Archived Press Reports - 1980s

PETERBOROUGH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL PROGRAMME 1980

 

Jon Derek has been one of Great Britain’s most famous names on the Country Music scene since the year 1200 B.C. – Now that is not strictly true but it just seems that way to anyone who knows anything about the music, because the name of Country Fever has become synonymous with Country Music throughout recent history in these islands, and therefore, with the title ‘Country Fever’ goes the name Jon Derek. And with the name Jon Derek goes ‘Country Music’ and with Country Music goes ‘Country Fever'.

 

Throughout the years Jon has always gathered round him the finest collection of musicians and though the personnel may have changed from time to time, neither the standard, the image nor the finished product has ever changed from anything other than excellent and highly professional.

 

Country Fever have made more European and British nationwide tours than could possibly be imagined. Many of the greatest American stars owe much of their success within Europe’s boundaries to the superb backing provided by ‘Jon and Co’. Television and Radio programmes have on many occasions been the richer for featuring their talents.

 

It would be easy to write a million words but let this final comment suffice – Jon Derek and Country Fever have done it all.

THE SUN 1983

‘No divorce for wife of Jon’

 

Lovesick country singer Jon Derek saved his marriage yesterday…but lost his wife. Derek, 42, successfully defended a divorce petition by his wife Sandra, 37, in the High Court in London.

LONDON EVENING STANDARD 1983

‘The song is over but the malady lingers on’

 

Love-sick Country and Western singer Jon Derek saved his marriage but lost his wife today. The 42 year old singer-guitarist successfully defended his wife’s divorce petition alleging unreasonable behaviour but reluctantly agreed that it was probably too late to win back her love.

EALING GAZETTE 1983

‘Love Crooner given chance to save his marriage’

 

A Country and Western singer who’s romantic ballads have been chart-topping successes abroad won a last chance to try to keep his marriage together. A High Court Judge ruled singer and guitarist Jon Derek had not behaved in such a way as to incite his wife to a divorce.

COUNTRY MUSIC PEOPLE 1983

Veteran British performer Jon Derek can be seen regularly these days at North London’s Mean Fiddler Club where he carries out the MC duties as well as performing a song or two. In fact he’s also gained himself something of a reputation, as club owner Vince Power refers to him as 'Britain’s answer to Ernest Tubb' after realising that he’s been around on the scene for more years than he cares to remember.

HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER 1983

‘Jon Derek – Golcar’s answer to Nashville’

 

Golcar is fast becoming Britain’s answer to Nashville with the arrival of country and western star Jon Derek.

 

Jon, who has been at the forefront of British country music for more than 20 years, has moved to Golcar from London.

PETERBOROUGH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL PROGRAMME 1984

If you need an introduction to Jon Derek you are probably sitting in the wrong tent. However, just in case someone has dropped in after an extended stay on Jupiter or Mars and has missed the last twenty years, perhaps a few words may not come amiss. Jon Derek & Country Fever are not only a first class band in their own right, but they are also the band chosen to back the visiting Americans (Tommy Cash, Hank Locklin & Barbara Fairchild) who are topping the bill on Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Sunday night.

(DON FORD) COUNTRY MUSIC PEOPLE 1984

'Peterborough Country Music Festival'

 

Possibly around the British Country Music scene for more years than he cares to remember, Jon Derek's music is always quality stuff. Saddled with the responsibilty of backing most of the bill-topping American acts, here in his own spot the material was classic country.

(DEN McCARTHY) EASTERN EVENING NEWS 1989

‘Classy Jon tops bill’

 

I watched most of the top bands at last year’s Norfolk Country Festival and for sheer class was most impressed with the performance of Jon Derek and Country Fever. This extremely talented band feature at the Apollo Club, Harleston tomorrow.