b. Brian Casser, Newcastle, England. Raised in Liverpool, guitarist and vocalist Casser founded the beat group, Cass And The Cassanovas, primarily to play at the local Casanova club. They played Latin-American numbers and rock ‘n’ roll and performed at the noted Liverpool Stadium concert headed by Gene Vincent, in May 1960. They accompanied Duffy Power for a tour of Scotland, but the band felt they could do better without Casser. Bass player John Gustafson recalls, ‘The rest of us were getting increasingly fed up with him, so we hatched this plot to disband and reform without him.’ In 1961, Gustafson, Adrian Barber and Johnny Hutchinson became the Big Three while Casser moved to London and formed Casey Jones And The Engineers, who recorded a Columbia Records single, ‘One Way Ticket’. The band included Tom McGuinness on bass and, for a few appearances, Eric Clapton. With a Bristol band, he became Casey Jones And The Governors and had a successful career in Germany, topping their charts with ‘Don’t Ha Ha’ in 1965.
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