Sixties City presents a wide-ranging series of articles on all aspects of the Sixties, penned by the creator of the iconic 60s music paper Mersey Beat
was formed mainly by members of the Liverpool College of Art in November
1974 and the main band comprised Bette Bright, vocals; Enrico Cadillac,
vocals; Eric Shark, vocals; Ian Ritchie, woodwind, vocals; Max Ripple, keyboards;
Clive Langer, guitar; Steve 'Average' Lindsey, bass guitar and Tim Whittaker,
There had been initial changes of personnel: Paul Pilnick (guitar, accordion, bass, banjo), who had been in bands such as The Big Three and Stealer's Wheel, was with the band until June 1976. Another guitarist was Roy Holder, who was sacked by the band. The original female singer was Sandy Bright, who left to marry Roy Holder, Mike Evans, former member of The Clayton Squares, was with them for a short time on sax and another female singer was Hazel Bartram.
The group built a formidable reputation on Merseyside in clubs such as Eric's and their combination of influences was an inspired, creative mixture of styles ranging from music hall to cabaret, an artistic explosion of ideas which ignited locally, but failed to inspire nationally due to the sudden and domineering influence of Punk, with their art rock music, inspired by artists ranging from Kurt Weill to Cole Porter, going against the grain of the Punk Rock hysteria. They were to leave behind them three albums recorded between 1976 and 1978. Derek Taylor, former Beatles associate, appreciated the uniqueness of the band and signed them to Warner, issuing the albums 'Second Honeymoon' in 1976, 'Don't Stop The World' in 1977 and 'English Boys/Working Girls' in 1978.
Enrico's real name was Steve Allen and he went on to form The Original Mirrors with Ian Broudie. The other members were Phil Spalding, bass; Jonathan Perkins, keyboards; Peter Kircher, drums. Their eponymous album 'The Original Mirrors' was issued in 1980 and their second 'Heart Twango & Raw Beat' the following year. The albums were unsuccessful and the group disbanded. Steve was to become a record executive while Broudie became producer for Echo & The Bunnymen and The Fall, then teamed up with Paul Simpson in Care in 1983 and in 1989 formed The Lighting Seeds.
Lindsey, along with Broudie, was in Big In Japan for a time and then formed The Secrets with Dave Hughes, keyboards; Budgie, drums and Ian Broudie, guitar. In 1980 they evolved into The Planets with Steve, Budgie, Chris Skornia, keyboards; Andy Duncan, drums, Tony Wimshirst, guitar. They issued an album 'Goon Hilly Down' (Rialto Tenor 102) in October 1979 and following some minor changes of personnel, issued a second album in October 1980, 'Spot' (Alto 102) and a single in September 1980, 'Don't Look Down' c/w 'I Want to Touch You' (TREB 116).
|Bill Harry attended the Liverpool College of Art with Stuart Sutcliffe and John Lennon and made the arrangements for Brian Epstein to visit The Cavern, where he saw The Beatles for the first time. Bill was a member of 'The Dissenters' and the founder and editor of 'Mersey Beat', the iconic weekly music newspaper that documented the early Sixties music scene in the Liverpool area and is possibly best known for being the first periodical to feature a local band called 'The Beatles'. He has worked as a high powered publicist, doing PR for acts such as Suzi Quatro, Free, The Arrows and Hot Chocolate and has managed press campaigns for record labels such as CBS, EMI, Polydor. Bill is the critically acclaimed author of a large number of books about The Beatles and the 60s era including 'The Beatles Who's Who', 'The Best Years of the Beatles' and the Fab Four's 'Encyclopedia' series. He has appeared on 'Good Morning America' and has received a Gold Award from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.
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