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John Leyton

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John Leyton is an English actor and singer. As a singer he is best known for his hit song “Johnny Remember Me”, (written by Geoff Goddard and produced by the legendary Joe Meek) which reached Number 1 in the UK chart in August 1961.

John Dudley Leyton was born on 17 February 1939 in Frinton-on-Sea, Essex. After completing his National Service, he studied drama, paying his way through drama school with bit-part roles in films and on television. His first major acting role was his portrayal of Ginger in a 1960 Granada TV adaptation of Biggles, which earned him a large following of young female fans and led to the formation of a John Leyton fan club.

Following the success of Biggles, Leyton attended a singing audition with producer Joe Meek, and subsequently recorded the song “Tell Laura I Love Her”, which was released on the Top Rank label. At that time, however, Top Rank was undergoing a takeover by EMI, which had already released Ricky Valance’s version of the same song. The John Leyton recording was withdrawn from sale, and the Valance version reached Number 1 in the UK chart.

A second single - “The Girl On The Floor Above” - was released on the HMV label, but was not a success. His first big hit, “Johnny Remember Me”, coincided with his appearance as an actor in the popular ATV television series Harpers West One, in which he played a singer named Johnny Saint Cyr.

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