Merseybeats bassist Chris Finley has died aged 67
Tributes paid to musician who played in Herman’s Hermits and toured with Gerry & The Pacemakers
Tributes have been paid to Merseybeats bassist Chris Finley, who has died aged 67.
Mr Finley, who played in Herman’s Hermits in the 1970s and was a mainstay in The Merseybeats and The Hideaways, suffered a stroke.
He was part of the second wave of the British invasion of America, spending much of the 1970s touring the US with Gerry & The Pacemakers and Herman’s Hermits.
Merseybeats founder and guitarist, Billy Kinsley said: “I knew Chris for 50 years, and I’ll never forget the music we made together and the fun we had along the way – and his jokes weren’t bad either.
“It’s hard for all our laughter to turn to tears right now – words are not enough.”
Born in Liverpool in 1948, Mr Finley also played with The Masterminds, Confucius and Fruit Eating Bears, and continued to tour with The Merseybeats, The Hideaways and Beryl Marsden until his death.
Not content with just gigging, he was part of the management team behind two of Liverpool’s most legendary nightclubs, opening Ugly’s Music Motor in 1969 and The Club Continental in 1981.
He was also the man behind Liverpool Rocks, a series of sell-out shows at The Cavern , focused on celebrating the Liverpool music scene of the 1960s.
Away from his band commitments, Mr Finley also donated his time to charity, performing at celebrity hairdresser Herbert Howe’s annual lunch for those who would normally be alone on Christmas Day.
He passed on his passion for music to two of his sons, Simon and Paul, who work in film scores and artist management respectively.
Paul said: “This is a huge loss for the family.
“Away from his love of music, he was besotted with my son, Jackson, and I’m glad that he could spend time with him when he took him to nursery on the day he died.
“I’m also thankful that so many friends and family could be by his side when he passed, including my mother, Sue, my sister, Kate, and brothers, Simon and Christian.
“He will be missed by many.”
By Sophie McCoid, Liverpool Echo (22/02/16)