Beryl Marsden:
Part Two, A Photo Feature

By Bill Harry  

Beryl MarsdenJohn Lennon and I were having a drink in the downstairs bar of the Blue Angel. Suddenly, I had an inspiration. “Have you got a number to give to Beryl Marsden?”

I considered Beryl to be the best female singer in Liverpool. She’d been singing with groups such as the Undertakers and I felt she had the voice to become a successful recording artist.

John told me that he had a number which he thought was ideal for her, a number called ‘Love of the Loved.’ (This was actually mainly penned by Paul). When we next had a drink he was very apologetic and told me that Brian Epstein had said that as the manager it was he who would decide who would record their numbers (which meant his own stable of artists). Brian later used it as Cilla Black’s debut disc.

Beryl’s family had moved to Wavertree when she was seven and she attended Earle Road Secondary Modern School, but left at the age of 15, with no levels.

A publicity cardHer real surname was Hogg. One day we were sitting in the office at the Majestic Ballroom discussing Beryl’s name and felt that she should have a different surname. We turned to the manager, whose name was Bill Marsden, and said that seemed suitable: Beryl Marsden. It was just a coincidence that the leader of Gerry & the Pacemakers happened to be called Gerry Marsden.

In 2004 Beryl released her debut album – forty years after she originally recorded her debut single - it’s called ‘One Dream.’

Chatting to her recently she revealed to me that Brian Epstein had gone to see her parents and said that he’d like to manage her. Beryl turned him down.

She did accept a management offer from Joe Flannery who managed Lee Curtis & the All Starr’s (Lee Curtis was actually Peter Flannery, Joe’s younger brother). She then appeared on several TV shows such as ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars.’

Unfortunately, when Flannery booked her for shows such as ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’, he garbed her in inappropriate party frocks when she should have been presented in her own tomboyish fashion, belting out rock ‘n’ roll numbers – Lulu later proved there was room for such a singer.

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