Keith Kelly (real name Michael Pailthorpe) hailed from Selby and spent three years in the Royal Air Force before becoming an original member of the John Barry Seven as a vocalist/rhythm guitarist. After leaving in 1959 he sang at the famous 2 I's Coffee Bar in Soho where he was spotted by George Martin. Like a number of artists who played the Town Hall in the early days, Kelly appeared on the Parlophone label as a solo artist which is fairly interesting in itself as it dispels the myth that prior to The Beatles signing in 1962, Parlophone had no "pop music" roster as such and concentrated instead on releasing novelty and comedy records. His debut single "With You" appeared in early 1960 but it was the follow-up 'Tease Me' (which was apparently written by the singer on the London Underground) that made the charts, reaching No.27 in May. A car accident prevented Kelly from taking advantage of his new-found success, delaying the release of the next record and even though "Listen Little Girl" scraped into the bottom regions of the Top 50 in August 1960, the moment was lost. Kelly was by all accounts not only an exemplary musician (he was a particuarly fine chromatic harmonica player) but he also bore a passing physical resemblance to Buddy Holly. Later joined the Hull band the Keith Herd Rhythm Group and released one single for CBS in 1967.
|Listen Little Girl||Greatest Hits of 1960, Vol. 23||Pop, Rock|
Pop and Rock
Drums, Electric Guitar, Percussion, and Violin
Atmospheric, Bright, Feel-Good, Romantic, and Sentimental
Ballroom Dance, In Love, Make-Out, and Make-Up
Greatest Hits of 1960, Vol. 23, #22