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Mark remakes his mark

In the West End hit show, Dreamboats and Petticoats Mark Wynter sings his hits for the first time in 40 years!

Graham Hunter raves to me: “Great to see Mark Wynter back in the West End again and to hear him singing, I wonder if it will inspire him to do more? As I write, the current West End production has just closed in London – and what an energetic and talented cast, with the band ‘live’ on the stage, no click tracks.

The cast of young singers and dancers are also musicians – and what a show they put on.

Before going on another national tour this year, the show took its final London bow with a tremendous response. During the past few months of the run, special star guest Mark Wynter hadn’t sung any of his hits for almost 40 years as he’s been around the world acting in stage plays and appearing in musicals such as Phantom Of The Opera, Annie, The King And I, and Barnum.”

Wilko Johnson adds a show

Wilko Johnson: he has terminal cancer but will play a last few shows in March.

Wilko Johnson: he has terminal cancer but will play a last few shows in March.

Tickets for his London Koko concert on March 6 sold out in under an hour, so Wilko Johnson – guitarist and founding member of Dr. Feelgood, who recently announced a series of farewell concerts in the UK in March, has put another Koko concert in for Sunday, March 10.

The news follows last week’s official statement on Wilko’s Facebook page that he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer of the pancreas and has chosen not to undergo chemotherapy.

The dates of the final sell-out shows are: London Koko, March 6, Bilston Robin 2, March 7, Holmfirth Picturedrome, March 8, and Glasgow 02 ABC, March 9), where a few tickets remained, and London Koko, March 10.

The show is full of hits from Roy Orbison, Dion, Helen Shapiro, Bruce Chanel, Del Shannon and so many more. The compilation CDs have made the top of the pop charts and proved once again the great 50s/60s music lives on.

Mark sings a few gems, including three of his biggest hits Venus In Blue Jeans,Go Away Little Girl and It’s Almost Tomorrow, with superb vocal and musical backing from the full cast.

The response to seeing and hearing Mark on such a rare ‘popstar’ outing was tremen-dous, the audience were on their feet, waving their arms and singing along, such are the jukebox musicals of today, and the atmosphere they and the material create, Graham told me.

“I spoke to one couple who were waiting outside the theatre on a very cold evening. They had seen the show 15 times!”

New tribute show for ‘gentleman’ John Walker

A John Walker Tribute show is in the works – scheduled for November. The last shows raised several thousand pounds for international and local charity organizations.

Cynthia Maus – Mrs John Walker, phoned me from America to tell me that and to talk about the new John Walker CD collection just released.

Cynthia said: “I produced the CD over the last year, and worked with very well-known engineers here in the LA area who approached the project with much love and respect for John as a man and artiste.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better team. They are also helping me now to archive John’s recordings – much of it existing on reel to reel and other old media.

“I miss John so much each and every day; but how wonderful it is to hear his beautiful, soulful voice singing to me in the car, at home, in the office!”

Ralph is on the mend

Deputy Editor Ralph Gowling has returned home after having a heart attack on arrival in Capetown in December.

Ralph had flown to South Africa for Christmas but spent it in hospital in Capetown. He is now home and making a good recovery from emergency surgery.

I am sure readers will join me in wishing him well and hope he will be putting pen to paper again soon to keep us all up-to-date on sixties affairs – no, not those sorts of affairs!

A rare photograph of Dave Berry and his extended family. Dave has always kept his domestic life away from the glare of publicity, but some may have seen his wife Marthy, centre, on stage as a backing singer in some of his shows.

A rare photograph of Dave Berry and his extended family. Dave has always kept his domestic life away from the glare of publicity, but some may have seen his wife Marthy, centre, on stage as a backing singer in some of his shows.

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