Mike Millward rhythm guitar
Billy Hatton bass guitar
Dave Lovelady drums
The Fourmost, like several of the Merseybeat groups, laid heavy emphasis on comedy, and an eightmonth spell at the London Palladium in 1964 established them early on as 'all-round entertainers'. This enabled them to survive changing fashions in pop music, and although they faded in terms of chart success after their first three records, they continued to find regular work and can still be seen in cabaret and variety.
They were originally known as the Four Jays, then the Four Mosts. When Brian Epstein became their manager, he shortened their name to the Fourmost and gave them two very commercial Lennon-McCartney songs for their first singles. They also appeared in the Gerry and the Pacemakers' film 'Ferry Cross the Mersey', which consolidated their position as one of the most successful Liverpool outfits, but they received a blow when their leader Mike Millward was taken ill after the release of 'I'm in love'.. Bill Parkinson took over on rhythm guitar until Millward was well enough to play with the group again, but the change prevented them from cashing in on their early success as much as they might have done, and after 1964 none of their records sold particularly well.
In spite of their preference for comedy, revealed in later records like 'Girls, girls, girls' which featured Chipmunk-type choruses, and George Formby's 'Aunt Maggie's remedy', they were a tight beat group, whose singles displayed great professionalism. Perhaps their style was a little too slick, seeming rather mannered by contrast with the roughness of the R & B groups which emerged in 1964.