The Merseys was a British singing duo, that was left when the band The Merseybeats in 1966 fell apart. The duo consisted of Tony Crane and Billy Kinsley. They played guitar, bass guitar respectively at The The Merseybeats, but if they only sang The Merseys. They kept the managers who had already The Merseybeats: Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp, who is also The Who manager.


[hide]*1 Career


Their first single In april 1966 brought Sorrow from The Merseys. The song was originally the back of Fever of the American pop group The McCoys. Two versions of the song were included. In the first version The Merseys were accompanied by four bijschnabbelende musicians: Jimmy Page (The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelinlater), John Paul Jones (later also Led Zeppelin), Jack Bruce (then with Manfred Mann, shortly afterwards at Cream) and Clem Cattini (formerly of The Tornados, then a much-in-demand session drummer). Fontana Records, the record company, was not satisfied. The guidance was too skinny; There heard abig band behind. And so, the song was re-recorded with a big band. That version came on the market. [1]

The first plate of The Merseys became a large success. The song reached the fourth place in the British charts. Also in the Netherlands was a modest hit (highest number 23). In 1973, the number in the version ofDavid Bowie a hit again.

All following plates by The Merseys went not reach the UK chart, also So Sad About Us, written by Pete Townshend of The Who. However, they remained in demand for gigs, where they usually were accompanied by a group called The Fruit Eating Bears.

The Merseys are still been in conversation with John Lennon about recording his number I'll Be Back. John wanted as producer, but the problem that with his Beatles sat at another record label, proved to be insurmountable. [1]

In 1968 Crane and Kinsley went apart, all together a year later they went into the studio to make a plate, which under the pseudonym The Crackers was put on the market. Also those plate, Honey Do, took it not.

Tony Crane formed a private group, Tony Crane and The Merseybeats. Billy Kinsley did the same with Liverpool Express. This latter group had two hits in the lower regions of the British hit parade. Crane and Kinsley came back together In 1993 in the resurrected The Merseybeats group.



  • april 1966: Sorrow/Some Other Day
  • July 1966: So Sad About Us/Love Will Continue
  • november 1966: Rhythm of Love/Is it Love
  • June 1967: The Cat/Change of Heart
  • March 1968: Penny in My Pocket/I Hope you're Happy
  • July 1968: Lovely Loretta/Dreaming

Under the pseudonym The Crackers:

  • January 1969: Honey Do/It Happens All the Time


  • december 1966: Rhythm of Love:
    • Rhythm of LoveIs it LoveSo Sad About UsSorrow

Compilation cd[Edit]Edit

  • 2005: Merseys, The A & B Sides, Rarities & More: 1964-1968[2]
    • SorrowSome Other DaySo Sad About UsLove will ContinueRhythm of LoveIs It LoveThe CatChange of HeartPenny in My PocketI Hope you're HappyLovely LorettaDreamingHoney DoIt Happens All the Timeit's a CrimeI've Never Been So Much in LoveJust to Be With YouSweet DayTake Me For a Little WhileMake Me Your Number OneBumper to BumperScrape to My BoatAlright BabyLove You All Over AgainCool ItMark of Her HeadHello MemoriesPretend


  • Chris May and Tim Phillips, British Beat, Sociopack Publications, London, [1974], p. 1. 13
  • Spencer Leigh, Inlay at the lp Beat & Ballads of the Merseybeats (1982)


  1. ↑ Up to:(a) b interviews with Crane and Kinsley on the inlay at the lp Beat & Ballads.
  2. Up Only the first 14 tracks on this cd are by The Merseys. The rest is material from other former members of The Merseybeats, like Johnny Gustafson, or of one or other guidance group of The Merseys.

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