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Arrival

This late 60s Liverpool group came together when former NEMS employee Dyan Birch (b. 25 January 1949), teamed up with Paddie McHugh (b. 28 August 1946) and Frank Collins (b. 25 Oct 1947) of regional group the Excels. Another Merseyside lady, vocalist Carroll Carter (b. 10 June 1948) was added, along with Lloyd Courtney (b. 20 Dec 1947, Cheshire, Britain), Don Hume (b. 31 March 1950, Watford, Hertfordshire, Britain) and Tony O’Malley (b. 15 July 1948). The septet delivered a tape to Decca Information’ A&R representative, Tony Hall, who was simply therefore impressed by the group’s sound that he made a decision to record and manage them. Their early 70s UK Best 20 strikes, ‘Close friends’ and ‘I Will Endure’, were immediate shows with some superb vocal function. Although their professed ambition was for ‘Introduction to become home name’, the seven-piece music group proved unwieldy and finally break up, with Birch, Collins, O‘Malley and McHugh re-emerging in Kokomo.

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