Johnny Kidd (singer)


Johnny Kidd (singer)

Infobox musical artist
Name = Johnny Kidd


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Birth_name = Frederick Albert Heath
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Born = 23 December 1935, Willesden, North London
Died = 7 October 1966, near Bury, Lancashire (motor car accident)
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Genre = Rock and roll
Occupation = Singer, songwriter
Years_active = 1956-1966
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URL = http://www.johnnykidd.co.uk/
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Frederick Heath best known as Johnny Kidd, was an English singer and songwriter, who was the front man for the rock band, Johnny Kidd and the Pirates. He was one of the pre-Beatles British rock and rollers to achieve worldwide fame.

Kidd's most famous song as a composer was "Shakin' All Over" which was a #1 UK hit for Johnny Kidd and the Pirates in 1960. Kidd's own version didn't chart outside of Europe, but two cover versions did: The Guess Who topped the Canadian charts (and hit #22 US) with their 1965 version of "Shakin' All Over", and in Australia, Normie Rowe topped the charts with it later the same year.

"Shakin' All Over" was also covered by The Who on the classic "Live at Leeds" album. Note that The Guess Who, who had the North American hit, are entirely unrelated to The Who.

Heath was born on 23 December 1935 in Willesden, North London, and died 7 October 1966, in a motor car accident near Bury, Lancashire.

His date of birth is alternatively listed as 1939 in some sources.

Kidd was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium, London.

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