The Liverpool Five
The Boasters - Die Liverpooler Blue Beats - The 5 Liverpools - The Liverpool Five - Common Market
The Liverpool Five were a beat group that was part of the British Invasion-era of the 1960s. The five members of the band went to the United States by way of Japan in 1965.
Formed in England in 1963 as the Steve Laine Combo, the group comprised Steve Laine (lead vocals), Ken Cox (guitar and vocals), Dave Burgess (bass and vocals), Ron Henley (keyboards, sax and vocals) and Jimmy May (drums and vocals). Despite the name, none of the group members were from Liverpool; all were Londoners except Burgess, who hailed from Cumbria.
The group played in many major cities in Europe and Asia before achieving their greatest success in the United States, especially between 1964 and 1967. In Europe they recorded as 'The Boasters' for the International label four tracks.
And as accompaniment for German singer 'Tommy Kent' two tracks (Ariola).
One album for CBS titled 'Tokio International', and a single "Tokio" / "SkinnyMinny", under the name 'The 5 Liverpools', a new name given to them by their German manager. While in Germany in 1964 the band successfully auditioned to tour Japan, and performed at the Tokyo Olympics. One UK single, "Good Golly Miss Molly" / "Lum D' Lum D' Lum High (Mickeys Monkey)", as 'The Liverpool 5', was released (same recording as CBS-Germany) on the Pye subsidiary label, Piccadilly Records 1255 in 1964.
After touring Asia, where few other British rock bands had been, they moved to the US West Coast where they re-settled as residents in California. From their new base, they played all over the US and Canada, sometimes by themselves and other times with such notable acts as The Lovin' Spoonful, Stevie Wonder, The Kinks and The Rolling Stones. One of the band's biggest US concerts was as a featured artist on the 'Beach Boys Summer Spectacular' at the Hollywood Bowl in July 1965, alongside The Beach Boys, The Righteous Brothers and The Byrds.
In the United States, under contract with RCA Victor, the group released a number of singles, together with two albums produced by Al Schmitt. In 1966 their recording of Chip Taylor's "Any Way That You Want Me" (b/w Oscar Brown Jr's "The Snake") would mark their only appearance on the national chart, spending one week on the Billboard Hot 100 at #98. They also played on many television shows such as American Bandstand, Where the Action Is and Hullabaloo, plus many music shows on local stations throughout the US. Local radio stations often sponsored their concerts. Some sources claim the group were the first to record "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone", although the first released version was by Paul Revere and The Raiders.
Two albums on RCA Victor, Arrive (LSP 3583) (1966) and Out of Sight (LSP 3682) (1967), were reasonably successful for the group, particularly in the Pacific Northwest. The group disbanded in 1968 and by then Fred Dennis, later of the Sonics from Spokane, Washington had replaced Dave Burgess on bass. Drummer Jimmy May returned to live in England while the others remained in the United States and embarked on new careers in various professins.
Before finally disbanding, they recorded one last single for RCA under the name Common Market (RCA 47-9302). The tracks were the Cat Stevens-penned "I Love My Dog" backed with Tim Buckley's "Wings".
01 - How Do You Know (International IN 3028 / International HI 307-02 1964)
02 - Lonely Feeling
03 - Baby Jean
04 - Just Like Me
Tommy Kent und die Liverpooler Blue Beats
05 - Hey, Sunny (Ariola 10718 1964)
06 - Sheila
- Good Golly Miss Molly (Picadilly 1255 UK 1964)
- Lum D' Lum D' Lum High (Mickeys Monkey)
(both tracks same recordings CBS Germany)
The 5 Liverpools
07 - Rip It Up (LP Tokio International CBS 62460 Germany 1965)
08 - Tokio
09 - Memphis Tennessee
10 - Skinny Minny
11 - Needles And Pins
12 - Good Golly Miss Molly
13 - Boom Boom
14 - Can I Get A Witness
15 - Let The Sunshine In
16 - Mickeys Monkey
17 - Everything's Allright
18 - Poison Ivy
19 - Tokio (45' a-side CBS stereo)
The Liverpool Five
20 - If You Gotta Go Go Now (Ep RCA 3-20957 (Spain) 1965)
21 - Too Far Out
22 - That's What I Want
23 - Everything's Allright
24 - New Direction (45' a-side RCA 47-8906 1966)
25 - She’s Mine (Lp Arrive RCA LSP-3583 1966)
26 - Sister Love
27 - I'm Not Your Stepping Stone
28 - A Shot Of Rhthm And Blues
29 - Let the Sunshine In
30 - What A Crazy World
31 - That's What Love Will Do
32 - Just A Little Bit
33 - Hey Little Girl
34 - I Just Can’t Believe It
35 - Sticks And Stones
36 - Heart
37 - Any Way That You Want Me (Lp Out Of Sight RCA LSP-3682 1967)
38 - My Generation
39 - Piccadilly Line
40 - I Can Only Give You Everything
41 - Baby, Out Of Sight
42 - Gotta Get A Move On
43 - She’s (Got Plenty of Love)
44 - Do You Believe
45 - The Snake
46 - I’m Your Hoochie Cooche Man
47 - Get Away
48 - Cloudy (45' a-side RCA 47-9158 1967)
49 - I Love My Dog (RCA 47-9302 1967)
50 - Wings
51 - The 5 Liverpools mp4
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