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. Judd Lander (Harmonica / Vocals) later to become a well-known London session musician who performed on Spice Girls & Culture Clubs worldwide No1 hits, along with performances on Paul Mc Cartney Annie Lennox Beach Boys and a host of other major artists albums, Lander became a director at various major record labels working closely with artists such as Michael Jackson ABBA The Ramones Run DMC Salt & Pepper and instrumental in the breaking of Meat Loaf's muslrti platinum album 'Bat Out Of Hell' - now heads his own PR agency Lander PR Ltd. As a group, The Hideaways now hold the official world record for over 300 Cavern performances in both old and new venues, and still perform annually at the Cavern Club.


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 "Confucius", 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]


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  2. ^ "Merseybeat hero lost on Vietnam's killing fields". 2 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-30.
  3. ^ "The Kirsty MacColl web site". Archived from the original on 2009-09-21. Retrieved 2008-06-30.
  4. ^ "Some of the best adverts come from our fair city". 23 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-30.