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 Bill Harry's Mersey Beat Days

Among my favourite sites is http://liverpooldays.com/photo/index.php a photographic cornucopia of Liverpool images down the decades, across the city, into the hearts of the shops, venues and people, a photographic trek across the city in its different seasons and different ages.

There is even my own spot http://liverpooldays.com/photo/thumbnails.php?album=32  with nearly 150 of my own copyright images. I particularly enjoyed sending the photos to Gerard Fleming, who originated and hosts the site, because I was able to include a number of images of Virginia whose part in creating Mersey Beat with me hasn't been given the credit it deserves.

Blue Angel Club Liverpool 1963

 

This section begins with a detailed interview with me about the heady days of the Mersey Sound and the photos cover quite a range, including images of members of Mersey groups I took in the Blue Angel club in 1963. I've forgotten the names of some of them, so if you can recognise who they are, please let me know.

 

 

 

Other people you may know include Joe Fagin, Neil Aspinall, Billy Butler, Pete Best, Ted Knibbs, Charlie Lennon, Pete Shotton, Billy Kinsley, Faron, Ray McFall, Spencer Lloyd Mason, Mike McCartney, Frieda unknown band member Blue Angel 1963Kelly, Roger McGough, Billy Hatton, Jimmy Tarbuck, Pat Delaney and many others.

The pics of Pete and Virginia were taken when Klaus Voormann invited us out to dinner with Pete and Roag Best and John Frankland. Paddy Chambers, Klaus's friend from Paddy, Klaus & Gibson was invited, but unable to attend because of his illness - and he died some months later. Gibson Kemp was also invited, but he owned a pub in Radlett at the time and his chef had absconded and he had to take his place!

 

 

The pics of me with various Hollywood actors occurred when we went to Hollywood and had talks with the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce (I had plans of launching a Mersey Beat Village in Liverpool then!). We attended a Rod Serling star ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard and had dinner with a number of actors and actresses on the Queen Mary.

bill harry with Bob Cummings Other shots are of Virginia and I with Mike and Rowena McCartney when we went to Detroit and were taken around the Motown Studios by Martha Reeves, a Mike McCartney book launch, an Adelphi Hotel Beatles convention, a trip to Carnegie Hall, at a Paul McCartney Buddy Holly luncheon, the opening of Lennon's, the opening night of the Lennon play at the Astoria, London, and so on. Some photographic records I thought I'd like to share with friends.

There are over 1000 images on the site in over 40 different galleries. Ones appealing to Beatles fans include: Beatles  - The Places They'd Remember; The Beatles...Mathew Street; The Beatles...The Art College; The Beatles... The Quarrymen's 50th Anniversary Gig; The Beatles...LIPA and Beatles Tour Photographs. 

Naturally, I was especially interested in the Art college shots. Now that the college has been sold to be converted into flats (isn't that happening in every part of Liverpool!), how it once looked inside is now a memory – but has been captured for posterity on this site.

colonel bagshotTony Bolland covers the Seventies music scene and his album includes images of Colin Areety, Splinter; Elliott; New Image; Nutz, Pepperbox; Charley Boy; the Brownies; Sound Barrier and other seventies Mersey bands. Tony Bolland has published a book on the Seventies music scene on Merseyside called 'Plug Inn' and is preparing two others.

Photographers who have contributed their work include Jim Elliott, Ken Roberts, Margaret Bowness, Jimmy Henderson, Jim Malone, Frank Jones and Chris Shaw.

(Editors note:The photo left is of Colonel Bagshot, one of the great Liverpool bands of the 70s)

 Places which are visually explored include Liverpool Docks, Mersey Tunnel, St George's Hall, Lime Street, Scotland Road, the Cunard Building, the Odeon cinema and the 5th floor of Lewis's. Events pictures include the Tall Shops 2008 and the Anfield Memorial Service to Hillsborough. 

 

 

There are images of snow in Liverpool, a bonfire night, Liverpool past and present, the city in colour and monochrome. This is a site which continues to present new photos and new galleries on a regular basis and is certainly worth a bookmark.

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