Rock The ARK

We want to capture Knowsley's music memories - and you can help!

Rock The ARK is one of Knowsley Archive's community projects funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. We want to find out what music is important to people living and working in Knowsley, Merseyside, UK (or who lived and worked here in the past). We want to share people's experiences of great music they've heard, seen, or produced themselves. If you have a connection to Knowsley and want to share something about your experiences of music, we'd love to hear from you! Classical, pop, rock, jazz, soul, folk, disco, blues, gospel, techno, house, hip-hop - whatever music has been a part of your life, we want to know about it! You can share stories, photographs, tickets, flyers, etc on our Facebook or Twitter pages and then look out here to see if they get added to our growing timeline!;xNLx;;xNLx;Facebook: search 'Knowsley Archives';xNLx;Twitter: @knowsleyarchive

The Beatles release their first single

Although, like all of the Beatles, Paul McCartney (1942 - ) is remembered for growing up in Liverpool, it is not so well-known that he spent part of his childhood living on Roach Avenue, part of the Maypole Estate on the outskirts of Knowsley Village.

Rain release their first single

Formed at the Merseyside Trade Union Community and Unemployed Resource Centre in Huyton in 1988, Rain were signed by Columbia Records in 1989, but would not release their first single, 'Lemonstone Desired', until 1991.

Natalie McCool releases her first single

Acclaimed singer, songwriter and guitarist Natalie McCool (1988 - ), from Whiston, released her debut album in 2013 and her second, The Great Unknown, in 2016.

Freddie Starr releases first single with the Midnighters

Later to become better known as a comedian, Huyton-born Freddie Starr was the frontman for the Midnighters when they released their first single, 'Who Told You,' in May 1963. Starr's 1960s music failed to find much of an audience, but he released some more successful records after achieving celebrity as a comedian, including 'It's You,' which reached no. 9 in the UK charts in 1974.

Swindlefolk play their first gigs and release their debut LP

Formed in Ruffwood Comprehensive School, Kirkby, Swindlefolk were an acclaimed folk group made up of pupils and music teacher, Dy Swindlehurst. The group would go on to play shows around the country, including the prestigious Sidmouth Folk Festival in 1970 and in Germany. They released three albums between 1968 and 1970.

Paul Lewis born in Huyton

Pianist Paul Lewis was brought up in Huyton. He is now internationally regarded as one of the greatest musicians of his generation and has performed as a soloist alongside the world's finest orchestras. He has won many awards throughout his career and holds honorary degrees from Liverpool, Edge Hill and Southampton Universities. He was appointed a CBE in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours.

The Farm release their first single

The Farm were a band famously named after the Cantril Farm estate (now Stockbridge Village). Founder member and lead singer Peter Hooton lived on the estate during his childhood and was also a youth worker there in the early 1980s. The band have had a number of hit singles, including 'Groovy Train' and 'Altogether Now' (both 1990) and a version of 'Altogether Now' in 1995 to support Everton F.C. in the 1995 FA Cup Final (despite most of the members of the band being Liverpool F.C. fans).

Craig Charles born

Actor, comedian, poet, author, television presenter and DJ, Craig Charles grew up on the Cantril Farm estate (Stockbridge Village). After finding initial critical and popular success as a comedian and poet, he would become best known for playing Dave Lister in the long-running science fiction television comedy Red Dwarf. Along the way he has also dabbled in music as a performer and has become a celebrated DJ. Since March 2002, he has presented the ever-popular Craig Charles Funk and Soul radio show on BBC 6 Music.

The Zutons release their first single

From Knowsley Village, singer, songwriter and guitarist Dave McCabe (1981 - ) was the frontman of Liverpool band The Zutons. The band had a string of hits, including 'Pressure Point' (2004) and 'Valerie' (2006), which was also a global hit when covered by Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse the following year. McCabe continued to produce music following the Zutons split in 2009 and has worked alongside Mark Ronson and Thea Gilmore amongst others.

Colin Vearncombe (a.k.a. Black) releases his first single

Songwriter and singer Colin Vearncombe (1962-2016) was brought up in Knowsley Village and was later a pupil at Prescot Grammar School. Emerging from the punk rock music scene, he would have a huge international hit with 'Wonderful Life' when it was re-released in 1987 (having originally come out in 1986). He died in 2016 following a road traffic accident in Ireland.

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