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Friday, 22 August 2014

50 years later, Molland amazed by British Invasion

As a teenager in Liverpool in 1962 and 1963, Joey Molland had an up-close view of the acts and music that would launch the British Invasion. Molland, who later joined the British rock band Badfinger, played Chuck Berry songs on his guitar on Penny Lane while local groups showed off the Merseybeat sound in the city's Cavern Club.

"There were so many impressive bands in Liverpool: The Beatles, of course, and The Searchers, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes," Molland said in an interview last week. "I don't know quite how it happened, but Liverpool is a famous city for music and entertainers. There must have been something in the water!"

Molland will help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the British Invasion on Sunday when he headlines Summerfest 2014 on Binghamton's State Street. The city will shut down part of State Street (from Court Street to Hawley Street) for the show, which takes place from 5-9 p.m.

Joining Molland on the bill are two performers who also have ties to the British Invasion. Denny Laine sang the Moody Blues' first hit in 1965, "Go Now," and played with Paul McCartney's Wings for 10 years. Terry Sylvester spent more than a dozen years as a vocalist/guitarist with The Hollies, performing on hits such as "The Air That I Breathe" and "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress."

Molland met Sylvester as a 13-year-old in Liverpool and recalled watching Sylvester's band at the time, The Escorts, practice their songs. The Escorts were just one of the many bands that impressed Molland. He remains awed by some of the performers who did not achieve superstar status during the British Invasion.


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