Tag: Feature Artist

Thursday 10/7/22 10am ET: Feature Artist / Feature LP: Counting Crows -Films About Ghosts (The Best Of) (2003)

Films About Ghosts (The Best of…) is a compilation album by American rock band Counting Crows. It was released by Geffen Records on November 2, 2003. The album contains songs from all of their studio albums. The album takes its name from a line in Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby: “If dreams are like movies, then memories are films about ghosts.”

  1. “Angels of the Silences” 3:39
  2. “Round Here” 5:32
  3. “Rain King” 4:17
  4. “A Long December” 4:58
  5. “Hanginaround” 4:16
  6. “Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby” 7:46
  7. “Mr. Jones” 4:33
  8. “Recovering the Satellites” 5:25
  9. “American Girls” 4:35
  10. “Big Yellow Taxi” 3:46
  11. “Omaha” 3:41
  12. “Friend of the Devil” 4:37
  13. “Einstein on the Beach (For an Eggman)” 3:53
  14. “Anna Begins” 4:32
  15. “Holiday in Spain” 3:50
  16. “She Don’t Want Nobody Near” 3:08
  17. “Accidentally in Love” 3:08

Thursday 10/6/22 9am ET: Feature Artist / Feature LP: Steve Miller Band – Young Hearts Complete Greatest Hits (2003)

Young Hearts is a compilation album by the Steve Miller Band released September 16, 2003 by Capitol Records. It is the first single-disc career-spanning compilation for the band, including material from their earliest days through their latest (at the time) album. The album charted at number 37 on Billboard 200 and it peaked at number 93 in the Netherlands.

“Take the Money and Run” 2:52
“Abracadabra” 3:41
“Rock’n Me” 3:08
“Swingtown” 3:39
“The Joker” 4:29
“Livin’ in the USA” 3:47
“Space Intro” 1:14
“Fly Like an Eagle” 4:06
“Threshold” 1:06
“Jet Airliner” 4:30
“Jungle Love” 3:10
“Serenade” 3:15
“Cry, Cry, Cry” 4:09
“Shubada Du Ma Ma” 5:44
“Wide River” 3:59
“Wild Mountain Honey” 4:54
“The Stake” 3:34
“My Dark Hour” 2:38
“Who Do You Love” 2:50
“I Want to Make the World Turn Around” 4:31
“Dance Dance Dance” 2:21

Wednesday 10/5/21 12pm ET: Feature Artist: B.W. Stevenson

Louis Charles “B.W.” Stevenson (October 5, 1949 – April 28, 1988) was an American country pop singer and musician, working in a genre now called progressive country. “B.W.” stood for “Buckwheat”. Stevenson was born in Dallas, Texas and attended W.H. Adamson High School with other musicians Michael Martin Murphey, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Larry Groce.

Stevenson performed and was taped for the intended pilot of Austin City Limits on October 13, 1974. However, the recording quality was deemed too poor to broadcast. Willie Nelson’s performance taped the following night was aired as the first episode of the program.

Stevenson’s biggest hit was “My Maria”, co-written with Daniel Moore. “My Maria” reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending September 29, 1973 and was covered later by Brooks & Dunn, for whom it was a three-week No. 1 country hit in mid-1996. Among Stevenson’s other singles are “The River of Love” (#53), “Down to the Station” (#82), and the original version of Daniel Moore’s “Shambala” (#66); a cover version by Three Dog Night, reached No. 3.

Stevenson recorded one Contemporary Christian album. titled Lifeline, produced by Chris Christian, his neighbor in Beverly Hills, and it had success on Christian radio with the hit “Headin’ Home”. His album Rainbow Down the Road was completed posthumously and included a duet with Willie Nelson on “Heart of the Country”. Author Jan Reid devotes a chapter to Stevenson in his book The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock, dubbing him “The Voice”.

Stevenson died following heart valve surgery after developing a staph infection at the age of 38. Since his death, Poor David’s Pub in Dallas has held an annual songwriting competition in his memory.

Wednesday 10/5/22 10am ET: Feature Artist / Feature LP: Boomtown Rats – The Best of (2003)

Robert Frederick Zenon Geldof KBE (born 5 October 1951) is an Irish singer-songwriter, actor and political activist. He rose to prominence in the late 1970s as lead singer of the Irish rock band the Boomtown Rats, who achieved popularity as part of the punk rock movement. The band had UK number one hits with his compositions “Rat Trap” and “I Don’t Like Mondays”. Geldof starred as “Pink” in Pink Floyd’s 1982 film Pink Floyd – The Wall. As a fundraiser, Geldof organised the charity supergroup Band Aid and the concerts Live Aid and Live 8, and co-wrote “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”, one of the best-selling singles of all time.

Geldof is widely recognized for his activism, especially anti-poverty efforts concerning Africa. In 1984, he and Midge Ure founded the charity supergroup Band Aid to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. They went on to organize the charity super-concert Live Aid the following year and the Live 8 concerts in 2005. Geldof currently serves as an adviser to the ONE Campaign, co-founded by fellow Irish rock singer and activist Bono, and is a member of the Africa Progress Panel (APP), a group of ten distinguished individuals who advocate at the highest levels for equitable and sustainable development in Africa. A single father, Geldof has also been outspoken for the fathers’ rights movement.

Geldof was granted an honorary knighthood (KBE) by Elizabeth II in 1986 for his charity work in Africa; although it is an honorary award as Geldof is an Irish citizen, he is often referred to as ‘Sir Bob’. He is a recipient of the Man of Peace title which recognizes individuals who have made “an outstanding contribution to international social justice and peace”, among numerous other awards and nominations. In 2005, he received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

The Best of the Boomtown Rats featured 19 of The Boomtown Rats best known work. A DVD was also available. Released June 2004. The compilation album peaked at No. 43 in the UK Albums Chart in February 2005.

“She’s So Modern”
“Mary of the 4th Form”
“Rat Trap”
“Lookin’ After No. 1”
“When the Night Comes”
“Someone’s Looking at You”
“Joey’s on the Street Again”
“Banana Republic”
“I Don’t Like Mondays”
“Like Clockwork”
“(I Never Loved) Eva Braun”
“Neon Heart”
“Never in a Million Years”
“Diamond Smiles”
“Drag Me Down”
“I Can Make It (If You Can)”
“The Elephant’s Graveyard (Guilty)”
“Fall Down”

Bob Geldof – lead vocals, guitar, harmonica (1975–1986, 2013–present)
Garry Roberts – lead guitar, backing vocals (1975–1986, 2013–present)
Pete Briquette – bass, keyboards, backing vocals (1975–1986, 2013–present)
Simon Crowe – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1975–1986, 2013–present)
Johnnie Fingers – keyboards, piano, backing vocals (1975–1986)
Gerry Cott – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1975–1981)

Monday 10/3/2020 9am ET: Feature Artist – Keb’ Mo’

Kevin Roosevelt Moore (born October 3, 1951), known as Keb’ Mo’, is an American blues musician and five-time Grammy Award winner. He is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter, living in Nashville, Tennessee. He has been described as “a living link to the seminal Delta blues that travelled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America”. His post-modern blues style is influenced by many eras and genres, including folk, rock, jazz, pop and country. The moniker “Keb Mo” was coined by his original drummer, Quentin Dennard, and picked up by his record label as a “street talk” abbreviation of his given name.

Thursday 9/29/22 11:15am ET: Feature Artist / Feature LP: Marty Stuart – The Marty Party Hit Pack (1995)

John Marty Stuart (born September 30, 1958) is an American country and bluegrass music singer, songwriter, and musician. Active since 1968, Stuart initially toured with Lester Flatt, and then in Johnny Cash’s road band before beginning work as a solo artist in the early 1980s. His greatest commercial success came in the first half of the 1990s on MCA Records Nashville. Stuart has recorded over 20 studio albums, and has charted over 30 times on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. His highest chart entry is “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin'”, a duet with Travis Tritt. Stuart has also won five Grammy Awards out of 16 nominations. He is known for his combination of rockabilly, country rock, and bluegrass music influences, his frequent collaborations and cover songs, and his distinctive stage dress. Stuart is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Marty Party Hit Pack is a compilation album by American country music singer Marty Stuart. It was released in 1995 via MCA Nashville.

  1. “If I Ain’t Got You” 2:56
  2. “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin'” (with Travis Tritt) 2:40
  3. “Hillbilly Rock” 2:37
  4. “Now That’s Country” 3:22
  5. “Burn Me Down” 2:56
  6. “The Likes of Me” 3:47
  7. “Tempted” 3:12
  8. “This One’s Gonna Hurt You (For a Long, Long Time)” (with Travis Tritt) 3:28
  9. “Little Things” 3:10
  10. “The Weight” (with The Staple Singers) 3:37
  11. “Western Girls” 3:36
  12. “Don’t Be Cruel” (with The Jordanaires) 2:07

Dennis Burnside – Hammond organ
Mark Casstevens – acoustic guitar
Paul Franklin – pedal steel guitar
Rob Hajacos – fiddle
John Barlow Jarvis – piano
Larry Marrs – background vocals
Brent Mason – electric guitar
Michael Rhodes – bass guitar
John Wesley Ryles – background vocals
Marty Stuart – lead vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Lonnie Wilson – drums, percussion

Thursday 9/29/22 10:15am ET: Feature Artist: Marc Bolan & T Rex

T. Rex were an English rock band, formed in 1967 by singer/songwriter and guitarist Marc Bolan.

The T. Rex discography consists of four “Tyrannosaurus Rex” and eight “T. Rex” studio albums (one of which appeared with different names and track lists in different territories), 22 compilation albums, seven live albums, two extended plays, six “Tyrannosaurus Rex” and 22 “T. Rex” singles.

The group came to an end after Bolan’s death in a car crash in September 1977.

Wednesday 9/28/22 10am ET: Feature Artist / Feature LP: Koko Taylor – The Best of Koko Taylor (2015)

Koko Taylor (born Cora Anna Walton, September 28, 1928 – June 3, 2009) was an American singer whose style encompassed Chicago blues, electric blues, rhythm and blues and soul blues. Sometimes called “The Queen of the Blues”, she was known for her rough, powerful vocals.

Taylor’s final performance was at the Blues Music Awards, on May 7, 2009. She suffered complications from surgery for gastrointestinal bleeding on May 19 and died on June 3.

Koko Taylor – The Best of. Released January 14, 2015

  1. Wang Dang Doodle 4:24
  2. Ernestine 5:04
  3. Born Under A Bad Sign 4:56
  4. You Can Have My Husband 2:47
  5. I’m A Woman 4:34
  6. You Ain’t Worth A Good Woman 5:34
  7. I’m Getting ‘Long Alright I Cried Like A Baby 5:14
  8. Bring Me Some Water 5:20
  9. Evil 4:58
  10. I’d Rather Go Blind (Live) 4:42
  11. Gonna Buy Me A Mule 4:34
  12. The Man Next Door 5:13
  13. Better Watch Your Step 4:55
  14. I Got What It Takes 3:43
  15. Can’t Let Go 4:59
  16. That’s Why I’m Crying 4:28
  17. Let The Good Times Roll 3:03

Tuesday 9/27/22 10am ET: Feature Artist / Feature LP: Bachman Turner Overdrive – BTO’s Greatest (1986)

Bachman–Turner Overdrive, often abbreviated as BTO, were a Canadian rock band from Winnipeg, Manitoba founded by Randy Bachman, Robbie Bachman and Fred Turner. Their 1970s catalogue included five Top 40 albums and six US Top 40 singles (eleven in Canada). BTO has five certified Gold albums and one certified Platinum album in the US; in Canada, they have six certified Platinum albums and one certified Gold album. The band has sold nearly 30 million albums worldwide, and has fans affectionately known as “gearheads” (derived from the band’s gear-shaped logo). Many of their songs, including “Let It Ride”, “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”, “Takin’ Care of Business”, “Hey You”, and “Roll on Down the Highway”, still receive play on classic-rock stations.

The original lineup consisted of Randy Bachman (lead guitar, lead vocals), Fred Turner (bass guitar, lead vocals), Tim Bachman (guitar, vocals) and Robbie Bachman (drums). This lineup released two albums in 1973. The second and most commercially successful lineup featured Blair Thornton (lead guitar), in place of Tim Bachman. This lineup released four albums between 1974 and 1977, including two that reached the Top 5 in the U.S. pop charts, as well as the band’s only U.S. No. 1 single (“You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”). Subsequent lineups enjoyed only moderate success.

After the band went into a hiatus in 2005, Randy Bachman and Fred Turner reunited in 2009 to tour and collaborate on a new album. In 2010, they played the halftime show at the Grey Cup in Edmonton. The two stopped touring following Turner’s amicable retirement in March 2018.

On March 29, 2014, the classic Not Fragile line-up reunited for the first time since 1991 to mark Bachman–Turner Overdrive’s induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and participated in a tribute performance of “Taking Care of Business”.

BTO’s Greatest is a U.S. CD-only compilation album by Bachman–Turner Overdrive. It was released in 1986 by Mercury Records. It was released in Europe also on vinyl.

“Looking Out for No.1” 5:20
“Roll On Down the Highway” 3:55
“Hey You” 3:34
“Freeways” 4:56
“Takin’ Care of Business” 4:52
“Down, Down” 4:20
“You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” 3:38
“Let It Ride” 4:28
“Flat Broke Love” 3:57
“Can We All Come Together” 5:50
“Rock and Roll Nights” 5:19
“Jamaica” 4:09

Monday 9/26/22 5pm ET: Feature Artist: Meat Loaf

Michael Lee Aday (born Marvin Lee Aday, September 27, 1947 – January 20, 2022), better known as Meat Loaf, is an American singer and actor. He is noted for his powerful, wide-ranging voice and theatrical live shows. His Bat Out of Hell trilogy—Bat Out of Hell, Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose—has sold more than 65 million albums worldwide. More than four decades after its release, the first album still sells an estimated 200,000 copies annually and stayed on the charts for over nine years, making it one of the best-selling albums in history.

After the commercial success of Bat Out of Hell and Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, and earning a Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for the song “I’d Do Anything for Love”, Meat Loaf nevertheless experienced some difficulty establishing a steady career within the United States. This did not stop him from becoming one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with worldwide sales of more than 80 million records.[4] The key to this success was his retention of iconic status and popularity in Europe, especially the United Kingdom, where he received the 1994 Brit Award for best-selling album and single, appeared in the 1997 film Spice World, and ranks 23rd for the number of weeks spent on the UK charts, as of 2006. He ranks 96th on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock”.

Sometimes credited as Meat Loaf Aday, he has also appeared in over 50 movies and television shows, sometimes as himself or as characters resembling his stage persona. His most notable film roles include Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), and Robert “Bob” Paulson in Fight Club (1999). His early stage work included dual roles in the original cast of The Rocky Horror Show, and he was also in the musical Hair, both on- and off-Broadway.

Meat Loaf died in Nashville, Tennessee, on the evening of January 20, 2022, at the age of 74. No official cause of death was released. He was reportedly ill with COVID-19 earlier in January and reporting by TMZ suggested that he died from COVID-19 complications. After his health rapidly declined, his two daughters rushed to see him in the hospital with his wife being beside him as he died. His daughter had posted to Instagram in early January that: “We are not sick, but we have too many friends and family testing positive [for COVID-19] right now, positive but doing OK”. Notable people that posted tributes included Bonnie Tyler, Cher, Brian May, Boy George, Piers Morgan, Travis Tritt, Marlee Matlin, Stephen Fry, his Rocky Horror co-star Nell Campbell and Donald Trump. The Queen’s Guard performed a rendition of “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)”.

Monday 9/26/22 4pm ET: Feature Artist: Men At Work

The releases of Australian pop rock group Men at Work includes three studio albums, four live albums, eleven compilation albums, three extended plays, two video albums and 13 singles. Their No. 1 singles in the United States on Billboard Hot 100 were “Who Can It Be Now?” and “Down Under”, while their No. 1 Billboard 200 album was Business as Usual. Both “Down Under” and Business as Usual were also No. 1 in Australia, New Zealand and United Kingdom.

They won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1983, they were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1994, and they have sold over 30 million albums worldwide. In May 2001, “Down Under” was listed at No. 4 on the APRA Top 30 Australian songs and Business as Usual appeared in the book 100 Best Australian Albums (October 2010).

In 1984 Speiser and Rees were asked to leave the group, leaving Hay, Ham and Strykert. During the recording of the Two Hearts album, Strykert decided to leave. Soon after the release of Two Hearts, Ham left also, leaving Hay as the sole remaining member. From 1996 until 2002 Hay and Ham toured the world as Men at Work. On 19 April 2012, Ham was found dead at his home from an apparent heart attack.

In 2019, Hay revived the Men at Work moniker and began touring with the assistance of a backing band including none of the other original members.

Monday 9/26/22 11am ET: Feature Artist / Feature LP: Lynn Anderson – Greatest Hits (1972)

Lynn Renée Anderson (September 26, 1947 – July 30, 2015) was an American country singer and television personality. Her crossover signature recording, “Rose Garden,” was a number one hit in the United States and internationally. She charted five number one and 18 top-ten singles on the Billboard country songs chart. Anderson is regarded as one of country music’s most significant performers.

Born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States, she was raised in California by her mother, Liz Anderson, who was also a country music artist. Daughter Lynn was signed to a recording contract to Chart Records in 1966 after she was heard singing along with her mother at an industry function. Previously she had recorded some demo tapes of her mother’s songs and appeared on television in California on regional country music shows. In 1967, she had her first top ten hit with the single “If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away)”. Soon after, Anderson joined the cast of The Lawrence Welk Show, where she performed country music weekly to a national audience.

In 1970, Anderson signed with Columbia Records, where she was produced by her first husband, Glenn Sutton. She had her biggest commercial success with “Rose Garden”. The song reached positions on the Billboard country, pop, and adult contemporary charts, also charting in other countries and earning her a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Throughout the decade, Anderson also had number-one hits with “You’re My Man”, “How Can I Unlove You”, “Keep Me in Mind”, and “What a Man My Man Is”. She also became a television personality, with appearances on The Tonight Show, specials with Bob Hope and Dean Martin, and her own prime-time specials.

After a brief hiatus, Anderson returned with the studio album Back (1983). The album spawned three singles, including the top ten hit “You’re Welcome to Tonight”, with Gary Morris. She continued recording sporadically throughout the 1980s. This included a revival of the pop hit “Under the Boardwalk” and the studio album What She Does Best (1988). Anderson continued releasing new albums into the new millennium, such as 2004’s The Bluegrass Sessions. Towards the end of her life, Anderson struggled with alcohol addiction, but continued performing until her death in 2015. For her work as a crossover artist, she was ranked on Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Country Artists of All Time” and CMTs “40 Greatest Women of Country Music”.

Lynn Anderson’s Greatest Hits is a compilation album by American country artist Lynn Anderson

1 If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away)
2 Promises, Promises
3 No Another Time
4 Big Girls Don’t Cry
5 Flattery Will Get You Everywhere
6 That’s a No No
7 I’ve Been Everywhere
8 Rocky Top
9 Stay There ‘Til I Get There
10 Rose Garden
11 You’re My Man
12 How Can I Unlove You
13 Cry
14 Listen to a Country Song
15 Fool Me
16 Keep Me in Mind
17 Top of the World
18 Sing About Love
19 Talkin’ to the Wall
20 What a Man My Man Is
21 He Turns It into Love Again
22 Wrap Your Love All Around Your Man
23 It Isn’t Always Love
24 Sea of Heartbreak

Monday 9/26/22 10am ET: Feature Artist / Feature LP: Boyz II Men – Legacy: The Greatest Hits Collection (2001)

Boyz II Men also known as B2M, is an American vocal harmony group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, best known for emotional ballads and a cappella harmonies. They are currently a trio composed of baritone Nathan Morris alongside tenors Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman. During the 1990s, Boyz II Men found fame on Motown Records as a quartet, including bass Michael McCary, who left the group in 2003 due to back spasms that were eventually diagnosed as multiple sclerosis.

During the 1990s, Boyz II Men gained international success. This began with the release of the top 5 singles “Motownphilly” and “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” in 1991, followed by the number one single “End of the Road” in 1992, which reached the top of charts worldwide. “End of the Road” set a new record for longevity, staying at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for thirteen weeks. Boyz II Men broke this record with the subsequent releases of “I’ll Make Love to You” and “One Sweet Day” (with Mariah Carey), which, at fourteen and sixteen weeks, respectively, each set new records for the total number of weeks at number one. “I’ll Make Love to You” also topped the charts in Australia (for four weeks) and garnered international success.

Consequently, Boyz II Men is among the music industry’s elite with regard to time spent at number one in Billboard history with 50 cumulative weeks, ranking sixth behind Drake, the Beatles, Rihanna, Elvis Presley and Carey. Furthermore, when “On Bended Knee” took the number one spot away from “I’ll Make Love to You”, Boyz II Men became only the third artists ever (after the Beatles and Presley) to replace themselves at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. These achievements were enough to earn Boyz II Men recognition as Billboard magazine’s biggest boy band during the period of 1987 to 2012. Boyz II Men has received four Grammy Awards.

Boyz II Men continue to perform worldwide, as a trio. Their most recent studio album, Under the Streetlight, was released in 2017.

Legacy: The Greatest Hits Collection is a 2001 greatest hits LP for R&B group Boyz II Men, released by Universal Records.

“It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday”
“End of the Road”
“In the Still of the Nite (I’ll Remember)”
“Hey Lover” (LL Cool J featuring Boyz II Men)
“I’ll Make Love to You”
“On Bended Knee
“Water Runs Dry”
“One Sweet Day” (Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men)
“Doin’ Just Fine”
“4 Seasons of Loneliness”
“A Song for Mama”
“Pass You By”

Monday 9/26/22 9am ET: Feature Artist / Feature LP: Carlene Carter – The Platinum Collection (2007)

Carlene Carter (born Rebecca Carlene Smith; September 26, 1955) is an American country music singer and songwriter. She is the daughter of June Carter Cash and her first husband, Carl Smith.

As of 2020, since 1978, Carter has recorded 12 albums, primarily on major labels. In the same timespan, she has released more than 20 singles, including three number three-peaking hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

The Platinum Collection from Carlene Carter released July 30, 2007.

1 Do It In A Heartbeat 3:29
2 Baby Ride Easy 3:18
3 I Fell In Love 3:40
4 Come On Back 2:56
5 The Sweetest Thing 4:13
6 One Love 3:03
7 My Dixie Darlin’ 2:29
8 Goodnight Dallas 3:39
9 Me And The Wildwood Rose 3:54
10 The Leavin’ Side 3:25
11 You Are The One 2:37
12 Every Little Thing 3:12
13 Unbreakable Heart 3:38
14 I Love You ‘Cause I Want To 3:34
15 Love Like This 3:20
16 Hurricane 3:11
17 Loose Talk 2:37
18 Go Wild 3:11
19 The Lucky Ones 4:01
20 All Night Long 3:46

Friday 9/23/22 11am ET: Feature Artist: Gerry & The Pacemakers

Gerry and the Pacemakers were a British beat group prominent in the 1960s Merseybeat scene. In common with the Beatles, they came from Liverpool, were managed by Brian Epstein, and were recorded by George Martin. Their early successes alongside the Beatles were instrumental in popularizing the Merseybeat sound and launching the wider British beat boom of the mid-1960s.

They were the first act to reach number one in the UK Singles Chart with their first three single releases: “How Do You Do It?”, “I Like It” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. This record was not equalled for 20 years, until the mid-1980s success of fellow Liverpool band Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Another of their most famous songs, “Ferry Cross the Mersey”, refers to the River Mersey, which flows past Liverpool, and was the title song for the film of the same name. The group also enjoyed some success in North America as part of the British Invasion with seven of their singles reaching the US top 40, the most popular being “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying”.

Gerry Marsden – lead vocals, guitar (1956–1966, 1972–2018; died 2021)
Les Chadwick – bass (1956–1966; died 2019)
Les Maguire – piano, backing vocals, harmony vocals (1961–1966)
Freddie Marsden – drums and backing vocals (1956–1966; died 2006)
Arthur (Mack) McMahon – piano (1956–1961)
Jose McLaughlin – piano, guitar, musical director (1970–1974)
Billy Kinsley – bass (The Merseybeats, Liverpool Express, Kinsleys, Rockin Horse)
Pete Clarke – drums (The Escorts)
Bill (Faron) Ruffley – 2nd vocalist of the band in Hamburg (Faron’s Flamingos)