ONLY BEATLES !
material presented on these pages is drawn from the sources below,
of which are essential for understanding, studying and analysing
various aspects of that very special musical phenomenon
with Liverpool "The Merseybeat":
Let's Go Down The Cavern - The Story Of Liverpool's Merseybeat" by Spencer
Leigh with charts by Pete Frame, published by Vermilion, 1984. ISBN 0 09
158541 4. Price £5.95.
Beat: The Beginnings of The Beatles - Replica pages of the voice of the
famous Liverpool Sound edited by Bill Harry...including original writings
by John Lennon and Paul McCartney." Published by Omnibus Press, 1977. ISBN
0. Price £2.50.
think the time has come to pay tribute to Merseybeat, the musical movement
that exploded in Liverpool and on Merseyside during the early sixties,
involving as many as 5.000 young people who gave life to more than 600
bands. The Merseybeat scene occupies a position of great significance in
the history of rock music (and not just on a European scale), in terms
of both musical content and technical innovation.
Beatles were part of this scene, and it is probably fair to say that they
were more talented, but also luckier, than their rivals. Some of the bands
became famous because their records, perhaps just for a brief period, scaled
the heights of the charts. But many others remained in total obscurity,
although they still occupy a place in the hearts of the fans who followed
their every appearance in the clubs of Liverpool and Hamburg.
they are all equally important. Many of the musicians are no longer with
us, while others have faded into oblivion. Some of the bands have reformed
and, in spite of the advancing years of their members, continue to perform
on stages throughout the world. Others are invited to appear at Veterans'
Conventions and gatherings.
these pages, I have attempted to draw up a brief list of the most important
artists. But the recognition and homage is extended to all those groups
- reliable sources place the official total at 418
- and also to the many thousands of musicians who helped make rock music
WITH BRIAN GRIFFITHS OF "THE BIG THREE"
WITH CHRIS HUSTON OF "THE UNDERTAKERS"