Wilde World: Lee Curtis & the All-stars

Kim Wilde’s first records were written and produced by her father and brother, Marty and Ricky. The three of them have had a great influence on the music world, as this regular series ‘Wilde World’ shows.

Liverpool has always been a great place for music – throughout the history of pop, many artists and bands have emerged from that northern UK town. One of them was Lee Curtis & the Allstars, in the early Sixties. Lee Curtis was born as Peter Flannery. His band was joined in September 1962 by ex-Beatles drummer Pete Best. With Frank Bowen (lead guitar), Tony Waddington (rhythm guitar) and Wayne Bickerton (bass) they became the second most popular band in the 1963 Mersey Beat readers poll. However, they didn’t quite meet commercial demands, and so Lee Curtis was signed as a solo artist by Decca Records in 1963. His debut ‘Little girl’ was recorded with session musicians. The Allstars appeared on the second single ‘Let’s stomp’, but the results were poor and they decided to break up.

Curtis then formed a new All Stars, and recorded ‘What about me’ and ‘Ecstasy’ in 1964. The latter, of course, was a cover version of the Kaye / Manston / Pratt composition previously recorded by Steve Cassidy. ‘Ecstasy’ was released on December 11, 1964 but failed to make a chart impact.

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