Earl Preston's Realms were part of the second wave of Liverpool bands, one of those groups that emerged briefly from local fame in the wake of the Beatles' success. Earl Preston (real name George Spurce) handled the vocals and played guitar, Tony Priestley played lead guitar, Brian Norris was on bass, Tommy Husky blew sax, and Tom Kelly was their drummer (Dave Tyon later joined on organ). Earl Preston had been a part of the Liverpool music scene from the dawn of the 1960's. His first band, known as Earl Preston and the Tempest Tornadoes (later the T.T.'s), had played on bills with the Beatles in the early 1960's. The Realms, formed in 1963, played the Cavern, and their repertory included originals by Preston as well as covers of recent hits by Marvin Gaye ("I'll Be Doggone") and standards by Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew ("Blue Monday"). Their biggest moment of fame came when Ember Records released three live cuts by the band on the album Liverpool Today-Where It All Began (released in the U.S. on Capitol), in conjunction with the Richmond Group and the Michael Allen Group. Earl Preston's Realms never made it even to the second rank of Liverpool acts in terms of recording, cutting one single, but they were an exciting stage act, to judge from the surviving evidence. They cut one single for Fontana, "Raindrops" b/w "That's For Sure" in 1964. The Realms later split off from Preston and, as The Realm, released one single, "Hard Time Loving You" b/w "Certain Kind Of Girl, " for British CBS in 1966.
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