Wally Whyton

Genres: Folk
Decades: 1990s 2000s


23 September 1929, London, England, d. 22 January 1997, London, England. Broadcaster and singer Wally Whyton enjoyed a fascinating and varied professional career after initially training as a commercial artist. However, after socializing with Lionel Bart and his first exposure to the jazz records of Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith, Whyton soon developed ambitions to become a singer. He subsequently formed a skiffle band, the Vipers, with himself on vocals and fellow members Johnny Martyn, Jean Van den Bosch, Tony Tolhurst and John Pilgrim. They established a residency at the 2i’s Coffee Bar in New Compton Street, Soho, in 1956. A record contract with Parlophone Records ensued, and the group’s second single, ‘Don’t You Rock Me Daddy-O’, entered the UK Top 10 later that year. Their other chart successes were ‘Cumberland Gap’ and ‘Streamline Train’ (a version of ‘Maggie May’ was banned by the BBC), but the...

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