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Johnny Kidd & The Pirates


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(1959 – 1966, 1976 – 2010)

Johnny Kidd & The Pirates were a British rock ‘n’ roll band. Johnny Kidd (birth name Frederick Heath), lead singer and primary songwriter, signed a recording contract with HMV and released his first single “Please Don’t Touch” in 1959, under the name of Johnny Kidd with his backing band The Pirates. The classic line-up included Frank Farley (drums), Johnny Spence (bass) and legendary guitarist Mick Green.

In 1960, they released “Shakin’ All Over”, which topped charts and became their biggest hit. Though they never released a full-length album, they released more than twenty singles. The band dissolved after the death of Kidd in a car crash on 6th October 1966. However, the classic lineup reformed as an R ‘n’ B group in 1976 and would perform sporadic tours until their ultimate disbandment in 2010.


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  • Harlem44

    Rockers,Ace Cafe,Motorbikes. JK and the Pirates did the UK proud.Could equal Gene Vincent or Jerry Lee any time.Pity the Beatles and crap driving got in the way.

    24 Jan 2014 Reply
  • emiliano_barrom

    I was dubious at first since I had listened to "Shaking All Over" covered by Donna Loren and that I didn't like at all. This band grows on you if you let it, it's no to say they are the best ever but what nice songs they recorded. They might be a One Hit Wonder but that's OK.

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • benxander

    I've been meaning to check these guys out for about, oh I don't know - 18 years? Thanks to 'Mind the Baby, Mr Bean' for introducing me to them when I was .. five.

    4 Oct 2013 Reply
  • crownanchor

    Spunky music:)

    28 Apr 2012 Reply
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  • thrillseeker01

    mick green R.I.P.

    1 Feb 2012 Reply
  • provigra

    Dressed as pirates? So lame... yet so awesome! CRAZY FUCKS.

    21 Mar 2011 Reply
  • roknrllr

    i list the pirates and get sponge bob square pants? not impressed so far

    23 Nov 2010 Reply
  • irka_rump

    they're amazing!

    1 Jun 2010 Reply
  • OOODerDudeOOO

    Jesus Christ, this band is still very underrated even on LastFM. Isn't LastFM supposed to be an alternative to the Radioheaded Coldplayed Lil'Wayned world of MTV and radio ? I find it revolting that J.K. & The Pirates haven't got more listeners and more recognition from these stupid modern music consumers that entitle themselves "cool" and "trend setters". Yeah, I have all the right to feel smug now ;). Long live Johnny & The Pirates ! [3]

    10 Dec 2009 Reply
  • psychedali

    lol, they are still active.

    6 Nov 2009 Reply
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    23 Oct 2009 Reply
  • crownanchor

    Johnny was the REAL "FACE" of his time:):).....RIP Johnny:(

    15 Jul 2009 Reply
  • GMenRVA

    What a great, soulful voice!

    12 May 2009 Reply
  • GMenRVA

    "I'll Never Get Over You" is one of the greatest rock and roll songs!

    12 May 2009 Reply
  • filpaz

    Post on the music blog Orangeskies about Johnny Kidd and the Pirates Party Check it out!

    8 May 2009 Reply
  • rockerbilly_ram

    RIP Freddie

    8 Apr 2009 Reply
  • sammie_1234

    love themmmm :)

    25 Jan 2009 Reply
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