Liverpool no.1’s

Updated: October 2006

Liverpool No.1’s 1953 – 1969
All acts below are from liverpool and have reached No. 1

1953Lita Roza: How Much Is That Doggie In The Window
1957Frankie Vaughan: The Garden Of Eden
1958Michael Holliday: The Story Of My Life
1960Michael Holliday: Starry Eyed
1961Frankie Vaughan: Tower Of Strength
1963Gerry & The Pacemakers: How Do You Do It?
1963The Beatles: From Me To You
1963Gerry & The Pacemakers: I Like It
1963The Searchers: Sweets For My Sweet
1963Billy J. Kramer: Bad To Me
1963The Beatles: She Loves You
1963Gerry & The Pacemakers: You’ll Never Walk Alone
1963The Beatles: I Want To Hold Your Hand
1964The Searchers: Needles And Pins
1964Cilla Black: Anyone Who Had A Heart
1964Billy J. Kramer: Little Children
1964The Beatles: Can’t Buy Me Love
1964The Searchers: Don’t Throw Your Love Away
1964Cilla Black: You’re My World
1964The Beatles: Hard Day’s Night
1964The Beatles: I Feel Fine
1965The Beatles: Ticket To Ride
1965The Beatles: Help!
1965Ken Dodd: Tears
1965The Beatles: Day Tripper
1966The Beatles: Paperback Writer
1966The Beatles: Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby
1967The Beatles: All You Need Is Love
1967The Beatles: Hello, Goodbye
1968The Beatles: Lady Madonna
1968The Beatles: Hey Jude
1968The Scaffold: Lily The Pink
1969The Beatles: Get Back
1969The Beatles: The Ballad Of John & Yoko

The list is impressive for one city in England.
Their are many more No.1’s from Liverpool acts but I have stopped at the end of the fab 60’s.

Berry Good News
Dave Berry is delighted that he has secured a distribution deal with Universal for his new album ‘Memphis in the Meantime’. Strangely, it coincides with the same week his first single, ‘Memphis Tennessee’ was released on Decca, now part of Universal. As a bonus,Beat Goes On Records are releasing two of the 1964/65 Decca albums later this month (August 2004). They feature early jazz & blues material never released on singles. Berry’s roots obviously do run very deep.

Bill Harry Q and A

Some questions to Bill Harry…more to follow………Questions asked by merseybeatlover1 (Brian). Bill will answer the questions below.
these are questions…that I and many more would love to know…….
(answers supplied by Bill Harry) (c)bill harry
The Beach Boys were one of the groups you were press agent for. What were they like?

They were very easy to get on with and not as raucous or as fond of the booze as some of the British groups I represented (can you image what it was like having afternoon drinking sessions with Keith Moon!). I’d initially met them when I was writing for Record Mirror and first interviewed them at the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane.

A lot of it involved social interaction. We’d go clubbing at the Revolution with Al Jardine and Sandra, a friend of ours who he went out with (sadly, she died last year), I interested Carl in physic books and took him to the psychic book shops off Charing Cross Road. I also took Carl on visits to Apple. I accompanied them on a camera shoot at Strand on the Green, outside the pub where the Beatles had filmed Help! I used to drink in De Hems with Dennis Wilson and he told me how excited he was about this group of people he’d become involved with, who had a place in the desert with lots of girls. It turned out to be Manson and his crowd. Sitting in the Palladium during rehearsals I interested Mike Love in the book ‘The Morning of the Magicians,’ he was intrigued about Atlantis and mystical things. Dick Duryea, film actor Dan Duryea’s son was their road manager and we used to go to parties with them. I represented them on a couple of their British visits.

What was Apple like?

I only saw Apple from a social point of view and initially visited their original offices before dropping in regularly when they moved to Savile Row. Derek Taylor used to invite me along to listen to previews of new albums. In his office smelling of pot, in which bottles of lager were freely available, he would be busily writing memos, inviting me to create memos (I didn’t write it, but he made a memo, allegedly from me, asking would the Beatles appear at the Cavern again). His memos were bizarre, but intriguing. Another Apple friend was Tony Bramwell, whose autobiography is published this year by St Martin’s Press. At the Revolution one night, Sandra, a friend of ours, introduced us to members of the Hell’s Angels who had been invited over by George Harrison. She’d told them all about me and they wanted me to handle their publicity. I said I couldn’t, but they insisted – fortunately they forgot about it and didn’t press it. Then, at the Apple party, the Hell’s Angels were there. The main place where the party was held was crammed with people in the fashionable psychedelic styles and colours of clothes of the time. A girl was breast feeding her baby, Caleb was crouched on the floor reading tarot cards, there were lots of kids around, it seemed a bit of a mayhem, so I drifted to the floor above. In the main room were two solitary figures, sitting cross-legged in the middle of the floor: Mr & Mrs Santa Claus – John and Yoko. John introduced me to her and we shook hands, but she wasn’t very communicative.

As mentioned with Carl Wilson, I often dropped around with people to introduce them. I took Mike Moorcock, a former pen pal of mine, who had become a science-fiction author and was currently publishing New Worlds magazine. The Beatles were impressed with the magazine and donated £1,000 towards it.