Johnny Kidd

Johnny Kidd

Birth
Willesden, London Borough of Brent, Greater London, England
Death 7 Oct 1966 (aged 30)
Metropolitan Borough of Bolton, Greater Manchester, England
Burial Golders Green, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England
Plot 3-H
Memorial ID 7571399 · View Source
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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


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  • Originally Created by: Kieran Smith
  • Added: 13 Jun 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial 7571399
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Johnny Kidd (23 Dec 1935–7 Oct 1966), Find a Grave Memorial no. 7571399, citing Golders Green Crematorium, Golders Green, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .