appeared at the ‘Star Club’ and proved so popular, were offered a residency. Drummer Dave Lovelady had taken time off from his architectural studies to appear for the short season but couldn’t remain for the residency. Ted offered Ringo Starr £20 a week to take over from Dave and Ringo accepted, a couple of days later Ringo wrote and said he had been offered £25 a week to join The Beatles and had accepted the offer, Brian Redman eventually replaced Dave on drums.
‘Kingsize’ was one of the best vocalists to come out of the ‘Mersey Scene’, the group had a strong repertoire of obscure but brilliant American rock ‘n’ roll songs Ted had somehow managed to find. The group spent a lot of time in Germany performing in Hamburg, Kiel and Berlin, a decision they felt (some years later) caused them to miss out on the Mersey Beat boom. When they did return to the UK to appear on a Chuck Berry Tour in 1964, they made an appearance on the popular television show ‘Ready, Steady, Go!’ performing ‘Stupidity’, a single released by Decca, which reached the No.1 spot in Germany. After a ‘trivial quarrel’, about which no-one can remember, The Dominoes split from ‘Kingsize’.
Ted Taylor had a very distinctive voice, his group were among the best to emerge from Liverpool and were superior to many of the groups who had found recording success in the ‘sixties’