b. Michael Alexander Byrne, 10 January 1943, Liverpool, England. Byrne, an apprentice tailor, spent his lunchtimes at the Cavern club in Liverpool. He sang and played bass in his first group, Mike And The Thunderbirds, and then worked with several 60s Liverpool bands including the Roadrunners. The most notorious is Them Grimbles. Byrne was the leader of the original Them Grimbles, but the group’s manager sensing success had four different bands on the road with the same name - until the scam was uncovered by a Sunday newspaper. Byrne became a cabaret singer, often working on Ken Dodd’s shows. After years of planning, he and wife Bernadette opened the highly creative Beatles Story at the Albert Dock in Liverpool. This has become one of the city’s leading attractions, but sadly the Byrnes fell out with their financial partners, Wembley Stadium Ltd., and are no longer involved with the daily running of the business. Byrne sings lead vocals and plays keyboards for the 50s revival band Persuader, which also features other members of former Merseybeat bands. Persuader has a large following on Merseyside and has released three cassettes.
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