• Real Name: Tony Crane
  • Birth Date: 17th April 1945
  • Birth Place: Liverpool
  • Billy Kinsley
  • 28th November1946
  • Liverpool
  • (& The Merseys)

  • Real Name: John Banks
  • Birth Date: 23rd September 1943
  • Birth Place: Liverpool
  • Aaron Williams
  • 23rd June 1942
  • Liverpool

    The Merseybeats were created during 1962 from the remnants of a previous group called the Mavericks in which Crane and Kinsley had been members. The new group, with its line up shown as above, became a popular local act and soon became signed to Brian Epstein in the rush to find Liverpool talent. However, the relationship with Epstein did not last long because the group's ideas on the direction they wanted to take clashed with the Beatles' manager. Their stage act was a good deal closer to rock and roll than the ballads that they recorded for their 45s. Nevertheless, they managed #28 with their first release and broke the top ten with "I Think Of You". Although their subsequent releases were generally well crafted and gained reasonable chart placings, they never quite managed to produce another really substantial hit

    Merseybeats' EPs are very sought after and hard to find. The one shown on the left contains both sides of their first two 45s. It's probably much easier (and cheaper) to buy those tracks on the original singles.

    By 1966 record buyer's taste for the Mersey sound was beginning to fade and the prospect of a further hit was probably dying too. The group split up, but Tony Crane and Billy Kinsley decided to try as a duo and suitably abbreviated their name to 'The Merseys'. The new sound worked well and Crane and Kinsley actually had their biggest success in this guise with 'Sorrow' which took them to #4 during the spring of 1966. However, despite a few more tries, it would be the last hit that the pair would have together.

    The Merseybeats later reformed with new personnel under the stewardship of Tony Crane and have been active at 1960s nostalgia concerts for many years and still are. Although vocalist/bass player Billy Kinsly had attempted a solo career even during the time that the Merseybeats were at the top, he did not split from Crane for long until the mid 1970s- but he has subsequently been reunited with the group on many occasions.

    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.

    The Merseybeats
    Fontana TF412 1963 It's Love That Really Counts/ The Fortune Teller #24
    Fontana TF431 1963 I Think Of You/ Mister Moonlight #5
    Fontana TF459 1964 Don't Turn Around/ Really Mystified #13
    Fontana TF482 1964 Wishin' And Hopin' / Milkman #13
    Fontana TF504 1964 Last Night (I Made A Little Girl Cry)/ Send Me Back #40
    Fontana TF568 1965 Don't Let It Happen To Us/ It Would Take A Long Long Time  
    Fontana TF607 1965 I Love You, Yes I Do/ Good Good Lovin' #22
    Fontana TF645 1965 I Stand Accused/ All My Life #38
    Fontana TF1025 1969 I Think Of You/ Wishin' And Hopin'  

    The Merseys

    Fontana TF694 1966 Sorrow/ Some Other Day #4
    Fontana TF732 1966 So Sad About Us/ Love Will Continue  
    Fontana TF776 1966 Rhythm Of Love/ Is It Love  
    Fontana TF845 1967 The Cat/ Change Of Heart  
    Fontana TF916 1968 Penny In My Pocket/ I Hope You're Happy  
    Fontana TF955 1968 Lovely/ Loretta Dreaming  

    EP Discography (Merseybeats)

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

    Fontana TE117422 1964 "On Stage" #2
    Long Tall Sally/I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry/Shame/You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover
    Fontana TE17423 1964 "I Think Of You" #8
    I Think Of You/Mister Moonlight/It's Love That Really Counts/The Fortune Teller
    Fontana TE17432 1964 "The Merseybeats"  
    Wishin' And Hopin'/Hello Young Lovers/Milkman/Jumping Jonah

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