Go Wilde around the country
MARTY Wilde was one of the top three British rock'n'rollers of the fifties, alongside Tommy Steele and Cliff Richard, racking up five Top 10 hits in 1958 alone.
Endless Sleep and Donna were followed by his biggest success, Teenager In Love, then Sea Of Love and Bad Boy. He would return for more hits over the next few years, with Rubber Ball being his biggest.
Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin summed up him as "one of possibly two or three singers in the UK who actually could capture the American art".
But that wasn't all. Wilde would also write hits for Lulu (I'm A Tiger) and Status Quo (Ice In The Sun) and during the early 80s, he masterminded the pop career of his daughter Kim, alongside his son Ricky.
But it's his own moment in the spotlight that he's reliving with Marty Wilde's Rock'n'Roll Party, which comes to the Royal Concert Hall at the end of the month.
"Rock'n'roll has always maintained its popularity," says Wilde, who was born Reginald Leonard Smith in London 73 years ago.
"And that's because, at the time, it had a terrific impact. Its influence has stretched through the years, even to today's bands."
For the tour he'll be backed by his regular band The Wildcats with guests including his daughter Roxanne and Eden Kane, whose hits included Well I Ask You, Get Lost, Forget Me Not, I Don't Know Why and Boys Cry. Due to illness John Leyton has been replaced by Mike Berry, whose 1960 hit Tribute To Buddy Holly, was banned by the BBC for being "morbid".
His first singles were produced by pioneer Joe Meek. Berry would later become a familiar face on British TV, playing Mr Spooner in the sitcom Are You being Served?
Wilde says "The plan is for the first half to have myself and my daughter Roxanne, and then Eden, then Mike.
"It'll be all the hits and I'll do maybe some Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Elvis."
Wilde first worked with Kane at the Solid Gold Rock'n'Roll Show back in 1994.
"The last time I worked with Eden was just two years ago when, along with the late Jet Harris, we toured the UK."
He adds: "I'm looking forward to the tour immensely, I'm looking forward to performing with people I've known for a long time.
"I've been singing these songs for over 50 years and I still wouldn't want to be doing anything else.
"Working together with my great friends is going to be an absolute knockout, as anyone who manages to see the show is undoubtedly going to find out.
"For us three, rock and roll is a way of life, and we can't wait to bring it all together again. This is going to be one hell of a party.
"I also love travelling around this country but I'm mostly looking forward to singing my songs to the people who keep coming out to see us. After all, there aren't that many of us original artists around."
But now he's in his 70s, does he still sing Teenager In Love?
"I do," he laughs.
"I'd be strung up if I didn't."