August 30, 2014

Welcome to liverpoolexpress.com!

Thank you for visiting the official ‘award-winning’ website of Liverpool Express – the Rock/Pop group who produced the following hit singles in the UK, across Europe and South America: You Are My LoveHold TightEvery Man Must Have A Dream; and Dreamin’ .

Feel free to add a comment to any post, message, or photo and contact us with any question you might have.

Happy listening and enjoy liverpoolexpress.com!

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August 15, 2014

Buy music

To purchase Liverpool Express music please click on the links below to visit Apple’s iTunes store.

The Best of Liverpool Express – Apple iTunes download (7.99 GBP)

Once Upon A Time – Apple iTunes download (7.99 GBP)

Unfortunately LEX music on CD format is no longer available to purchase.

Try visiting the following websites to locate the original Vinyls or CDs…

www.gemm.com
www.ebay.co.uk
www.netsounds.com

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July 1, 2016

RIP Chris

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)

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June 1, 2016

Interview: Merseybeats’ Billy Kinsley says it’s time Beatles manager was honored

Billy Kinsley of the Merseybeats.

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January 21, 2015

The Statue 4 Eppy Concert

A very special one-off event evening hosted by Billy Butler and brought to you by the team behind Statue 4 Eppy, which is a campaign for the creation of a statue of the Mr Brian Epstein in Liverpool City Centre, the concert will celebrate the life and career of the legendary Beatles Manager with all monies raised going towards the Statue 4 Eppy campaign. Don’t miss this fantastic evening of music and comedy with singers Billy Kinsley & Tony Crane, Ian Prowse and Ian McNabb already confirmed to appear. The evening will also officially launch the single “Our Friend” which has been written by Bob Pitt and includes the voices of Ian McNabb, Andy McCluskey, Owen Paul, Ian Prowse, Billy J Kramer, Beryl Marsden and local celebrities include Tricia Penrose, Derek Acorah, Paul Barber and John McArdle. More information can be found on our website or visit www.statue4eppy.com.

The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool, L1 3DZ

Saturday 28th February 2015
Doors 6:30pm
Start 7:30pm

Tickets £20
All prices include a 50p venue restoration levy

Above details provided by epsteinliverpool.co.uk

Click here to buy tickets online or call 0844 888 4411

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December 3, 2014

Billboard Magazine clipping

My latest find… an old clipping which mentions LEX.. published in Billboard Magazine (USA Jan 20th 1979)

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October 28, 2014

New addition to Articles section

I have located a magazine article dating back to Sept ’76 titled, ‘Music Lovers From Liverpool’.  Tony Coates, Roger Craig, and Bill Kinsley tell tales about current transport problems and tales about their ex-girlfriends! Check it out by visiting our articles section!

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October 21, 2014

RIP Geoff Nugent

TRIBUTES have been paid to The Undertakers’ guitarist Geoff Nugent who has died. He passed away yesterday at the age of 71 (Oct 12th 2014).

The Merseycats rock ‘n’ roll charity posted Mr Nugent’s photograph on their website with the words “too old to rock, too young to die”, describing him as “a great loss to the music scene on Merseyside”.

Meanwhile among the many tributes paid online was one from Ian McNabb who wrote “saddened to hear of the loss of the great Geoff Nugent. Thoughts with his family and friends. we have lots another great. Sleep well brother”, while the Merseyside branch of performers’ union Equity said: “So sad to hear of the death of a great Merseybeat legend and Equity member Geoff Nugent. An amazing musician and great guy.”

Mr Nugent was born in Liverpool in February 1943 within a couple of days of future Beatle George Harrison, and the two were childhood friends growing up in Speke, where they learned to play the guitar together.

The Undertakers were originally called Bob Evans and the Five Shillings, with Geoff Nugent singing and playing rhythm guitar. In 1959 they became The Vegas Five, one of the first rock and roll groups in Liverpool.

Over the years Mr Nugent raised many thousands of pounds for charity through work with the Merseycats and Merseyrats, and recently he had joined other musicians to record a song for the campaign for a statue to Brian Epstein. last month he had added his distinctive hand prints – he lost an index finger in an accident – to the Casbah Coffee Club Walk of Fame.

It is understood he had been due to play a gig last night but had not turned up. Meanwhile The Undertakers were due to travel to Hamburg this weekend to take part in the 55th anniversary of the Kaiserkeller, appearing on stage with singer Beryl Marsden.

Merseyrats founder Dave Jamieson, who has been friends with Mr Nugent since they were teenagers, said: “Geoff was a gentle man and would help anybody out. I run the Lathom (Hall) and he did the compèring.

“He was an absolutely brilliant musician and singer in one of the best bands to come out of Liverpool. If anyone should have made it then it should have been The Undertakers.”

And neighbour and friend Peter Hodgson added: “Geoff was an absolute diamond, an absolute gentleman.”

By Catherine Jones | Liverpool Echo (Oct 13th 2014)

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/death-undertakers-geoff-nugent-tributes-7928712

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October 17, 2014

Brazil TV appearances

Please leave a comment below if you can help me locate any Brazil TV shows the band appeared on during their tour in 1977.

The TV company is called ‘Globo’ in Rio and they are proving quite difficult to contact.

Muchas Gracias

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October 6, 2014

Natural High

An unfinished LEX track titled ‘Natural High’ was recorded by Billy Kinsley for his solo album (It’s Love That Really Counts) in 2010..  I have posted a sample of the track below - it is wonderful.  For those of you who haven’t heard Billy’s solo album then please check it out.. you won’t be disappointed!

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September 30, 2014

Crane

Here are the guys before they met up with Billy and became LIVERPOOL EXPRESS. Derek, Tony and Roger were members of Tony Crane’s band.

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September 30, 2014

LEX Live at the Rainbow Theatre

Awesome old newspaper advert I found on the internet…  According to an interview with Terry Thomas (‘Charlie’ member) this gig was cancelled due to Mr Kinsley’s ill health…http://www.charlietheband.activeboard.com/t41560016/terry-thomas-interview/

$T2eC16VHJFoE9nh6oVUrBQ7)yqZ-Nw~~60_12

 

 

 

 

 

 

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September 19, 2014

Photos from the last gig

I have recieved some photographs taken by Kathy McCabe at the last LEX gig in Liverpool (Aug 2014). These will soon be included in our media section.  Muchas Gracias Kathy! :)

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September 19, 2014

Gregory Lynn Hall

Please check out the new album by 101 South vocalist, Gregory Lynn Hall, titled ‘Heaven To Earth’.

You can find out more about Gregory and the album by visiting his official website @ www.gregorylynnhall.com!

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September 8, 2014

T-Shirts

Liverpool Express T-Shirts are now for sale in our online shop.. order your very own T-Shirt today!!

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September 5, 2014

Old concert ticket

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For more information about this gig please visit the following website:

http://vintagerock.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/liverpool-express-newcastle-city-hall-1977/

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September 5, 2014

Photos

I am currently looking for more photographs of the band to include on the website. Please contact me if anybody would like to share their photographs of Liverpool Express!

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August 15, 2014

Gig news

LEX will be performing at The Eldonian Village Hall in Liverpool on August 23rd 2014. Doors open from 7pm. Band scheduled to start at 9pm. Please ring 0151-476-6231 for ticket sales.
Postcode for your sat nav is L3 6LG.

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August 15, 2014

A Statue for Brian Epstein

Brian Epstein was one of the most important and influential men of the sixties music scene and is credited for taking the Beatles to national and international fame on a scale never seen before. The Beatles early success has been attributed to Epstein’s management and sense of style and it was perhaps inevitable that he would ultimately become known as The Fifth Beatle. Of course, Epstein also managed several other musical artists such as Gerry & The Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Cilla Black, The Remo Four & The Cyrkle.

However, despite his immense contribution, there has never been any formal recognition and celebration of his incredible accomplishments. Until now that is! A song has been written to spearhead a campaign to raise funds to have a statue erected in Liverpool honouring the life of Brian Epstein, and we need to raise the 70,000 pounds to complete the project.

To help raise the funds to pay for the statue, some of Liverpools famous celebrities are coming on board to sing and record a song, composed by Bob Pitt. It is hoped the song will be available for purchase in April 2014 with all proceeds going towards the statue. Billy Kinsley, and who was also managed by Brian Epstein, will be producing this song for the good and great of Liverpool celebrities, from all walks of life, to come on board to record this song.

The song is to be recorded at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool on Friday April 4th 2014. More details available at www.statue4eppy.com!

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August 15, 2014

A bit about the website…

liverpoolexpress.com – created and maintained by Michael Wilde.

In 2002, Michael was a then 17-year-old music fan, when he discovered the band, Liverpool Express, performing ‘Every Man Must Have A Dream’ on TV during a repeat showing of the music programme ‘Supersonic’ . Michael’s parents later told him that they had the band’s album (‘Tracks’) in their vinyl collection!!  After endless plays of the record, he immediately wanted to find out more about the band and to see if they were still together 25 years on. After endless internet searching, and finding nothing about them, he decided to create a website himself, dedicated to the band, to give them a web presence. The website included very basic information about the ‘Tracks’ album and a few screen captures from the bands TV performance on ‘Supersonic’, along with a couple of photos provided by a fan in Brazil (Milton). Michael also received help from online friend (and also a LEX fan) Laura Kerr, whom had contacted Roger Scott Craig-the band’s keyboard player who loved the website. He provided more information about the band for the website, and he contacted a photographer friend he knew (Kathy McCabe), whom had taken (what seemed like) a million photos of the band back in their heyday!  With Roger and Kathy’s input, the website began to expand, and soon after became the ‘official website’ for the band, following the release of the band’s ”Best of” CD. Since then, Michael has kept charge of the website and updates it quite frequently and is the first point of contact. The website has won many design awards over the years most notably ‘The Golden Web Award’ for the years 2002 and 2003 respectively.

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