Rory Storm & The Hurricanes

Rory Storm -vocals (born Alan Caldwell, died September 28th 1972)
Johnny Guitar Byrne - guitar/vocals (born John Byrnes, born 1940, died August 18th 1999)
Charles (Ty) O'Brian - guitar/vocals (died 196?)
Wally Eymond (Lu Walters) - bass/vocals
Ringo Starr /Gibson Kemp / Brian Johnson - drums


Their main claim to fame, historically speaking, is that Ringo Starr was once their drummer, but they were very popular on Merseyside in their own right, where Rory Storm was renowned for his wild stage act.

They were one of the longest-established Liverpool groups, having been known in skiffle days as the Raving Texans. Their first recordings were for the Oriole 'This is Merseybeat' collections, but in 1964 they had the distinction of putting out, after he had signed them to Nems, the first single produced by Brian Epstein ('America'). Rory Storm died in 1973.


  • Dec 1963   Dr. Feelgood / I can tell
  • Nov 1964   America / Since you broke my heart