The Merseybeats

The Merseybeats, 1962

The Merseybeats, 1962

The Merseybeats are a Liverpool band that was originally managed by Brian Epstein. They hold the record of appearing onstage with another Epstein band, the Beatles, more times than any other group. Most of those appearances were at the Cavern Club, whose MC and booking agent Bob Wooler, managed the Merseybeats after they split with Epstein. The band parted ways with Epstein after failing to get the same kind of suits he gave to the Beatles and refusing his suggestion to hire Pete Best as their drummer. The Merseybeats say they regret the breakup to this day.

Formed in 1960 by Tony Crane and Billy Kinsley, the Merseybeats signed a recording contract with the Fontana label in 1963.  Their second single, “I Think of You,” went gold and reached #5 on the British charts. The next year they covered “Wishin’ and Hopin’,” the Bachrach/David tune recorded by Dionne Warwick and Dusty Springield.  The Merseybeats’ version reached #13 on the British singles charts.

Tony Crane and Billy Kinley

Billy Kinsley and Tony Crane, still performing after more than a half century.

In 1966, Crane and Kinsley left the group to form a vocal duo, called the Merseys. Their first single “Sorrow,” which reached #4 in the UK .

Crane and Kinsley re-formed the Merseybeats in 1993. They’re still with the group, which performs across Great Britain and the continent.

 

 

Merseybeats Video

“Wishin’ and Hopin’,” performances by the Merseybeats and Dusty Sprinfield. The editing doesn’t work,
because the versions are in different keys.

Click here to visit the Merseybeats website.

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