The Masterminds

The Masterminds, a Liverpool group, formed in 1964 comprised the string bending Joey Molland (b. Joseph Charles Molland, 21 June 1947, Liverpool, England; guitar/vocals), Chris Findley (b. 10 October…
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The Masterminds, a Liverpool group, formed in 1964 comprised the string bending Joey Molland (b. Joseph Charles Molland, 21 June 1947, Liverpool, England; guitar/vocals), Chris Findley (b. 10 October 1948; keyboards/ vocals), George Cassidy (bass/vocals), Joey Rathbone (drums/vocals) and Dougie Meakin (guitar/vocals). Meakin was a Bob Dylan fanatic who encouraged them to perform his quirky ‘She Belongs To Me’, which featured session man Jimmy Page on guitar. Findley recalls, ‘The Rolling Stones came into the Blue Angel in Liverpool when we were doing ‘She Belongs To Me’. Their manager, Andrew [ Loog ] Oldham, was taken with the way we were doing it, so he signed us to his new Immediate Records label.’ The b-side was an original song, ‘Taken My Love’ (also featuring Page), which shows the influence of the Righteous Brothers. The single sold moderately well and Oldham asked them to cover a Beach Boys’ song for the follow-up. However, the Beach Boys decided to release it themselves and that put an end to their recording career. Molland, Findley and Cassidy joined the Fruit Eating Bears and backed the Merseys, while Molland later joined Badfinger. Findley, who became involved in video production and also played with Gerry And The Pacemakers and Herman’s Hermits, later stated, ‘We should have kept at it. At the time we didn’t realise how good the band was.’