Personalities | Marty Wilde | Fifties | Rock
(Singer-songwriter, b. 1939)
London-born Reginald Smith enjoyed 15 UK hit singles between 1958 and 1962. He appeared regularly on early British TV pop shows: 6.5 Special and Oh Boy, and was the star of Boy Meets Girls, where he met and married his wife, a member of The Vernons Girls, but marriage affected his popularity. Arguably the closest home-grown rival to Cliff Richard at the time, Wilde appeared in the West End musical, Bye Bye Birdie, before success as a songwriter with three 1968 UK hits: The Casuals’ ‘Jesamine’, Status Quo’s ‘Ice In The Sun’ and Lulu’s ‘I’m A Tiger’. In the early 1980s, his daughter, Kim Wilde, was successful with the assistance of dad and brother Ricky.
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