Roy Young

After Oh Boy! ended, Roy (dubbed England's Little Richard) appeared many times on TV including Boy Meets Girl, Wham! (both produced by Jack Good) and Drumbeat. Young's boogie-woogie piano and vocal style is aptly described as a mixture of Little Richard, Ray Charles and Joe Cocker. Those qualities have had a tremendous influence on some of the biggest names in rock history including Elton John, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. By 1961, Young was an international rock'n'roll star playing the now legendary stages of Hamburg, Germany. There, The Beat Brothers were formed at the Top Ten Club, with Tony Sheridan, Ringo Starr, Colin Milander and Roy Young.

In 1962, the owner of the Star-Club, Hamburg, offered Roy a lucrative contract to appear at his club as a solo artist where some months later he formed the Star Combo, giving birth to the clubs' house band. The Beatles invited Roy to play with them during  their time there.   Young joined Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers after which, Roy met Laurie O'Leary who became his manager and a very close friend. It was Laurie's foresight that recognized the talent in Roy and decided to form The Roy Young Band.  

Roy was featured in several movies with Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine, Suzanna York and Albert Finney.  Helater decided to tour The Roy Young Band throughout Canada, USA and Europe. His agenda also included The British Invasion concerts in the USA with Gerry and the Pacemakers, Peter Noone, Eric Burdon, The Hollies, The Searchers, Manfred Mann and The Troggs. In 1995, Roy was headlined in a Star-Club reunion concert in Hamburg, Germany, with the Pete Best Band and Cliff Bennett and The Rebel Rousers. Later that year he returned to England to reunite with Tony Sheridan (The Beat Brothers) and Howie Casey (Roy Young Band and Paul McCartney's Wings) to record a CD and video entitled 'Legend, History of The Beat Brothers', with The Beatles'.   "Roy Young is one of the most highly regarded musicians of our era." said David Bowie. 

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  • REPLAY Susan Calvert Susan Calvert
    Wednesday, 01 January 2020 11:57

    Missing from these records is the formative period that Roy Young worked for Reg Calvert. He started with Reg in 1960 and moved to Clifton Hall, near Rugby, in 1961. Clifton Hall became known variously as the 'School of Rock' / 'School of Pop'. Roy Young was a superb musician and singer and toured with the artists that Reg had trained, including Danny Storm and Buddy Britten, to appear in shows and dances across England. It was Reg who suggested to Roy that he accompany him to Hamburg in 1961, to see how his 'boys' were getting on at the Top Ten Club. (They were booked to follow on from the Beatles. ) Roy got up and joined them on stage and was asked to stay on. He then got head-hunted for the Star Club . More information in the ebook: CLIFTON HALL - School of Rock (or hardback double edition: Life and Death of a Pirate. by S.K. Moore

  • REPLAY chris wharton chris wharton
    Thursday, 22 February 2018 08:58

    tremendous performer appeared in liverpool for our promotions

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