Gary’s rock celebration launched Jan 22 2004 Liverpool Echo A JOHN Lennon lookalike has launched Liverpool’s celebrations to mark 50 years of rock ‘n’ roll.


Gary Gibson welcomed visitors to Mendips, the childhood home of the former Beatle, to celebrate half a century since Elvis Presley recorded his first hit That’s All Right, at Sun Studio in Memphis in July 1954. Official celebrations were taking place in New York where Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Ron Gould received the keys to the city of Memphis. Liverpool and Memphis have twinned for the duration of the 50th anniversary year. The twinning will see schoolchildren from Liverpool travel across the Atlantic, while this year’s musical events, such as the Summer Pops and the Mathew Street Festival will join in the party. Council leader Mike Storey said “This will be a really exciting 12 months of rock ‘n’ roll, with Liverpool – the world famous Capital of Pop – right at the heart of celebrations.”