John is on form again

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Jun 2013 John is on form again

John Leyton is back to base and ready for the road again, although he does not expect to work so hard, after suffering a health setback.

He told me: “Towards the end of last year, I was in hospital briefly which, unfortunately, resulted in me having to pull out of a national tour with Marty Wilde, Eden Kane and The Wildcats. Mike Berry stepped into the void, so thank you, Mike.

“I would like to take this opportunity to give a huge ‘thank you’ to the many readers of TheBeat who sent me ‘get well’ cards and warm messages on my website. I am happy to say that I have now fully recovered and it is great to be back performing again and seeing so many of you at the Brentwood Centre on Sunday, May 5.” said John.

The University of Reading celebrated Reading-born musician and song-writer Geoff Goddard on May 30. Geoff, who wrote hits including John Leyton’s hit Johnny Remember Me,  and Mike Berry’s big hit A Tribute To Buddy Holly, worked in the University’s catering department for more than 20 years, before his untimely death in 2000.

John unveiled a plaque on the wall of the building where Geoff worked, celebrating Geoff’s musical achievements and service to Reading.

In the evening, the University hosted a special concert in tribute to Geoff compered by former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read.