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  • 50 years ago.........

    Posted on 2/1/18 - by SG
    You were born in Arkansas, but grew up in shadow of the Beatles. An accomplished bass guitar player, a member of the Hideaways, a band that played the famous Cavern club, Liverpool, many times. You didn't have to return to the States, but did so out of sense of duty. Three months into your tour, you were lost to friendly fire. You are remembered.
  • Not Forgotten

    Posted on 5/29/17 - by Terry Langley
    Think of you often, so your memory does live on.

    Rest in peace neighbor.
  • Judd Lander

    Posted on 1/18/17 - by Judd Lander
    We still look at your postcard and letters, and always give you a name check at all our HIDEAWAYS Cavern performances. Your daughter attended with mum at our last gig in Liverpool, the place has certainly changed over the years but our music still carries on as do our memories ... Luv Judd, John D, Ozzie & Frank. You'll be pleased to know that you are on our website so always remembered over here in olde Blighty
  • gone but never forgotton,

    Posted on 2/1/16 - by pauline rimmer
    R.I.P John proud to have known you, way back in the 60's now also have the honour of being friends with your daughter Mandy, the boys are still playing in the band a couple of times a year, you missed out on so much. but l will always remember the shy boy at the cavern, sleep tight, You'v got to love your HIDEAWAY.. xx
  • John R Shell

    Posted on 2/1/16 - by Dr IainC. Taylor
    John Robert SHELL, dob 9 April 1947 in Dallas TX but attended the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys entering the school aged 11 in Sept. 1958 and was in Forms (classes) 3D, 4B, L5B, U5B, RA and left school in 1963. John Shell was around the school at the same time as Paul McCartney and George Harrison - though 4 and 5 years junior to them.

    Soon after school he was part of locally well known rock group, the Hideaways whose times were captured in a book about early years of Liverpool post-Beatles music, entitled BEAT IN LIVERPOOL published in Germany and authored by Seuss, Juergen - Gerold Dommermuth with text in Dutch.

    "With numerous touching b/w illustrations in black-and-white giving a nice image of Liverpool in the Sixties i.a. the Cavern Club in Mathew Street. The Dutch edition. Loosely inserted in the back rear a single disc with on the A-side ‘The Clayton Squares’; ‘The Hideaways’ at the Sink Club performing Black Night & Momma, keep your big mouth shut, in photo-illustrated sleeve. Nice and rare complete copy including d/j + disc.
    "During the spring of 1965 we met two gentlemen from the Netherlands {?]. They were putting together a book to be titled ‘Beat in Liverpool’. The main focus of the book was to follow around two local Liverpool groups – mainly, actually, the Clayton Squares – and the Hideaways. The pair came to several Hideaway gigs around the city, namely the Cavern, the Iron Door, the Way Down, the Mardi Gras and the Sink Club. I can’t recall if they recorded us at all of the clubs mentioned (I seem to remember the equipment being a tape recorder over the shoulder and a hand held microphone thrust into the air in the middle of the audience!) – but I think not.
    If I may fast forward to the mid-1970s, when working as a sales rep. (a proper job), I heard about a book only available on the continent about the Liverpool scene of the mid-1960s. Of course, by this time there was nothing particularly unusual about that, but I also heard that a disc was included with this book containing a recording of previously unheard live tracks from the Clayton Squares and the Hideaways. I asked friends and fellow musicians to find a copy for me but all to no avail. It was not until the late 1980s that a good friend – Dave Carlyle – discovered one and purchased it for me.
    I was a little disappointed to begin with: the book was written in Dutch. However I eventually gleaned a great deal from the text with careful reading and the superb photographs in stark black and white were very atmospheric. There were many photos of the Clayton Squares, of course, but there were also several of the Hideaways. Of particular poignancy were the shots of our bass player John Shell in our favourite meeting place, the Kardomah Café on Whitechapel. John could be seen with his then girl friend Elaine Curtis. They were, in fact, married shortly after these photographs were taken. Sadly (tragically, in fact), John was to lose his life in the Vietnam War (he was born in Dallas in 1947) leaving Elaine a teenage widow and a new-born daughter.

    I live in Canada am writing a book about the school and would welcome any remembrances of John.
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