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Merseybeat Nostalgia

The Dennisons

‘Mersey Beat’ front cover reproduced by kind permission of Bill Harry

Line up:

Cavern advert from Mersey Beat Newspaper

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Eddie Parry - Vocals

Steve McLaren - Lead Guitar

Ray Scragge - Rhythm Guitar

Alan Willis - Base Guitar

Clive Hornby - Drums

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The Dennisons where another very popular group who many thought would make it to the top, they made such an impact at the Cavern, DJ Bob Wooler said ‘they’ve created the biggest impression on Merseyside since The Beatles’. Record companies heard they were drawing crowds in Liverpool like The Beatles used to do and Decca rushed up to sign them releasing their debut record in July 1963,

‘(Come On) Be My Girl’, a song they had written themselves. This was followed up with their version of the Rufus Thomas song ‘Walkin’ The Dog’, the ‘B’ side, another self-penned song, ‘You Don’t Know What Love Is’ was written for them by Ben E King while they where touring with him and reached number 36 in the charts. Their final single ‘Nobody Like My Babe’, was released in November 1964 and although it was very commercial, it didn’t enter the charts. The group disbanded in 1966, Clive Hornby became an actor could be seen most weeks in the British television soap ‘Emmerdale’, playing the part of Jack Sugden until his untimely death.

Press ‘Play Button’ on the player to listen to the original recordings.

(Come On) Be My Girl - Lead vocals Eddie Parry

Walkin’ The Dog - Lead vocals Ray Scragge

Devoted To You - Live recording

The Dennisons
Clive Hornby

Clive Hornby

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