He opened for JIM REEVES - toured with a plethora of star names such as JERRY LEE LEWIS, CARL PERKINS, SLIM WHITMAN, GUY MITCHELL and CHET ATKINS - graced the stage with the likes of JOHNNY CASH, DOLLY PARTON, GEORGE JONES, TAMMY WYNETTE and DON WILLIAMS - formed a number of great friendships with those he often worked with including SKEETER DAVIS, MARVIN RAINWATER, GEORGE HAMILTON IV, HANK LOCKLIN and CLODAGH RODGERS - recorded for DECCA RECORDS, had two No.1 hits in Malta and played just about every Theatre, Civic Hall and Country Music Club and Festival in the British Isles. In addition, he appeared five times at the London Palladium, twice at the Royal Albert Hall and was included in more 'International Festivals of Country Music' staged at Wembley Arena than any other British artist. Furthermore, his famed band COUNTRY FEVER, which he originally formed with legendary guitarist ALBERT LEE was, for many years, the most sought after British country music group. In a career spanning 50 years and one in which influenced so many other artists, JON DEREK is undoubtedly one of the finest artists Britain has ever produced in the realms of country music and will be remembered for being at the forefront right from the very start.
Gone, but not forgotten - Jon Derek's legacy lives on. In 2012, he received a posthumous accolade when he was inducted into the British Country Music Hall of Fame.
'The Million Dollar Line Up'
Jon Derek (Far Left) with Hank Thompson, George Jones, Vern Gosdin, Tammy Wynette, George Richey, Marty Robbins & Co (1981)