JON DEREK (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar)
PETE OAKMAN (Bass Guitar/Vocals)
ALBERT LEE (Lead Guitar/Vocals)
JED KELLY (Drums)
GERRY HOGAN (Pedal Steel Guitar)
FACTS / HIGHLIGHTS
Bass player, Pete Oakman (Joe Brown and The Bruvvers) joins Country Fever in the latter part of 1968, after Pat Donaldson departs to join Sandy Denny and Fotheringay.
Jon Derek marries Sandy on November 29th, 1968 in Ealing, London.
Following a number of recent appearances on the BBC Radio show 'Country Meets Folk' backing other artists - Country Fever appear in their own right on the December 21st, 1968 Christmas special broadcast from the Playhouse Theatre in Charing Cross, London - also appearing are folk artists, Ralph McTell and Gordon Giltrap.
Due to illness, sadly, Jon Derek is unable to appear with the group at a one-off show supporting Faron Young at USAF Ruislip - September 1969. Friend and former group member, Jamie Gunn takes his place.
In October 1969, Country Fever sign a recording contract with the first British country music record label 'Lucky Records' and a personal management agreement with their recording manager, Gordon Smith.
Due to their expertise in backing top American acts, Country Fever are asked to join the 'RCA Country Stars In Concert' tour (the only non-RCA recording artists on the show). With shows in the UK and right across Europe - Country Fever appear in their own right and back both Connie Smith and Nat Stuckey throughout the tour. Before the tour commences on October 31st - Country Fever join Bobby Bare, George Hamilton and The Hillsiders at a pre-tour press gathering peformance at 'The Nashville Room' in Hammersmith, London.
In December 1969, Country Fever embark on an extensive tour of the UK and Ireland with Hank Locklin.
In February 1970, Country Fever receive a Certificate of Merit for their outstanding contributions to British Country Music from the CMA Great Britain. They are also voted 'Best Group' by the British Country Music Association.
The media reports that Country Fever achieve more progress in the year of 1969 than any other British Country Music group.
TOURS / SHOWS
Tour Dates/Venues unknown
Including a performance at:
The Clarendon Ranch House
(October 30th, 1968)
Other Dates/Venues unknown
LONZO & OSCAR
Tour Dates/Venues unknown
BOBBY BARE & GEORGE HAMILTON IV
'Pre-RCA Tour Press Gathering Show'
The Nashville Room
(October 30th, 1969)
RCA COUNTRY STARS IN CONCERT
16-date European tour
Featured: Country Fever, The Hillsiders, Chet Atkins, Bobby Bare, Connie Smith, Nat Stuckey, Skeeter Davis and George Hamilton IV
UK and Ireland Tour
Including a performances at:
Newcastle City Hall and The Caird Hall, Dundee
Appearing on the Dundee show:
The Humblebums (Billy Connolly & Gerry Rafferty)
Other Tour Dates/Venues unknown
MOUNTAIN MUSIC JAMBOREE
Rediffusion ZS50 (1969)
LISTEN TO THE COUNTRY FEVER
Lucky Records LUS 3003 (1970)
Lucky Records LU 106 (1970)
COME AND STAY WITH ME
Lucky Records LU 112 (1970)