The Hideaways (band)

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The Hideaways were a pop group that flourished in the mid-1960s as part of the Merseybeat era, and played at The Cavern Club over 250 times, more frequently than The Beatles; they are also noted for their connection to the Timex Watches advertising campaign of the time. The band included Ozzie Yue, later to become a well-known actor and Frankie Connor, now a BBC Radio Merseyside DJ.


The band formed in about October 1963 by Ozzie Yue (guitar, vocals), John Shell (bass guitar) and John Donaldson (drums); Frankie Connor joined three months later, followed by Judd Lander on harmonica.[1]

In 1969, under the name of "Confucious", they released their only single ‘The Brandenburg Concerto’.[1]

Shell, American by birth, would later die in the Vietnam War aged twenty.[2] Lander would later play with Paul McCartney's Wings, provide harmonica for Culture Club's number 1 hit "Karma Chameleon"[3] and become head of music for Warner Brothers UK.[4]


  1. ^ a b "This Is Mersey Beat (3): Blues, Folk & Beatnicks" (PDF). 2002. Retrieved 2008-06-30. 
  2. ^ "Merseybeat hero lost on Vietnam’s killing fields". 2 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-30. 
  3. ^ "The Kirsty MacColl web site". Retrieved 2008-06-30. 
  4. ^ "Some of the best adverts come from our fair city". 23 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-30.