I suppose the earliest form of musical instrument was the drum. Not used so much
to make music; the beating of a drum (or hollow log) was more as a form of signalling
Yes - when you think about it, broadcasting has been around from the dawn of man
and it continues today in more modern forms. Digital streams like Connection Radio
broadcasting from Liverpool.
As a port, Liverpool had it’s share of seamen singing sea shanties but the music
boom of Merseybeat was also attributed with the city’s connections to the sea.
Many a sailor returning from the Americas brought home the latest records and those
early 1950’s American Rock n’ Rollers like Buddy Holly were first heard in homes
Many a teenager with guitar in hand copied the sound (and style), and so that distinctive
Sound from Merseyside was born.
Gerry Marsden, The Searchers, Rory Storm, Billy Fury, etc all styled themselves on
this new “beat” sound and it wasn’t long before a young John Lennon sang live in
Woolton with his school band “The Quarrymen”. It is said that there were over 350
Liverpool bands in the 1960’s!
That Merseybeat boom struck a chord with the new pop radio stations who thrived on
broadcasting the latest upbeat singles released by Parlophone, EMI, Decca, etc.
Those artists from that Merseybeat era got great exposure on radio and their success
changed the history of music.
“MerseyBeat” = River Mersey - the hard rhythmic beat of a drum.
Now playing on Liverpool’s Connection Radio UK. You see, it’s all connected!