Subsequent singles released that year and the next made no impression. The group had its origins in , when Bruce McCaskill formed a jazz influenced skiffle sextet group called the Bluegenes. There were a number of early personnel changes, as guitarist Ralph Ellis joined the band and Ward was replaced by Les Braid. They were a fully working band by , playing skiffle at venues in Liverpool and at the Star Club in Hamburg. The German audiences booed them off the stage, however, and the group rapidly changed direction and focus.