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One Of The Fourmost
December 4, 2003
Ray O’Brien’s special guest on today’s Mersey Sounds was the Sixties rock ‘n roller, Billy Hatton. Billy who was a founder member of the 60’s top group The Fourmost talked to Ray about his experiences during the heady days of Mersey Beat. Managed by Brian Epstein and being in the same stable as The Beatles, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Cilla Black and Billy J Kramer, he recounted some of the backroom stories that went on in the NEMS empire. He spoke with affection of producer George Martin and recalled the tragic death of band member Mike Milward in 1966. Mike, who was 24 when he died of leukaemia, was treated in Clatterbridge Hospital. He recalled that the band was on the same bill as The Beatles when they played at Hulme Hall in 1962, and he clearly remembers Monty Lister interviewing The Beatles for Radio Clatterbridge at that venue.