The Slim Whitman Tours (1970 & 1976)
Jon Derek had a good working friendship with Slim Whitman. They toured together twice - the first time was in September 1970 with his band Country Fever and then again in February/March 1976 as a solo act.
THE 1970 TOUR was supported by four acts who were all notable winners at that year's 'Country Music Association (Great Britain) Awards'. Country Fever won 'Best Group'.
This was Slim Whitman's first UK tour in 14 years and included dates at the London Palladium, Hammersmith Odeon (Apollo), Sunderland Empire and Liverpool Empire.
Besides having their own spot on the show, Country Fever (Jon Derek, Roger Dean, Pete Oakman, Gerry Hogan & Jed Kelly) also backed Slim throughout the tour.
Jon, Sure good working with you -
Wish you all the best - Slim Whitman
THE 1976 TOUR was one of Slim's longest ever - 32 dates including two performances a day.
Jon Derek was billed as a solo act but he was using a very fine backing band at the time who were also on the tour with him - Jeannie Denver and the J.D. Band.
In addition to having his own spot on the show, Jon also compered the entire tour. On the final date at the London Palladium, Jon was joined on stage by Alan 'Fluff' Freeman who presented Slim Whitman with a gold disc for sales of his current album 'Happy Anniversary'.
SLIM WHITMAN & JON DEREK
(On tour in 1976)