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The Fourmost

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Lead guitarist / singer Brian O’ Hara and bass guitarist / singer Billy Hatton, friends since Grammar school, formed The Blue Jays in 1958. The group changed their name to the Four Jays, and made their debut at the Cavern Club on March 1, 1961, nearly three weeks before The Beatles. Rhythm guitarist / singer Mike Millward joined the Four Jays in November 1961, followed by the drummer / singer Dave Lovelady in September 1962. In the summer of 1963, the group — now called The Fourmost — signed a management contract with Brian Epstein. This led to their being auditioned by George Martin and signed to EMI’s Parlophone record label.

With Epstein as their manager, The Fourmost (like Cilla Black, Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas, Peter and Gordon, and Tommy Quickly) had access to early Lennon-McCartney compositions which were typically felt to be unsuitable for The Beatles themselves to record. The Fourmost’s first two singles were written by John Lennon. “Hello Little Girl”, one of the earliest Lennon songs (dating back to 1957), and reportedly written while Lennon was “on the toilet”, was released on August 30, 1963. Their fine follow-up single, “I’m In Love”, was released on November 15, 1963, and sounded remarkably Beatlesque at the time. It was also notable as one of the earliest Beatles penned songs to be released in the United States but, like the group’s other singles, it failed to chart there.

Their biggest hit followed. “A Little Lovin”, written by Russ Alquist, reached Number 6 in the UK in mid 1964.

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  • britishboy1976

    For anyone who is interested, EMI release on 23 April 2012 'Completely Cilla: 1963-1973' - a 5CD boxset of material by the British pop singer Cilla Black who began her career alongside The Beatles in Liverpool during the 1960s. Cilla went on to chart 18 Top 40 singles during that decade and toured across the world with many of the other sixties greats. The new set contains 139 recordings all produced by George Martin (the man behind The Beatles' hits) and comes with a bonus Region 0 / NTSC DVD of many previously unreleased BBC TV music performances.

    19 Apr 2012 Reply
  • davidgeorgea

    Well this is a great little number , which just lifts your spirit up

    22 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Cpt_Kangaroo

    One of the best groups of british invasion,not Beatles equal of course,but anyway we all like them for their jolly merseybeat)))

    20 Aug 2009 Reply
  • CaptureTheCat

    worst track i've ever heard...

    8 Mar 2009 Reply
  • philkentbass

    Great stuff. Another of the good bands to come out of the sixties.

    10 Jan 2009 Reply
  • VeraFera

    Lovely songs:)

    14 Jul 2008 Reply
  • lennonka1996

    cool band! they could be like the beatles!

    18 May 2008 Reply

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