|Johnny Kidd's musical career began as leader of the 'Nutters' skiffle group. As the 1950s drew to a close 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 'The Pirates'. Their first release 'Please Don't Touch' managed to reach the chart, but didn't get inside the top twenty. As that rare commodity, 'British Rock and Roll' it ought to have done better. After failure of its follow-up the band reverted to a cover 'You Got What It Takes' which managed #25 despite direct competition from Marv Johnson who took the song to #5.|
Sadly, Johnny Kidd and the Pirates had very few EPs issued. Those that are to be found are very sought after and now command high prices. The one illustrated here is possibly the most difficult to find in good condition.
The Pirates line up gradually changed 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. 'Shaking All Over' is arguably the most atmospheric and original rock and roll record ever to have been produced in a British studio, though much is owed to the guitar riff played by session man Joe Moretti.
Further personnel changes were made to the Pirates over the years and some change of style took place 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 which is often unnecessarily explained through an apocryphal story concerning a broken guitar string.
Sadly, Johnny Kidd- possibly Britain's most original rock and roll performer- was killed in a road accident on October 7th 1966 near Bolton in Lancashire when he and his latest batch of Pirates were driving away after a performance.
|HMV POP615||1959||Please Don't Touch/ Growl||#25|
|HMV POP674||1959||Feelin'/ If You Were The Only Girl In The World|
|HMV POP698||1960||You Got What It Takes/ Longin' Lips||#25|
|HMV POP753||1960||Shakin' All Over/ Yes Sir, That's My Baby||#1|
|HMV POP790||1960||Restless/ Magic Of Love||#22|
|HMV POP853||1961||Linda Lu/ Let's Talk About Us||#47|
|HMV POP919||1961||Please Don't Bring Me Down/ So What|
|HMV POP978||1962||Hurry On Back To Love/ I Want That|
|HMV POP1088||1962||A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues/ I Can Tell||#48|
|HMV POP1173||1963||I'll Never Get Over You/ Then I Got Everything||#4|
|HMV POP1228||1963||Hungry For Love/ Ecstasy||#20|
|HMV POP1269||1964||Always And Ever/ Dr. Feelgood|
|HMV POP1309||1964||Jealous Girl/ Shop Around|
|HMV POP1353||1964||Whole Lotta Woman/ Your Cheatin' Heart|
|HMV POP1397||1965||The Birds And The Bees/ Don't Make The Same Mistake As I Did|
|HMV POP1424||1965||Shakin' All Over '65/ Gotta Travel On|
|HMV POP1520||1965||It's Got To Be You/ I Hate To Get Up In The Morning|
|HMV POP1559||1966||Send For That Girl/ The Fool|
|HMV 7EG8628||1960||"Shakin' All Over"||#7|
|Please Don't Touch/Shakin' All Over/Restless/You Got What It Takes|
|HMV 7EG8834||1964||"Johnny Kidd"|
|I'll Never Get Over You/Then I Got Everything/Hungry For Love/A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues|
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