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Johnny Gentle - Wendy 1959 HQ
Johnny Gentle - Wendy 1959 HQ
Published: 2015/03/15
Channel: TheGrayCat
Timi Bina Mandaina Yo Maan - New Nepali Movie JOHNNY GENTLEMAN Song | Paul Shah, Aanchal Sharma
Timi Bina Mandaina Yo Maan - New Nepali Movie JOHNNY GENTLEMAN Song | Paul Shah, Aanchal Sharma
Published: 2017/04/02
Channel: HighlightsNepal
Jaba Jaba Timro Saath - New Nepali Movie JOHNNY GENTLEMAN Song Ft. Paul Shah, Aanchal Sharma
Jaba Jaba Timro Saath - New Nepali Movie JOHNNY GENTLEMAN Song Ft. Paul Shah, Aanchal Sharma
Published: 2017/08/27
Channel: HighlightsNepal
New Nepali Movie JOHNNY GENTLEMAN Official Trailer 2017/2074 | Paul Shah, Aanchal Sharma
New Nepali Movie JOHNNY GENTLEMAN Official Trailer 2017/2074 | Paul Shah, Aanchal Sharma
Published: 2017/08/21
Channel: HighlightsNepal
DARREN YOUNG (aka JOHNNY  GENTLE)  I
DARREN YOUNG (aka JOHNNY GENTLE) I've Just Fallen for Someone
Published: 2010/12/31
Channel: imanuglyfrogtoo
Mack The Knife by Johnny Gentle -Saturday Club
Mack The Knife by Johnny Gentle -Saturday Club
Published: 2007/05/16
Channel: TheGentleTouch
Johnny Gentle - Darling Won
Johnny Gentle - Darling Won't You Wait
Published: 2012/11/17
Channel: krasner777
Johnny Gentle - I Like The Way (1959)
Johnny Gentle - I Like The Way (1959)
Published: 2016/03/07
Channel: DooWop Paradise
Milk From The Coconut
Milk From The Coconut
Published: 2016/11/03
Channel: Johnny Gentle - Topic
WINI BROWN JOHNNY WITH THE GENTLE HANDS
WINI BROWN JOHNNY WITH THE GENTLE HANDS
Published: 2013/11/27
Channel: TheMonobaby
Johnny - gentle, kind, smooth
Johnny - gentle, kind, smooth
Published: 2017/06/21
Channel: B Hassi
Training Session : Johnny Gentleman : The Movie
Training Session : Johnny Gentleman : The Movie
Published: 2016/08/07
Channel: Ur Style TV Network
So Gentle
So Gentle
Published: 2017/01/23
Channel: Johnny Gill - Topic
Johnny Gentle Poor Little Fool Chippenham 2000
Johnny Gentle Poor Little Fool Chippenham 2000
Published: 2016/04/14
Channel: Jim Elliott
Johnny Gentle — I Like The Way 1959
Johnny Gentle — I Like The Way 1959
Published: 2017/06/02
Channel: Legends Never Die
Cat Walk - New Nepali Movie JOHNNY GENTLEMAN Song 2017/2074 | Paul Shah, Neelam Chand
Cat Walk - New Nepali Movie JOHNNY GENTLEMAN Song 2017/2074 | Paul Shah, Neelam Chand
Published: 2017/04/24
Channel: HighlightsNepal
Wendy  -  Johhny Gentle
Wendy - Johhny Gentle
Published: 2009/09/28
Channel: oldolds53
Johnny Gill ft Ronnie Devoe- So Gentle
Johnny Gill ft Ronnie Devoe- So Gentle
Published: 2016/07/25
Channel: New Edition Fanpage
Pick A Star JOHNNY GENTLE
Pick A Star JOHNNY GENTLE
Published: 2013/12/13
Channel: Tony Hiller
Johnny Dee - Hey Gentle Girl
Johnny Dee - Hey Gentle Girl
Published: 2011/09/09
Channel: nahopiyopiyo
EARTHA KITT-JOHNNY WITH THE GENTLE HANDS
EARTHA KITT-JOHNNY WITH THE GENTLE HANDS
Published: 2013/06/24
Channel: PasFeykOldies
the wicker man ost-gently johnny
the wicker man ost-gently johnny
Published: 2008/08/28
Channel: jagger creasey
gently johnny
gently johnny
Published: 2009/11/19
Channel: richard whyte
Glen Campbell & John Hartford - Gentle On My Mind
Glen Campbell & John Hartford - Gentle On My Mind
Published: 2013/09/25
Channel: OldiesAngel
Johnny Gill - So Gentle
Johnny Gill - So Gentle
Published: 2011/12/26
Channel: alexjackswing
A Mother
A Mother's Love / Goodbye Johnny / Gentle Mother
Published: 2015/02/28
Channel: Barnbrack - Topic
Jaba jaba Johnny gentle man short cover
Jaba jaba Johnny gentle man short cover
Published: 2017/10/18
Channel: Santosh Rai
PP53: Johnny Gentle (Fox) vs Stikman (G&W)
PP53: Johnny Gentle (Fox) vs Stikman (G&W)
Published: 2017/11/01
Channel: Vermont Melee
Darren Young - I
Darren Young - I've just fallen for someone (1962)
Published: 2011/01/11
Channel: ticktock70
Spitdust - Gentle Johnny (Studio Rehearsal 29.08.2017)
Spitdust - Gentle Johnny (Studio Rehearsal 29.08.2017)
Published: 2017/08/30
Channel: SPITDUST
PP46: Seabass (Green) vs Johnny Gentle
PP46: Seabass (Green) vs Johnny Gentle
Published: 2017/09/15
Channel: Vermont Melee
My Gentle Young Johnny
My Gentle Young Johnny
Published: 2014/03/13
Channel: Various Artists - Topic
Nepali Movie JOHNNY GENTLEMAN - Paul Shah Aanchal Sharma | News | Glamour Nepal
Nepali Movie JOHNNY GENTLEMAN - Paul Shah Aanchal Sharma | News | Glamour Nepal
Published: 2016/08/04
Channel: Glamour Nepal
Johnny Cash - Gentle On My Mind (with Glenn Campbell)
Johnny Cash - Gentle On My Mind (with Glenn Campbell)
Published: 2011/12/08
Channel: NevermoreStranger
Johnny & Jonie Mosby - Gentle On My Mind
Johnny & Jonie Mosby - Gentle On My Mind
Published: 2013/03/15
Channel: dvdman49
David Pher - Back Into My Veins (Johnny D Gentle Mix)
David Pher - Back Into My Veins (Johnny D Gentle Mix)
Published: 2017/05/28
Channel: jhadKJ AA
It breaks my heart that a kind and gentle man like Johnny lives on the streets homeless.
It breaks my heart that a kind and gentle man like Johnny lives on the streets homeless.
Published: 2017/01/06
Channel: Invisible People
EARTHA KITT   JOHNNY WITH GENTLE HANDS
EARTHA KITT JOHNNY WITH GENTLE HANDS
Published: 2013/11/27
Channel: TheMonobaby
Gentle Johnny
Gentle Johnny
Published: 2015/06/23
Channel: Jack Montgomery - Topic
Johnny Paycheck - Gentle On My Mind RARE
Johnny Paycheck - Gentle On My Mind RARE
Published: 2015/12/16
Channel: Connor M.
Gentle on my mind
Gentle on my mind
Published: 2009/03/09
Channel: hax0r00g
Johnny Duncan "Gentle Fire"
Johnny Duncan "Gentle Fire"
Published: 2011/08/10
Channel: wilburscott
The Johnny Howard Orchestra  -  Gentle On My Mind
The Johnny Howard Orchestra - Gentle On My Mind
Published: 2014/02/14
Channel: Socratess2007
gentle sarah   johnny hallyday
gentle sarah johnny hallyday
Published: 2011/02/05
Channel: ric benton
Gentle On My Mind
Gentle On My Mind
Published: 2017/01/25
Channel: Johnny Cash - Topic
My Gentle Young Johnny
My Gentle Young Johnny
Published: 2016/01/30
Channel: joking722
John Hartford - Gentle on my mind 1977
John Hartford - Gentle on my mind 1977
Published: 2009/04/03
Channel: fritz51342
My Gentle Young Johnny
My Gentle Young Johnny
Published: 2016/09/22
Channel: Peggy Lee - Topic
Johnny Flynn - Einstein
Johnny Flynn - Einstein's Idea
Published: 2013/12/11
Channel: Hauskonzerte
TEEN Darren Young - My Tears Will Turn To Laughter
TEEN Darren Young - My Tears Will Turn To Laughter
Published: 2015/06/06
Channel: MrTeenagedreams
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Johnny Gentle
Birth name John Askew
Also known as Darren Young
Born (1936-12-08) 8 December 1936 (age 80)
Liverpool, England
Genres Rock, pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1959– mid 1960s
Labels Philips, Parlophone
Associated acts The Silver Beetles

John Askew (born 8 December 1936),[1] known as Johnny Gentle, is a British pop singer best remembered for having briefly toured Scotland with the Silver Beetles – later known as the Beatles – as his backing group in 1960.

Life and career[edit]

John Askew was born and grew up in Liverpool. After leaving school he was apprenticed as a carpenter, and, using a borrowed book for instructions, made his own guitar. He teamed up with Bobby Crawford and the pair began performing at local clubs, singing Everly Brothers songs, before Askew took a job working on a luxury ocean liner. On his return, he entered talent competitions as a solo singer, and changed his stage name, first to George Baker and then to Ricky Damone. He moved to London and worked on a building site, before winning a talent competition at the Locarno Ballroom in Streatham. He was auditioned by manager Larry Parnes, who won him a recording contract with Philips Records in 1959, and gave him the stage name Johnny Gentle.[1][2]

Gentle released two singles on Philips in 1959 – the self-penned "Wendy", followed by "Milk From The Coconut" – but they did not make the charts, and nor did an EP, The Gentle Touch, combining the two singles. In early May 1960, Parnes co-promoted, with Allan Williams, a show at Liverpool Stadium starring Gene Vincent supported by local groups Cass and the Cassanovas, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes and Gerry and the Pacemakers. Parnes thought it would be a good idea to use Liverpool groups as backing bands for his artists, who included Billy Fury, and held auditions on 10 May 1960. This resulted in the Silver Beetles being selected to back Gentle on a short Scottish tour.[1]

The tour, between 20–28 May 1960, included performances at Alloa, Inverness, Fraserburgh, Keith, Forres, Nairn and Peterhead.[3] At the time, the group comprised John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe and drummer Tommy Moore. Although the group themselves were not specifically credited in tour publicity, being billed as "Johnny Gentle and his group",[1] informally McCartney used the pseudonym Paul Ramon, Harrison called himself Carl Harrison, Lennon was "Long John", and Sutcliffe was known as Stuart de Staël. Their repertoire included "It Doesn't Matter Anymore", "Raining in My Heart", "I Need Your Love Tonight", "Poor Little Fool", "(I Don't Know Why) But I Do", "C'mon Everybody" (a tribute to Eddie Cochran, who had died while on tour with Gene Vincent a few weeks earlier), and "He'll Have to Go". Gentle later wrote:[4]

"We met at the venue just half an hour before our first public performance together and all things considered we sounded pretty good from the off. Every night the sound we made got better, by the end of the tour I knew these boys were as good as any I'd worked with....."

Gentle wrote a song on the tour, "I've Just Fallen For Someone", reputedly with help from Lennon. The song was later recorded by Adam Faith on his second album. Gentle also claims to have suggested that Parnes sign the group, but Parnes at the time was only interested in managing solo singers. After their return to Liverpool, Gentle sang onstage with the group at one of their performances, but, by the time he next needed a band to tour with, they were unavailable as they had travelled to Hamburg.[1]

Johnny Gentle released three further singles on the Philips label – "Darlin' Won't You Wait", "After My Laughter Came Tears" (both 1960) and "Darlin'" (1961). He also made several appearances on TV and radio shows. Changing his stage name to Darren Young, he released his own version of "I've Just Fallen For Someone" on Parlophone in 1962, again without success. By 1964, he had joined the Viscounts.[2]

He later moved to Jersey, where he worked as a joiner. He now lives in Kent, and has made occasional appearances at Beatles fan conventions. In 1998 he co-wrote a book, Johnny Gentle & the Beatles: First Ever Tour.[1]

References[edit]

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