List of bands and artists from Merseyside

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This is a list of notable bands and artists from Merseyside, North West England. For at least fifty years, the area has had a thriving pop and rock music scene, particularly since The Beatles popularised Merseybeat.

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  • Jim McCarty: best known as the drummer for The Yardbirds and Renaissance.
  • Holly Johnson: Former lead singer of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, had solo hits in the late 1980s
  • Simon Jones is an English bass player. He played bass and provided occasional backing vocals for the English band The Verve.

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  • Kling Klang: Experimental rock band using lots of monophonic synthesizers, drums and guitars
  • Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas: Performed as 'Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas' and billed as a Merseybeat band when under Brian Epstein's management in the 1960s

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  • Marseille: 1970s heavy metal band from Liverpool, featuring television celebrity Neil Buchanan
  • Marsha Ambrosius: Singer-songwriter, former member of the soul/R&B duo Floetry, she released her first solo album Late Nights & Early Mornings in 2011. Her debut album topped the Billboard R&B chart. Has been nominated for Grammy Awards
  • The Maybes?: Band active since 2001
  • George Melly: Jazz musician, writer and expert on surrealist art.
  • The Mekano Set: Alternative Electro Post-Punk collective formed 2007
  • The Merseybeats
  • Miles Kane: Musician originally from the Wirral, best known as the co-frontman of The Last Shadow Puppets and former frontman of The Rascals. Formerly the vocalist and lead guitarist for The Rascals, but announced the band's break-up in August 2009. Currently pursuing a solo career, and continues to be part of his side-project, The Last Shadow Puppets. His debut solo album, Colour of the Trap, was released in May 2011
  • Ministry of Love: Early to mid 1980s band. Recorded a 4 track EP with Moonlight Records called Burning and Looting. John Mcglone Rhythm guitar lead vocals, Muhammad Khalil aka Eugene Redman Lange, Vocals, occasionally drums on the odd track when Mark played guitar, and congas, Levi Tafari, Dub poetry and percussion, Hilary Sunnyside, Vocal, Tony Pearse, trumpet, Paul Thomas, alto sax, Merlin Shepard, tenor & soprano sax, Jay Caldwell Bass, Mark Parry drums,& lead guitar on some tunes, Philly Fowler rhythm guitar.
  • Modern Eon: Post-punk band active 1978–1981
  • Mojo Pin: Band active since 2010
  • The Mojos
  • Nick McCabe is an English musician best known as the lead guitarist of The Verve.

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  • Oduduwa. Pan African Ensemble. Muhammad Khalil aka Eugene Redman Lange - Vocals and percussion; Levi Tafari - Dub poetry and percussion; Jennifer backing vocals, Tony Pearse - trumpet; Paul Thomas - alto sax; Lloyd Masset - bass; Karl John - congas.
  • Ooberman: Indie pop band (late 1990s–2007)
  • The Open: 5-piece indie band (2003–2006)
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: (aka OMD) Globally successful new wave/electronic band from Wirral
  • Our Kid: 1970s boy band whose hit "You Just Might See Me Cry" went Top 5 in the UK Singles Chart

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  • The Rascals: 2000s band from Hoylake (The Wirral)
  • The Real People: Proto-Britpop band from the early 1990s
  • The Real Thing: Soul band who sang the 1970s classic "You To Me Are Everything"
  • Red Flag: Liverpool-born and US-raised synthpop duo
  • The Reynolds Girls: 1980s vocal duo signed to PWL
  • The Room: Critically acclaimed (by John Peel and others) band from Liverpool, signed to Virgin 10, released three albums and several singles, one produced by Tom Verlaine, between 1980 and 1985
  • River City People: a folk rock quartet formed in Liverpool in 1986 by vocalist Siobhan Maher, guitarist Tim Speed, his drummer brother Paul Speed and bassist Dave Snell
  • Rooney: Released three albums from 1998 to 2000 and recorded a Radio 1 John Peel session in 1999
  • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • The Runaways: UK band of the mid-1960s, better known as Bill Kenwright and the Runaways
  • Sir Simon Rattle OM CBE is an English conductor. He rose to international prominence during the 1980s and 1990s as conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and since 2002 has been principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic (BPO).

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  • The Scaffold: 1960s group featuring Mike McGear, Roger McGough and John Gorman. Had a number 1 with "Lily the Pink", and other hits with "Thank You Very Much", "Do You Remember?" and "mGin Gan Goolie" in the 1960s and "Liverpool Lou" in the 1970s
  • The Seal Cub Clubbing Club: Current post-punk band often compared to the likes of The Fall and Radiohead
  • The Searchers: 1960s Merseybeat group. No. 1 hits include "Sweets For My Sweet", "Needles and Pins" and "Don't Throw Your Love Away"
  • Shack: Cult band led by Mick Head, formerly of The Pale Fountains. Influential on Britpop bands such as Oasis Noel Gallagher repaid the debt by signing them to his record label
  • Short Sharp Shock: Crossover hardcore/thrash band from Wirral
  • Skinny: 1995 to 1998 indie pop band later known as Monochrome
  • Smaller: Mid-1990s indie band featuring Digsy of Oasis fame
  • Sonia: Pop singer from the PWL stable. Born in Skem but mostly associated with Liverpool
  • Space: 1990s indie band best known for "Female of the Species" and their six other Top 20 hit singles.
  • The Spinners Liverpool folk band
  • The Stands: 2000s rock & roll band led by songwriter Howie Payne. Split in 2006
  • Rory Storm and the Hurricanes: Merseybeat group
  • Supercharge: 1970s funk/rock band, led by Albie Donnelly and featuring Ozzie Yue
  • The Swinging Blue Jeans: 1960s Merseybeat group. Top 3 hits include "Hippy Hippy Shake" and "You're No Good"
  • Terry Sylvester was the English guitarist/singer with The Escorts, The Swinging Blue Jeans (1966–69) and The Hollies. In the latter guise, he took on the high parts formerly sung by Graham Nash, who had left the band in December 1968.

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  • Ultrabeat are a British electronic music group from Liverpool, consisting of producer and vocalist Mike Di Scala and producers Ian Redman and Chris Henry.
  • The Undertakers: 1960s Merseybeat group, launchpad for the careers of Jackie Lomax (bass guitar), Chris Huston (lead guitar), Geoff Nugent (rhythm guitar), Brian Jones (tenor saxophone, member of the Glitter band) and Brian (Bugs) Pemberton (drums). Today's members are Brian Jones, Geoff Nugent, Bill Good and Jimmy O'Brien (formerly New Image and Rockin Horse). Lomax rejoins the band when he is home in Liverpool

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  • Frankie Vaughan was an English singer of traditional pop music who issued more than 80 singles in his lifetime. He was known as "Mr. Moonlight" after one of his early hits.
  • The Vernons Girls were an English musical ensemble of female vocalists.

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  • Wah!: Pete Wylie vehicle, variously known as Wah! Heat and The Mighty Wah!
  • Wave Machines: Indie band (2007–present)
  • The Wild Swans: Post-punk/new wave band
  • Where's the Beach: Techno band who recorded three John Peel sessions and had Single Of The Week in NME for their third single "Sex Slave Zombie".
  • The Wombats: Pop punk/power pop three piece consisting of Matthew Murphy, Tord Overland Knudsen and Daniel Haggis from the Paul McCartney's LIPA
  • Kathryn Williams released her first album, Dog Leap Stairs on her own Caw Records label in 1999 with a budget of £80. The follow-up, Little Black Numbers, garnered a Mercury Prize nomination in 2000, bringing her to the attention of a wider public.

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