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Dave Berry - vocals (born David Grundy, February 6th 1941, Sheffield)

Frank White - guitar

Alan Taylor - guitar

Peter Cliff - bass guitar

John Riley - drums


Dave Berry had an unusual ambition for a pop performer trying to make a name for himself - to appear on TV completely hidden by a prop, to "not appear, to stay behind something and not come out". He did his best on one edition of "Ready, Steady, Go!" but relented and became visible for the last half of the song. As a rule he did a good job hiding behind the upturned collar of his leather jacket.

Berry came from Sheffield and began singing with local groups in 1960. He adopted his stage-name in deference to US rocker Chuck Berry after he joined the Cruisers in 1962. Playing hard driving R&B (in sharp contrast to many of his later hits) Berry and his group became a regular attraction in the city's clubs, including a residency at the Esquire Club. On these date they were sometimes joined by another young Sheffield singer, Joe Cocker.

The break came for Berry and his band came after playing a club in Doncaster. Mickie Most was in the audience and, suitably impressed, he arranged for them to record a demo tape, which in turn led to a recording contract with Decca Records in 1963.

Their first single, a cover of Chuck Berry's "Memphis, Tennessee", actually found itself in competition with a re-issue of Chuck's original version. Dave came out second best but the record still made the lower reaches of the Top Twenty. It took the group eight hours to make the record, which was a long time in 1963, with the result that Berry never recorded with The Cruisers again. Instead, session men including Jimmy Page, Big Jim Sullivan and John Paul Jones were used for recordings with The Cruisers just being employed for live dates.

Berry's releases tended to be divided between hard R&B rockers and straight pop ballads and more hits followed in '64 with covers of Elvis Presley's "My Baby Left Me" and the Shirelles' "Baby It's You" (a song also cover by the Beatles on their first album). These minor hits were followed by the song with which Dave Berry became most associated,"The Crying Game" was, as the title suggests, a tear-jerking ballad. Hidden away on the B side was one of his greatest R&B performances, "Don't Gimme No Lip Child", a song later covered by the Sex Pistols. Berry's striking television performances to promote the record - face half hidden by his hands as he slowly slinked around the set clad in black - created a stage persona that would endure for the rest of his career.

In 1965 he hit the top 5 for the second time with a cover of Bobby Goldsboro's "Little Things" which was followed by Ray Davies' "This Strange Effect" which sold disappointingly. There was to be one more top 5 hit the following year, B.J. Thomas's sentimental "Mama". Subsequent releases had less impact and Berry vanished from the national scene to a career touring on the northern club circuit. In recent years Dave Berry has become a familiar figure on sixties revival tours.


Oct '63

Memphis, Tennessee/Tossin' And Turnin'

Decca F 11734


Jan '64

My Baby Left Me/Hoochie Coochie Man

Decca F11803


Apr '64

Baby It's You/Sweet And Lovely

Decca F 11876


Jul '64

The Crying Game/Don't Gimme No Lip Child

Decca F 11937


Nov '64

One Heart Between Two/You're Gonna Need Somebody

Decca F 12020


Mar '65

Little Things/I've Got A Tiger By The Tail

Decca F 12103


Jul '65

This Strange Effect/Now

Decca F 12188


Oct '65

I'm Gonna Take You There/Just Don't Know

Decca F 12258


Jan '66

If You Wait For Love/Hidden

Decca F 12337


Jul '66

Mama/Walk, Walk, Talk, Talk

Decca F 12435


Nov '66

Picture Me Gone/Ann

Decca F 12513


Mar '67

Stranger/Stick By The Book

Decca F 12579


Aug '67

Forever/And I Have Learned To Dream

Decca F 12651



Just As Much As Ever/I Got A Feeling

Decca F 12739



(Do I Still Figure) In Your Life/Latisha

Decca F 12771



Oh What A Life/Huma Luma

Decca F 12905




Dave Berry - Me-O-My-O/St. James Infirmary/If You Need Me/Ella Speed

Decca DFE 8601


Can I Get It From You -

Decca DFE 8625




Dave Berry - The Crying Game/Not Fade Away/I Don't Want To Go On/Ella Speed/The Girl From The Fair Isle/Go On Home/Everybody Tries/God Bless The Child/Memphis, Tennessee/On The Other Side Of Town/Go Home Girl/My Last Date/St. James Infirmary/Just A Little Bit/See See Rider/Don't Make Fun Of Me

Decca LK 4653

Dec '66

One Dozen Berries - Hey Little Girl/Round And Round/Casting My Spell/Girl From The Fair Isle/Fanny Man/If You Wait For Love/Sweet And Lovely/Tears To Remind Me/Baby It's You/Run My Heart/I Love You Babe/Heartbeat

Ace Of Clubs SCL 1218


Dave Berry '68 -

Decca LK/SLK 4932




Berry's Best - Memphis Tennessee, My Baby Left Me, Little Queenie (live), Diddley Daddy (live), Baby It's You, The Crying Game, Don't Gimme No Lip Child, Not Fade Away, You Better Move On, He's With You, One Heart Between Two, Go Home Girl, Little Things, This Strange Effect, Mama, So Goes Love, Picture Me Gone, Forever, (Do I Figure) In Your Life, Chaplin House


This Strange Effect - I Love You Babe, Go On Home, You're Gonna Need Somebody, Don't Gimme No Lip Child, My Baby Left Me, Memphis Tennessee, Hoochie Coochie Man, St. James Infirmary, Diddley Daddy, Alright Baby, Same Game, One Heart Between Two, I'm Gonna Take You There, Mama, This Strange Effect, Forever, The Crying Game, Baby It's You, Little Things, Picture Me Gone


The Very Best Of Dave Berry - Memphis Tennessee/My Baby Left Me/Baby It's You/The Crying Game/One Heart Between Two/Little Things/This Strange Effect/Mama/Can I Get It From You/I'm Gonna Take You There/If You Wait For Love/Stranger/Heartbeat/Change Our Minds/Suspicions (In Your Mind)/I Got The Feeling/The Girl From The Far Island/Sticks And Stones/I Love You Babe/The Coffee Song