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Formed in Wallasey, Merseyside, in 1961, the Undertakers were initially known as the Vegas Five, but assumed their new sobriquet when a printers error advertised them as such in a local newspaper. Their original line-up featured Jimmy McManus (vocals), Chris Huston (lead guitar), Geoff Nugent (guitar/vocals), Brian Boots Jones (saxophone/vocals), Dave Mushy Cooper (bass) and Bob Evans (drums), but within 18 months the core of Jones, Huston and Nugent had been joined by Jackie Lomax (10 May 1944, Wallasey, Merseyside, England; bass/vocals) and Bugs Pemberton (drums). The quintet completed four singles between 1963 and 1964, including versions of material by the Shirelles (Everybody Loves A Lover), Solomon Burke (Stupidity) and Roscoe Gordon (Just A Little Bit). Adequate rather than urgent, these releases lacked the passion of corresponding live performances where, bedecked in black frock coats, the...