The Early Years
The Rebel Rousers, named after a Duane Eddy number, were initially born in the mid 50's by Cliff Bennett and various friends performing skiffle numbers and Rock & Roll covers wherever they could find space to rehearse. By the turn of the decade the band had stabilised to its first professional line up of Cliff Bennett, Mick King, Frank Allen, Sid Phillips and Ricky Winters. It was during this time that they was discovered by legendary producer Joe Meek who took them into his studio and recorded such great songs as "Poor Joe" amongst others.
Whilst the Joe Meek era produced no hits it did get the band noticed enough to secure tours of the Hamburg clubs in Germany and it was here that Cliff Bennett and The Rebel Rousers were spotted and signed up by The Beatles Manager Brian Epstein.