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Bez (Happy Mondays)

Bez a.k.a Mark Berry, the percussionist, dancer with The Indie/alternative/dance band Happy Mondays was born 18 April 1962. Formed in 1980 in Salford, Greater Manchester, the Happy Monday’s original line-up consisted of Shaun Ryder on lead vocals, his brother Paul Ryder on bass, lead guitarist Mark Day, keyboardist Paul Davis, and drummer Gary Whelan. Mark “Bez” Berry joined the band onstage later during a live performance after befriending Shaun Ryder and served as a dancer/percussionist. Rowetta Satchell also joined the band to provide backing vocals in the early 1990s.


Some of the Happy Mondays best known songs include Step On, Wrote For Luck, Hallelujah, 24 Hour Party People and Kinky Afro. Along with The Stone Roses, The Happy Mondays found fame and success during the “Madchester” music scene of the late 1980′ and early 1990′s, which developed in Manchester, England. The music that emerged from the scene mixed alternative rock, psychedelic rock and dance music. Other Artists associated with the scene also included New Order, Inspiral Carpets, Northside, 808 State, James, The Charlatans, The Fall, A Guy Called Gerald, and other bands. At that time, the Haçienda nightclub was a major catalyst for the distinctive musical ethos in the city that was called the Second Summer of Love. After the Happy Monday’s split Berry also joined the band Black Grape again with Ryder. In 2012 the Happy Mondays enjoyed something of a Comeback too, after having played various Music Festivals during the summer including V Festival at Weston Park, Weston-under-Lizard and Hylands Park, Chelmsford.

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