John Leyton

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Decades: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Dudley Leyton, 17 February 1939, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England. Originally a small-time actor in the television series Biggles, Leyton’s good looks won him a recording contract with Top Rank Records. Backed by the strong management of Robert Stigwood and talented producer Joe Meek, he recorded ‘Tell Laura I Love Her’, but lost out to the chart-topping Ricky Valance. A second flop with ‘Girl On The Floor Above’ was followed by the timely intervention of songwriter Geoff Goddard with the haunting Meek production ‘Johnny Remember Me’. Stigwood ensured that the song was incorporated into Leyton’s latest television role as pop singer Johnny St. Cyr in Harpers West One. The nationwide exposure focused attention on the record and its otherworldly ambience and elaborate production were enough to bring Leyton a UK number 1. The Goddard-composed follow-up ‘Wild Wind’ reached number 2, and there were further minor hits...

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