summer Scott Wheeler, a native of
, will be participating in his 21st
Liverpool Beatles convention since 1989 and in his 12th
Mathew Street Festival since its inauguration in 1993. During the
last two weeks of August he will perform four shows in the Cavern
Club and two in the Cavern Pub, along with a live appearance on
BBC Radio Merseyside and another dozen shows at a variety of
venues all over Merseyside. Scott specializes in the British
Invasion sound of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The
Searchers, along with hits by a variety of other top artists,
including Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, and U2.
will be supported onstage by
’s top rockabilly band,
, plus two very special guests: Scott’s longtime friends and
performing partners Len Garry and John Duff Lowe of John
Lennon’s reunited, pre-Beatles skiffle band, The Quarrymen. (In
1958 Duff Lowe played piano accompaniment to John, Paul and George
on The Quarrymen’s first recordings, “That’ll Be The Day”
and “In Spite Of All The Danger,” both of which can be heard
on Volume 1 of The Beatles’ “Anthology” CD.)
year Scott will also be promoting his first book, “Charlie
Lennon: Uncle To A Beatle” (432 pages, 585 photographs),
published by Outskirts Press in
. Scott and Charlie were friends and performing partners for 13
years prior to Charlie’s death in 2002. The book, which will be
on sale at bookstores all over Merseyside and at Scott’s shows,
provides a unique, fascinating look into John Lennon’s Liverpool
roots and a vivid portrait of John’s remarkable Uncle Charlie,
who is lovingly remembered by thousands of John’s fans from all
over the world who met Charlie at Liverpool’s annual Beatle
conventions over the years. World-renowned Beatles expert Mark
Lewisohn has called Scott’s book “mind-blowing.” (For more
information on the book, visit the dedicated website at
“crown jewels” of Scott’s book are a selection of rare
Lennon family photos from Charlie’s personal collection that
have never before been published, including the only known
photograph of John’s Irish grandfather, John “Jack” Lennon
(1885?-1921), who achieved fame in the USA as a Kentucky Minstrel
singer and dancer before returning to Liverpool and raising a
Lennon: Uncle To A Beatle” also includes a great deal of
background history on Merseybeat, the history of the Cavern Club
and the Jacaranda Club, the history of Beatles conventions in
Liverpool, and profiles and exclusive photographs of numerous
personalities well known to Beatles and Merseybeat fans. The book
is rounded out by a foreword written by Bill Harry and by tributes
by more than a dozen of Uncle Charlie’s friends, including
former Beatles promoter Sam Leach and the late Alistair Taylor,
The Beatles’ former personal assistant and former general
manager of Apple Corps Ltd.
has acknowledged Scott as the first tourist and Beatle fan known
to have made the “pilgrimage” from
during the days of Beatlemania. In August 1964, at the age of
thirteen, Scott became the first Beatles fan from the
to visit and make friends with George Harrison’s parents and his
brother Peter at the family’s home in Hunts Cross,
. That same day he and his parents visited
and took pictures and films outside the original Cavern Club.
Their visit with the
received mention in one of the final issues of Bill Harry’s
famous music newspaper “Mersey Beat.” Then, two summers later,
during a reunion visit with George’s parents in the luxury
bungalow George had bought them, Scott became the first fan to
hear a track from The Beatles’ “Revolver” album, more than a
month before its release: George’s sitar opus “Love You To.”
August Bank Holiday Monday 1994, 30 eventful years after his first
visit to town, Scott played a triumphant rock and roll show in the
Cavern Walks atrium for a huge, enthusiastic crowd with his friend
and hero Beatle Pete Best backing him on drums, along with
guitarists from legendary
bands The Undertakers and The Mojos. Since then he and his
bandmates have gone from strength to strength.
the course of their past 16 Merseyside tours Scott and company
have entertained hundreds of thousands of fans all over Merseyside
and north Wales at a wide variety of rock and roll venues,
including several where The Beatles played: Pete Best’s Casbah
Club, the Cavern Club (both front and rear stages), the Jacaranda
Club, the Mersey Ferry “Royal Daffodil III,” Orrell Park
Ballroom, Vale Park in New Brighton, and dozens of other rock
clubs, convention events, social clubs and charity benefits in
Lancashire, Cheshire and north Wales. Scott has also done twelve
interviews and live performances on BBC Radio Merseyside, two
interviews on BBC-TV’s “Northwest Today” and “Northwest
Tonight” programmes, and two live performances on Liverpool
Channel One’s “Billy And Wally’s Night Out” cable-TV show
with local personalities Billy Butler and Wally Scott.
has also received press coverage in “The Beatles Book
Monthly,” the Liverpool Echo, the Wirral Globe, “Northwest
Live” entertainment magazine, and various other publications;
and his original recordings have received airply on BBC Radio
Merseyside and CityRadio 96.7.
has performed with many stars of the original Merseybeat era of
the 1950s and ‘60s, including former Beatle Pete Best and his
brother Roag of The Pete Best Band, Len Garry and John Duff Lowe
of John Lennon’s original Quarrymen, Kingsize Taylor, Geoff
Nugent of The Undertakers, Nick Crouch of The Mojos and, of
course, Charlie Lennon. Scott is also an award-winning journalist
and a former producer and station personality for
radio powerhouse WBCN-FM. Among the many luminaries he has
interviewed are former NASA shuttle commander Brian Duffy,
musicians Dizzy Gillespie and Rosemary Clooney, six members of the
original cast of “Star Trek,” and ten survivors of the 1912
1996 Scott became the first musician from outside the UK to be
inducted into Merseycats, the Liverpool-based fraternity of
1950s/’60s skiffle and rock and roll band alumni, whose
membership includes Paul McCartney, Pete Best and Ringo Starr.
Scott’s Merseycats appearances have helped raise thousands of
pounds for children’s charities aroung Merseyside, including the
famous Strawberry Field children’s home.
Wheeler – bass & lead vocals.
Galvin – guitar.
Evans (of The Undertakers) – guitar.
Duff Lowe (of The Quarrymen) – keyboard & vocals.
Garry (of The Quarrymen) – guest vocals.
Evans – guitar & vocals for
Roddy – bass for
Barrow – blues harp.
Stafford – drums.