideaways. The venue is amazing, and everyone will be seated. We have arranged special prices for light meals from £5. The venue has ample secure car parking, and a luxurious interior. There are just 180 tickets available, so we suggest you order your tickets straights. You can buy tickets via Paypal for £8 (plus £1.99 per order for postage and processing costs) or directly from The Yacht Club.
Sept 1957- early 1958
The Dominoes formed when Cliff, Sam and Arthur left Waterloo Grammar school. Sam was a prodigious piano pumper: Cliff assembled a simple drum kit: Arthur did a passable imitation of Little Richard & Elvis.
Made their debut at the Caradoc Mission Hall, Seaforth. Actually recorded an album (acetates exist) at Lambda Studios Crosby... 10 tracks including 20 Flight Rock, Great Balls Of Fire. Guitar Booge and other classics.
Line up of
Cliff Roberts drums
Sam Hardie piano
George Watson lead guitar/vocals
Charlie Flynn guitar/vocals
Arthur Baker vocals
I had the pleasure of meeting up with Sam a couple of years back in the Grapes (opposite the Cavern on Mathew Street in Liverpool), one of the Beatles after gig haunts. Sam is a one man tourist industry holding court at the back of the pub with fascinated visitors - talking about his days with the Beatles. What follows is an interview Sam gave a few years back for www.classicbands.com
Sam was a concert promoter in Liverpool, when groups like The Beatles were up and coming. He experienced first hand what the rest of the world would later term The British Invasion. Sam Leach is his name and the stories he has to tell!
Brian "Saxophone" Jones of The Undertakers with Andrew Coleman and the Liverpool Philhamonic choir. rock on Brian. Interview with Jim Hughes. A beautiful rendition of "True Love Ways". You can see Brian playing every Monday at the Pen and Wig in the Liverpool City Centre.
Later - Brian back stage with Linda Gail Lewis (Jerry Lee Lewis's sister), Jimmy Hughes and Ritchie Prescot.
After the news came out last year that there had been a huge cover up by the Police and Government concerning the Hillsborough Disaster enquiry, I got real angry and sat down and wrote a song dedicated to those who lost their lives. I recorded it in the bedroom with just old keyboard and to say it was rough is a bit of an under statement. So last week I had an opportunity to record it properly at Derek Cleary's studio in Liverpool. The proceeds, after we've covered the costs of producing it, will go to the Hillsborough Appeal. We will be launching the song possibly with a few other tracks on a special CD later in the year. If you would like to buy the track as a download, click the PayPal button below. Here is a link to Low-Fi version on Soundcloud. Hope you enjoy it.
You can buy the Hi-Fi version of the track now via digital download for £1.99. Once your payment is processed you will receive an email with the digital download as an attachment to the email. Right click on the MP3 file and save as (designating the directory on your computer where you wish to save the file). For Itunes users, use the add to file function by clicking the File topic in Itunes, select the directory where you saved the download and the track will be added to your Itunes library.
"Good Ol' Freda" is the true and untold story of Freda Kelly, the Beatles' trusted secretary and friend throughout their meteoric rise to fame. The film premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in March 2013 and has been receiving rave reviews ever since. Freda is well known on the Merseybeat scene, and it's great to know that her story is to being told at last.
It has been an honour and a privilege to become friends with Faron, one of Liverpool's greatest musical legends, who, with his band The Flamingos, stormed onto the Liverpool scene in 1962. You can the read the history of the band in our in depth article. A couple of years ago I visited Faron's Cabin, a amazing citadel of memorabilia at the back of Faron's house just outside Liverpool. If you haven't had a chance to view these three great videos you can view them below.
Faron is now 73 years young and has suffered a number of health problems of late, which may force him to retire from active performance (We all hope not). However, despite setbacks which would have stopped far younger people in their tracks, Faron has continued to perform with an energy and excitement that would put many teenagers to shame.
This month Faron has been in the studio with another Liverpool legend George Eccles (Probably the loudest guitarist in the history of Liverpool music...but also one of the best ...) and has completed a sensational album. The CD is a compilation of Faron's favourite songs and many of the titles you will recognise straight away. Sitting here listening to the tracks the tears are rolling down my cheeks with the emotion than emanates from this great performer.
I still find it incredible writing about and talking to people who lived through those golden times of the Merseybeat after all these years, for the entire experience only really lasted for two maybe three years at most. Yes, you could argue that it started in 1957 with The Quarrymen and that 1960 was a pivotal year, but remember the Star Club didn't open its doors until 1962, and by 1965 Liverpool went from being the most vibrant musical place on earth to a ghost town. I remember walking through the city centre with Roddy Simpson the drummer in our band and seeing guitars hanging in shop windows for ridiculously low prices. It gave the impression that there were more guitars for sale than loaves of bread and maybe that was so. But, sad though it was too see the era disappear before our very eyes, the fickle music industry had moved on. Those golden days changed the lives of many of Liverpool's sons and daughters, and one such Liverpool son was Ray David who with his band the St Louis Checks enjoyed a brief and fleeting moment of success playing not the Merseybeat, but another strange and obscure (To scousers at least) type of music...the blues.
In London round about the time the Merseybeat was flourishing, a parallel scene was emerging at places like the Station Hotel in Richmond and Eel Pie Island in Twickenham with guys some of whom had graduated from Jazz players into the new "White" Blues music. Names like Charlie Watts,Bill Wyman, Eric Clapton, and Peter Green could be seen and heard playing the Delta and Chicago blues rather than "That Rock n Roll stuff", and their early beginnings have been well documented in many books and films. But what is not widely known is that Liverpool got the Blues too, and uniquely most of the American legends of Blues such as Sonny Boy Williamson, Memphis Slim, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Witherspoon, John Lee Hooker and Little Walter came to the Cavern club well before the "Southern Scene" latched on to them.
The City That Rocked The World - Premier
On a very warm evening, Liverpool Beat attended the premier of "The City That Rocked The World" a documentary chronicling the history of Liverpool music from the 50s to the present day.
Along with an all-Merseyside cast, team Fergy walked the red carpet at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall and enjoyed a special VIP screening and, camera at the ready, managed to get a couple of rare interviews with Merseybeat legends Ray Ennis of The Swinging Blue Jeans and Johnny "Hutch" Hutchinson of The Big Three. There's also an interview with Roger Appleton, the movies Director, and the video ends with a fab song from that great Liverpool talent Ian Prowse.
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Tony Ashton (Edward Anthony Ashton)- Died 5-28-2001 - Cancer ( Rock - Soul - Jazz - Blues ) Born 3-1-1946 in Blackburn, Lancashire, England - Organist and vocalist - He was a member of The Executives (They did, "March Of The Mods"), The College Boys, The The Mastersounds, The Remo Four (They did remakes of, "Nothin's Too Good For My Baby" and "No Money Down"), Ashton,Gardner & Dyke (They did, "Reserruction Shuffle"), P.A.L. (Paice, Ashton, Lord) and Family - Worked with Chicken Shack and Wings
Beryl Adams - Died 3-1-2003 - Possiby Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease ( Secretary ) Born 1937 in Liverpool, England - She was a secretary for The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein and for Ray McFall, owner of The Cavern club- She also managed The Kirkbys - You can read about her life in the book, "The Tragical History Tour" to be released in the summer of 2003
Don Alcyd drums The Tempest Tornadoes, Renegades, Lee Curtis and the All Stars
Alf Anslow drums The Incas
Bobby Arnold lead guitar Kenny Johnson's Northwind, Bobby one of the most well respected Country guitarist on Merseyside
Tuni Allcock long time wife of Mojos bass player Keith Karlson
Colin Aryeety vocalist The Contrasts & Micheal Henry Group and a popular cabaret singer, Then the Dennisons
Derek Armstrong The Blues Angels
Bob Aurzidia reporter radio
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