Four Pennies

  • Real Name: Lionel Morton
  • Birth Date: 14th August 1942
  • Birth Place: Blackburn
  • Fritz Fryer
  • 6th December 1944
  • Oldham
  • Alan Buck
  • 7th April 1943
  • Brierfield
  • Mike Wilsh
  • 21st July 1945
  • Stoke-On-Trent
  • This north of England four-piece were proficient song writers and their first two singles had been co-written by the group. They had originally called themslves the 'Lionel Morton Four' but adopted their new name before beginning their recording career. Their first release just scraped into the chart, but they hoped for better luck with their second, 'Tell Me Girl' which was penned by Wilsh and Fryer. However it was the proposed 'B' side 'Juliet', which Lionel Morton also shares credit for, that proved of such interest to record buyers that they took it to #1.

    The group went on to have a reasonably successful chart career, failing to reach the chart with only three of the seven singles they then made before Buck left the group. Two more singles were issued under the abbreviated line-up of 'Fritz, Mike And Mo', but the group then split. Morton had a brief attempt to start a solo career, but when this failed he decided to move his career into production.

    Philips made sure that The Four Pennies were well represented on EPs with no less than four being issued during 1964. The one shown on the right (BE12561) was the first to appear and contained a mixture of material- not just a re-iteration of their chart hits like so many debut EPs.

    1950s & 1960s 45rpm UK Discography

    • Upper list includes UK 45 singles releases only
    • Collector's Items are shown In Red
    • See lower list for EP releases.

    Philips BF1296 1963 Do You Want Me To/ Miss Bad Daddy #47
    Philips BF1322 1964 Juliet/ Tell Me Girl #1
    Philips BF1349 1964 I Found Out The Hard Way/ Don't Tell Me You Love Me #14
    Philips BF1366 1964 Black Girl/ You Went Away #20
    Philips BF1398 1965 The Way Of Love/ A Place Where No-One Goes  
    Philips BF1435 1965 Until It's Time For You To Go/ Till Another Day #19
    Philips BF1465 1966 Trouble Is My Middle Name/ Way Out Love #32
    Philips BF1491 1966 Keep The Freeway Open/ Square Peg  
    Philips BF1519  1966 No Sad Songs For Me/ Cats  

    EP Discography

    • Collector's Items are shown In Red
    • See Upper List For Singles releases

    Philips BE12561 1964 "The Four Pennies"  
    Miss Bad Daddy/Running Scared/San Francisco Bay/I Found Out The Hard Way
    Philips BE12562 1964 "Spin With The Pennies" #6
    When Will I Be Loved/My Prayer/You've Got It/Juliet
    Philips BE12570 1964 "The Swinging Side Of The Four Pennies"  
    Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)/Why Do You Cry?/Pony Time/Claudette
    Philips BE12571 1964 "The Smooth Side Of The Four Pennies"  
    Sweeter Than You/Now We Are Through/Love's Journey/If You Love Me (I Won't Care)

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