Lee Curtis And The All Stars was one of many aspiring beat combos active in Liverpool, England during the early 60s. Curtis (b. Peter Flannery) was a pop vocalist indebted to the pop style of the late 50s, but in September 1962 his career was given a considerable fillip when former Beatles drummer Pete Best joined his group. Frank Bowen (lead guitar), Tony Waddington (rhythm guitar) and Wayne Bickerton (bass) completed the line-up, although Bowen was later replaced by Tommy McGurk. Best’s arrival boosted the All-Stars’ popularity and they came second only to the Beatles in a Mersey Beat readers’ poll in 1963. However, the group was rather staid onstage, lacking the passion of many contemporaries. Decca Records signed Curtis as a solo artist in 1963 - much to the chagrin of his ‘backing’ group - and his debut, ‘Little Girl’, was recorded with session musicians. The All-Stars appeared on the follow-up, ‘Let’s Stomp’ (1963), but the results were poor and the singer and band then parted company. Curtis formed a new All-Stars and continued his recording career with ‘What About Me’ (1964) and ‘Ecstacy’ (1965). Two live performances, ‘Skinny Minnie’ and ‘Jezebel’, are enshrined on the various artists’ compilation, At The Cavern. Meanwhile, his erstwhile colleagues regrouped as the Pete Best Four.
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