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Genies Help please !

Postby ALAMO2008 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:21 am

I remember my Mum who lived in Malcolm Grove off Marsh Street and went to Westminster Rd school, telling me of a school hood friend Sonny Jim ? who was a Dwarf and was a front man in a Liverpool Harmonica Gang in the 1940's & 1950's

Can anyone help on the name of the group ? or any other info ?
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Postby Ernie Jackson. (Bunty) » Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:53 pm

The nearest I can remember relating to this query was a Sonny Ross, who was also a dwarf and resided in the Kirkdale/Bootle area. He was a member of the dwarf wrestling team that performed on stage at the old Metropole Theatre on Stanley Road, near to Strand Road, just before the Second World war broke out. .
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Postby ALAMO2008 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:19 pm

Yes, Sonny Ross that's the name, I remember now, Thanks
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Postby nicolas » Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:11 pm

Morton Fraser Harmonica Gang as I recall, about 1957 -
And from YouTube - https://youtu.be/sLPuUnVQ5DY


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Postby Ernie Jackson. (Bunty) » Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:12 am

The little guy in the band was Tiny Ross. He was born in Wales in1910, about the same the same age as Sonny Ross, so could easily have changed his name, as is usual in show business. . The only mention I can find of Tiny Ross regarding Liverpool was in Roy Hudds biography when he touches on meeting Tiny Ross in the Adelphi. Seems it may well be the same person as he was very talented and must have progressed well in show business after his early days in Bootle. Unusually for one of such small stature he lived to a good age.

I am sure our expert Genies will pick up on this as they are second to none in tracing folk, even to the most minute detail.
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Postby dorothy834 » Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:52 pm

Hi..There was a family in Cedar Street who had a dwarf in the family
if this is the same person his house would of backed onto the Metropole
I do remember that the son went with a circus ...his mother kept chickens
in the yard I was sent around there with cabbage leaves etc sometimes
got a few tasty eggs mmm
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Postby Shelagh » Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:15 pm

Seems Sonny Ross was quite a character in the Kirkdale/Bootle area..my mother who lived in Argos Rd remembered him as a child, said he was a swine as a kid...always lashing out at people, still watched him on the tele though..I thought the Harmonica's were great, and little Sonny, a very funny man :lol: (good to look back now and then)
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