Mersey Legends group (ex Beat Legends) are a brilliant live tribute band, recreating the early sounds of 60s Merseybeat.
Yanni (guitar/vocals) is both proud and passionate about The Merseybeat sound. He was born in Liverpool in 1950 and first played at the Cavern Club in 1964 with his band The Seftons.
They went on to be very successful, recorded many singles and were very proud to be top of the bill when the Cavern re-opened in 1967. In 1997 a commemorative wall of fame was unveiled opposite The Cavern and The Seftons have their own brick in the wall alongside the names of all the bands that performed at the club. The Mersey Legends have loved being invited to play at the Mathew Street Festival for the past few years.
Merseybeat – Mersey Legends
The band may still be available for a late booking. They are based in West London, Ashford Surrey.
In 1972, Yanni found further success when he wrote and sang the theme tune to the long running TV show Candid Camera. Yanni has a wealth of experience spanning more than 40 years and contributes a genuine, reminiscent quality to the sound of The Legends.
Allen: (Bass/vocals) has enjoyed playing guitar at venues in the UK and abroad, supporting The Wurzels, The Searchers and The Fortunes to name but a few. He especially enjoyed performing at the Butlin’s Festivals in the 60s and loves working the cruise ships.
Allen began playing guitar when he was eleven years old, reaching an accomplished level of ability, evident when he made the seamless switch from rhythm to bass guitar on joining the band. He says not many bass players like the Hoffner bass but he wouldn’t want to play anything else. Allen has an impressive, creative talent and uses this to reproduce the authentic 60s sound for the band.
Dave: (Drums) Dave started playing drums at 15 going to the same tutor as Mick Avery of the Kinks. In the 60s he formed a band called the Zodiacs playing venues all over the country even performing on the Hit TV show Ready Steady Go where they supported bands including Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers.
In 1967 the band split. One member went to Australia, one to Canada. Dave stayed at home and was approached by Ray Dorset who was forming Mungo Jerry. Dave had taken another job and was pig sick when they had their big hit “ In The Summertime”. Dave says, “As they say, That’s Life.” He is now proper chuffed to be back playing in The Mersey Legends.
Graham: (Guitar and vocals) Well it would be easier to say Graham has been there done that and got the T-shirt, which is pretty true. Graham started gigging in 1970 when he was just 16. In 1979 he moved to Preston and formed the band Cavern with Gary Gibson.
No Reason To Cry
They even had a minor hit with “No Reason To Cry”. In the mid eighties Graham became a Mindbender working with Wayne Fontana where he stayed till 1987 when Eric Haydock was putting a band together to re create the hits of the Hollies.
His high harmonies were ideal. This carried on till 2004 when a new 60’s group formed to celebrate 40 years of 60’s music. The line up was Mick Avery (Kinks), Chip Hawks (Tremeloes), Eric Haydock (The Hollies), Telecaster Ted Tomlin (Love Affair) and of course Graham. So as you can see Graham will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge and says he is looking forward to playing the 60’s stuff as it should be done.
The Mersey Legends group have enjoyed being invited to perform at International Beatles Week for the past few years. Each band member contributes many years of experience and professionalism and the band continues to impress and is always in demand.
You will find further information about this band on the Spot On Entertainment website.
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