|Tony Merrick solo (66)
Tony Merrick & The Scene (66)
|Johnny Masters & The Mastersounds (62)
The Rainmakers (62-63)
Billie Davis & The Country Gentlemen (63)
The Toggery Five (65)
The Toggery Soul Band (66)
Derek Joys Showband (66-67)
Carina & Los Sonida Grande(67)
||Ivans Meads (65-66)
High Society (66)
Richard Kent Style (66-68)
|Bobby Dell & The Dellstars (64-65)
Paul Young’s Toggery (66)
Electric Circus (1967)
|| lead guitar/vocals
Pete Birrell’s Allsorts (73)
Alvin’s Heartbeats (75-76)
Cowap & Doyle (c&w duo 80’s)
The Rainmakers (re-unions 90’s)
The Delivery Men (2000-to present)
Young & Renshaw
45: “Childplay” (Merrick-Lawless)/”Bitter Wind” (B. Mosley) Metronome M 25.156 with picture cover 1969
45: “Childplay” (Merrick-Lawless)/”Bitter Wind” (B. Mosley) Rim Records (number unknown) 1969
LP: Various artists: “John Peel Presents Top Gear” BBC REC 52 S 1970
Contains 10 songs including “Mort” (Ron Walker) and ”Titania” (Ron Walker) performed by Sweet Marriage. Other artists featured on the album are Bridget St. John, Ron Geesin, Welfare State plus presenter John Peel.
Unissued: “Omaha“ (xxxxx) Produced by Jonathan Peel at Strawberry Studios 1968
Unissued: “Annie’s Sister” (xxxxx) Produced by Jonathan Peel at Strawberry Studios 1968
Unissued: “Love” (xxxxx) Produced by Jonathan Peel at Strawberry Studios 1968
Unissued: “Alone Again Or” (xxxxx) Produced by Jonathan Peel at Strawberry Studios 1968
Unissued: “You Don’t Know Where Your Interest Lies” (Judd Proctor) Produced by Jonathan Peel at Strawberry Studios 1968
Unissued: “Desiree” (xxxxx) Produced by John Walters for Top Gear/Radio Enterprises 8/1969
Unissued: “Death Of Elizabeth” (xxxxx) Produced by John Walters for Top Gear/Radio Enterprises 8/1969
Unissued: “Live And Let Live” (xxxxx) Produced by John Walters for Top Gear/Radio Enterprises 8/1969
I remember when Ron Walker joined up with Sweet Marriage. He had cut his teeth in the Big City Blues at 15yrs old - a very promising guitar player from Alderley Edge. He was really tasteful musically, beyond his years. Ron went on into the Gin House with me and some other Big City Blues members, namely Johnny Burrows bass , and Henry Quick Drums.
We broke up while backing Milton James as the Milton James Band ..so Ron's next step was to join Sweet Marriage.
I saw Sweet Marriage on a couple of occasions with Rod Gerrard of the Salford Jets and they reminded me of a cross between the west coast group Love and the early Move. Their harmonies were superb and the live version of "Alone again" was second to none. On both occasions they died on theire arse - proving that the public at times can be real dumb.
Great memories and just like Salford's own Stylos - among the greatest unsung heroes to come out of the Manchester scene--and what an impressive CV all members have. Wonderful memories indeed!!!!!!
At 15 years old I accompanied Al Doyle and the band to Hamburg. I was at that time a drummer with "The Orphans" a very young group from Stockport. I wanted to go just for the experience, as I was too young to play in Germany. What an experience it was! Years later I played in various cabaret bands with Al, and we were great friends.
Sad news, Tony Merrick died at home on Saturday 1st October of renal failure after bravely fighting cancer for many months.
He will be much missed by all of us,a generous and considerate man and a great voice.
Tony Macdonald, Keith Lawless, Alan Doyle Friends and 'Sweet Marriage' bandmates