The Fourmost, 60s band, had its roots steeped in the eclectic 1960’s Mersey beat boom as part of the Brian Epstein stable along with The Beatles, Billy J Kramer, Gerry and The Pacemakers and others.
The band has evolved from enjoying 1960’s chart hits such as Hello Little Girl (no.9) and A Little Loving (no.6). Less popular songs include Baby I Need Your Lovin’ and Here There and Everywhere.
There was also a cover of George Formby’s ‘Auntie Maggie’s Remedy.’ During the 1970’s and the early 1980’s, like many of its peers, this 60s band played mainly on the cabaret circuit where it struggled to compete for appeal with disco, funk, glam rock and punk. Since the mid 1980’s the band has enjoyed a golden era as part of the wider 1960’s revival scene and is now one of the most authentic 1960’s bands currently on the circuit today, from their Vox amps and Ludwig drums down to their Italian made slim fitted suits and Cuban heel boots.
The Fourmost – 60s Band
The band now appears throughout the UK and Europe playing in theatres, at holiday parks and appearing at 60’s festivals playing to a diverse fan base. Guitarist / vocalist Brian O’Hara and best friend guitarist / vocalist Joey Bower (born Joseph Bower, 17 November 1939, Dingle, Liverpool, Lancashire) formed the Two Jays in 1957. The group changed its name to the Four Jays in September 1959 when bass guitarist/singer Billy Hatton and drummer Brian Redman (born 21 June 1941, Huyton, Liverpool, Lancashire) joined the group.
The Four Jays played at the Cavern Club on 1 March 1961, nearly three weeks before the Beatles. Rhythm guitarist / singer Mike Millward (ex-the Undertakers) joined the Four Jays in November 1961, followed by drummer / singer Dave Lovelady in September 1962.
Change Of Name
The band changed its name to The Fourmost in October 1962 and on 30 June 1963 the group signed a management contract with Brian Epstein which led to their being auditioned by George Martin and signed to EMI’s Parlophone record label.
A later line up featuring longtime later member bassist / singer Bill Haisman (who had been in the later group alongside Brian O’Hara) plus John Richards (lead guitar, vocals), Gary Pearson (guitar, vocals) and Kevin Clarkson (drums, vocals). They released a DVD and CD entitled ‘The Fourmost Live at The Club Tropicana’, featuring a recording of a show recorded in Skegness on 7 April 2007. They performed both “Hello Little Girl” and “A Little Loving” among other covers of 1950s, 1960s and 1970s hit songs. Bill Haisman later retired.
A touring version of the band continued led by drummer / vocalist Kevin Clarkson, with Alex Leyland (rhythm guitar, vocals), Colin Walsh (lead guitar, vocals) and Lee Clarkson (bass guitar, vocals). (Wikipedia).
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