The Dennisons

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The Dennisons
Origin Liverpool, England
Genres Pop, beat
Years active 1961–1967
(reunion: 1991)
Labels Decca
Past members Clive Hornby
Steve McLaren
Ray Scragg
Eddie Parry
Alan Willis
Terry Carson

The Dennisons were an English Merseybeat band, that emerged from the Liverpool scene in the early 1960s.[1] Despite their background, and a couple of minor hit singles, they failed to achieve more than a local following and were unable to find a footing on the British Invasion. However, in 1963, Bob Wooler stated that "The Dennisons have created the biggest impact in Liverpool since the Beatles".[2] The band's drummer, Clive Hornby, later became the actor best-known for portraying Jack Sugden in British soap opera Emmerdale.


The Dennisons were formed in 1961,[3] at Liverpool Collegiate and took their name from a Liverpool street.[4]

They were inspired by another early Merseybeat band The Ravens, who later became Faron's Flamingos. The Dennisons advanced from learning the Ravens' chord patterns, to building a local reputation at the BICC club in Melling, Liverpool. They signed with Kennedy Street Enterprises in 1963, which ensured that they appeared at The Cavern Club, sharing bills with other aspiring acts such as The Beatles.[1] Their original bass guitarist, Alan Willis, was then replaced by Terry Carson.[4]

Their debut single was "Be My Girl" (1963), written by group members Steve McLaren and Eddie Parry.[1][5] "Be My Girl", released by Decca Records reached number 46 in the UK Singles Chart in August 1963.[6] Offered the opportunity to record Lennon–McCartney's "All My Loving", they declined and lost the potential momentum to make a bigger impact on the burgeoning Merseybeat scene.[1] Their next release was a cover version of Rufus Thomas' "Walking the Dog", with the B-side "You Don't Know What Love Is", written by Ben E. King.[7] It was released in May 1964, and peaked at number 36 in the UK chart.[6] The Dennisons final single release was "Nobody Like Me Baby", in November 1964.

Other tracks they recorded included "Little Latin Lupe Lu",[8] "Devoted to You",[9] "You Better Move On",[10] "Lucy (You Sure Did It This Time)",[11] "My Girl"[12] and "Tutti Frutti".[13] Their lead singer, Eddie Parry, left the group in 1965.[4] The Dennisons continued as a four piece before disbanding in 1967.[1]

1n 1991, they reunited to perform at a memorial concert for Terry Carson. Former drummer Clive Hornby[14] recorded a solo album, This Is Your Life in 1997, which included musical contributions from fellow former Dennisons, Steve McLaren and Ray Scragg. Scragg's death from throat cancer in February 2001 ended all final attempts to relive former days.[1][15]


  • Clive Hornby – drums (1961-1967; died 2008)[16][17]
  • Steve McLaren – lead guitar, backing vocals (1961–1967; died 2007)[4]
  • Ray Scragg – rhythm guitar, lead vocals (1961-1967; died 2001)[15]
  • Eddie Parry – lead vocals (1961-1965; died 1995)[18]
  • Alan Willis – bass (1961-1962; died 1991)[3]
  • Terry "Tex" Carson – bass (1962-1967; died 1991)[19]

See also[edit]



Year Title UK Singles Chart[6]
1963 "Be My Girl"[5] 46
1964 "Walking the Dog"[7] 36
"Nobody Like My Babe"[4] -


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  2. ^ "Dennisons, The Discography at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  3. ^ a b "Bill Harry's Sixties - articles from the creator of iconic 60s music paper Mersey Beat". Sixties City. Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "The Dennisons Story". Retrieved 2014-04-07. 
  5. ^ a b "Images for Dennisons, The - Be My Girl". Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  6. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 150. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  7. ^ a b "Dennisons, The - Walking The Dog (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  8. ^ "Dennisons, The - Be My Girl (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  9. ^ "Various - At The Cavern (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  10. ^ "Various - At The Cavern at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  11. ^ "Various - Liverpool 1963-1964 Volume Two (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  12. ^ "Various - Mersey Sounds (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  13. ^ "Various - Unearthed Merseybeat Vol.1 - From The Birth Of Merseybeat To Psychedelia 1957-1968 (CD) at Discogs". Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  14. ^ "The Beatles were just one of over 300 bands in 1960 - The Dennisons". Liverpool Beat. Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  15. ^ a b Doc Rock. "The Dead Rock Stars Club 2001". Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  16. ^ "Clive Hornby has died". ITV. 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  17. ^ Blackburn, Jen (4 July 2008). "Emmerdale star Clive Hornby has died at the age of 63". The Sun (London). Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  18. ^ Doc Rock. "The Dead Rock Stars Club 1994 - 1995". Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  19. ^ Doc Rock. "The Dead Rock Stars Club 1990 - 1991". Retrieved 2013-02-07. 

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