The Scaffold

The Scaffold

Most Merseyside bands of the 1960s tried to pick a catchy name when they took their first steps in the music business. Something like the Beatles perhaps, or the Searchers or even the Escorts. Not so the Scaffold. They started life as ‘The Liverpool One Fat Lady All...
The Escorts

The Escorts

Liverpool group The Escorts reckoned they’d have piled up a stack of hit records if Brian Epstein had been their manager. Somehow the 1960s band, formed by three friends from Morrison School for Boys in Allerton, never broke into the big time. The musical talent of...
Yellow Submarine at Liverpool Garden Festival

Yellow Submarine at Liverpool Garden Festival

Some remarkable and awe-inspiring craft have come out of the Cammell Laird shipyards over the years. Liners like the Mauretania, warships including the Ark Royal and the nuclear submarines Conqueror, Revenge and Renown have all rolled down the Birkenhead slipway. But...
Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono

It’s hard to believe that half a century has passed since John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their famous ‘Bed-In’ at the Amsterdam Hilton. The couple decided to spend their honeymoon staging a week-long protest against the Vietnam War and other conflicts. They took to...
Georgie Fame

Georgie Fame

It’s hard to believe that nearly 55 years have passed since Georgie Fame topped the singles charts with his 1964 release Yeh, Yeh. The catchy Latin soul tune, first recorded by Mongo Santamaria, ended the Beatles’ five-week reign at No. 1 with I Feel Fine. It was a...
Merseybeat Music Quiz

Merseybeat Music Quiz

There are plenty of familiar faces, facts and figures to stir the memory over the Christmas holiday – with some general questions thrown in too. Many of the questions come from Clive Hardy’s book Around Merseyside in the 1960s, featuring unmissable photos from an...