THE FOURMOST were an English Merseybeat band that recorded in the 1960s. Their biggest UK hit single was "A Little Loving" in 1964.
* 1 Biography * 2 Deaths of band members * 3 Original band members
* 4 Discography
* 4.1 Singles
* 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links
Guitarist/vocalist Brian O'Hara and best friend guitarist/vocalist
Joey Bower (born Joseph Bower, 17 November 1939,
With Epstein as their manager, the Fourmost (like
Cilla Black , Billy
J. Kramer with the Dakotas ,
Peter and Gordon and
Tommy Quickly ) had
access to early
Their biggest hit followed. "A Little Loving", written by Russ
Alquist, reached Number 6 in the
UK Singles Chart in mid 1964. From
then on, none of the group's singles cracked the Top 20 in the UK.
"How Can I Tell Her", was followed by a cover version of the Four Tops
Baby I Need Your Loving ", sung by Millward, while Hatton took lead
vocal on "Everything in the Garden", and "Girls Girls Girls"
(originally recorded by the Coasters and a hit for
On the group's only sixties album, First and Fourmost, from September
1965, they covered
Jackie DeShannon 's "Till You Say You'll Be Mine".
Other tracks included "My Block" sung by Hatton and written by Jimmy
Radcliffe , Carl Spencer and
Bert Berns (originally a hit for the
Chiffons in 1963), Millward sang a re-make of "The In Crowd " which
featured the brass section from Sounds Incorporated, and Hatton sang
two cover versions of
Little Richard 's "The Girl Can\'t
In early 1966 the band were rocked by the sudden death of rhythm guitarist/vocalist Mike Millward, a featured lead vocalist. They recruited George Peckham as replacement. In August 1966, the Fourmost covered another Beatles' song, " Here, There and Everywhere ", followed by a cover of George Formby 's "Auntie Maggie's Remedy" in November 1966. The latter song was representative of a comedic element to some of the group's recordings. George Peckham wrote and sang The country -influenced "Turn the Lights Down Low" (the b-side of "Auntie Maggie's Remedy"), a short-lived effort to branch out to less pop -oriented fare.
In 1968, now on the CBS record label, they recorded "Apples, Peaches And Pumpkin Pie ", an R&B hit by Jay The Fourmost - featured O'Hara, Hatton, Lovelady and Bower - which included covers such as "Without You", "I've Got You Under My Skin", "Rag Doll" and "Save The Last Dance For Me" was sold at their shows in 1975. Hatton, Lovelady and Bower all left in 1980 while O'Hara continued the group with new members, although a version of the band featuring O'Hara and older members Hatton and Lovelady did once perform at the new Cavern Club. O'Hara eventually dropped out selling the band's name. A later line up featuring longtime later member bassist/singer Bill Haisman (who had been in the later group alongside Brian O'Hara) plus John Richards (lead guitar, vocals), Gary Pearson (guitar, vocals) and Kevin Clarkson (drums, vocals) released a DVD and CD titled, The Fourmost Live at The Club Tropicana, featuring recording of a show recorded in Skegness on 7 April 2007. They performed both "Hello Little Girl" and "A Little Loving" among other covers of 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s hit songs. Bill Haisman later retired. A touring version of the band continued led by drummer/vocalist Kevin Clarkson, with Alex Leyland (rhythm guitar, vocals), Colin Walsh (lead guitar, vocals) and Lee Clarkson (bass guitar, vocals).
Charley Records later issued a 20 track compilation album also titled First and Fourmost, while EMI Records later released a CD stereo/mono version of the original 1965 album in 1999. In 2005, they also released a 33 track CD compilation The Best of The Fourmost, which included the stereo version of "I Love You Too", and four previously unreleased songs with booklet notes written by Billy Hatton.
DEATHS OF BAND MEMBERS
Mike Millward died from leukaemia in 1966. Brian O'Hara took his own life in 1999.
ORIGINAL BAND MEMBERS
* BRIAN O\'HARA, born 12 March 1941,