In 1961 the Liverpool band, Mark Peters And The Cyclones chose their name in deference to Rory Storm And The Hurricanes. Mark was Pete Fleming and the pianist was his brother, Steve. They invested in a Clavioline which meant they could perform ‘Telstar’ with conviction. In April 1963, Mark and Steve wanted to turn professional and the others did not. A similar situation had arisen in Ken Dallas And The Silhouettes, hence the recommendation from Ralph Webster, the manager of the Orrell Park Ballroom, to form Mark Peters And The Silhouettes. Dave May of the Silhouettes has some notoriety as the musician who gave Stuart Sutcliffe guitar lessons. Webster secured a recording contract with Oriole - the single ‘Fragile (Handle With Care)’ had equally fragile sales figures - and a UK tour backing Cilla Black. In 1965 the band became a cabaret band, Mark Peters And The Method, with regular work on the Riviera. They could have stayed but they returned to Liverpool where after a residency at an early gambling club, the Kingsway in Southport, they split up. Mark Peters lives in Cornwall, while Steve Fleming plays with a variety of Liverpool beat bands to this day.
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