LETTER: Mersey killing

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The Independent Online
From Mr John Cochrane

Sir: While I would be only too happy in a world without the Beatles (2 November), I should point out that the so-called Mersey Sound did not replace skiffle; as a popular music form, this had largely disappeared by the end of 1957 - six years earlier.

In common with all successful revolutions, the Mersey Sound replaced dying stagnation - in this case, the "bland soup" which any examination of the 1962 record charts would reveal.

Yours sincerely,

John Cochrane