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Digital Subscriptions > Vintage Rock > Mar/Apr 2019 - Rockabilly is GO! > SOUNDTRACK of my life

SOUNDTRACK of my life

Veteran entertainer Mike Berry was there at the start of rock’n’roll in the UK and, partly thanks to his sister, had the US records to prove it. His soundtrack is stacked with classics from Elvis, The Beatles, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly and more

Mike Berry

Mike Berry had his first chart hit in 1961 with the Joe Meek-produced A Tribute To Buddy Holly

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I reckon Lonnie Donegan’s unmatchable performance of this song influenced more wannabe British rock’n’rollers than any other British singer, me not the least of them. Only when we heard the American greats were we influenced more, but I’m sure all us singer/guitarists from that era would agree Lonnie ‘set the seal’. If a DNA test was to be carried out on all British guitarists playing today, be they wannabes or has-beens, there’s no doubt that almost all of them would be traced back to Lonnie – he was that much of an influence.

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