They must have watched other local bands, had favourites, and learned from some.
They were hanging out with The Hurricanes for long periods. They watched Ted Taylor and The Dominoes and copied some of their song styles (Twist and Shout for certain) The Big Three, Remo Four, Gerry, Faron would have been around them a lot. But do we know of any lesser know local bands/singers that they followed or admired?
I remember watching a video of one of the early Mersey groups live and out in the audience was another group watching the band on stage. Probably taking mental notes of what the fans liked and didn't like and watching for the all important guitar chords.
First of all fascinating to see that guitars were around £155.00. That sounds a phenomenal price and I assume they were top of the range makes for that money. I also still cannot get over how young the infrastructure was. Bill Harry looks only in his early 20's as would the likes of Sam Leach. You also get a fell at how underground the scene was. The shock when the bands started to go mainstream from the establishment must of been huge. Hearing the acts live also feels like the sound has taken a step away from the blueprint of RocknRoll.
Interesting to hear that first chap talking about how many musicians were on the dole. The official name was the "Unemployment Assistance Board" - UAB. I've heard groups in the Cavern change the words of "Money" to: "The best things in life are free When you're living on the UAB"