013 Wally WhytonView Certificate 013

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.

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