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Singer Brian O’Hara Dies at 58

June 30, 1999

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) _ Brian O’Hara, former singer and guitarist with the Fourmost, a 1960s Liverpool group that shared a manager with the Beatles and had hits with songs by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, has been found dead, police said. He was 58.

Liverpool police said O’Hara was found apparently hanged Sunday at his home in the Wavertree area of Liverpool. An inquest will convene Thursday.

Formed in 1962, the Fourmost was managed by Brian Epstein, who also managed the Beatles, and had half a dozen British hit singles from 1963-65, including ``Hello Little Girl″ and ``I’m In Love″ by Lennon and McCartney, and ``A Little Loving,″ by Russ Alquist.

The group never had a U.S. hit but came close in 1966 with ``Here, There & Everywhere,″ a Beatles song that was never a single for the Beatles.

They made their public debut still using their original name, the Four Jays, at Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club in 1961, just three weeks before the Beatles’ famous first performance there.

By the time Epstein signed the Fourmost, the group consisted of Billy Hatton on bass, Mike Millward on guitar and vocals, Dave Lovelady on drums and O’Hara.

The band played top venues like the London Palladium, where they shared the bill with Frankie Vaughan, Cilla Black and Tommy Cooper.

In 1966, they played on a bill topped by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones at the Empire Pool in Wembley, London.

Funeral details were not immediately known.

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