Bill Harry was born in Liverpool, England. He attended Liverpool College of Art with John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe. Harry was a member of The Dissenters and the founder and editor of Mersey Beat, a weekly pop newspaper documenting the Liverpool scene. The publication is best known for being the first to feature a then-new band called The Beatles in the early 1960s.
Harry has also worked as a publicist, providing public relations for such acts as Led Zeppelin, Suzi Quatro, Free, The Arrows, and Hot Chocolate.He is a critically acclaimed author, receiving the Gold Badge Award from the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters in 1995.Bill is currently Chief Consultant to Rock and Pop Shop, the memorabilia company which produces replica issues of Mersey Beat magazine as well as many art prints of the Mersey Beat front covers and other images from the original magazines.