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SWINGING BLUE JEANS - AUTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: THE FOURMOST (DAVE LOVELADY), SWINGING BLUE JEANS (RAY ENNIS), SWINGING BLUE JEANS (NORMAN KUHLKE), SWINGING BLUE JEANS (RALPH ELLIS), SWINGING BLUE JEANS (LES BRAID) - HFSID 142792

THE MERSEY BEAT: SWINGING BLUE JEANS and THE FOURMOST All four members of the Blue Jeans signed this album leaf, which was signed on verso by the leader of The Fourmost. Signatures: "Bluejeans/Ray

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THE MERSEY BEAT: SWINGING BLUE JEANS and THE FOURMOST
All four members of the Blue Jeans signed this album leaf, which was signed on verso by the leader of The Fourmost.
Signatures: "Bluejeans/Ray Ennis", "Norman/Kuhlke", "Ralph/Ellis", "Les Braid", and on verso "Dave Lovelady/(4 Most)/XXX", 4½x3¾ album leaf. At the forefront of the "British Invasion" which revitalized rock music in the mid-1960s were groups from the city of Liverpool, on the Mersey River, whose sound - influenced by doo wop and rhythm and blues, was called the Mersey Beat or Mersey Sound. The most famous of these groups were, of course, The Beatles, followed by Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Searchers. However, these bands faced stiff competition for a time from other local bands trying to break out to a global audience. Among the best of these were The Swinging Blue Jeans and The Fourmost. The SWINGING BLUE JEANS had a big international hit in 1964: "Hippy, Hippy Shake," followed by successful covers of "Good Golly Miss Molly" and "You're No Good." Original members were RAY ENNIS (rhythm guitar, vocals), NORMAN KUHLKE (drums), RALPH ELLIS (lead guitar) and LES BRAID (bass, keyboard). Ennis and Ellis were the group's songwriters. These four signers were the band's members during its period of greatest popularity, 1963-1966. Ellis left the group in early 1966. Having failed - perhaps narrowly - to achieve lasting international success, the Blue Jeans soldiered on as a cabaret band into the 21st century. DAVE LOVELADY was a singer and drummer with another Merseybeat band, THE FOURMOST. The Fourmost, originally called the Four Jays, had debuted at the Cavern Club three weeks before the Beatles. The Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, also managed the Fourmost, and several of the songs recorded by the band were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. (McCartney played piano on the Fourmost's CBS recording of "Rosetta" in 1968.) Other members of the group were Brian O'Hara, Bill Hatton and Mike Millward, whose death from leukemia in 1966 blighted the band's hopes. Very popular on the club circuit, The Fourmost never made it big in record sales, although their "A Little Loving" made the UK charts in 1964. They released their only album, First and Fourmost, in 1965. While the Beatles were exploring new ground in rock music, the Swinging Blue Jeans and The Fourmost (who also lacked their own songwriter) moved in a more traditional pop direction, and failed to capture a worldwide fan base. Binding nicks at right edge. Lightly worn at corners. Otherwise, fine condition.

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