He might be 73 but the crowds will still go Wilde when they hear Marty sing
Marty Wilde's Rock 'n' Roll Party is a package tour starring some of Britain's foremost stars of the 1960s, and it's coming to Grimsby. Martin Hutchinson finds out more ...
THERE'S a great party coming up and we're all invited ...
Marty Wilde, John Leyton and Eden Kane, backed by The Wildcats, are undertaking a 30-date national tour throughout October and November, performing all their greatest hits and rekindling memories of a fantastic time.
Eden Kane is one of three brothers – all of whom have had hits. Apart from himself, there was Peter Sarstedt (Where Do You Go To My Lovely) and Robin Sarstedt (My Resistance is Low).
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But it was Eden – whose real name is Richard Sarstedt – who came first with a hit career lasting from 1961 to 1964.
He originally gained interest with an advertising jingle for Cadbury's which was released as Hot Chocolate Crazy.
In 1961, his first real hit was Well I Ask You, which topped the charts.
Eden followed this with three other Top Ten hits within 12 months – Get Lost, Forget Me Not and I Don't Know Why.
Boy's Cry completed a quintet of top ten hits in 1964.
John Leyton is best known for his 1961 hit Johnny Remember Me which topped the charts in the summer and was quickly followed by Wild Wind which went to number two. Seven more hits ensued and he had great success abroad too.
John also acted, appearing in Von Ryan's Express with Frank Sinatra and Krakatoa, East of Java.
However, John's most memorable film appearance was as Willy Dickes, one of the "Tunnel Kings" in the classic movie The Great Escape.
And Marty Wilde is a true legend of British rock 'n' roll, and ironically the only one of these three artists not to have had a number one hit.
He was one of the top three British rockers of the 1950s – the other two being Tommy Steele and Cliff Richard – and began his chart career in 1958 with a string of five top ten hits.
Endless Sleep and Donna were followed by his biggest success Teenager In Love, then Sea of Love and Bad Boy.
He had another eight hits, returning to the top ten again with Rubber Ball.
Marty was – and is – a songwriter of note, having penned hits for Lulu (I'm a Tiger) and Status Quo (Ice in the Sun).
Along with son Ricky, he masterminded the career of his daughter Kim and another daughter, Roxanne, will be special guest on some of the shows on the current tour.
The success of these nostalgia package tours owes a debt to the music.
Marty said: "Rock 'n' roll has always maintained its popularity because, at the time it had a momentous effect – a terrific impact, and the influence has stretched through the years even to today's bands."
Marty first worked with Eden and John at the Solid Gold Rock 'n' Roll Show back in 1994 but hasn't had the chance to work with John since.
"Things just haven't panned out that way, although we are very good friends, as is Ricky – as I call Eden," he said.
"The last time I worked with Eden was just two years ago when, along with the late Jet Harris, we toured the UK.
"And I keep busy with my own theatre shows at the smaller venues."
Despite being 73, he still sings his greatest hit, Teenager In Love.
"I'd be in trouble if I didn't," he said.
"I might be 73, but there's no substitute for the original songs being sung by the original singers, which is why we keep doing these great tours.
"I'm looking forward to the tour immensely – performing with two people I've known for a long time; they really are lovely people.
"I also love travelling around this country, it will be great to see it all again, but I'm mostly looking forward to singing my songs to the people who keep coming out to see us – after all, there aren't that many original artists around."
As to the show itself, the format is quite simple.
"The plan is for the first half to have myself and my daughter Roxanne, and then Eden, then after the interval there will be myself and John and Eden will come on again," Marty explained.
"Then all three of us will be onstage for a finale."
And what can we expect to hear?
"Well, basically all the hits. I'll do most of mine and maybe some Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Elvis."
Whatever is played, it will be a rockin' good time as three heartthrobs of the British Rock 'n' Roll era get on stage to perform all the hits we know and love.
Marty Wilde's Rock 'n' Roll Party will be held at the Grimsby Auditorium on Friday, November 2. Tickets are £18 and are available by calling 0844 847 2426.