Is Marty Wilde the busiest 75-year-old in rock n’ roll? The original British rock n’ roll star won’t be celebrating his landmark birthday with his pipe and slippers - instead he’s undertaking a 30-date UK tour with his mates Eden Kane, John Leyton, Nancy Ann Lee and his long-serving band The Wildcats.
The tour stops off at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax, on Sunday, November 2 - and Marty can’t wait to entertain the audience with the old hits.
“I’m 75 years old and still going strong,” he said.
“If anyone had told me back in ‘58 when I started out that I’d still be playing shows nearly 60 years later, I would have laughed . . . with happiness!
“I knew back then that music was all I wanted to do and I still know it now. This tour is another fantastic rock and roll party with my great friends.”
Never one for sitting back with his feet up, Marty Wilde drives around the country playing music to screaming fans up to a hundred times a year. And in between he plays 18 holes of golf to a respectable handicap.
He started out on the rock scene in the late 1950s, along with Tommy Steele and Cliff Richard.
He had a string of hits including ‘Teenager in Love’, ‘Sea of Love’, ‘Endless Sleep’, ‘Donna’ and ‘Rubber Ball’.
In addition he has written hits for Lulu, The Casuals and Status Quo, as well as for his daughter Kim Wilde who had a massive hit with ‘Kids in America’.
As a singer John Leyton is best known for his 1961 number one hit ‘Johnny Remember Me’, produced by Joe Meek. His follow-up single ‘Wild Wind’ was also a big hit.
Eden Kane had a number one hit in 1961 with ‘Well I Ask You’ and further success with ‘Get Lost’, ‘Forget Me Not’ and ‘I Don’t Know Why’. For the past 18 years he has worked on the TV show ‘Star Trek’ both in front of and behind the camera.
Nancy Ann Lee is a multi-award winning vocalist from Yorkshire who is a guest on the tour as Little Miss Sixties, playing a string of hits from that era.
Marty Wilde’s Rock n’ Roll Party starts at 7.30pm. Call 01422 351158 for tickets.