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Merseybeat Nostalgia

Sonny Webb and the Cascades

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Final Line up

This photograph was used for the ‘This Is Merseybeat’ Album

Left to right:

Joe Butler - Base Guitar

Frank Wan - Lead Guitar

Sonny (Kenny Johnson) Webb - Guitar/Vocals

Noddy Redman - Drums

Lead singer Kenny Johnson to his name from country singers Sonny James and Webb Pierce. Their repertoire included the country hits ‘Who Shot Sam?’, ‘Border Of The Blues’ and ‘You’ve Got Everything’, and, although not a soft and gentle country band, they brought the natural environment of Liverpool to Nashville music, it must have worked as they had a big following from both beat music and country music fans. In 1964, they changed their name to The Hillsiders and started playing the type of music they liked, contemporary country and western and became the top country band in the UK, winning polls and awards all over Europe.

KennyJohnson left in 1976 to join Northwind and continued to perform into the 1990’s.

Press ‘Play Button’ on the player to listen to the original recordings.

Who Shot Sam?

The Cascades - Studio Photograph

Sonny Webb Cascades 3

You’ve Got Everything

The Hillsiders

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Many thanks to Joe Butler for the photographs

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