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Encyclopedia > Les Vandyke

Les Vandyke (born Yani Panakos Paraskeva Skoradalides, 21 June 1931, in Battersea, South London, England) was a popular singer/songwriter in the 1950s and 1960s. He was also known as Johnny Worth, and John Worsley. June 21 is the 172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 193 days remaining. ... 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1931 calendar). ... Battersea is a place in the London Borough of Wandsworth. ... South London area South London (known colloquially as South of the River) is the area of London south of the River Thames. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... // Recovering from World War II and its aftermath, the economic miracle emerged in West Germany and Italy. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ...


Career

In his youth he was usually known as John Skoradalides. After schooling, he began work as a draughtsman prior to his compulsory two years national service. Returning to civilian life, he determined to become a singer, changing his name for the purpose to Johnny Worth. Youth is defined by Websters New World Dictionary as, The time of life when one is young; especially: a: the period between childhood and maturity b: the early period of existence, growth, or development. ... This is about drafting, the art and science of technical drawing. ... National service is a common name for compulsory or voluntary military service programs. ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ...


He worked in pubs as a semi-professional until he managed to secure a television appearance. Watching was the wife of well-known bandleader Oscar Rabin, and Worth was signed to the band, with whom he remained for five years, making a number of recordings for Oriole Records and Columbia Records. He also recorded for the Embassy Records label, which produced cheap covers of popular hits, usually sold through Woolworth's stores. He then joined The Raindrops vocal trio, which appeared on the television programme (and subsequent LP) Drumbeat. It was on this show that he met Oscar-winning composer John Barry, with whom he was soon to work, and the singer Adam Faith. This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... A bandleader is the director of a band of musicians. ... In music, a band is a company of musicians, or musical ensemble, usually popular or folk, playing parts of or improvising a musical arrangement on different musical instruments. ... Oriole Records was the name of two record companies, one in the United States and one in the United Kingdom. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... Embassy Records was a subsidiary of the UK Oriole Records. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... In popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list—a chart—of top selling or otherwise judged most popular releases. ... F.W. Woolworth Company was the original USA based chain of five and dime stores. ... The human voice consists of sound made by a human using the vocal folds for talking, singing, laughing, screaming. ... Trio is generally used in any of the following ways: Three musicians playing the same or different musical instrument. ... The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour as a 33 â…“ LP vinyl record A gramophone record (also phonograph record, or simply record) is an analogue sound recording medium consisting of a flat disc with an inscribed modulated spiral groove starting near the periphery and ending near the center of the disc. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... John Barry. ... Terence (Terry) Nelhams-Wright, known as Adam Faith (June 23, 1940—March 8, 2003) was an English singer and actor. ...


Worth had aspirations to be a songwriter, and though initial attempts had failed, he asked pianist Les Reed to arrange a demo of his song "What Do You Want". Faith and Barry liked it, and with Barry's arrangements, Faith took the song to Number one in the UK Singles Chart in November 1959, within which it remained for 19 weeks. Worth's concern was that as he was still signed to Oriole, he should adopt a pseudonym, and combined Reed's first name with his own telephone exchange, to become Les Vandyke. A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Pianist Claudio Arrau, Carnegie Hall, 1954. ... Les Reed was Born in Woking, Surrey, England. ... Look up demo in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... [[ For other uses, see Song (disambiguation). ... In music, an arrangement refers either to a rewriting of a piece of existing music with additional new material or to a fleshing-out of a compositional sketch, such as a lead sheet. ... In popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list—a chart—of top selling or otherwise judged most popular releases. ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... A pseudonym (Greek pseudo + -onym: false name) is an artificial, fictitious name, also known as an alias, used by an individual as an alternative to a persons true name. ... A Verizon Central Office in Lakeland, Florida at night. ...


He provided Faith with his follow-up number one "Poor Me", in January 1960, and for the next two years penned a further six Top Ten British chart hits for Faith: "Someone Else's Baby"; "How About That"; "Who Am I"; "The Time Has Come"; "As You Like It" and "Don't That Beat All". Worth also wrote another chart-topper "Well I Ask You" for Eden Kane, a pseudonym for Richard, the eldest of the three Sarsted brothers. In general terms, a Top Ten List is an ordered ranking of ten items in order of preference. ... In popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list—a chart—of top selling or otherwise judged most popular releases. ... Eden Kane (born Richard Graham Sarstedt, on 29 March 1942, in Delhi, India) was an archetypal, early 1960s, British pop singer. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


By 1965 Vandyke was working in Australia, writing songs such as "Doin' The Mod" for The Flies, and "Dance Puppet Dance" for Little Pattie, which reached number twelve in the Sydney based pop charts. He also wrote music and songs for a number of low-budget movies during the sixties and seventies, including What a Whopper (1961 as Johnny Worth); The Kitchen (1961); Mix Me a Person (1962, as Johnny Worth); Some People (1962 as Johnny Worth - lyricist); Johnny Cool (1963 as Les Vandyke); Psychomania (1971); and The Playbirds (1978). Patricia Thelma Little Pattie Amphlett (born March 17, 1949) in Paddington, Sydney, is an Australian singer. ... The Sydney Opera House on Sydney Harbour Sydney (pronounced ) is the most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of over 4. ... For popular music (music produced commercially rather than art or folk music), see Popular music. ... plotting redirects here. ... Allegory of Music on the Opéra Garnier Music is an art form that involves organised sounds and silence. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Lyric can have a number of meanings. ...


Over the years Vandyke has penned songs that were recorded by various artists, including Petula Clark, Vince Hill, Engelbert Humperdinck, Anthony Newley, Bobby Vee, Marty Wilde, Bobby Rydell, Jimmy Justice, John Leyton and many more. A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ... Petula Clark, CBE (born November 15, 1932), is a British singer, actress and composer of Welsh and English parentage, best known for her upbeat popular international hits of the 1960s. ... Vince Hill (born Vincent Hill, April 16, 1932 in Holbrooks, Coventry, UK) is a popular British singer. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... George Anthony Newley (born on September 24, 1931 in the London Borough of Hackney; died on April 14, 1999) was an English actor, singer and songwriter. ... Bobby Vee (born April 30, 1943) is an American pop music singer. ... Marty Wilde (born Reginald Leonard Smith, April 15, 1939, in Greenwich, South London) is an English singer and songwriter. ... Bobby Rydell (born April 26, 1942) was an American teen idol in the early days of Rock and Roll. ... John Leyton is a British actor and singer. ...


Vandyke penned more big hit records in the early 1970s. These included writing the 1971 British Eurovision entry for singer Clodagh Rodgers, "Jack in the Box", which reached number 4 in the UK chart in March of that year. In addition, he wrote "Gonna Make You An Offer You Can't Refuse", a number 8 UK hit in 1973 for the American singer, and one-hit wonder, Jimmy Helms. Template:A year The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... The term Eurovision has several meanings: technically, the Eurovision Network created by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). ... Clodagh Rodgers (born March 5, 1947, in Ballymena) is a Northern Irish singer probably best known for her hit Jack in the Box, the United Kingdoms entry in the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest. ... UK 45 rpm single for Mickey (1982) by one-hit wonder Toni Basil CD single of the Baha Mens Who Let the Dogs Out? In the music industry, a one-hit wonder is an artist generally known for only one hit single. ...


References

  • www.45rpm.org.uk - "Pretty Blue Eyes" by Johnny Worth
  • Pop Archives: The Flies - "Doin' The Mod"
  • John Worsley (pseudonym), also credited as Les Vandyke / Johnny Worth / John Worth at the Internet Movie Database
  • List of songs composed by Vandyke at the All Music Guide website
  • Fansite with well researched listing of Vandyke/Worth compositions

 
 

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