JOHNNY and THE HAYRIDERS
JON DEREK (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar)
DAVE SHOLL (Bass Guitar)
GERRY HOGAN (Lead Guitar)
GORDON HUNTLEY (Pedal Steel Guitar)
PAUL LILLYWHITE (Drums)
JACKIE COLLINS (Vocals) - Joined in 1965
FACTS / HIGHLIGHTS
Jon Derek becomes the first British country music artist to perform in stereo for BBC Radio in 1962 when Johnny and The Hayriders take part in a half-hour show entitled 'Country Time'. They perform an instrumental and five vocal numbers. The show is pre-recorded at Camden Town Theatre Studios.
June 1963, Johnny and The Hayriders support Jim Reeves and the Blue Boys when they fly to the UK for a brief tour of US Air Force Bases. Opening the show for Jim, he praises their style and says, “Johnny and The Hayriders are the nearest thing to the Nashville sound that I have heard whilst in Britain.” He readily gives them permission to include one of his numbers in their repertoire – a song called ‘Most Of The Time’. About a week after the tour ends, Jim writes an article about his trip to the UK for an American newspaper in which he refers to Jon Derek as ‘one of Britain’s most promising and outstanding country music singers’.
By 1965, Johnny and The Hayriders are recognised as one of the best exponents of the modern Nashville sound playing outside of Tennessee. In addition to appearing at the London venues that make up the newly launched 'Fullers - Griffin Catering Company' country music circuit - they perform each week in Hammersmith, London (an area that is rapidly becoming known as another Nashville). They also appear that same year at the ‘Southern Country Music Convention' staged at the renowned 'Marquee Club' in London's Wardour Street.
TOURS / SHOWS
Tour of US Air Force Bases (June 1963)
Venues included: USAF Brize Norton, USAF Lakenheath, USAF High Wycombe and Douglas House (USAF Club)
Tour of US Air Force Bases (1963)
SOUTHERN COUNTRY MUSIC CONVENTION
The Marquee Club - London (August 1965)
Featured: Johnny and The Hayriders, The Hillsiders, The Tumbleweeds, Tex Withers and Pete Sayers
Tour of US Air Force Bases (October 1965)