He opened for JIM REEVES - toured with a plethora of star names such as JERRY LEE LEWIS, CARL PERKINS, GUY MITCHELL, SLIM WHITMAN and CHET ATKINS - graced the stage with the likes of JOHNNY CASH, GEORGE JONES, TAMMY WYNETTE, MARTY ROBBINS and DOLLY PARTON - formed a number of great friendships with those he often worked with including SKEETER DAVIS, MARVIN RAINWATER, GEORGE HAMILTON IV, HANK LOCKLIN and CLODAGH RODGERS - recorded for DECCA RECORDS, had two No.1 hits in Malta and played just about every theatre and country music club/festival in the British Isles. In addition, he appeared five times at the London Palladium, twice at the Royal Albert Hall and was included in more 'Wembley Country Music Festivals' than any other British artist. Furthermore, his famed band COUNTRY FEVER, which he originally formed with legendary guitarist ALBERT LEE was, for many years, the most sought after British country music group. In a career that spanned almost 50 years and, one in which influenced so many artists, JON DEREK is probably the hottest singing property Britain has ever produced in the realms of country music and will be remembered for being at the forefront right from the very start.
JON DEREK (Left) 'An impromptu performance' with Hank Thompson (face hidden), George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Marty Robbins, George Richey, Vern Gosdin and members of Joe Sun's band at the '1981 Wembley Country Music Festival Dinner/Dance' held at the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, London