Terry’s original band The Gamblers pre dated the Merseybeat era by a few years as he put that band together in 1956 (also known as The Teen Aces). The band included The Swinging Blue Jeans Les Braid.
In 1957 the band became Karl Terry and The Cruisers and the legend was born. Even to this date Terry is still performing in his legendary style from the 60s Merseybeat era.
Terry is a true lover and believer in original rock and roll and has remained faithful to this style throughout the past 50 plus years.
It is not just the material he sings and plays, but also the clothes he wears of drapes and suede shoes which recreate the rock and roll era.
DJ Bob Wooler who seemed to have a knack for nick naming band members called him The Sheik of Shake when he performed on the famous Cavern stage.
By 1961 the band had become a professional unit and was voted number 9 in the local Merseybeat poll. Later the same year, on October 19th to be precise, a super group appeared at Litherland Town Hall.
The bands lineup was – Karl Terry and Gerry Marsden (vocals), George Harrison (guitar), Paul McCartney, Les Chadwick (bass), Pete Best, Freddy Marsden (drums) and John Lennon (piano).
The band were called The Beatmakers and that was the only ever performance. I wonder how many people remember that night?
The band split up in 1963 for a short time and Terry worked with a few different bands including The Delameres (a Geordie group), moving on to join The TTs with some of The Clayton Squares, forming ‘The T Squares’ who worked in Germany for a time.
He also worked with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes but in 1967 it was once again Karl Terry and the Cruisers. Surprisingly throughout this time Karl and the band had not recorded anything.
Line Up Change
It was not until 1978 that they made their first recording I’m Gonna be a Wheel Somedam.
The bands line up changed regularly and had included Gaz Gaskell, Brian Jones and Mike Kearns on sax, Bob Hardy on guitar, Den Swale on bass and Tommy McGuire on drums. And there are more Vince Railton, Dave Gore the list goes on. Lately he has had Johnny Diamond on guitar, an amazing country and rockabilly player who suited Terry’s style perfectly.
Whoever is playing with Karl Terry the band truly rock. Terry has recorded 14 of his original songs and intends to record more in the not too distant future.