Personalities | Johnny Kidd & The Pirates | Fifties | Rock
(Vocal/instrumental group, 1959–67)
Londoner Frederick Heath was vocalist/leader of one of the first credible UK beat groups. Wearing a patch over a defective eye, he became Johnny Kidd, and his backing group (guitarist Alan Caddy, Brian Gregg on bass and drummer Clem Cattini) The Pirates. Ten UK hits between 1959 and 1964 included chart-topping ‘Shakin’ All Over’ (1960) and ‘I’ll Never Get Over You’ (1963, Top 5). When The Pirates left Kidd in 1961, later joining The Tornados, they were replaced by Frank Farley (drums), John Spence (bass) and Mick Green (guitar). Kidd died in a car crash, and became a cult hero.
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