THE MERSEY MEN - I CAN TELL

 
 THE MERSEY MEN - 'I Can Tell' / 'Miss Ann' (Wild Woods WW 2001) July 1965

From Salem, Ohio this group of firebrands armed with the latest fuzz equipment decided to call themselves an English sounding name then proceeded to blast their way through two rock and roll tunes breathing new life into them with their teenage swagger.

'I Can Tell' was recorded by Bo Diddley in '62 and 'Miss Ann' was a Little Richard B-Side....Sorry mostly (dead) old men but your versions are lame as fuck compared to these fuzz filled rockers by The Mersey Men.




The Mersey Men update from Jymmy Shinn:

Hi, Expo67,
Just got a link to your site which featured the Mersey Men, and I just had to write to you.
I'm very familiar with the Mersey Men, as I married their drummer, Bill Shinn, in October 1965. We've been married almost 44 years now. The picture of them on your site is one that we have framed on our wall. I guess it really is a small world.

They were the best dance band around then. I remember they played in Oklahoma City once, and outdrew Herman's Hermits and Bobby Sherman. People crowded places just to hear them play - lots of times, they would line up out in the street because they had no more room in the building where they were playing.

Do you know anything about the second record they made? The A side was called "Take a Heart", and the flip was a cover of "Hey Little One" by Dorsey Burnett.

Line-Up:

First, the band members. I'll use the picture you have to name them.

Bill Shinn is on the top right, with the glasses. He was the drummer and the "screamer". Next to him on the top left is Ronnie Flory, who played rhythm guitar and did vocals. Directly in front of Bill is Al Catlos, AKA "Fella", who played lead guitar and did vocals, and next to Fella is Willie Murray, the base player, and who also did some vocals.

The other 3 were from Salem, but Bill was from Alliance, Ohio, about 20 miles east of Salem.

Their "tour bus" was a black 1952 Cadillac hearse, with the words "Mersey Men" in gold old English lettering on both sides. Bill had to keep it at his house between jobs, because none of the other parents would let it near their homes. When they were playing a job in Oklahoma, the hearse blew up, and that was the end of that. Some of the kids who were going to the dance helped them tote their stuff to the place where they were to play, and the guys let them in free for helping. Seems everyone had a good time after all. Anyway, after that they rented a Volkswagen bus to haul stuff around.

They played all over western Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, New York, and Ontario, Canada before coming to Oklahoma, where I met them.

Bill & Jymmy Shinn

Comments

  1. Followed this band around Oklahoma because of their connection to Scotty Woods, who also recorded several friends of mine on his Wild Woods label in Lawton, Oklahoma.

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    1. Just curious to know if you were friends with friends of mine also. Chip Williams, Donnie Taulbee??

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    2. byrd, chip sure played with them a bunch byrd was great friend, jp Lawton ok

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  2. Hey that's my Grandpa!
    Bill Mull, the one on the left sitting :D
    WOO HOO GO GRANDPA!

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  3. Just kidding, his name isn't Bill nor Mull
    not telling you his name of course!
    Cause of stalkers
    O.O

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  4. My Mother used to promote them in North Texas. wichita Falls. They would come over to our house after some of the performances. They were awesome............ Are they all still around?

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  5. Person that knows Anonymous..4 September 2010 at 17:16

    I DON'T KNOW he-he who am I??

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  6. DUDE! I gotta have that recording of Miss Ann!! I JUST GOTTA!!!!!!!! My name is Lewis Im the guitarist of The Shag Rats, I loved their version of I can tell, I just came across this and heard Miss Ann for the first time!! My Girlfriend Gloria (Go-Go-Glo) has a blogspot, i was wondering if you could give her this recording, id greatly appreciate it!

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  7. While going through a bunch of old 45's, I found a copy of "I Can Tell/ Miss Ann" on Wild Woods Records out of Lawton, Okla. I remember seeing them in Wichita Falls, Texas. The sleeve is signed by all 4 musicians + someone named Willie Murrall. Who was Willie Murral?

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    1. I know this is old, but maybe I might get a reply. I am interested in contacting the person from Lawton, Okla who came across an old 45 album. Willie Murray was my Dad!!! I am highly intrigued with your finding. Anytime, please contact me at andybobmull@yahoo.com Thank you for any time and considerations.
      Very respectfully,
      Andy Mull

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  8. It is with a heartful of sadness that I write this. William Murray Mull, aka Willie Murray - base player for the Mersey Men - passed away on Jan. 4, 2012 after battling cancer. He and his family have been our closest friends for the last 47 years, so this really hits home hard. Bill was a strong Christian man, so we know he went immediately to be with the Lord. Please do remember his family in your prayers - his wife of 48 years, Lettie, and this three sons, Bill Jr., Chris, and Andy and their families. We wanted to share this with you because you care so much about the band. Remember him often - he loved playing music.

    Sadly yours,
    Bill and Jymmy Shinn

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  9. Sorry to hear the sad news and thank you for taking time out to let me know.

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  10. To "Aunt Jymmy" and "Uncle Bill"...I am so sorry to hear about Willie...I will keep the family in my prayers. I also want everyone to know that the handsome one in the upper right hand of that pic is MY UNCLE...and MY AUNT JYMMY has a beautiful voice too!!! Love and Miss you both, and sure do miss my younger days! Too much time has gone by! The MERSEY MEN ROCKED!!!

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  11. Hey EXPO67, This is Bill Shinn ,if the name sounds familiar pay attention. If you can gtve me a mailing address I have someting you might like to hear!W.M.S. TEXAS.

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  12. Hello Bill - I'm curious..

    Please send me an email at: dirtywater66@yahoo.co.uk and I'll send you my address..

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  13. Wow,,, was I surprised to find this website, and this really brings back memories. In 1965, I was 8 years old. My older sister acquired the single "I Can Tell" as being a fan of the group. You see, Ron Flory was our next door neighbor. Later on, Ron's father, Pete, came over to our house with a brand new single "Take a Heart/Hey Little One". After listening to both sides of the single, he told us we could keep it because he had no way to play it, he did not have a turntable. There were a lot of miles put on those singles, but I proudly still own them to this day. In fact, I have all 4 songs burned into my MP3 player. Isn't technology grand? I just wish I could have been older at the time so I could have seen them perform live. Thanks for the flashback.

    Chris Dowd Sandston, VA

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  14. Great story Chris, thanks for sharing

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  15. Glad to see all the "ink" on the Mersey Men. Life was great and uncomplicated back then. I went from the Mersey Men, to Vietnam, to college instructor. Take care MM fans.

    Al Catlos (guitar and vocals)
    Burlington NC

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    1. Al, I'm in Raleigh. Would love to get together with you sometime and talk about your days with The Mersey Men.

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  16. I was staying with relatives in
    Oklahoma City the summer of 1965. I was from New Mexico.. My cousin won a copy of this record from KOMA or WKY, dont recall for sure. It was a great summer for music...I was 10, my cousin was 16. Both sides were awesome and kicked serious ass for blues rock in '65...the Lawton address on the label was confusing tho...until now...we assumed they were a Brit band...not Ohio...But the Lawton Ok. address?...well obviously they recorded there at woods place while in the area...Interestingly enough, I don't recall this record played on
    local OKC radio, but it probably was...trying to get a digital copy from my cousin at this time... JD Shores










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