The Mersey Legends are one of the UK’s top 60’s tribute bands specializing in performing authentic musical arrangements of the early sixties Merseybeat era. They have appeared at the International Beatle Week music festival 7 times and can be seen at a large number of 60’s events across the UK.
Yanni (Guitar/Vocals) is both proud and passionate about The Merseybeat sound. He was born in Liverpool in 1950 and first played at the Cavern Club in 1964 with his band ‘The Seftons’. They went on to be very successful and recorded many singles and were very proud to be top of the bill when the Cavern re-opened in 1967. In 1997, a commemorative wall of fame was unveiled opposite The Cavern and ‘The Seftons’ have their own brick in the wall alongside the names of all the bands that performed at the club. In 1972, Yanni found further success when he wrote and sang the theme tune to the long running TV show ‘Candid Camera’. Yanni has a wealth of experience spanning more than 40 years and contributes a genuine, reminiscent quality to the sound of The Mersey Legends show.
Allen (Bass/Vocals) has enjoyed playing guitar at venues in the UK and abroad, supporting ‘The Wurzels’, ‘The Searchers’ and ‘The Fortunes’ to name but a few. He especially enjoyed performing at Butlin’s 60’s theme weekends and loves working on cruise ships. Allen began playing guitar when he was eleven years old, reaching an accomplished level of ability, evident when he made the seamless switch from guitar to bass guitar when he joined the band. He says not many bass players like the Hofner bass but he wouldn’t want to play anything else. Allen has an impressive, creative talent and uses this to reproduce the authentic sixties sound for the band.
Dave (Drums) started playing drums at 15 going to the same tutor as Mick Avery of ‘The Kinks’. In the 60’s he formed a band called ‘The Zodiacs’ playing venues all over the country even performing on the Hit TV show ‘Ready Steady Go’ and they supported numerous bands including ‘Cliff Bennet and the Rebel Rousers’. In 1967, the band split with one member going to Australia and one to Canada. Dave stayed in the UK and was approached by Ray Dorset who was forming ‘Mungo Jerry’ but Dave had taken another job. He was really upset when they later had their big hit: ‘In the Summertime’. Dave just says “that’s life” and he is now happy to be back playing in The Mersey Legends.
Keith (Guitar/Vocals) grew up on a diet of 60’s Mersey and Brum Beat music and counts John Lennon as his single biggest musical influence. In the 60’s and 70’s Keith learned his musical trade singing and playing guitar in a number of covers bands including: ‘Rum & Butter’ and ‘Cartoon’ playing the clubs and army bases around the country. During this period ‘Rum Butter’ played a residency with Billy Fury and played support to a number of artists such as: ‘Black Sabbath’, ‘The Troggs’, ‘Tony Christie’ and ‘McGuinness Flint’.
The band constantly update their repertoire, the following list is intended as a guide only.
From Me To You, Twist & Shout, Can’t Buy Me Love, Eight Days a Week, A Hard Day’s Night, I Feel Fine, Please Please Me, I Should Have Known Better, I Saw Her Standing There, All My Loving
Sweets For My Sweet, Needles & Pins, Sugar & Spice, Every Time That You Walk In The Room
Gerry & The Pacemakers
You’ll Never Walk Alone, I Like It, Ferry Cross The Mersey, I’m The One
Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas
Bad To Me, Do You Want To Know a Secret
Freddie & The Dreamers (I’m Telling You Now)
I Think of You (The Merseybeats)
Hippy Hippy Shake (Swingin’ Blue Jeans)
A Little Lovin (The Fourmost)
Stand By Me (Ben E. King)
Hang On Sloopy (The McCoys)
All Shook Up (Elvis Presley)
“We were in Western-Super-Mare on the 14th May staying at the Atlantic Park Hotel. My husband and I saw ‘The Mersey Legends’ who were doing a gig there. We really enjoyed them, it was a really good night, we will certainly go to see them again” – Irene Alexander