The Fourmost

The Fourmost

They were on the tour bus with Cilla Black and sung early Lennon and McCartney songs. They played on stage in the film Ferry Cross the Mersey and had Brian Epstein as their manager. They even recorded at Abbey Road studios with George Martin. In fact, all the right...
Liverpool in New York

Liverpool in New York

A long-held myth was laid to rest when Liverpool visited New York on their 1964 American tour. Contrary to popular belief, centre half Ron Yeats was not as tall as the Empire State building. It had certainly seemed that way during the stunning 1963-4 season which saw...
Wings

Wings

It was like starting all over again for Paul McCartney when he greeted the audience at the Liverpool Empire this week in May 1973. The last time he’d appeared there was December 1965 when the Beatles were at the height of their fame. This time it was very different....
Speke Airport

Speke Airport

The day before John Lennon was born, a remarkable event took place above the Liverpool airport that now bears his name. It was Tuesday October 8th 1940 and Hawker Hurricanes of 312 Squadron were scrambled from RAF Speke, as it was then known, to intercept German...
Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Disc jockey Mike Read did Merseyside band Frankie Goes to Hollywood a huge favour in January 1984. He decided to ban their single Relax from his BBC Radio 1 show after he saw the record cover and read the lyrics. Read thought both were overtly sexual and removed the...
King’s Regiment

King’s Regiment

Many Merseysiders will remember the King’s Regiment, which served with distinction for nearly half a century from 1958 to 2006. Formed from the King’s Regiment (Liverpool) first raised in 1685 and the Manchester Regiment, its soldiers were deployed as far afield as...