Liverpool Sounds: 75 Classics From The Singing City

Various Artists
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FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 14 Aug 2015

Featured in Reissues Extra, September 2015, MOJO | Featured in Oldies Collector, September 2015, Record Collector

Featured on Sounds of the 60s, October 2015, BBC Radio 2 | Featured on The Billy Butler Show, BBC Radio Merseyside

"For students of pop history and collectors of soul covers the album is a treasure trove. Nostalgia never sounded so good..." Soul & Jazz & Funk

"...this intelligently compiled 3CD, 75 song set nevertheless steers clear of becoming another Merseybeat​ compilation by drawing the bulk of it's tracks from the pre-Beatles era...and there's an excellent and informative booklet annotated by local broadcaster and journalist Spencer Leigh" Music Week


CAT No: FVTD222UPC TEXT: 5055311002224

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As you drive into Liverpool you will see a sign “Liverpool – Home Of The Beatles”, which is absolutely true, but the city’s contribution to popular music is far greater than that, covering the years before the Beatles, the Beatle years themselves, and more recent times. The Wall of Fame in Mathew Street salutes Liverpool’s number 1 hit-makers and there is plenty of space for further additions. Compiled and annotated by author and BBC Radio Merseyside broadcaster Spencer Leigh, Liverpool Sounds: 75 Classics From The Singing City presents 75 tracks which, by and large, relate to the pre-Beatles area. There are great songs, great comedy and great performances, and every track is here for a reason. There are many hit singles and several number 1s. Even if the Beatles had been born elsewhere, the city would still have made an enormous contribution to modern popular music. From Lita Roza’s (How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window (1953) to the Hillsborough Justice Collective’s He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother (2012), there have been 56 Number 1’s from Liverpool.

The earliest tracks on Liverpool Sounds are from the late Thirties, by Dingle-born comedian Arthur Askey; the most recent are 1965 beat recordings made at the Cavern club’s Cavern Sound recording studio. In between you will hear jazz performed by the Merseysippi Jazz Band and George Melly, folk courtesy of Stan Kelly and The Spinners (including the traditional Johnny Todd, the tune of which is familiar as the theme to the long-running Merseyside-based police TV drama series Z-Cars), and pre-rock era popular vocalists like Frankie Vaughan, Lita Roza, Michael Holliday and comedian Ken Dodd. Other popular local sons of Liverpool include rockers Billy Fury and King Size Taylor & The Dominoes, and, inevitably, The Beatles (here in their own right and with Tony Sheridan) as well as beat group contemporaries Gerry & The Pacemakers (archival recordings from 1961) and Howie Casey & The Seniors. As a bonus, you can hear Johnny Gentle (who was backed by the Beatles on a 1960 Scottish tour) reminiscing on John Lennon’s hand in creating his song I’ve Just Fallen For Someone.



  1. Love Me Do (The Beatles)
  2. Give Me The Moonlight Give Me The Girl (Frankie Vaughan)
  3. Halfway To Paradise (Billy Fury)
  4. Lover Please (The Vernons Girls)
  5. We Will Make Love (Russ Hamilton)
  6. The Story Of My Life (Michael Holliday)
  7. Love Is Like A Violin (Ken Dodd)
  8. Be Mine (Lance Fortune)
  9. Whip Jamboree (The Spinners)
  10. Last Night Was Made For Love (Billy Fury)
  11. Starry Eyed (Michael Holliday)
  12. Hey There (Lita Roza)
  13. The Boll Weevil Song (Wailin’ Howie Casey and The Seniors)
  14. Chicago Buzz (The Merseysippi Jazz Band)
  15. Frankie And Johnny (George Melly)
  16. Get Out And Get Under (Clinton Ford with The Merseysippi Jazz Band)
  17. Never On Sunday (Lyn Cornell)
  18. Theme From Danger Man (Red Price Combo)
  19. Allentown Jail (Lita Roza)
  20. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On (Gerry and The Pacemakers)
  21. Angela Jones (Michael Cox)
  22. The Rose Tattoo (Michael Holliday)
  23. Make Me A Miracle (Mal Perry)
  24. Daddy Rolling Stone (Earl Preston’s Realms)
  25. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning (Lita Roza)


  1. Wondrous Place (Billy Fury)
  2. The Garden Of Eden (Frankie Vaughan)
  3. You Know What I Mean (The Vernons Girls)
  4. My Bonnie (Tony Sheridan and The Beat Brothers aka The Beatles)
  5. Cry For A Shadow (The Beat Brothers aka The Beatles)
  6. Wrong (The Crescents)
  7. I Ain’t Mad At You (Howie Casey and The Seniors with Derry Wilkie)
  8. Roll Over Beethoven (King Size Taylor and The Dominoes)
  9. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine (Frankie Vaughan)
  10. Pianissimo (Ken Dodd)
  11. It Might As Well Rain Until September (The De Laine Sisters)
  12. The Champion Of The Seas (The Spinners)
  13. Trains And Boats And Planes (Michael Allen)
  14. Jealousy (Billy Fury)
  15. Oh By Jingo (Clinton Ford with The Merseysippi Jazz Band)
  16. After You’ve Gone (George Melly with Mick Mulligan’s Magnolia Jazz Band)
  17. Johnny Todd (The Spinners)
  18. Young At Heart (Alma Warren)
  19. (How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window (Lita Roza)
  20. The Bee Song (Arthur Askey)
  21. The Runaway Train (Michael Holliday)
  22. The Sneeze (Red Price)
  23. Swinging In The Rain (Norman Vaughan)
  24. Four Feather Falls (Michael Holliday)
  25. Little One (Russ Hamilton)


  1. The Green Door (Frankie Vaughan)
  2. The Loco-motion (The Vernons Girls)
  3. What’d I Say (Gerry and The Pacemakers)
  4. This Love I Have For You (Lance Fortune)
  5. I’d Never Find Another You (Billy Fury)
  6. Tower Of Strength (Frankie Vaughan)
  7. Have A Bit Of Pity On The Crooner (Arthur Askey)
  8. Dear Hearts And Gentle People (Michael Holliday)
  9. The Man In The Raincoat (Lita Roza)
  10. Rainbow (Russ Hamilton)
  11. Collette (Billy Fury)
  12. Fury’s Tune (Billy Fury)
  13. Baby, Baby, Baby (The Crescents)
  14. That’s When Your Heartaches Begin (Mal Perry)
  15. Sweet Little Sixteen (Michael Cox)
  16. The Sweet Life (La Dolce Vita) (Lyn Cornell)
  17. Greedy Landlord (Stan Kelly with Leon Rosselson)
  18. Gonna Find Me A Bluebird (Russ Hamilton)
  19. Keep Your Heart (Michael Holliday)
  20. Stealin’ (Alma Warren)
  21. Incurably Romantic (Frankie Vaughan and Marilyn Monroe)
  22. Funny All Over (The Vernons Girls)
  23. Wendy (Johnny Gentle)
  24. Talks About Writing I’ve Just Fallen For Someone (Johnny Gentle)
  25. I’ve Just Fallen For Someone (Darren Young)
  26. PS I Love You (The Beatles)