Merseybeat bands may have grabbed the headlines in the 1960s, but the Manchester beat was just as vibrant with groups like the Hollies, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders and Herman’s Hermits dominating the charts.
Some bands even crossed between the two cities. Manchester group the Dakotas backed Liverpool artist Billy J. Kramer and Freddie and the Dreamers were always associated with Merseybeat – even though they were Mancunians!
How well do you remember them? Why not test your knowledge in our nostalgia quiz and compare your score with friends?
Many of the questions in our quizzes are based on Clive Hardy’s Around Manchester books on the 1950, 60s and 70s.
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Liverpool singer Cilla Black, pictured at Granada studios, was a frequent visitor to Manchester. Which singer and producer was her husband?
Gerry Marsden was at Manchester Airport in July 1964 to film a scene for the movie Ferry Cross the Mersey. What was the name of his band?
Manchester band the Dakotas, pictured at the Ready Steady Go Mod Ball, were founded in which year?
Which member of the Mindbenders went on to form the group 10cc?
What was Freddie Garrity’s job before he found fame as lead singer of Freddie and the Dreamers?
Herman’s Hermits topped the US charts in 1965 with which song?
Merseybeat band the Searchers, pictured, went to Number One in the UK charts with which single, originally recorded by the Drifters?
In which year did progressive rock band Barclay James Harvest, from Oldham, released their first studio album? Its title, oddly enough, was Barclay James Harvest.
Salford group the Hollies joined Liverpool comedian and singer Ken Dodd on his Manchester-produced programme Doddy’s Music Box in 1967. What was the Hollies’ first UK Number One single, released in 1965?
Ken Dodd topped the singles charts himself in 1965 with which song? It sold more than 1.5 million copies making it the 39th best-selling UK single of all time.
📍 Manchester Town Hall, 7th November 1986.
A blaze of lights illuminates Manchester Town Hall, which is topped by a huge Santa Claus and sleigh. Who's looking forward to Christmas festivities in Manchester this year?