Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Kidds in:
 • Golders Green Crematorium
 • Golders Green
 • London Borough of Barnet
 • Greater London
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Johnny Kidd
Birth: Dec. 23, 1935
Death: Oct. 7, 1966

Singer. Born Frederick Alfred Heath in Willesden, North London, he went on to become arguably Britains most original rock and roll performer. Johnny Kidd's musical career began as leader of the skiffle group "Nutters." As the 1950s made way for the 1960s most of the Lonnie Donegan inspired groups began to migrate to rock and roll. So it was with Johnny Kidd who with former "Nutter" Alan Caddy, Tony Docherty, Johnny Gordon and Ken McKay formed his new group to be called "The Pirates." Their first release "Please Don't Touch" managed to reach the charts, but failed to get into the top twenty. "The Pirates" line up gradually changed over the years and Brian Gregg (bass) and Clem Cattini (drums) replaced Gordon and McKay. It was the first single with the new line-up that pushed Johnny Kidd to the top and instant fame. "Shaking All Over" is undoubtedly one of the most original rock and roll recordings ever to have been produced in a British studio. Much of its success is owed to the guitar riff played by session man Joe Moretti. "Johnny Kidd and The Pirates" recorded many legendary popular music tracks including "I'll Never Get Over You." Further band personnel changes were made to "The Pirates" over the years as well as a change of style with the coming of the British "Beat Boom," but the underlying theme remained. The
band would dress in pirate regalia and Kidd would always wear his eye-patch. Sadly, the life and career of Johnny Kidd was cut short when he was killed in a road accident on October 7th, 1966 near Bolton in Lancashire when he and his "Pirates" were driving away after a performance. (bio by: Kieran Smith) 

Cause of death: Auto accident
Golders Green Crematorium
Golders Green
London Borough of Barnet
Greater London, England
Plot: 3-H
GPS (lat/lon): 51.57625, -0.19484
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Kieran Smith
Record added: Jun 13, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7571399
Johnny Kidd
Added by: Ron Moody
Johnny Kidd
Added by: Kieran Smith
Johnny Kidd
Added by: Kieran Smith
There are 3 more photos not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

- Brett Lowden
 Added: Jul. 9, 2016

- Billy R. Edgar
 Added: Feb. 18, 2016

- chris graziano
 Added: Dec. 23, 2015
There are 118 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.0 after 52 votes)

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service