The Wembley Country Music Festivals ran from 1969-1991. They were invariably held each Easter weekend at Wembley Arena (formerly known as the Empire Pool).
Showbiz promoter Mervyn Conn was the man behind staging the biggest and most prestigious Country Music event. Admired and respected, he brought a plethora of overseas stars to these shores but he also encouraged home-grown talent too who would appear alongside household names on the main stage. The Wembley Festival was, for many years, the one event in the Country Music diary that everybody looked forward to.
Jon's son Mark says, 'As far as I'm aware, dad appeared on the main stage seven times either in his own right or together with Country Fever but he was also present at the majority of the festivals throughout the 1970's and early 80's either backing other artists or compering the 'Best of British Talent Show' that took place next door at the Wembley Conference Centre.'
Jon Derek was once quoted to have said, 'I think there's only one person who's appeared at more Wembley Festivals than me and that's Mervyn Conn!'
THE FOURTH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF COUNTRY MUSIC - 1972
FEATURING AMONG OTHERS: COUNTRY FEVER, CONWAY TWITTY, TOM T. HALL, BILL ANDERSON, ANNE MURRAY, GEORGE HAMILTON IV & HANK WILLIAMS JNR.
COUNTRY FEVER APPEARED ON APRIL 1, 1972 - THEY ALSO BACKED DEL REEVES & ANNE MURRAY AT THE PRE-FESTIVAL BANQUET
THE SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF COUNTRY MUSIC - 1975
FEATURING AMONG OTHERS: JON DEREK & COUNTRY FEVER, MARTY ROBBINS, DOLLY PARTON, GEORGE JONES, WANDA JACKSON & MELBA MONTGOMERY
JON DEREK & COUNTRY FEVER APPEARED ON MARCH 29, 1975 - THEY ALSO BACKED VERNON OXFORD, MIKI & GRIFF & MARVIN RAINWATER
THE EIGHTH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF COUNTRY MUSIC - 1976
FEATURING AMONG OTHERS: JON DEREK, DON WILLIAMS, WANDA JACKSON, TAMMY WYNETTE, DOLLY PARTON, MARTY ROBBINS & CARL PERKINS
JON DEREK APPEARED ON THE WEMBLEY STAGE - APRIL 17, 1976. THE SHOW THEN TRAVELLED TO SWEEDEN (APRIL 19) WHERE JON WORKED ALONGSIDE DOLLY PARTON, MARTY ROBBINS, TAMMY WYNETTE, SKEETER DAVIS & GEORGE HAMILTON IV
THE NINTH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF COUNTRY MUSIC - 1977
FEATURING AMONG OTHERS: JON DEREK, DON EVERLY, CARL PERKINS, CONWAY TWITTY, DON WILLIAMS, EMMYLOU HARRIS & CRYSTAL GAYLE
JON DEREK APPEARED ON APRIL 10, 1977. THE SHOW THEN TRAVELLED TO SWEDEN (APRIL 11) AND FINLAND (APRIL 13) WHERE JON WORKED WITH BILLIE JO SPEARS & GEORGE HAMILTON IV
THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS OF COUNTRY MUSIC - 1991
FEATURING AMONG OTHERS: JON DEREK & COUNTRY FEVER, JOHNNY CASH, TAMMY WYNETTE, CRYSTAL GAYLE, THE JORDANAIRES & SLIM WHITMAN
JON DEREK & COUNTRY FEVER APPEARED ON MARCH 30, 1991 - DURING THEIR PERFORMANCE THEY WERE JOINED ON STAGE BY FIDDLE PLAYER JOHN McEUEN FROM THE NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND