Formed in Liverpool, England, in 1961, Faron’s Flamingos were one of the pivotal acts of the Merseybeat era who completely missed the ferry (sic) with no commercial success whatsoever. Founding members Nicky Crouch (guitar/vocals), Billy Jones (guitar/vocals), Eric London (bass) and Trevor Morias (b. 10 October 1944, Liverpool, England; drums) had worked together since 1959 as the Ravens, before adding vocalist Faron (b. Bill Roughley). Cavern Club DJ Bob Wooler suggested the name Faron’s Flamingos. In 1962 London and Jones left the group which continued as a four-piece with ex-Undertakers bass player Mushy Cooper. Following a tour of France, Paddy Chambers (b. Patrick John Chambers, 30 April 1944, Liverpool, England, d. 28 September 2000; guitar/vocals) was added to the line-up and when Cooper left for Lee Curtis in 1963, Faron took over on bass. This version of Faron’s Flamingos recorded four tracks for This Is Merseybeat, before securing a contract with Oriole Records. Sadly, their rousing version of ‘Do You Love Me’ was eclipsed by Brian Poole And The Tremeloes’ inferior reading and an equally ebullient ‘Shake Sherry’ made little impression. The disillusioned group broke up in November 1963. Faron and Chambers joined the Big Three, while Morias later found success in the Peddlers.
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