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Tony Crane

 

The Merseybeats were formed in 1961, in Liverpool under the name of The Mavericks which comprised of  Tony Crane (lead guitar, vocals) Billy Kinsley (bass, vocals) working as an Everley Brothers influenced duo around the clubs of Liverpool.   They soon became a four piece with the addition of David Elias (rhythm guitar, vocals) and Frank Sloane (drums).  For a short while they changed name to The Pacific’s and in 1962 The Mavericks were re-named The Mersey Beats, by Bob Wooler, M. C. the famous Cavern Club.

They were originally signed to Brian Epstein, but he failed to supply The Merseybeats with the same classy suits that he had given The Beatles. Dispute between the Band and Epstein brought an end to their relationship which is still something they regret to this very day.

The Merseybeats had their first big hit on the Fontana label, in 1963 with ‘It’s Love That Really Counts’ followed in 1964’ by their million selling recording ‘I Think of You’ which raced up the charts and presented them with their first Gold disc.

A new image saw them winning the title ‘Best Looking Group’. Dressed in tight fitting suits with bolero jackets, frilly shirts, high heeled zip boots provoked hysteria from their female fans.

Further massive hits followed  ‘Don’t Turn Around’, ‘Wishin & Hopin’ & "Sorrow"
The Merseybeats
appeared regularly at Liverpool’s world famous Cavern Club and they hold the unique distinction of appearing with The Beatles on more occasions than any other band from that era. Their success brought them international recognition with tours of the USA & Europe and even having their own TV show on Italian television

Tony still appears with the band as well as performing all their Million selling hits on his solo shows

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Tony Crane