The British Beat Boom

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Tony Crane - lead guitar/vocals

Aaron Williams - rhythm guitar/vocals

Billy Kinsley - bass guitar/vocals

John Banks - drums

Although they could rock with the best of them, The Merseybeats tended to specialise in ballads for their single releases. Most of their records sold well, if not spectacularly.

The group was formed in 1961 as The Mavericks. This name was deemed to sound too much like a country band and, after a short period as The Pacifics, they settled on "The Merseybeats" in early '62.

They had an effective stage presence, sporting frilly shirts, bolero jackets, and a mass of rings on their fingers, and provoked an enthusiastic response from their female fans.

Signed to Fontana in '63, their debut 45 was a cover of The Shirelles' romantic ballad "It's Love That Really Counts", it didn't climb very far up the charts, but it sold 100,000 copies over a period of time. The follow-up, in a similar vein, was a Peter Lee Stirling composition "I Think Of You", this time they made the top five.

At the height of their success Billy Kinsley walked out, his place being taken by Johnny Gustavson from The Big Three. For the next two years they continued to make interesting singles, most of which sold reasonably well before the group, effectively, broke-up.

In 1966, Crane and Kinsley reunited as a duo, shortening their name to The Merseys, and scoring a major hit with "Sorrow". Backed by The Fruit Eating Bears, they carried on making records until splitting in '68.



Aug '63

It's Love That Really Counts/Fortune Teller

Fontana TF 412


Jan '64

I Think Of You/Mr. Moonlight

Fontana TF 431


Apr '64

Don't Turn Around/Really Mystified

Fontana TF 459


Jul '64

Wishin' And Hopin'/Milkman

Fontana TF 482


Oct '64

Last Night (I Made A Little Girl Cry)/Send Me Back

Fontana TF 504


May '65

Don't Let It Happen To Us/It Would Take A Long, Long Time

Fontana TF 568


Sep '65

I Love You Yes I Do/Good, Good Lovin'

Fontana TF 607


Dec '65

I Stand Accused/All My Life

Fontana TF 645




As The Merseys

Apr '66

Sorrow/Some Other Day

Fontana TF 694


Jul '66

So Sad About Us/Love Will Continue

Fontana TF 732


Dec '66

Rhythm Of Love/Is It Love

Fontana TF 776





Mar '64

I Think Of You - I Think Of You/Mr. Moonlight/It's Love That Really Counts/Fortune Teller

Fontana TE 17423

Mar '64

The Merseybeats On Stage - Long Tall Sally/I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry/Shame/You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover

Fontana TE 17422

Nov '64

Wishin' And Hopin' - Wishin' And Hopin'/Last Night (I Made A Little Girl Cry)/Hello Young Lovers/Milkman/Jumping Jonah

Fontana TE 17432




The Merseybeats - Milkman/Hello Young Lovers/He Will Break Your Heart/Funny Face/Really Mysified/The Girl That I Marry/Fools Like Me/My Heart And I/Bring It On Home To Me/Lavender Blue/Jumping Jonah/Don't Turn Around

Fontana TL 5210


Tony Crane solo singles


Even The Bravest/I Still Remember

CBS 202 022



Ideal Love/Little You

Polydor BM 56008