Dancing To The Merseybeat

Merseybeats founder Billy Kinsley has been sharing his memories with listeners to Radio Clatterbridge.

The Liverpool-born singer told Paul Allt and John Roberts how he first joined a band at the age of 14 and is still gigging today.

Billy Kinsley in studio

Billy was a founder member of the Merseybeats and The Merseys in the '60s and Liverpool Express in the '70s

Speaking on the Coffee Club, he told fascinating stories of what the Liverpool music scene was like from the early '60s, when he played alongside the Beatles, The Who and Gerry and the Pacemakers. He remains friends with many of those involved today.

Listeners heard a number of his hits including “Wishing & Hoping” and “You Are My Love”.

John Roberts with Billy Kinsley

He also told the station about his family life and how his three children became great tennis players. One of them, Emma, became a professional tennis player and coached Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry.

Billy starts a UK tour in March with the Merseybeats.

Paul Allt meets Billy Kinsley

Billy wanted us to pass on his gratitude to all the staff at the health park for the work and commitment they provide, and he would like to pass on his very best wishes to the patients too.