Mersey Beat

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Mersey Beat.

Mersey Beat was a name coined by Bill Harry for the newspaper he founded in Liverpool in 1961. The paper gave Cilla Black her name, led Brian Epstein to discover the Beatles and promoted all the Merseyside groups. It published columns by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, record reviews by Brian Epstein and unique photographs of the Beatles in their early career.

On publication on 6 July 1961 the name was established and any reference to Mersey Beat referred to the paper. The media called music ‘The Mersey Sound’ or ‘The Liverpool Sound’, the music was never called Mersey Beat at the time it flourished. To refer to the sound as Mersey Beat is an anachronism.

The newspaper has been re-launched online at

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