Liverpool’s premier classical guitarist, Brendan McCormack (b. 23 September 1944, Liverpool, England) began his musical career playing Chuck Berry licks in the beat group, Rikki And The Red Streaks. The lead singer, Patrick Clusky, was Rikki and the group’s name was a nod to the Blue Streak missile. Rikki And The Red Streaks played the Cavern and were featured on the famed show in north Liverpool when the Beatles were billed as ‘Direct From Hamburg’. The group fell out with their lead singer and McCormack, Gibson Kemp and John Bancroft became the Memphis Three without him. However, the name lingered in Paul McCartney’s mind as he and Linda issued a single under the name of Suzy And The Red Stripes. He also admitted in a television interview that he would have been happy just playing the clubs as Rikki And The Red Streaks. Nowadays McCormack often features McCartney’s music in his repertoire.
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