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2008 Inductees to the British Country Music Hall Of Fame.


Kelvin Henderson ~ inductee No 12 View Certificate 0012

Born and raised in Bristol, Kelvin Henderson, during his promotion time, brought Guy Clark and Towns Van Zandt to Bristol.
Kelvin Henderson
From the early 70s Kelvin always had a band that was made up of cutting edge musicians. When most acts were aspiring to change the Bedford to a Transit he had a Plaxton 28 seater tour bus. A regular at Wembley and Peterborough festivals, he played the Albert Hall in the famed Festival of British Country concert during the 80s.
Kelvin was the producer/presenter of My Kind Of Country on BBC South & West that was syndicated over five local stations from Cornwall to Gloucester to Southampton. He dominated the airwaves. When the Association of British Country Broadcasters was formed, he was elected chairman, gaining it recognition from the CMA.
His shows always drew the aficionados of Country to them because of the variety of music he sang with his baritone voice.
   

Wally Whyton ~ inductee No 13 View Certificate 0013

Wallace Victor Whyton was born on 29th September 1929 in London. He started work in advertising before forming the Vipers in 1956, landing the plum residency at the 2i's Coffee shop in Soho, the equivalent to the Bluebird Café in Nashville - Cliff Richard and the Dakotas, Tommy Steele, Adam Faith and most of the emerging pop stars all played there. Sir George Martin, later of Beatles fame, was his record producer. Their big hit was Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O - next to Lonnie Donegan they were the top skiffle band.
Wally Whyton
Wallace Victor Whyton was born on 29th September 1929 in London. He started work in advertising before forming the Vipers in 1956, landing the plum residency at the 2i's Coffee shop in Soho, the equivalent to the Bluebird Café in Nashville - Cliff Richard and the Dakotas, Tommy Steele, Adam Faith and most of the emerging pop stars all played there. Sir George Martin, later of Beatles fame, was his record producer. Their big hit was Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O - next to Lonnie Donegan they were the top skiffle band.
Wally moved into tv where he did the Small Time, Lucky Dip and Tuesday Rendezvous (the Beatles made their second tv appearance on the show, singing Love Me Do). Then followed the Five o'Clock series including Ollie and Fred's Five o¹Clock Club. He created the puppet caricatures Ollie Beak (the Owl) and Fred Barker doing both voices. Muriel Young and Bert Weedon were on the show. Wally always sang a song while playing guitar. He later did Time For A Laugh on Granada tv.
From the 1960s until the 1990s he presented BBC Country show, gaining such an audience that it went to two-hour slots. He was rated by many as the finest Country presenter in the UK ever. During this time he recorded an album of Children's Songs of Woody Guthrie and wrote the conservation anthem, Leave Them A Flower. He attended all the major festivals in London and Peterborough where everybody knew him. Most of the stars guesting on his show. Wally Whyton died on 22nd January 1997.
   

John C King ~ inductee No 14 View Certificate 0014

John C King
John C King has been hailed as a British Country music legend by his peers and is well respected on the Country music scene.
As his children grew, he formed the John C King Family Band who were possibly one of the most popular bands on the circuit through the 80s and mid 90s.
John C King is now a solo artist once again with his guitar and backing tracks and still has his rich Country music voice and entertains dancer and listener alike with his mix of pure Country.
   

Gerry Ford ~ inductee No 15 View Certificate 0015

Gerry has won four Album of the Year awards and two Single of the Year awards. He has had five of his own songs nominated as Country Song of the Year, recorded 16 albums, appeared on most of the important Country festivals in the UK, including Wembley and has performed in Norway, Sweden, Holland, Germany, Ireland, Australia, USA and on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on 21 occasions.
Gerry Ford
His 21 year broadcasting career included Radio Forth in Edinburgh, 15 years with BBC Radio Scotland, his own series on BBC Radio 2 and guest presenter on Radio 2¹s Country Club on numerous occasions. He has his own Country music programmes on Glasgow Country 105 and Clan FM and has made many tv appearances. His accomplishments also include winning the CMA(GB) Country DJ of the Year award twice (plus two further nominations) and various Country dj awards and nominations from other organisations plus numerous Club awards as Artist/ Entertainer/Band of the Year.
   

Raymond Froggatt ~ inductee No 16 View Certificate 0016

A chance meeting with guitar virtuoso Hartley Cane led to the formation of a rock band. He rapidly built up a large fan base around the Midlands, London and Germany.
The rock career lost momentum when the major album Rogues & Thieves did not take off but he did get on Top Of The Pops as part of his mate, Roy Wood¹s band, The Move. Gradually his music became more Country and he was invited by Mervyn Conn to be part of the famed Wembley Festivals. Mervyn Conn backed two albums recorded in Nashville with the Jordanaires and Hargus Pig Robbins. The first, Southern Fried Frog was and still is a massive seller.
Froggie did and still does sing 99 percent of his own material and he has the largest following of any UK artist.
Raymond Froggatt His autobiography, Raymond Who?, is a great read. UK singers cover more of his songs than any other writer. When he released Don't Let Me Cry Again, Terry Wogan played it every day for a fortnight but unfortunately a distribution blip stopped it being a major pop hit.
After fighting health problems he is still a major player on the UK Country scene having played with most of the major American artists including Tina Turner who recorded one of his songs. Raymond Froggatt is the only UK artist to have played the Albert Hall, London Palladium and the Birmingham Symphony Hall. He is one of an elite band who can have a theatre tour each year.
   

Miki & Griff ~ inductee No 17 View Certificate 0017

Meeting in 1947, they were the perfect husband and wife duo who respected each other. Joint presidents of fellow Hall of Fame member, Tony Best's Lazyacre, they typified easy listening Country.
Barbara, a Scot from Ayrshire, raised on the Isle of Bute adopted the name Miki.
As husband and wife they first worked with Max Bygraves as comedians and singers. Moving their singing to Country, they based their style on the Louvins¹ and the Everly Brothers¹ harmonies. The king of skiffle, Lonnie Donegan, heard them and invited them to join his roadshow and tv shows.
Chris & Bev Jackson Lonnie got them a contract with the mighty Pye label. Their big hits included Hold Back Tomorrow, Rocking Alone (In The Old Rocking Chair), A Little Bitty Tear and I Wanna Stay Here were during the 50s and 60s.They backed Lonnie on his eponymous album and he played on two of their EPs. They also had a big hit in the 70s with Bob Dylan's Blowing In The Wind.
In 1964 they became the first UK Country act to play the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Theatre and in the 70s they toured with many visiting American Country stars.
Barbara Miki Griffiths died at their Twickenham home in May 1989 and Griff on 24th September 1995. In 2002 Castle Records released a cd of all their recordings.