MUSIC fans are mourning the loss of two of Merseybeat’s brightest stars. Jackie Lomax and Tommy Hughes were both regular Cavern performers in the 1960s.
Jackie was born in Wallasey in 1944 and in the early 1960s joined Merseybeat band The Undertakers before forming The Lomax Alliance and later going solo.
He signed to The Beatles‘ record label, Apple, and recorded with George Harrison and Eric Clapton.
Jackie started his music career in Liverpool as part of the Merseybeat scene and played in a number of bands.
He became a friend of The Beatles after playing alongside them at the Cavern Club and became the first act to sign to the Apple label.
George Harrison wrote and produced his debut single and he recorded with Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton and sang on The Beatles’ songs Dear Prudence and Hey Jude.
Jackie’s website said: “For Jackie it was always about the music and he had only recently put the finishing touches to his next album, Against All Odds, which will be released by Angel Air Records towards the end of this year or early next year.”
Barry Byrne from Kensington was one of Jackie’s biggest fans.
He said: “Jackie to me was an all-time great, but I feel like he was totally overlooked and underrated as both a songwriter and a musician. He was let down while at Apple because they didn't know what to do with him. I would like to say thanks to Jackie for the music.”
Tommy Hughes was a member of many Liverpool bands over the years.
He played in the Blue Genes (who went on to become the Swinging Blue Jeans), as well as Kansas City Five, Mojos and Faron’s Flamingoes.
Friend Arty Davies said: “Tommy was one the nicest guys in the music business and I always felt it was privilege to play with him as I did many times, if it was not doing jazz it was rocking with Faron’s Flamingos, Tommy mate I will miss you.”
Both men died from natural causes.