COUNTRY FEVER (1968-1970)

COUNTRY FEVER

1968-1970

GROUP MEMBERS

 

JON DEREK (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar)

PETE OAKMAN (Bass Guitar/Vocals)

ALBERT LEE (Lead Guitar/Vocals)

JED KELLY (Drums)

 

Part-time member

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

 

JODY MILLER

Tour Dates/Venues unknown

(September 1968)

 

GUY MITCHELL

21-day tour

Including a performance at:

The Clarendon Ranch House

Hammersmith, London

(October 30th, 1968)

Other Dates/Venues unknown

 

LONZO & OSCAR

Tour Dates/Venues unknown

(1969)

 

BOBBY BARE & GEORGE HAMILTON IV

'Pre-RCA Tour Press Gathering Show'

The Nashville Room

Hammersmith, London

(October 30th, 1969)

 

RCA COUNTRY STARS IN CONCERT

16-date European tour

(October/November 1969)

Featured: Country Fever, The Hillsiders, Chet Atkins, Bobby Bare, Connie Smith, Nat Stuckey, Skeeter Davis and George Hamilton IV

 

HANK LOCKLIN

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

(December 1969)

 

 

DISCOGRAPHY

 

MOUNTAIN MUSIC JAMBOREE

33rpm album

Rediffusion ZS50 (1969)

 

LISTEN TO THE COUNTRY FEVER

33rpm album

Lucky Records LUS 3003 (1970)

 

MENTAL REVENGE

45rpm single

Lucky Records LU 106 (1970)

 

COME AND STAY WITH ME

45rpm single

Lucky Records LU 112 (1970)