Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Sixties Music

The Merseybeats

Ex insurance clerk Tony Crane and Billy Kinsley were called the Mavericks they were the founder members of the group which changed it’s name in 1962 to The Merseybeats. They appeared regularly at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

After the Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers had number one hits, the record companies flocked to Liverpool to find more talent. The Merseybeats signed to Fontana records and had their first hit in 1963 with the Bacharach and David song It’s Love That Really Counts and a Naomi Neville “B” side The Fortune Teller.

They were trendsetters with their image wearing Bolero jackets, frilled shirts complemented with a large fancy bow tie. Black mohair hipster slacks with a six inch vent down the sides at the bottom of the trousers which revealed the spat-styled boots which were buttoned or zipped at the sides.

It was their next release which gave them their highest chart position the million selling gold record written by Peter Lee Stirling I Think Of You / Mister Moonlight which reached number five in the U.K. charts. Although they were renowned for their ballads, on stage they included more upbeat songs.

They released further singles:-

· Don’t Turn around / Really Mystified
· Wishin’ and Hopin’/ Milkman
· Last Night (I Made A Little Girl Cry) / Send Me Back
· Don’t Let It Happen To Us / It Would Take A Long Long Time
· I Love You Yes I Do / Good Good Lovin’
· I Stand Accused / All Of My Life

In 1966 after they had disbanded Tony Crane and Bill Kinsley became The Merseys and had a hit with a song called Sorrow.