John Leyton Album
John Leyton made his professional debut as an actor at the
Theatre Royal in York. Whilst there he was spotted by Granada
Television and offered the part of Ginger in the TV series "Biggles" which ran for a year and gained John a strong following
of teenage fans.
Under the management of impresario Robert Stigwood, John returned to Londodn and was offered a guest starring role in a soap type series called "Harpers W1" in which he was to portray a pop star. The character was required to sing a song called "Johnny Remember Me". EMI released it as a single and within two weeks it was No.1 in the charts. As a result, John became a teenage idol and was voted 'Newcomer of the Year' while his record was acclaimed 'Best Song of the Year'.
Advance orders for his follow up single "Wild Wind" exceeded 300,000 copies, resulting in the record rocketing straight to No-2 in the charts prior to its release date!
These hits plus "Son This Is She" and subsequent records and albums continued to sell around the world, achieving Top 10 status in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Japan and throughout Scandinavia and the Far East.
The Great Escape
Despite having experienced phenomenal success as a pop singer,
John decided to return to acting. His motion picture debut came
when he was cast as 'Willie the Tunnel King' in the classic war
movie "The Great Escape" which featured a star-studded cast
including Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Richard Attenborough,
Gordon Jackson, Donald Pleasance and James Garner.
This was followed by a leading role in "Guns at Batasi" with Richard Attenborough, Jack Hawkins, Mia Farrow and Flora Robson then by "Von Ryan's Express" starring Frank Sinatra and Trevor Howard
Von Ryan's Express
Returning to England from his home in Hollywood, John involved himself in film production in an executive capacity. Apart from his work as an actor, writer and producer, John Leyton was also Chairman and Managing Director of a company which owned the well known London restaurant The Meridiana, and he subsequently put his expertise behind The Market Bar restaurant in Portobello Road.
Following constant demand for guest and personal appearances, John eventually succumbed and stepped onto a stage for the first time in 28 years. In November 1993, he was invited to appear as one of the 'special guests' on the Capital Gold Anniversary Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
with Steve McQueen
Following that show, John raced to Caesar's Palace in Luton where he joined Marty Wilde and Eden Kane for a special one-off production of the "Oh Boy!" show. Such was the reaction to John's performance that night that he decided, there and then, to make a full time return to the entertainment business.
In 1994, John Leyton joined forces with Marty Wilde & The Wildcats, Joe Brown & The Bruvvers, Eden Kane, The Vernon Girls and Rockin' Horse to undertake a 51 date UK tour with the "Solid Gold Rock 'n' Roll Show".
Such was the success of that first tour that more took place in 1996 and 1997, with the same line-up of artistes, including the London Palladium in its long itinerary. It seems the show with its format of house-hold names and nostalgia has acquired cult status and attracts audiences back again the next time around, somewhat akin to old friends meeting for a celebration!
Between mid September and mid December 1999, the "Solid Gold Rock 'n' Roll Show" undertook yet another UK tour playing to house-full business for 74 performances at 62 venues, again including the London Palladium in its long itinerary.
The career of John Leyton has successfully meandered its way through various facets of the entertainment industry. Time, which is divided between live appearances and touring, script writing and production, and discussing new television projects and involvement's is a precious commodity to him. The one thing that remains constant is, that John has always been a major attraction wherever he appears.
This Biography courtesy of Malcolm Cook
Prostar Management & Hal Carter Organisation
Visit John's web site at www.johnleyton.com
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