Sunday, 7 July 2013

Liverpool - Merseyside Music

At the beginning of the 60s a new sound was played in dozens of cellars in Liverpool. It is not sure who brought the first American Rock´n Roll and Rhytm & Blues to the city. Some says it was the seamen which brought the first records, others says it was the American soldiers who served at the American Air Force Base in Burtonwood. Whichever it was, within months the music boomed and influenced the youth around the world.
In Liverpool new music clubs opened everywhere. The best know clubs were the Cavern, the Iron Door, the Blue Angel, the Casbah, the Peppermint Lounge, the Sink, the Downbeat, the Grafton Ballroom, and Hope Hall. Outside the city centre were ballrooms, church rooms and public halls to play in. Every day new groups were formed and at the climax of Merseybeat there must have been around 400 groups in and around Liverpool.
Those groups were quite successful and climbed the charts, so as a result, promoters from all over the world became interested in booking groups from Liverpool. At that time "from Liverpool" was a mark of quality. So the problem arose that Liverpool promoters suddenly did not have enough of the established local groups for their events anymore. This was the big chance for new and lesser known Liverpool groups to step into the spotlight.
From this point The Beatles only was one group of hundred others. But what made one difference was, that they were the first to write their lyrics themselves, the others played songs written by already famous american musicians, like Buddy Holly or Elvis.

The list below contains some of those I first heard and liked - just roundabout 4 years ago, thank you for that Bluebottle :)
Feel welcomed to listen and to enjoy!

Cryin Shames - Please Stay
The Merseys - Sorrow
Gerry And The Pacemakers - Ferry Cross The Mersey
The Cherry Boys - Kardomah Cafe
Liverpool Express - You Are My Love
The 23rd Turnoff - Michael Angelo
Wimple Winch - Rumble On Mersey Square South

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