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The Merseybeats

A British rock and roll band from Liverpool came on the scene in the early 1960s and performed at a popular club known as The Cavern where other similar acts performed including Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Beatles. The Merseybeats were Tony Crane founder, lead vocals and lead guitar, Billy Kinsley founder, lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Bob Packham backing vocals and bass guitar, Dave Goldberg keyboards and lead guitar and Lou Rosenthal drums.

Originally they were known as The Mavericks and took their name The Merseybeats in 1962. Signing up with Fontana records their first hit single came in 1963 “It’s Love That Really Counts” and this was followed in 1964 by “I Think of You” which became their million-selling recording and got The Merseybeats their first gold disc. 

Along came other hits such as “Don’t Turn Around” and “Wishin’ and Hopin”. There was a string of other recordings among which were “Mr. Moonlight” and “The Fortune Teller”. They appeared quite regularly at the Cavern Club in Liverpool and toured Germany traveling to the U.S> in 1964. The Merseybeats had their own TV show on Italian TV.

Despite all of their successes The Merseybeats as other bands before them disbanded in 1966 and Crane and Kinsley went on to become a vocal duo known as The Merseys. They achieved their first major hit single with “Sorrow” and it rose up to number 4 on the U.K. Singles Chart. The duo split up in 1968. However, Crane continued to perform and tour as Tony Crane and the Merseybeats during the 1970s. Then in 1993 Kinsley and Crane re-grouped The Merseybeats and celebrated 45 years in the music industry in 2006 and to this day they continue to tour in the U.S. and Europe delighting many fans.


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