Mersey beat

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Mersey Beat was a music magazine published by Bill Harry since 1961 that covered the music scene in Liverpool in the early 1960s . The name was later used as a synonym for this music scene, which was originally referred to as Liverpool Sound or Mersey Sound .

The name Mersey Beat (sometimes written in one word, Merseybeat ) goes back on the one hand to the River Mersey (ˈmɜ: zi) on which the city of Liverpool lies, while Beat stands for both the heartbeat and the beat of the music. Harry himself explained the title of the magazine as follows: Distribution area could be "a policemans beat", the district of a patrol officer.

In the late 1950s, Liverpool developed into a second, independent London center for popular music in Great Britain . The basis of this development were the numerous dance halls in which countless local bands played.

The Mersey Beat (for bands from Liverpool next to the River Mersey), also known as Mersey Sound , like the Brumbeat (for bands from Birmingham) etc., is to be added to the beat music, i.e. a pop music genre that developed in the early sixties had formed in Britain.

The typical Mersey sound had its roots in skiffle , R&B and rock 'n' roll . Representatives of this music include the Beatles , Gerry & the Pacemakers , the Searchers , the Merseybeats , the Swinging Blue Jeans , Rory Storm & the Hurricanes , Cilla Black , Billy Fury , Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas , Peter & Gordon and the Liverbirds , one of the first female-only rock bands.

The main time of the Mersey Sound is the period 1958 to 1964, although the genre only became known nationwide and commercially successful from 1963 with the first Beatles single, which reached number 1 in the charts, Please Please Me . After that, London took back sole control of the British music market. But there were also several well-known bands and performers from Liverpool later, including Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark .


  • Merseybeat is also the name of a BBC television series.
  • The Merseybeats were one of the Mersey Sound's popular bands .

Web links

Commons : Mersey Beat  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Bill Harry: Encyclopedia of Beatles' People . London 1997