Wump & His Werbles

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Drummer John Cochrane (b. 24 August 1939, Wallasey, England) recalls, ‘We were going to see the Everly Brothers at the Liverpool Empire in 1960 and on the way we were thinking of a name for our group.…
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Drummer John Cochrane (b. 24 August 1939, Wallasey, England) recalls, ‘We were going to see the Everly Brothers at the Liverpool Empire in 1960 and on the way we were thinking of a name for our group. We wanted to send it all up by having a really stupid name and we decided on Wump And His Werbles. It worked out very well as people booked us on the strength of the name alone.’ No-one would own up to being Wump but it was probably lead singer, Steve Day, the other members being Dave Georgeson (b. 8 April 1942, Wirral, England; lead guitar), Nev Humphries (rhythm guitar) and Jimmy Mellor (b. 7 November 1941, Flete Holbeton, Devon, England; bass). Mellor told the owner of the Cavern that they were back in Liverpool for a short break after an extensive tour of the Continent. The owner believed him and on 7 July 1960, they entered into Merseybeat history by playing rock ‘n’ roll at the club. Although the audience was none too keen, they managed to get rebooked. Although they were a popular band (holding Werble-Q’s) and worked on the same bills as the Beatles, they broke up within two years. Steve Day fronted his own group while Cochrane played with Freddie Starr And The Midnighters. Cochrane and Georgeson were in the Chuckles from 1963-66. Cochrane became a librarian, writing books on car number plates and aviation.