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Mixing up Merseybeats and Easybeats

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: January 03, 2014

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AFTER reading Dorothy. M. Emery's letter in The Bugle (December 19 edition) I must point out the Merseybeats and the Easybeats were two different groups. The Merseybeats consisted of Tony Crane (vocals/lead guitar); Billy Kingsley (vocals/ bass); John Banks (drums) and |Aaron Williams (rhythm).

Their biggest hit I Think of You was penned by Brummie Peter Lee Stirling and reached number 5 in the charts in 1964. Billy Kingsley and Tony Crane had a hit in 1966 with Sorrow as the Merseys and they are still performing today as the Merseybeats. The Easybeats were formed in Sydney, Australia, in 1964 and had two hits Friday on My Mind (1966) and Hello How are You (1968). Their line-up was Harry Vanda, Harold Wandon, Dick Diamonde, Steve Wright, George Young, Gordon Snowy Fleet.

The Applejacks were a group not a duo , and had a lady on bass Megan Davies; Martin Baggott ( guitar), Philip Cash (guitar), Don Gould (organ), Al Jackson (vocals) and Gerry Freeman (drums). Tell Me When was their biggest hit in 1964. The follow-up was a Lennon/Mcartney song Like Dreamers Do which peaked at number 20.

Bill Page,

Cardigan Close,

West Bromwich.

brendawoodbine@gmail.com

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