By Bill Harry
January 16 1965
Tiffany's Dimensions, the group with the fascinating name, are unanimously acknowledged as being the top group in the North who feature a girl vocalist.
They've got a lot happening for them lately. A few weeks ago, Tiffany (ex-Liver Bird lead singer) turned down a takeover bid from London publisher Dick James, and since then three recording companies and two of the country's top agencies have shown great interest in the group and a recording contract will be signed within the next fortnight.
The group have been together since last February, but 'Tiff' has been with them only since April. Before she joined them they were known as the Four Dimensions, but when she left the Liver Birds to join an all-male group, they changed their name to Tiffany's Dimensions. They still appear sometimes as the Four Dimensions without their female singer, because Tiffany also does solo cabaret work.
A major disaster occurred in the group's career last October when they were doing a tour of Scotland. Says lead singer and bass guitarist Jimmy Clark, aged 22, "All our equipment was stolen - about £2,600 worth, everything we had. We were halfway through the tour, but we had to come back to Liverpool. It looked as though we were finished. We were all broke and we all felt like wrapping up, in fact two of the group did leave. This we didn't mind because there'd been a bit of inter-group friction anyway, but it just left drummer Mike Easthope, Tiff and I with no equipment and a stack of bookings."
What they did was to look around for a new lead and rhythm. They found that a lot of fellows were anxious to join the group, and after a week or so they met Dennis Swale and Les Williams.
Dennis, aged 20 and Les, aged 19, are both lead guitarists and vocalists, but they could also play rhythm and fitted in well.
"Mike and I had to get more kit" says Jimmy "but obviously we couldn't afford the best because we were still paying off the stuff that had been stolen. As soon as we scraped some together, we started practicing with Les and Den, and after a week's hard work we had about two hours repertoire.
"The group has had a few changes since we first formed, but the sound now is the best we've ever had, and when we get our new equipment will be even better."
The advantage of having two leads in a group is tremendous, and the sound the group make is very good. But what about Tiffany?
"It was a terrific blow in Scotland," she says, "and as Jimmy says, it really disheartened us. The boys' kit still hasn't been found by the police, but in a way what happened was for the best, because we wouldn't have met Les and Dennis otherwise."
Tiffany, at 18 years old, is probably the hottest property to emerge frm Liverpool since Cilla Black. She's extremely attractive (her own dimensions are 37x23x36). She's 5ft 4in tall and has got an extremely powerful voice and every asset necessary to make her a very big star. The type of numbers she sings with the group are varied, and she does a lot of duet singing with Jimmy - doing Everly Brothers and Charlie & Inez Foxx numbers very effectively.
Normally, when a group feature a lead singer, they just become known as a backing group and nothing more, but Tiffany's Dimensions are different. The group are good in their own right, Tiffany is unquestionably the best female singer on Merseyside, and this combination we feel sure, will make them very big, very soon.
Editor's Note: Irene married Mersey Beat writer Geoff Leack who, sadly, passed away on June 7 2003. The new 'Mersey Beat' album from EMI features 'I Know' and 'Am I Dreaming' by Tiffany and 'Tears On My Pillow' and 'You Don't Have To Whisper' by the Dimensions.