Web Page No 2482
9th June 2018
1st Picture: The sheet music to Johnny Remember Me2nd Picture: From The Great Escape
3rd Picture: John in 2013
Remember John Leyton?
John Dudley Leyton was born 17th February 1936 in and was best known as a for his " " which reached in August 1961 despite being banned by the BBC for its death references. His father owned cinemas and theatres, and his mother was the actress Babs Walters, but they split when he was six.
Alongside singing, he also had an acting career which saw him appearing in television and films throughout the 1960s. His films included , , " " and . In 2009 he also had a small part in the film , a biopic based on Joe Meek's life in which he himself was portrayed by .
He was educated at and after completing his , he studied , paying his way through drama school with bit-part roles in and on . His first major acting role was his portrayal of Ginger in a 1960 adaptation of , which earned him a large following of young female and led to the formation of a John Leyton .
Following the success of Biggles, he was persuaded by his manager, to audition as a singer for , and subsequently recorded a cover version of " ", which was released on the label. In 1961 the Top Rank label was taken over by EMI who then issued his records on their label. EMI had already released 's version of the same song so John Leyton's recording was withdrawn from sale, whilst Ricky Valance's version reached Number 1.
His second Harpers West One, in which he played a singer named Johnny Saint Cyr and he performed "Johnny Remember Me" during the show (backed by ), and the single subsequently charted at Number 1 His next single, "Wild Wind", reached number 2 in the s but later singles only achieved lower chart positions. On 15th April 1962, he performed at the Poll-Winners Concert at 's . But in 1963 his association with Joe Meek ended and that, combined with the British boom, cast him adrift, although he found a lot of acting work in television and film to keep him busy. Despite trying to give his music more of a ' ' sound by giving him a , 'The LeRoys', his chart career faded out by the beginning of 1964. - "The Girl on the Floor Above" - was released on the HMV label, but was not a success. However, his first big hit, " ", coincided with his appearance as an actor in the popular
By this time he had become a familiar face in film and television. He played himself in the 1962 film , performing his latest single "Lonely City" in a radio studio. In (1963) he played tunnel designer Willie Dickes, one of the only three characters who successfully make it to freedom.
From 1966 to 1967, he played the lead role as Lieutenant Nicholas Gage, an expert in demolitions, in , an American TV series about espionage in the .
He returned to Britain in the early 1970s and unsuccessfully attempted to re-launch his singing career in 1973. In the mid 1970s, more acting as he starred in the television series, . Acting roles became fewer during the 1970s, and by the early 1980s, he was no longer active in .
In the 1990s he began performing in the 'Solid Gold Rock 'n' Roll Show', appearing with artists such as and . The autumn 2004 tour featured John Leyton, , . He also returned to acting, with a in the 2005 film, .
In May 2006, it was back to the recording studio and he released "Hi Ho, Come On England", a re-working of " and he also topped the bill at the , , along with 1960s stars and at a concert named "'60s Icons".", to coincide with the in . During the summer of 2007 he filmed a cameo appearance for the film,
He continues to tour the UK and performing his hits and can boast an following with his official website. He is now 82and lives with his wife, Diana, in Suffolk
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News and Views:
On this day 9th June 1960-1965.
On 09/06/1960 the number one single was Cathy's Clown - Everly Brothers and the number one album was South Pacific Soundtrack. The top rated TV show was Wagon Train (ITV) and the box office smash was Psycho. A pound of today's money was worth £13.68 and Burnley were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.
On 09/06/1961 the number one single was Surrender - Elvis Presley and the number one album was GI Blues - Elvis Presley. The top rated TV show was No Hiding Place (AR) and the box office smash was One Hundred and One Dalmations. A pound of today's money was worth £13.25 and Tottenham Hotspur were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.
On 09/06/1962 the number one single was Good Luck Charm - Elvis Presley and the number one album was Blue Hawaii - Elvis Presley. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was Lawrence of Arabia. A pound of today's money was worth £12.89 and Ipswich Town were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.
On 09/06/1963 the number one single was From Me To You - The Beatles and the number one album was Please Please Me - The Beatles. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was The Great Escape. A pound of today's money was worth £12.64 and Everton were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.
On 09/06/1964 the number one single was You're My World - Cilla Black and the number one album was Rolling Stones - The Rolling Stones. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was Dr Strangelove. A pound of today's money was worth £12.24 and Liverpool were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions
On 09/06/1965 the number one single was Long Live Love - Sandie Shaw and the number one album was Bringing It All Back Home - Bob Dylan. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was The Sound of Music. A pound of today's money was worth £11.69 and Manchester United were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.