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Johnny and the Jailbirds were formed at the end of 1973 when I moved from Charlton South East London to Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. I had been introduced to Rock ‘n’ Roll one winters’ day in 1969. The gig was at St. Micks Social Club in Kent and the band was Lee Tracy and the Tributes. I then became a member of the “Hound Dog” club Woodgreen and was found on most Saturday nights there and at the “Tunnel” pub in Greenwich. I saw all the bands at that time, Flying Saucers, Crazy Cavan, Freddy Fingers Lee, The Wild Angels, but the one that did it for me was the incredible Shakin’ Stevens and the Sunsets. He introduced this novice rocker to Johnny Burnette. I don’t remember any other band performing those songs and you knew that was it. I now wanted to sing. So after moving to Wellingborough I placed an advert in the local newspaper to recruit musicians interested in forming a Rock ‘n’ Roll Band. The response was immediate and after a few rehearsals and the firstgig in a local village club Johnny and the Jailbirds were born. 

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It wasn’t long before the band had gained a huge following on the Rock ‘n’ Roll circuit in the UK and abroad . Now were back  with a brand new hot rockin’ line up  & ready to hit the road again. THE NEW JOHNNY AND THE JAILBIRDS.

JOHNNY AND THE JAILBIRDS ARE – JOHNNY RED (Vocals/Rhtyhm Guitar/Harmonica) – BILLY SLOANE (Drums) – JAKE ALLEN (Lead Guitar) GARRY TYRRELL LYNCH (Double Bass) KARL KAY (Piano)GTL JailbirdBS Jailbird

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Check out the guys in action:

The Jailbirds playlist of influences and inspirations is;

Johnny Burnette – Train Kept A Rollin’

Billy Fury – Don’t Knock Upon My Door Elvis – Blue Moon Of Kentucky Johnny Cash – Rock n Roll Ruby Buddy Holly – Rock Around With Ollie Vee Bill Haley – Rock A Beating Boogie Cliff Richard – High Class Baby Ray Campi – Rockabilly Man Robert Gordon – The Fool Chuck Berry – Maybellene

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In America they called it “soul”, In Wales we call it “hwyl”, singing with heart felt emotion. commitment and passion. Penarth’s very own Retro-esque Indie musician /singer/songwriter John Lewis has it in spades. John is one of the organisers and founder of the near legendary Penarth Pilot Sunday night jam session. His former band the Rimshots made a huge splash across Europe. John has recorded for labels in Holland, Japan, Australia, London (the oh so cool Vinyl Japan), and Germany – a made in Wales Hank Williams Tribute that won a prestigious British Music Award as album of the year. As well as backing and recording with many of his heroes, rock and cult legends on weekend festivals all over the globe. John also headlined many London gigs where stars came to watch the messianic eyed charismatic lead singer and chief songwriter in action.

Under his alter ego name of Johnny Bach, he has four CDs available, recorded along with Gretsch Twangmeister Darrel Higham, last seen touring with the Amazing Imelda May, which John has supported many a time solo

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Haven’t seen him, where can I catch this local treasure before St Fagan’s grabs him? Weeeeeeeeell John Lewis tours Solo or with his Trio all over. He also can be seen doing the odd Johnny Bach and The Moonshine Boozers gig and Rimshots re-union. As well as  session work and playing guitar with Pontchartrain, So no excuses

Just keep up to date with Dates on his live page.

Press and Reviews for John Lewis

“Its Rock’n’Roll Jim but not as we know it”

Q magazine

Described by the Meltdown as “International rockabilly legend as frontman for the Rimshots, and solo an electrifying performer combining dazzling guitar with a glorious life-soaked voice which brings heart and depth to both classics and his own impressive songs. Be mesmerised by the missing link between Johnny B Goode and Johnny Cash

Paul Clark Meltdown

“ As well as being a superb versatile performer John Lewis is all ways a joy to work with

and always a true professional

Dan Nichols Cardiff Event Development

“It’s a well know fact that the Welsh Valley are home to of the finest…  Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey and of course John Lewis!

When I first heard John’s unique vocal delivery I thought it was incredible. I’ve heard it for Many years since an it really is exceptional. Judge for yourself”

Jerry Chatabox Rockabilly Rave USA Las Vegas

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”John Lewis a living legend in the Rocking scene is an icon in song writing and playing old and new Classic to bop, waltz, Jive and stomp too!”

Rocking Around Turnhout festival Belgium

“It’s almost unbelievable but true; one of the most successful and legendary Rockabilly band of all times will hit the stage at this years hangar rockin’ 2010! We fly these gentlemen’s asses to Switzerland where they will perform for the first time in more than 10 Years! We know you love the John Lewis Trio and Johnny Bach but the Rimshots are a goddamn musical hand grenade and this is exactly what you’ll get. and nothing less!”

 Paul Burkhalter Crazy Eventik Switzerland

“The Welshman with the invading voice has been quiet for awhile. Don’t worry – he’s back! As front man for the Rimshots and Johnny Bach he’s still all over the place and here we get another fine band from Mr Lewis – John Lewis Trio.

The new album is in the pipeline and music wise is drifting between the Rimshots and Johnny Bach. These 8 preview songs are pure rocking at its best and John shows again that he has managed it perfect to pack his musical talent, brilliant sense of humour and song writing in every song on this album. It doesn’t matter if its Hillbilly, Rockabilly, Country or Folk –  he mix’s everything and creates tunes that are real ” ear catchers” and make you move around. Anyway I got this 8 track preview CD – I can say – I can’t wait for the whole album – just to “Waltz around the Kitchen” which is my favourite song on this preview”

More clips of John in action below;

This is John with his first legendary band The Rimshots!

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Bob Ray and Tony Cotton better known as THE JETS have had 9 chart hit records and have become the top 50’s style R’n’roll band around!

 To book “The Jets” click here to contact their agent Paul Barrett

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IN THE BEGINNING!

First formed in 1974 as four piece Rock’n’Roll band , specialising in the ’50s era, then using the name BRAD. After various line up changes and learning the trade the band settled on a three piece line up and a name change in 1978.

BROTHERS 
THE JETS were now a family concern. Eldest brother Bob on lead vocals and double bass. Ray the middle brother on lead guitar and vocals, last but certainly not least youngest brother Tony on drums and yes, you’ve guessed it vocals. A three piece band playing with as much energy and full sound as a six piece outfit.
RECORDS 
A recording career soon came around and the three brothers were snapped up by record company giants EMI, achieving Top Twenty hit records and albums (9 hit records listed in the Guinness book of hit records). Pop videos and of course TV shows, Top of the pops etc, gave The Jets valuable experience and chance to travel the world doing what they do best. 
The Eleventh and latest Album, “Bolt of Lightning” is out now.

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TOURING. 
Touring has been in THE JETS blood since ’78, Scandinavia, Europe, Japan, USA have all been visited, headlining their own tours and as part of the bill on numerous festivals with such artists as Sting, Boy George, Robert Plant, Right Said Fred, Cliff Richard, Shakin’ Stevens, as well as Original ’50’s artists, Carl Perkins, Jack Scott, Elvis’ drummer D.J.Fontana (who actually played drums with the Jets), Charlie Gracie, The Crickets, The Teenagers and British rockers Marty Wilde, Wee Willie Harris, Billy Fury…etc. 
If there is a multi-cultural festival happening and a LIVE Rock’n’Roll band with real live Guitar, Drums(not tapes, loops, sequencers or computers) and a Double Bass pounding away and being used as some sort of climbing frame, then THE JETS will be somewhere on the bill.

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THEATRES TO THE N.E.C. 
Not only will you find THE JETS playing to dance audiences but you will also just as easily find them appearing across the length and breadth of the country at various Theatres. 
The Motorcycle Show at the N.E.C. played host to the Cotton brothers for three years in succession. Over 180,000 people attended the shows and The Jets are certainly not strangers to a lot of them, some would have definitely seen the lads Headline at the famous Isle of Man TT races street party , if not at two of the previous Bike shows. The lads regularly play various balls, parties, corporate functions, car shows, ski resorts….etc.

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MAKING PLANS 
Plans for THE JETS include further tours of the Theatres and of course numerous club dates around Gt.Britain. Another trip to Japan, with dates in the pipeline for shows in the USA and Australia plus all the regular trips to Europe. With the release of the eleventh album “Bolt of Lightning”, the Jets will be promoting their unique brand of R’n’R world-wide….(to be continued)  

WHO SAID ROCK’N’ROLL WAS DEAD!?

Discography

SINGLES LABEL CAT No
 

Rockabilly Baby / James Dean. Soho      SH3
Sleep R’n’R / Hey Baby Soho SH6
Who’s that knocking / I seen ya!    EMI            5134      
Let’s get it on / Hit it on. EMI    5167
Sugar Doll / Love Bug. EMI 5211
Yes tonite Josephine / Hideaway EMI 5247
Love makes the world go round / I’m just a score. EMI 5262
Somebody to love / Mandy EMI    5342
The Honeydripper / Tonite Tonite EMI 5289
Blue skies / Tonite will be allright EMI 5405
Rockin’ around the Xmas tree / Hold on Honey PRT   7P297
Heatwave / Ring and Ring PRT JETS 1
Party Doll / Best Looking girl in town PRT   JETS 2

7″ EP’s

Rockabilly Baby / James Dean /Sleep R’n’Roll / Hey Baby LIGHTNING LREP 1
Alligator come across / Wallflower /Ring and Ring / My Girlfriend. JETSET EP001
Treat your man / Stare,Stare,Stare / Kiss Me / Cheap Shots KRYPTON KRYPEP005

CASSETTES

JETS EMI TCEMC3356
100% COTTON EMI    TCEMC3399
JETS LIVE   JETSET JETSC001
15 ROCKIN’ YEARS    KRYPTON KRYPC201
ALL FIRED UP KRYPTON KRYPC202
TURN UP THE GUITAR   KRYPTON KRYPC203

VINYL ALBUMS

JETS EMI      EMC3356
100% COTTON EMI EMC3399
SESSION OUT   NERVOUS NERD021
COTTON PICKIN’ KRYPTON KRYP200
15 ROCKIN’ YEARS KRYPTON      KRYP201
ALL FIRED UP KRYPTON KRYP202

COMPACT DISCS

SESSION OUT         NERVOUS NERD021
COTTON PICKIN’     KRYPTON KRYP200
15 ROCKIN’ YEARS KRYPTON KRYP201
ALL FIRED UP    KRYPTON KRYP202
TURN UP THE GUITAR KRYPTON KRYP203
ONE FOR THE ROAD KRYPTON KRYP204
STARE,STARE,STARE    KRYPTON KRYP205
THE CLASSIC COLLECTION   KRYPTON KRYP206
THE EARLY ‘80 ROCKWELL 1452
BOLT OF LIGHTNING KRYPTON KRYP207
THE SINGLES Rocktone RT111

 

THE JETS IN ACTION

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21 Grove Terrace, Penarth Road, Cardiff, United Kingdom

PAUL BARRETT BOOKING THE BIG BEAT SINCE JOHNNY BURNETTE WAS IN THE CHARTS.
ANY, AND ALL, PRE-BEATLES STYLE ROCK’N’ROLLERS AVAILABLE, FROM LOCAL HEROES TO LIVING LEGENDS.

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Paul Franklyn “Legs” Barrett (born 1940 in Blackwood, Monmouthshire is the UK’s best known agent and manager of 1950s style Rock and Roll artistes, an author and previously a singer, songwriter and film actor. Barrett is the discoverer, mentor and first manager of the singer now known as Shakin’ Stevens during the 1960s and 1970s, but has also represented and promoted many more of the genre’s greats during a long and varied career.

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 Barrett pictured with Bill Haley’s Original Comets during 1980 UK filming of “Blue Suede Shoes”Manager and agent

Ever since first managing Shakin’ Stevens in 1969, Barrett has continued to be a professional agent, manager and promoter of 1950s style rock and roll artists including Wee Willie Harris, Bill Haley’s Original Comets, The Jets, Matchbox, Crazy Cavan & The Rhythm Rockers and Linda Gail Lewis (sister of all time rock great Jerry Lee Lewis). He has promoted and organised weekend long rock and roll themed events and major concerts all over the UK and on mainland Europe. Paul Barrett Rock and Roll Enterprises is now recognised as the principal agency for the genre.

Performing

Barrett’s spoken and bass vocals were featured on several early Shakin’ Stevens and the Sunsets albums, on tracks such as “Oh Baby” and “At the Hop”, he also spoke the commentary on the track “Superstar”. The album “I’m no J.D.” was re-released as “Shakin’ Stevens and the Sunsets” in the 1980s and was awarded a Gold Record. Barrett also sang live on stage with the band, adding his vocals to the Sunset’s mix.

Acting

Since the 1970s Barrett has regularly appeared as an extra in several feature films, the most notable being his major featured appearance as the “Table Monster” in the kitsch horror film ‘Bloody New Year’ (aka Horror Hotel (UK), aka Time Warp Terror (US)) directed by cult film-maker Norman J.Warren. Barrett was also featured in the rock ‘n’ roll movie Blue Suede Shoes and appeared in the 1987 TV drama mini-series Sins that starred Joan Collins.

Author

During the 1980s Barrett collaborated with Hilary Heywood in writing the book “Shakin’ Stevens and the Sunsets” published by Star Books and W.H. Allen (London). Barrett originally wanted to call the book “Rocky Road Blues – The Story of a Rock ‘n’ Roll Band”. However the book was subsequently renamed and heavily promoted as a pop biography, becoming a short-lived best seller. Barrett’s book was more a humorous ‘warts and all’ tale of many behind-the-spotlights events during the band’s history and quite different to the several other official biographies.

Book all these Rockin’ bands here:

1950’s US Stars

Charlie Gracie, Wanda Jackson, more to be added

1980’s Rockin’ Stars

The Jets, Matchbox, Crazy Cavan & The Rhythm Rockers, Sandy Ford & The Flying Saucers, more to be added

PAUL BARRETS PLAYLIST – These are the ten (or is it 11) tracks that get Paul Rockin’, Click on the links to see/hear track on youtube.

Eddie Fontaine – Nothin’ Shakin, Chuck Berry You Can’t Catch Me, Little Richard Good Golly Miss Molly, Carl Perkins Dance Album, Gene Vincent Bluejean Bop Album, Elvis Presley Rock n Roll Album, Jerry Lee Lewis Loving Up A Storm, Johnny Otis Bye Bye Baby, Fats Domino Sick & Tired, Bill Haley and His Comets Razzle Dazzle, The Hi-Liters Dance Me To Death

Favourite all time artist is Jerry Lee Lewis

 

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