2017-02-16 01:31:11 UTC
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Tributes paid to former Spinner Tony Davis after his death at the age of 86
Musician was a member of famous Liverpool folk band
Tributes have been paid to an adopted Scouser and musician who became a member of famous Liverpool band The Spinners.
Fans and friends of Tony Davis have taken to social media to share stories of a “great character” and “wonderful man” after his death at the home he shared with wife Beryl in Warrington
Mr Davis, 86 – affectionately referred to as the “tall one in the Spinners” – was born in Blackburn and moved to Merseyside as a teenager, later living in Wallasey.
Friends said his love for jazz inspired his music career and he was proud of his adopted home.
Doug Darroch, of Fort Perch Rock in New Brighton, said: “Tony loved the Wirral and although he wasn’t from Liverpool, he and all his bandmates were honoured to be adopted Scousers.
“In his later life Tony took part in a lot of performances around Fort Perch Rock with his jazz band and was always a massive hit with the locals.”
They released around 40 albums during their career, which ran from 1958 to 1988, and famously sang the Pete McGovern-penned classic In My Liverpool Home.
They became regarded as sons of the city, despite Hughie being the only Liverpool-born member.
The band made numerous concerts and TV appearances and became hugely popular with their blend of folk music classics and new songs in the same vein.
Critics said that their style was musically simple, cosy and sentimental – but it appealed to their many fans.
After many world tours and countless TV appearances, the Spinners split up in 1988 – but met up for a special reunion in 2005.