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David Bedford, the contemporary scribe of Liverpool life, has done it again. This book, graphically supreme as "Liddypool", takes you closer to the way it was. This is the real thing by a man who knows the famed musical and social history of his city like few others. His pride in Liverpool is contagious.
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Every member of the group, from The Quarrymen to The Beatles, with a profile of each, like Stu Sutcliffe more
Every key event in chronological order, with a detailed examination of how each member joined the band, with eyewitness testimonies ...read more
Read the stories of the friends, family and musicians who taught and inspired The Beatles. ...read more
The artists who were backed by The Beatles during their early days, including artists like The Chants ...read more
When one considers The Beatles' musical influences, several names naturally come to mind: Harold Phillips, Ian James, Vinnie Ismael, Michael Hill, Marie Maguire and Arthur Pendleton. What's that you say? Never heard of them? Well, surely these names from the Fab lineup strike a chord: Norman Chapman and Ronnie The Ted . No?
Well, remember when the boys were joined onstage by household names like Tanya Day, Royston Ellis, Simone Jackson and Janice The Stripper? Hmmm. Don't ring a bell?
This is the entire point of Liddypool author David Bedford's newest historical romp, The FAB One Hundred and FOUR, a meticulously-
So much has been written about the group, one would think there's little left to cover. But Bedford has ventured into uncharted territory, fleshing out the lives of the unsung heroes – and heroines – of The Beatles' incredible beginnings and rise to fame.
The FAB one hundred and FOUR is a meticulously-
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In the Fab 104, the author records all of The Beatles members, from John Lennon’s first group The Quarrymen, to Beatles members you may not have heard of. Every member of The Quarrymen or The Beatles is listed, the Fab Four, performers and musical inspirations!
The story of how the group went from being The Quarrymen to The Beatles runs a long and winding road through many different musicians and band members. During this time, they also provided backing for several singers and occasionally had guest musicians join them on stage. Also included in the list are important people who either taught them to play or had a direct influence on their performances. Each one of these one hundred and four people is included in the story. This is how The Beatles evolved from a group of friends playing skiffle music, calling themselves The Quarrymen (also spelled Quarry Men – there is no definitive way to spell it) to becoming the biggest band in the annals of popular music. The story begins in the summer of 1956 and takes you through to the end of 1962 when the final piece of the jigsaw, the addition of drummer Ringo Starr, saw The Fab Four completed.
The Quarrymen were formed at Quarry Bank School in the summer of 1956 by John Lennon (guitar), Pete Shotton (Washboard), Eric Griffiths (guitar) and Bill Smith (tea-
Bill Smith soon left, and was replaced on tea-
Colin Hanton then joined the Quarrymen as drummer.
On 6th July 1957, Paul McCartney auditioned before John Lennon when the Quarrymen performed at the Woolton Garden Fete (right), and soon joined the group.
By December 1957, Pete Shotton and Rod Davis had left, then Eric Griffiths was replaced by George Harrison, with the Quarrymen being just John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Colin Hanton.
In the spring of 1958 they were joined on piano by John Duff Lowe.
After Colin left the Quarrymen, the group stopped performing and George joined the Les Stewart Quartet.
The Quarrymen then re-
Bill Smith, founding member of The Quarrymen
Ivan Vaughan, Quarrymen member then introduced Paul McCartney to John Lennon
Johnny 'Guitar' Byrne
Geoff "George" Lee
John Duff Lowe
Gladys Jill Martin
Charles 'Ty Brian' O'Brien
Ringo (Richy) Starr (Starkey)
Rory (Alan Caldwell) Storm
Ronnie 'The Ted'
With so many Beatles books out there, do you really need another? If you can answer the following questions, you don’t need it. If you can’t -
1. Who suggested to John that he should start a skiffle group, and lent him his first guitar?
2. Was John’s group ever known as The Blackjacks?
3. Who taught Paul to play guitar?
4. Who gave George guitar lessons in school?
5. Which Beatle was in the Cadillacs?
I READ THE NEWS TODAY, OH BOY! “Check out “The Fab One Hundred and Four,” a new book written by author/ Beatles scholar David Bedford. Exhaustively researched and illustrated with terrific (and rare) photos, the book tills the fertile soil of the band’s early history by examining the Liverpool musicians who influenced John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr” Michael Starr, New York Post
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