Famous Musicians from Liverpool

Famous Musicians from Liverpool

Here at Piano Lessons Liverpool we love to inspire our piano students with stories of famous musicians from Liverpool that have gone on to be musical superstars, selling millions of records and packing out venues globally. Indeed, Liverpool has a lot to be proud of having produced some of the finest bands of all time, including The Beatles who are the biggest selling band of all time! The Merseyside music scene remains one of the most famous in the world today & we are keen to see the next generatation of musicians coming from Liverpool living up to their local heros!

The Beatles

This rock and roll quartet are arguably the most famous band in the world, an iconic symbol of British musical culture. Comprised of singer/songwriter Paul McCartney, guitar player/songwriter John Lennon, drummer Ringo Starr, and guitar player/singer George Harrison, the four musicians originally met at the Quarry Bank School in Liverpool when they were just teens in 1960. Forming a skiffle group originally known as The Quarrymen, they played many sets at the Cavern before relocating to Hamburg over three years. Their first hit, "Love Me Do" gained them much recognition in 1962, resulting in their nickname "The Fab Four". This innovative band delved into various styles of music over the course of their career, from psychedelic rock, to pop, to heavy metal. They also incorporated classical elements within their music, experimenting with a range of instruments to create the unique sounds of such albums as "Rubber Soul". "Seargent Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was the last album to be produced by The Beatles before they split up in 1967.  This musical group had such profound success during the sixties, that the term "Beatlemania" was often used to describe their popularity, which induced an extremely excited state in devoted fans.

Billy Fury

Billy Fury was born Ronald Wycherly at Smithdown Hospital, Liverpool, in 1940. He launched his musical career in the late-1950s, gaining international success, and carried on writing songs until the 1980s. At the height of his popularity, he met the Beatles' record of 24 hits in the 1960s, and maintained a position in the UK chart for 332 weeks. Fury focused on the production of such mainstream ballads as that of "Halfway to Paradise" and "Jealousy". While "Jealousy" reached number 2 in the charts, he never made it to the number one spot with any of his singles or albums. In 1962, Fury appeared in the film Play It Cool, the hit single of which was Fury's "Once Upon a Dream". He went on to produce We Want Billy! in 1963, one of the first live rock albums in the UK. This album featured covers of many R&B songs, including "Unchain My Heart". The singer was absent from the charts in 1967, and soon after he received surgery relating to his heart problems in 1972 and 1976, which caused him to abandon touring.  

The Zutons

Indie rock band The Zutons consists of members Dave McCabe, Russell Pritchard, Sean Payne, Abi Harding and Paul Molloy. The group formed in 2001, and released their first album Who Killed...... The Zutons? in 2004, and their second album Tired of Hanging Around in 2006. The first album featured a unique 3D cover with 3D viewing glasses, and was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2004. The latter album featured hit singles "Why Won't You Give Me Your Love?" and "Valerie", which was later covered in a collaboration between Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse. Both of The Zutons' singles reached number 9 in the UK singles chart, but Ronson pipped them to the post when he reached number 2 with his cover in 2007. In 2005, the band were nominated for the British Breakthrough Act BRIT Award. Tired of Hanging Around is the most recent album to have been released by the band in 2006, and reached number 2 in the album charts.

Gerry and the Pacemakers

This sixties group were rivals to the Beatles in the beat movement, and were the first to reach the UK number one position with their three singles (a record which was not to be equalled for another 20 years). Like the Beatles, they conquered the music scene at Hamburg and were also managed by Brian Epstein, before signing a record deal with Columbia Records. Gerry Marsden founded the band in 1959 along with his brother Fred, Les Chadwick and Arthur McMahon. Their first song "How Do You Do It?", produced by George Martin in 1963, was highly successful and quickly reached number one in the charts. This position was maintained with the release of their next two singles "I Like It" and "You'll Never Walk Alone". In 1965, the band starred in the film Ferry Cross the Mersey, a production which bore many similarities to the Beatles' Hard Day's Night.

Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Frankie Goes to Hollywood (FGTH) were a popular 1980s group made up of vocalist Holly Johnson, keyboardist/vocalist Paul Rutherford, drummer Peter Gill, bassist Mark O'Toole, and guitarist Brian Nash. Their debut single "Relax" caused much controversy in the BBC, leading to a ban on the song in 1984. The profound success of the song is seen by the fact that it topped the chart for the next five weeks despite the ban, and became the seventh best-selling single in the UK of all time. Furthermore, "Relax" won a BRIT Award for Best British Single in 1985, in addition to an award the group received for Best British Newcomer. In addition, the act were nominated for a Grammy Award and an MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist. FGTH became the second group ever to reach number one with their first three singles in the UK.

Photography: Christian Bertrand

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