Terry Sylvester (b. 8 January 1947, Liverpool, England; vocals/guitar), John Kinrade (lead guitar) and Mike Gregory (vocals/bass) formed the Escorts at Liverpool’s Rose Lane school in 1962. They were originally augmented by drummer John Foster, aka Johnny Sticks, a cousin of Ringo Starr, replaced by Pete Clark in 1963. The quartet made their debut in April 1964 with a powerful interpretation of ‘Dizzy Miss Lizzie’, before scoring a minor hit two months later with ‘The One To Cry’. Their next release, ‘I Don’t Want To Go On Without You’, was also recorded by the Moody Blues, who secured the chart entry. This undermined the Escorts’ confidence, and subsequent releases, although carefully crafted, proved unsuccessful. The band’s line-up was also unstable. Sylvester left for the Swinging Blue Jeans, from where he later replaced Graham Nash in the Hollies and by mid-1966, Kinrade and Gregory were the sole original members. Paddy Chambers (b. 30 April 1944, Liverpool, England, d. 28 September 2000; guitar) and Paul Comerford (drums, ex-Cryin’ Shames) completed the line-up featured on ‘From Head To Toe’, the Escorts final single. This accomplished performance featured Paul McCartney on tambourine, but the quartet split up within weeks of its release.
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