How Liverpool’s first girl band dubbed ‘the female Beatles’ had run-in with John Lennon

How Liverpool’s first girl band dubbed ‘the female Beatles’ had run-in with John Lennon

THE Liverbirds were a girl band before girl bands had even been invented. Not singing harmonies in pretty dresses with a backing group, but out there front and centre, playing their own ­instruments in Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club in the early ’60s.

Mary, Sylvia, Val and Pam performed at the same venues as the Rolling Stones and The Kinks and had equal billing with Chuck Berry in Hamburg, where they were known as “the female Beatles”. Which must have really annoyed John Lennon. When he met them backstage at the Cavern, he told them: “Girls don’t play guitars.” They turned down the Fab Four’s manager Brian Epstein, hung out with Jimi Hendrix and The Four Tops, helped The Kinks record their first No1 and guitarist Pam had a fling with Mick Jagger.