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The Masterminds

The Masterminds, a Liverpool group, formed in 1964 comprised the string bending Joey Molland (b. Joseph Charles Molland, 21 June 1947, Liverpool, Britain; acoustic guitar/vocals), Chris Findley (b. 10 Oct 1948; keyboards/ vocals), George Cassidy (bass/vocals), Joey Rathbone (drums/vocals) and Dougie Meakin (acoustic guitar/vocals). Meakin was a Bob Dylan fanatic who motivated them to execute his quirky ‘She Belongs To Me’, which presented session guy Jimmy Web page on acoustic guitar. Findley recalls, ‘The Rolling Rocks arrived to the Blue Angel in Liverpool whenever we had been performing ‘She Belongs To Me’. Their supervisor, Andrew [ Loog ] Oldham, was used with just how we had been doing it, therefore he authorized us to his fresh Immediate Information label.’ The b-side was a genuine track, ‘Taken My Like’ (also featuring Web page), which ultimately shows the impact from the Righteous Brothers. The solitary sold reasonably well and Oldham asked these to cover a Seaside Boys’ track for the follow-up. Nevertheless, the Seaside Boys made a decision to launch it themselves which end their recording profession. Molland, Findley and Cassidy became a member of the Fruit Consuming Bears and supported the Merseys, while Molland later on became a member of Badfinger. Findley, who became involved with video production and in addition used Gerry AS WELL AS THE Pacemakers and Herman’s Hermits, later on stated, ‘We must have held at it. At that time we didn’t realise how great the music group was.’

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