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The Escorts

The Escorts 2

Line up :

Terry Sylvester - Rhythm Guitar/Vocals

Mike Gregory - Bass Guitar/Vocals

John Kinrade - Lead Guitar

Pete Clarke - Drums

Ringo Starr arranged for The Escorts to have a residency at the Blue Angel Club (Liverpool) in 1962. The following year they entered a talent competition, the judges, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, voted them the top group out of the eighty who entered. The prize included a

television appearance and a recording contract with Decca. It later transpired Decca said the prize was only a recording test and didn’t take an option on the group. They made their recording debut on the Fontana label recording ‘Dizzy Miss Lizzie’/’All I Want Is You’ but it failed to make the charts. The groups second release, ‘The One To Cry’/’Tell Me Baby’ reached no. 49 in the charts, their third release, a version of The Drifters ‘I don’t Want To Go On Without You’ was also covered some days later by the Birmingham group The Moody Blues and it was this version which entered the charts. Terry Sylvester left the group and joined the Swinging Bluejeans, eventually moving to The Hollies, replacing Graham Nash. In 1965, The Escorts released a fourth record ‘C’mon Home Baby’ and two more where released in 1966 ‘Let It Be Me’ and ‘From Head To Toe’ (Paul McCartney played tambourine) this release also failed to make the charts . . . . the group broke up a short time later.

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Dizzy Miss Lizzie

The One To Cry

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