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London, United Kingdom (1963 – 1968)

The Liverpool Five were a rock and roll quintet that was part of the British Invasion of the 19. The five members of the band came to the United States by way of Japan in 1965.

Considering these guys weren’t from Liverpool, how logical it is to assume they were attempting to capitalize on the success of The Beatles. But according to Mike Stax’s extensive interview with the band, which is included with “The Best of The Liverpool Five,” a promoter in Germany gave them the name. Initially billed The Steve Laine Combo, the band came together in 1963 in London. The group comprised Steve Laine (lead vocals), Ken Cox (guitar and vocals), Dave Burgess (bass and vocals), Ron Henley (keyboards, sax and vocals) and Jimmy May (drums and vocals). Despite the name, none of the group members were from Liverpool; All were Londoners except Burgess, who hailed from Cumbria.

The group played in many major cities in Europe and Asia before achieving their greatest success in the United States, especially between 1965 and 1967. In Europe they recorded one album for CBS entitled Tokio International. In the United States, under contract with RCA Victor, the group released a number of singles produced by multiple Grammy award winner Al Schmitt, all of which were successful in regional markets. In 1966, their recording of “Any Way That You Want Me” would mark their only appearance on the national charts, spending one week on the Billboard Hot 100 at #98.

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  • Juunia

    These guys are amazing :)

    18 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Rockville22

    Fabulous English band deserving much more attention. Check them out on You Tube's " Nuggets from the Liverpool Five (Part 1 and 2) " and check out the three great tunes on each . Recently, Sundazed Records have remastered 18 of their RCA recordings on a cd " Best of the Liverpool Five" available from most internet vendors.

    3 Sep 2009 Reply

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