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Kingsize Taylor & the Dominos

Profile by Bill Harry, Mersey Beat, February 1962

IT IS A well known fact that the Dominos were the first rock group to appear on Merseyside (at least this is the view shared ...

Beat Group Names from America and Liverpool

Report by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, August 1962

IS THE Liverpool area the rockingest part of the great British Isles? A publication, Mersey Beat, just arrived, makes me think this is the ...

The Beatles: At a Recording Session with the Beatles

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, Mersey Beat, January 1963

THE SECONDS tick away, high in the control room at EMI's recording studios in St. John's Wood, London. Through the glass panel I could see ...

The Beatles: Beatles Beatles

Report and Interview by Wesley Laine, Record Mirror, February 1963

WHETHER YOU like them or not, you've got to admit that the Beatles are just about the most talked-about group on the British beat scene. ...

The Beatles: Beatles Almost Threw 'Please Please Me' Away

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, March 1963

THE BEATLES opened a copy of the NME and gazed proudly at the Charts when 'Please Please Me' hit the top recently. It was a ...

Gerry & The Pacemakers: New to the Charts: Gerry, Pacemakers from Beatle-land!

Profile by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, March 1963

CRASHING into the NME Chart this week comes another beat name from Beatle-land, Liverpool's Gerry and the Pacemakers. Gerry is featured vocalist on 'How Do ...

Gerry & The Pacemakers: Gerry And The Pacemakers Reveal Their Success Secret: 'We Let Go!'

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, April 1963

"UND JETZT," said Gerry (of the Pacemakers), "ein wünsche für..." The rest of his announcement was drowned by a burst of good-natured jeering from the ...

The Beatles, Dave Berry: The Hamburg Scene: An NRM Special Report

Report and Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, April 1963

WHERE, WOULD you reckon, is the greatest training ground for British beat singers and groups? ...

The Beatles: Throat Sweets Keep Us Going Say Beatles!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, April 1963

A NEVER-ENDING supply of throat sweets is one of the secrets behind the continued success of the Beatles, who come crashing into the NME Chart ...

The Beatles, Billy J. Kramer: Billy J. Kramer Adds To Liverpool Chart Invasion!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, May 1963

FIRST THE BEATLES, then Gerry and the Pacemakers. Now a new Liverpool name, Billy J. Kramer, looks set to take the NME Chart by storm ...

Billy J. Kramer: Singing Was Forced On To Me!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, May 1963

BILLY J. KRAMER sat back in his manager's London office and looked thoughtful as the bubbles settled on top of his cup of hot tea. ...

Freddie Starr & the Midnighters: Joe Meek and Merseybeat

Interview by Bill Harry, Mersey Beat, May 1963

Meek Records Midnighters First Disc
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The Beatles, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Roy Orbison: The Beatles, Roy Orbison, Gerry & the Pacemakers: Adelphi, Slough

Live Review by June Harris, Disc, May 1963

Beatles-Roy Orbison tour is a sensation! ...

Freddie & The Dreamers: The Hilarious Account Of How Freddie 'Floated' From Milk To Hit

Profile and Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, June 1963

MR. FREDERICK GARRATTY has it all worked out exactly when he became just plain Freddie, a full-time professional entertainer with a backing group called the ...

The Searchers: Searchers Paid £40 To Make LP

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, July 1963

THE SEARCHERS might not be in the NME Top Ten this week – making an amazing jump from No. 24 to No. 5! – if ...

The Beatles, The Isley Brothers, The Tremeloes: The 'Twist And Shout' Battle Hots Up! (And How The NME Helped)

Report by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, July 1963

THERE'S A long and fascinating story behind the big come-back success of 'Twist And Shout' (now with three versions in the best-sellers) — and it's ...

The Big Three: Everything Happens to the Big Three — Even an Electric Shock!

Interview by June Harris, Disc, July 1963

"ISN'T IT fab" remarked Johnny Hutchinson. "Are we really in the charts again? It's gear. The works." Johnny was enthusing over the success of the ...

The Beatles: Pete Best: The Other Beatle

Profile by Bill Harry, Mersey Beat, August 1963

'Moody and Magnificent' 
they said — 'He was the Great Attraction'.
 Fans went wild over him. He was... The Other Beatle ...

Gerry & The Pacemakers: Gerry And The Pacemakers Too Busy For Recordings!

Report and Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, September 1963

IT'S BEEN a bit quiet on the recording front for Gerry and the Pacemakers — and the main reason is that the effervescent Mr. Marsden ...

The Tremeloes: The Tired Tremeloes..!

Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, September 1963

In the charts with 'Twist And Shout' and with 'Do You Love Me' crashing in at No. 33, Brian and the boys begin to feel ...

Freddie & The Dreamers, Roy Orbison, The Searchers, The Tremeloes: Roy Orbison, Freddie & the Dreamers, Brian Poole & the Tremeloes, the Searchers: Walthamstow Granada, London

Live Review by June Harris, Disc, September 1963

ROY, BRIAN, FREDDIE — THEY'RE A KNOCKOUT! ...

Billy J. Kramer: Life With Billy J.!

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, October 1963

BILLY J. KRAMER lashed back his second entire French loaf, whooshed amiably through a large crab salad — and talked about the trials, tribulations and ...

The Beatles: With The Beatles (Parlophone)

Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, November 1963

WITH THE BEATLES IS THE TITLE OF THE FANTASTIC NEW BEATLES ALBUM. HERE'S A DETAILED REVIEW BY PETER JONES ...

The Beatles: The One Who Got Away

Interview by Keith Altham, Fabulous, February 1964

PETE BEST is the Beatle who got away. The drummer who was replaced by Ringo Starr just before the boys hit the big time. What ...

Tony Sheridan, Kingsize Taylor: Tony Sheridan and Kingsize Taylor: The Forgotten Kings of Beat

Profile by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, February 1964

AS HAS possibly been observed before, it is all happening in Hamburg. There is more big beat per square yard on the Reeperbahn, with its ...

The Beatles: Sshhh!!!!! Silence!!! Lights!!! Camera!!! Action!!! It's Those Beatles!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, Fabulous, May 1964

BEATLES HERE. Beatles there. Beatles tearing about everywhere, down at Twickenham film studios. I didn't expect any of them to have time for a chat, ...

Billy J. Kramer, Cilla Black, Gerry & The Pacemakers: Fab Gives Cilla a 21st Gig

Report by Keith Altham, Fabulous, May 1964

Cilla Black's a mighty popular popster and Fab fans of hers wrote in droves asking about Cilla's birthday. Since her 21st was coming up we just had to ...

The Swinging Blue Jeans: The Blue Jeans Ordeal

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, May 1964

The Swinging Blue Jeans talk to R.M's David Griffiths about the R&B fanatics who spoilt their act ...

The Beatles: Beatles Triumphant Return Home

Report by Bill Harry, Mersey Beat, July 1964

ALREADY THE 1,500 fans who have flocked to the airport here to welcome THE BEATLES home are keeping up a steady chant of "We Love ...

The Merseybeats: We Love Mad Fans!

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, July 1964

say those Merseybeats Off the Cuff to Peter Jones ...

The Mojos Horsing Around

Report by Keith Altham, Fabulous, August 1964

Fab's Keith has a hard day's afternoon at Windor races with the Mojos ...

The Beatles, John Lennon: John Lennon: Happy Birthday to the Head Beatle

Interview by Keith Altham, Fabulous, October 1964

Although The Beatles have never officially had a leader, John Lennon has always been regarded as Beatle-boss because of his major role in their success. ...

Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers, The Searchers: Worldwide Audiences for Searchers, Says Frank Allen

Interview by Bill Harry, Mersey Beat, October 1964

BRAND NEW Searcher Frank Allen described to us some of the excitement he felt on his first worldwide trip with the group shortly before he ...

The Searchers: Strings and Searchers!

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, December 1964

THERE THEY were — four Searchers in a Pye recording studio. Said Chris Curtis: "We're doing a new album, an elaborate one using strings." ...

Cilla Black: Cilla Is Knocked Out By New Disc!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, January 1965

KEITH ALTHAM meets a sun-tanned singing star and discovers... ...

The Beatles, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Roy Orbison: Derek Taylor's Life With The Beatles

Memoir by Derek Taylor, KRLA Beat, June 1965

Recalls First Meeting When He Marveled At Their Magnetism ...

The Beatles: Derek Taylor Recalls Early Beatle Appeal

Memoir by Derek Taylor, KRLA Beat, June 1965

(Editor's note: Last week Derek Taylor began the story of his association with the Beatles. He told of attending a concert in which he first ...

The Beatles: Derek Taylor: My Life With The Beatles — Beatlemania Grips England

Memoir by Derek Taylor, KRLA Beat, June 1965

(Editor's Note: This is the third and concluding installment of Derek Taylor's life with the Beatles, first as a newspaperman covering their exciting rise to ...

Various Artists: Mersey Beat ’62-‘64

Review by Ken Barnes, Phonograph Record, December 1974

IN THE LITANY of wondrous 1974 reissues which led off my review of Odds & Sods/Backtrackin' last issue, I neglected to shower proper praises on ...

The Tremeloes: Tremeloes: Even the Bad Times are Good

Report by Ken Barnes, Phonograph Record, May 1976

THE TREMELOES have a problem – they've been too successful. 15 years together (the first five, backing Brian Poole) and upwards of a dozen pop ...

The La's: Fit To Pop!

Interview by Julian Henry, Underground, January 1988

The La's earn 'totally normal' tag! ...

The Swinging Blue Jeans

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, The Faber Companion to 20th-Century Popular Music, 2001

Ray Ennis, b. 26 May 1942, Liverpool, England; Ralph Ellis, b. 8 March 1942, Liverpool (replaced 1965 by Terry Sylvester, b. 8 January 1945, Liverpool); ...

The Beatles and Hamburg

Retrospective by David Burke, Vintage Rock, Winter 2012

THE BEATLES may have come from Liverpool, England – but they were made in Hamburg, Germany. That, at least, is the view of Allan Williams, ...

Jackie Lomax, 1944-2013

Obituary by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, September 2013

THE CAREER OF the Liverpool-born singer and songwriter Jackie Lomax, who has died aged 69, seemed set on a golden path when he became one ...

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