John Leyton withdraws from Marty Wilde's UK Tour... and Mike Berry steps in
Singer John Leyton has withdrawn from the Marty Wilde's ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Party UK tour on medical grounds. In a short statement his management said:
'John has been advised on medical grounds to withdraw from all concert appearances for the remainder of 2012. This means that unfortunately he is unable to take part in the Marty Wilde Rock ‘n’ Roll Party tour. It is with great personal regret and sadness that he has had to take this decision.'
Leyton, who became an overnight star with his No.1 UK hit Johnny Remember Me in 1961 was due to perform alongside Marty Wilde and the Wildcats and fellow 1960s star Eden Kane, in a 30-date tour of the UK, starting on Friday 12 October at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking.
John will be replaced by British singer and guitarist Mike Berry, who scored his first UK Hit in 1961 with the sincere and haunting; Tribute To Buddy Holly which earned him the title of; 'The British Buddy Holly'. Other hits included Don’t You Think It’s Time which reached number 6 in 1963 (produced by the legendary Joe Meek) and in 1980 when Mike earned a gold disc for his unique rendition of the 1913 hit The Sunshine of Your Smile, which remained in the Top Ten for twelve weeks.