With the Chants and Derry Wilkie, Steve Aldo was one of the few black vocalists on the 60s Merseybeat scene. He had a bluesy voice with plenty of personality. He performed as a child in many Liverpool theatres and he started his beat group career by guesting with Howie Casey And The Seniors. He worked as a ladies’ hairdresser in London before going to sea and finally returning to Liverpool to front the Challengers. He was managed by Spencer Lloyd Mason, who also handled the Mojos, and Mason produced his 1964 cover version of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Can I Get A Witness’ for Decca Records. He also recorded ‘Everyone Has To Cry’ for Parlophone Records in 1966 and his final band was the daringly named Steve Aldo And The Fix. He left the beat scene and became a publican.
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