Michael Armstrong Featuring Brian Bennett & Warren Bennett
‘Little Girl (Bells of Christmas)’
Released 2nd December 2016
In 1967, the owner of Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club, and friend of The Beatles, Alf Geoghegan wrote and recorded a song for his daughter, Debbie, for Christmas. For close to half a century that song has remained unheard outside of the immediate family.
Several years ago, Debbie and her husband Nigel met singer/songwriter, Michael Armstrong and they have since become huge fans of his music, even organising Michael’s debut album launch at The Cavern, plus the opportunity for him to perform a Beatles set there too – as The Beatles and Paul McCartney are his biggest musical influences. A huge thrill and a dream come true to say the least!
Last year, Debbie presented Michael with a copy of her father’s Christmas song and gave him the permission to work on and update it. The result is this brand new recording, produced and arranged by Warren Bennett and Michael Armstrong. It features the legendary Brian Bennett of The Shadows – who remain one of the most successful and influential bands of all time. Brian himself performed with the band at The Cavern in its 60’s heyday. Full credits are as follows: –
Michael Armstrong – lead vocals, acoustic guitars & backing vocals
Warren Bennett – keyboards, guitars, bass & backing vocals
Ed Barker – saxophone
Jonathan Howells – percussion
Brian Bennett – drums
Since then, Debbie has written a book about The Cavern, which not only perfectly commemorates the 60th anniversary of the venue but also marks 50 years since her father bought and took over the running of it (it was opened by the then Prime Minister, Harold Wilson). Entitled ‘Cavern Club: The Inside Story’, the book is published by Jorvik Press and was launched on 24th October at The Cavern Club. Michael updated the original song and ‘Little Girl’ (Bells of Christmas) was premiered at the book launch to a rapturous and emotional reception.
Coinciding perfectly with the 60th Birthday of the most famous club in the world, Debbie and Michael will be available for interview around the release of both the book and single.