Mersey Beat was first published in 1960 by Bill Harry and his girlfriend (now wife) Virginia. Because of what was happening to the music scene on Merseyside in the early 1960’s and the lack of information available, Bill decided to set up his own fortnightly newspaper, devoted completely to the music of Merseyside, a kind of ‘Whats On’ of the musical events over the coming fortnight.
The newspaper became so popular, it was known as the ‘Teenagers Bible’, full of information about the groups, photographs and who was appearing and where.
This reproduction of the front page, issue date July 30th 1964 is an example of the contents and quality of the publication.
Bill has set up a web site based on his Mersey Beat newspaper (see links page) from the 60’s, well worth a visit and a ‘bookmark’