The Four Pennies Biography
This Blackburn, Lancaster beat group comprised Lionel Morton (14 August 1942, Blackburn, Lancashire, England; vocals/rhythm guitar), Fritz Fryer (David Roderick Carnie Fryer, 6 December 1944, Oldham, England; lead guitar), Mike Wilsh (b. 21 July 1945, Stoke-on-Trent, England; bass) and Alan Buck (b. 7 April 1943, Brierfield, Lancashire, England; drums). They scored a notable UK number 1 hit in 1964 with Juliet - a Morton-penned ballad that was originally the b-side of the less immediate Tell Me Girl, which had a stark simplicity that enhanced its plaintive qualities. The quartet enjoyed three further Top 20 entries with I Found Out The Hard Way, Black Girl (both 1964) and Until Its Time For You To Go (1965), but were unable to sustain a long career. Fryer, having briefly fronted a new act, Fritz, Mike and Mo, later became a successful record producer, while Morton, who married actress Julia Foster, made frequent appearances in childrens television programmes.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.