A friend and I were discussing important bands that we had never seen any footage of. We both agreed that Johnny Kidd and the Pirates was a top target. There was a rumour of a TOTP 64 find a few years ago but it all went quiet. Does anyone have an update?
Indeed at present there is officially ZERO footage in existence of them in action. It wasn't a TOTP find that was rumoured (in fact I'm not sure if they ever appeared on the show since their hit days ended around the time the show started) but Ready Steady Go. It was claimed that Dave Clark had footage of them performing on the show but was demanding way too much money to license the clip out. Hence partly why RSG footage sits in limbo and has done for many years.
There is a b/w promo featuring the group. I have it as it was included on a VHS released music compilation (I forget the name offhand). I only picked this up a year or two ago second hand and was pretty surprised to see the clip as I thought nothing at all existed! Generally though they seem to have fallen through the net archivally.
Argh! Sorry to get your hopes up there. I just checked. It's a b/w promo of Shakin' All Over all right... but by Vince Taylor! I only watched the tape very quickly once. Back to square one, I suppose. Any advances on no footage of Johnny Kidd & The Pirates then?
Hi, Phillip, thanks. No doubt a great find for those who enjoy early british rock and roll.
A very important discovery. I'm sure even Lemmy would be thrilled to see this footage given his love of Johnny Kidd.
For me personally, probably the most important music footage find of this decade because until it was discovered, there was absolutely nothing of him on film. Sure, it may be silent and short but it's the real thing that Kidd fans have wanted for decades. Funnily enough I was listening to him earlier today on one of my journeys - his remake of "Please Don't Touch" which I absolutely love. I do have the original 1959 45 as well, and it's always a thrill blasting that out! Amazing record!