Tuesday, 19 July 2011

THE MERSEYBEATS FAMILY TREE

This family tree is the work of Bruno Ceriotti. Help in putting this together has been provided by John H Warburg and Ken Mundye, to whom I'm most grateful.


THE MAVERICKS #1 (ca. OCT 1960 - ca. NOV 1960)
1) Anthony 'Tony' Crane vocals, lead guitar
2) William Ellis 'Billy' Kinsley vocals, bass  


THE MAVERICKS #2 (ca. NOV 1960 - SEPT 1961) / THE PACIFICS (SEPT 1961 - LATE 1961) / THE MAVERICKS #2 (LATE 1961 - FEB 1962) / THE MERSEY BEATS (FEB 1962 - APR ?, 1962) / THE MERSEYBEATS #1 (APR ?, 1962 - AUG 1962)
1) Tony Crane
2) Billy Kinsley
3) David 'Dave' Elias rhythm guitar
4) Frank Sloane drums
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5) William George 'Billy' Butler (aka TV Billy) lead vocals (guest vocalist for a few shows in 1962)
6) Irene Hughes (aka Sweet Irene) lead vocals (guest vocalist for a few shows in 1962)
7) Janice Nicholls lead vocals (the band backed her for two weeks in 1962)
8) ? drums (The Stranger's drummer dep for Frank Sloane when he temporarily left the band for two weeks in 1962)


THE MERSEYBEATS #2 (AUG 1962 - JAN 1964)
1) Tony Crane
2) Billy Kinsley
3) Aaron Williams rhythm guitar
4) John Banks drums


THE MERSEYBEATS #3 (JAN 1964 - FEB 1964)
1) Tony Crane
2) Aaron Williams
3) John Banks
4) Robert Anthony 'Bob' Garner bass


THE MERSEYBEATS #4 (FEB 1964 - DEC 1964)
1) Tony Crane
2) Aaron Williams
3) John Banks
4) John Frederick 'Johnny Gus' 'Johnny Bass' Gustafson bass


THE MERSEYBEATS #5 (aka #2) (DEC 1964 - JAN 1966)
1) Tony Crane
2) Billy Kinsley
3) Aaron Williams
4) John Banks
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5) Gibson 'Gibbo' Kemp drums (filling in for John Banks for a few shows in 1965)
6) Kenny Mundye drums (filling in for John Banks for a few shows in 1965)


THE MERSEYS #1 (JAN 1966 - 1967)
1) Tony Crane
2) Billy Kinsley
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FRUIT EATING BEARS #1
1) Joseph Charles 'Joey' Molland guitar
2) Chris Finley keyboards
3) George Cassidy bass
4) Kenny Goodlass drums
5) Kenny Mundye drums


THE MERSEYS #2 (1967 (only for a few weeks))
1) Tony Crane
2) Billy Kinsley
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FRUIT EATING BEARS #2
1) Joey Molland
2) Chris Finley
3) Kenny Mundye
4) Dave 'Mushy' Cooper bass
5) Terry McCaster drums 


THE MERSEYS #3 (1967 - 1968) / THE CRACKERS (1968)
1) Tony Crane
2) Billy Kinsley
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FRUIT EATING BEARS #3
1) Chris Finley
2) Kenny Mundye
3) Dave Cooper
4) Terry McCaster
5) ? guitar


THE MERSEYBEATS #6 (1968 - 1969)
1) Tony Crane
2) Billy Kinsley
3) Chris Finley
4) ??????? + others unknown


THE MERSEYBEATS #7 (1969)
1) Tony Crane
2) Chris Finley
3) ??????? + others unknown


THE MERSEYBEATS #8 (1969)
1) Tony Crane
2) Billy Kinsley
3) Chris Finley
4) Trevor Leeson bass?
5) Roger Scott Craig keyboards


THE NEW MERSEYBEATS (1969 - 197?) / TONY CRANE AND THE MERSEYBEATS #1 (197? - 1974)
1) Tony Crane
2) Kenny Mundye 
3) Chris Finly
4) Trevor Leeson
5) Roger Scott Craig


TONY CRANE AND THE MERSEYBEATS #2 (1974 - 1983)
1) Tony Crane
2) Robert 'Bob' Packham vocals, bass
3) ??????? + others unknown 


TONY CRANE AND THE MERSEYBEATS #3 (1983 - 1986)
1) Tony Crane
2) Bob Packham
3) Allan Cosgrove drums
4) ??????? + others unknown


TONY CRANE AND THE MERSEYBEATS #4 (1986 - 1993)
1) Tony Crane
2) Bob Packham
3) Allan Cosgrove
4) Colin Drummond keyboards, violin
5) ???????? + others unknown


THE MERSEYBEATS #9 (1993 - 2000)
1) Tony Crane
2) Billy Kinsley
3) Bob Packham
4) Allan Cosgrove
5) Dave Goldberg keyboards, vocals


THE MERSEYBEATS #10 (2000 - 2009)
1) Tony Crane
2) Billy Kinsley
3) Bob Packham
4) Adrian Crane keyboards
5) Lou Rosenthal drums


THE MERSEYBEATS #11 (2009 - PRESENT)
1) Tony Crane
2) Billy Kinsley
3) Bob Packahm
4) Lou Rosenthal
5) Adrian Crane 
6) Chris Finley
7) Toni Baker keyboards  


2 comments:

  1. Hi,
    I recently the article on Johnny Banks by Ko Kantorowitz, one of Johnny’s friends in Israel which has prompted me to write this note.

    I moved to Israel in 1977 aged 18, and quickly was introduced by the ‘ex-pat’ community to a bar on Dizengoff St. in Tel Aviv called 'Tony’s bar'.

    It was not an easy bar to find as it was situated behind a little circle of shops. However, I became endeared to this place due to the barman, Johnny Banks. I ended up spending many, many hours in there as well as many, many Lirot (the currency back then).

    Johnny reminded me of an ‘ageing hippie’ with his long hair and beard and he called everybody ‘man’. He was one of those people in life you never forget. He had an extremely laid back approach to life, if you didn’t have money to pay for your beer “hey so what, it’s more important you have a beer. Pay me sometime, whenever”. A customer told me Johnny had played drums with the Merseybeats, but when asked, Johnny always played it down, never wanting to sing his own praises.

    I remember he very nearly got in very serious trouble once when he was having a daliance with the wife of a Scottish guy I worked on the oil rig with (he was from the Gorbels in Glasgow and told stories when he got drunk that he had been in the SAS). Never really sure how Johnny got away with that, especially after the husband found out as he was a particularly unpleasant individual.

    On one occasion Johnny told me he had had an ‘out of body experience’ in that he had nearly died one morning. He lived at the top of a (small) block of flats.
    Much of the side of his flat was glass and was opposite the beach in Tel Aviv. Johnny said he had been kept awake most of the night due to a storm. At around 06:00, he decided to get up and go for a pee. Whilst he was in the loo, the largest of his bedroom windows broke in half and blew in, cutting his bed in half. He’d been out of bed for around thirty seconds at this point. It was the only time I ever spoke to Johnny when he appeared normal like the rest of us, he was visibly shaken up.

    So many memories of Tel Aviv. I left in 1979 after living there for three years. Never contacted Johnny after that, but obviously wished I had now. He was some guy.

    Kindest regards
    Richard Routledge.

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