Stalwart broadcaster and journalist David Allan mentions Jon Derek in November 2013's edition of Country Music People
He writes..."One of the first big American artists I saw in concert was that charasmatic star who died last month, Marvin Rainwater. That would have been in the late 50s when his energetic self-penned hit Whole Lotta Woman was riding high in the UK charts. I got to join him many times after that in country clubs large and small and, of course, at a couple of the Wembley Festivals. He was always supported here by that much missed legend of the UK scene, Jon Derek, supplying rhythm guitar and supporting vocals. In 1971 Marvin recorded an album with Jon's iconic group Country Fever, neatly titled Marvin Rainwater Gets Country Fever produced by Gordon Smith, which can still be found on the internet."
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Jon's good friend Marvin Rainwater passes away
Marvin Rainwater sadly passed away on September 17, 2013 after a short illness. Following his success in the UK with his No.1 hit song 'Whole Lotta Woman', surprisingly, it wasn't until 1971 that Marvin first returned to the British Isles to embark on a sell-out tour backed by 'Country Fever'. This was the start of a great friendship that saw Jon and Marvin work together on countless occasions throughout the 70s and 80s. In fact, they did more than ten tours which often included dates in Europe. They also recorded two albums and appeared at the 'Wembley Country Music Festival' in 1975 and 1981. Marvin was once quoted to have said that he didn't want anyone else other Jon Derek and Country Fever backing him on his UK tours.
Following Marvin's death, Tony Peters from Acuff-Rose Music was quoted to have said - "Really sad to hear about Marvin. We had some great darts matches with the lovely Jon Derek whenever he came over to tour."
'Remembering the legendary...JON DEREK'
Former Country Fever guitarist Albert Lee reminisces
Country Music loses two more legends
Two of the greatest names in traditional Country Music sadly
passed away recently…George Jones and Slim Whitman. Jon Derek had the privilege to work with them both.
He built up a good friendship with Slim back in the 1970’s – they did more than 50 shows together in the UK and were also included on many of the same bills.
George, however, was Jon’s idol and their paths crossed many times, invariably at the infamous Wembley Country Music Festival’s (1969-1991). One of Jon’s most memorable career moments was captured on camera in 1981 when he was standing alongside George and other star names including Tammy Wynette and Marty Robbins having a sing-song around the lounge piano at the pre-festival dinner/dance held at the 'Royal Garden Hotel' in Kensington, London. Perhaps they were singing Jon’s composition ‘How Wrong A Man Can Be’ which he wrote with George in mind to record it!
Jon Derek's recording groups featured in new book
WHAT ABOUT US?
A Rocklopeadia of Britain's Other Recording Groups 1962-1966
Author - Bruce Welsh
Published by M-Y Books
Available from Amazon - Price £39.99
Featuring Jon Derek's band
Vol.2 (1967-) due to be published in 2013 will include a prominent feature on Jon Derek and his band 'Jamie, Jon & Jerry'.
Jon Derek receives top British Country Music honour
JON DEREK was inducted into the British Country Music Hall of Fame at the 2012 British Country Music Awards held in London on September 2nd.
Hosted by BBC TV & Radio Personality Nicky Campbell and Singer/Songwriter Charlie Landsborough, Jon's son Mark Derek was there to collect the award and pay tribute to his late father.
Also inducted on the night was Journalist & Publicist Tony Byworth (a friend and associate of Jon's for many years) and Radio Personality Bob Harris (BBC Radio 2 & The Old Grey Whistle Test).
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