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MR PARNES SHILLINGS & PENCE

Presents His Stable Of Stars

CD1

BILLY FURY Halfway To Paradise
MARTY WILDE Tomorrow’s Clown
LANCE FORTUNE Be Mine
TOMMY STEELE Handful Of Songs
JOE BROWN Stick Around
COLIN HICKS Wild Eyes And Tender Lips
NELSON KEENE Image Of A Girl
DUFFY POWER Dream Lover
DICKIE PRIDE Primrose Lane
VINCE EAGER Lonely Blue Boy
TERRY DENE A Boy Without A Girl
BILLY FURY Maybe Tomorrow
SALLY KELLY Little Cutie
JULIAN X Sue Saturday
MARTY WILDE Endless Sleep
JOHNNY GENTLE Wendy
TOMMY STEELE Come On Let’s Go
PETER WYNNE Chapel Of Dreams
JOE BROWN I’m Henery The Eighth I Am
THE VISCOUNTS That’s Alright
NELSON KEENE Teenage Troubles
DUFFY POWER Kissin’ Time
LANCE FORTUNE All On My Own
VINCE EAGER This Should Go On Forever
TERRY DENE Geraldine
DICKIE PRIDE Slippin’n’Slidin’
BILLY FURY Turn My Back On You
MARTY WILDE Bad Boy
JOE BROWN Comes The Day
TOMMY STEELE Singing The Blues
EDDIE COCHRAN, GENE VINCENT, BILLY FURY & JOE BROWN My Babe (live)
JESS CONRAD Mystery Girl

CD2

MARTY WILDE Teenager In Love
BILLY FURY Wondrous Place
VINCE EAGER Five Days, Five Days
JOE BROWN People Gotta Talk
TOMMY STEELE Butterfly
DUFFY POWER That’s My Little Suzie
DICKIE PRIDE Betty Betty
THE VISCOUNTS Rockin’ Little Angel
SALLY KELLY Honey, That’s Alright
NELSON KEENE Miracles Are Happening…
JOE BROWN Shine
MARTY WILDE Donna
JOHNNY GENTLE I Like The Way
TERRY DENE Thank You Pretty Baby
DUFFY POWER Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On
PETER WYNNE I Need You Close Again
BILLY FURY That’s Love
COLIN HICKS Empty Arms Blues
SALLY KELLY He’ll Have To Stay
LANCE FORTUNE This Love I Have For You
NELSON KEENE Ocean Of Love
VINCE EAGER Yea, Yea
JOHNNY GENTLE Mack The Knife (live)
DUFFY POWER What Now
THE VISCOUNTS Who Put The Bomp
MARTY WILDE Sea Of Love
TOMMY STEELE Rock With The Caveman
DICKIE PRIDE Fabulous Cure
BILLY FURY Colette
JOE BROWN Darktown Strutter’s Ball
MARTY WILDE, DICKIE PRIDE & CLIFF RICHARD Three Cool Cats (live)
JESS CONRAD This Pullo

Generally speaking, success owes everything to good luck and good timing, and Laurence Maurice Parnes was perhaps the classic case of a man being in precisely the right place at the right time. Rock’n’Roll was very much in its infancy in the UK and he had no real competition, therefore there were no ‘rules’ for him to break. He subsequently became the most powerful man in UK Pop, active as a manager, agent, impresario and music publisher; just about the only area he didn’t bother with was records, presumably because artists’ royalties in that era were so poor!

Due to his spectacular successes, some wag christened him “Parnes, Shillings And Pence” (some sources attribute this to Marty Wilde), a nickname which stuck with him throughout his life.
A wealthy young man, with ambitions to get into the entertainment industry, A small-time management team had hired John Kennedy to drum up publicity for a young singer, Tommy Hicks, whom he’d instinctively realised had genuine star quality, and he wanted to muscle in on the action. Hicks had been underage when he’d signed his original contract - he was still just nineteen - at which point Parnes and Kennedy approached his parents with a new, legal management contract, and took over. Within just a couple of weeks, Tommy Steele was on his way. His first record, ‘Rock With The Caveman’, was climbing the charts, he’d made his TV debut on Off The Record, he was out on tour with his new backing group, The Steelmen, and Larry Parnes was on a selfinduced crash course on how to manage a teenage idol!


Songwriter Lionel Bart had tipped Parnes off about another budding young R’n’R wannabe, one Reg Smith, who was singing in the London clubs using the stage name Reg Patterson. Rightly surmising that you couldn’t have a Pop star named Reg, Larry rechristened him Marty Wilde, and so the grooming process began. This time it took a while longer to get a hit record away - but after he charted with ‘Endless Sleep’ in 1958, he was off and running, registering his biggest hit the following year with ‘Teenager In Love’. Parnes’ next major discovery was Ron Wycherley, who turned up at a gig in Liverpool to try and peddle some songs to Marty Wilde and stayed to become Billy Fury. Arguably the UK’s finest Rock’n’Roller, Bill debuted in January ’59 with the exquisite ‘Maybe Tomorrow’ and registered his career-defining hit in 1961 with ‘Halfway To Paradise’. Parnes was promoting package tours, frequently booking headlining artists whom he did not directly manage. The most (in)famous of these was of course the Eddie Cochran/Gene Vincent tour, which ended in tragedy in April 1960 when Cochran died following a car smash on his way to the airport after the final gig of the tour. Finally, whilst Larry never actually managed Jess Conrad, he offered him a contract and also presented him on package tours - and in an unlikely twist to the tale, in 2008 Jess played the role of Parnes in the Joe Meek biopic, Telstar

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