The Hideaways

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In 1963, inspired by the beat music in the city, three school friends at Liverpool Institute decided to form a group. They were Ozzie Yue (b. Austin Yue, 12 August 1947, Liverpool, England; lead guitar),…
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In 1963, inspired by the beat music in the city, three school friends at Liverpool Institute decided to form a group. They were Ozzie Yue (b. Austin Yue, 12 August 1947, Liverpool, England; lead guitar), John Shell (b. 9 April 1947, Dallas, Texas, USA, d. 1 February 1968, Vietnam; bass) and John Donaldson (b. 31 August 1947, Liverpool, England; drums). They were joined by Frankie Connor (b. Frank O’Connor, 29 October 1946, Liverpool, England; rhythm guitar). They went to a Liverpool club called the Hideaway, said that they were called the Hideaways - and got a booking. The band were resident at the Hideaway for two months when disc jockey Bob Wooler poached them for The Cavern. They advertised in a local music shop for a saxophone player and Judd Lander (b. Malcolm Anthony McNiven, 1 March 1948) responded: he could not play the instrument but he persuaded them to take a harmonica player. All five members of the Hideaways could sing but they eschewed harmonies in favour of a tougher, bluesier sound. They performed Bo Diddley’s ‘Mama, Keep Your Big Mouth Shut’ as part of an EP included with the German book, Beat Im Liverpool, but a record contract proved elusive. They did, however, have national attention through the insidious ‘tick-a-tick Timex’ advertisement. John Shell was called to serve in Vietnam and he told the group that he would return to the Cavern for his twenty-first birthday. He was killed in Saigon on 1 February 1968. His replacement in the Hideaways was Chris Findley from the Masterminds, who switched from keyboards to bass. They also added Richie Routledge of the Cryin’ Shames as an additional vocalist. In the late 60s, they recorded under the name of Confusius for RCA Records and spent three months in Germany. With over 400 appearances, the Hideaways played the Cavern more than any other group, and Ozzie Yue, who moved to Supercharge, holds the individual record. Frank Connor has become a local radio personality and author, also writing and producing a successful local CD by the Class Of 64, Cavern Days. Ozzie Yue works as an actor and plays in the soul band, Yue Who. Judd Lander is an industry figure, playing harmonica on hits by Culture Club and the Spice Girls. In 1997 the Hideaways re-formed for the 40th anniversary of the Cavern.