Cy Tucker & The Friars

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Cy Tucker (b. Thomas Thornton, 7 February 1943, Liverpool, England) played sang and played rhythm guitar in one of the first Liverpool beat groups, the Cinnamons, who performed at Litherland Town Hall.…
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Cy Tucker (b. Thomas Thornton, 7 February 1943, Liverpool, England) played sang and played rhythm guitar in one of the first Liverpool beat groups, the Cinnamons, who performed at Litherland Town Hall. One evening the Beatles were billed to appear there ‘Direct From Hamburg’. ‘We were told to keep playing as they were late, ’ recalls Tucker, ‘I was bashing my brains out for a couple of hours for 30 bob. Then the Beatles came on and the girls went berserk.’ When Tucker joined Earl Preston And The TTs as the second lead vocalist, the group beat the Beatles in a poll inMersey Beat magazine. A single of ‘My Prayer’ was released under the name of Cy Tucker. ‘I met Paul McCartney in the Blue Angel one night. He said, “You’re on the Oriole LP, This Is Mersey Beat, you’ve got a single by yourself and one with Earl Preston. You’ve got to have a hit with one of them” But it never happened.’ After leaving the band, Cy Tucker recorded ‘My Friend’ and ‘Let Me Call You Sweetheart’ with the Mike Sammes Singers and a 40-piece orchestra, and he worked with local musicians as Cy Tucker And The Friars. They became a successful cabaret act in the north west. Cy Tucker has retained his ability to sing emotional beat-ballads and he never disappoints an audience. ‘I’m slowing down now, ’ he confesses, ‘I no longer do seven nights a week. I give myself Tuesday off.’