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An article written by veteran broadcaster and journalist David Allan in 2006
When we first met up in the late 1960's, Jon Derek was already an established name and an obvious choice to appear with his talented group of musicians Country Fever on the first edition of my show 'Country Style' on the then brand new BBC Radio 2. Thanks to my inspired producer, the late Ian Grant, Jon recorded many sessions for us and was equal to anything we featured from America. The reaction of the listeners was always hugely positive. Over the years, our paths have crossed many times, notably at a number of the Wembley Country Music Festivals. He's certainly one of the very few genuine stars the British country scene has produced and I'd go as far as to call him an icon.