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ian and the zodiacs

1943-2007

Ian and the Zodiacs

 

ian and the zodiacs

UPDATE: April 2009

 

Ian's lovely wife Betty Edwards has been kind enough to let us have some never before released photos of Ian in Germany.

 

Band History:

 

 

The Zodiacs were originally formed in 1958 as a "Trad jazz" band. In 1960 Ian Edwards joined the band as singer/guitarist and they changed their format to Rock n Roll.

 

Ian and the band played may of the popular venues of the time including the OPB, The Litherland Town Hall and of course the Cavern.

 

 

 

They quickly established a reputation as a quality act and Ian's distinctive voice set them apart from many of the pure Rock bands of the day.

 

Following in the footsteps of Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes and the Beatles they arrived in Hamburg in 1964 and were an immediate hit with the local German population, appearing on German TV, cutting their first records and becoming major stars (they were supposed to stay for a few weeks and didn't really leave for three years).

 

They were featured on the "This is MerseyBeat Album" including their version of "It Ain’t Necessarily So" and "Beechwood 45789".

 

      

In 1965 they made a number of visits to Germany issuing  three LPs and two singles. They released a track called "The Crying Game" (from their album) in the US where it sold over 250,000 copies.

Ian and Betty Edwards with Jackie Lomax 1964

Ian and Betty Edwards with Jackie Lomax 1964

 

The band disbanded in 1967, but Ian came back to the music in later years reforming the band with some excellent German musicians including Manfred Jung who played on Ian's last gigs in Germany.

ian and the zodiacs 1964

 

Ian and the Zodiacs Germany 1965

 

Ian played at Merseycats on a number of occasions and his last appearance was sadly just a few weeks before he passed away in October 2007.

                                       

Manfred who has visited Merseycats with his band "The Roaring Fourties" has kindly sent some photos of Ian and the band taken on his last visit to Germany.

Ian Edwards Last Performance at MerseyCats - 2007

Ian Edwards' Last Performance at MerseyCats - 2007

 

 

 

We have compiled a collection of audios and videos featuring Ian and the band to remind us of just how good a performer he was.      

 

 Live At The Starclub Hamburg

 

 

 Why Cant it Be Me

 

 

 

 So Much in Love

 

 

 

 Any Day Now

 

 

This Empty Place

Audio Tracks

"It Aint Necessarily So"

"I Need You"

"Beechwood 456789"

ian edwards

Sadly Missed By All Those at MerseyCats.

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