Coventry Hitmakers

JOHNNY B GREAT & THE GOODMEN

Part of the Larry Page stable, based at The Orchid Ballroom in Coventry. They released a string of great Decca singles including the superb Acapulco 1922. Front man Johnny Goodison went on to find fame as part of the original Brother- hood of Man and as a songwriter/producer. Photos- left The very first single by a Coventry band and below the very rare Just For You soundtrack album. In 1963 Johnny B Great & The Goodmen, have the honour of being the first Coventry band to release a single. It was “School is In” and featured the Orchids.

 

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Johnny_B_Good-003The Goodmen were a gnat’s whisker away in securing the session, but because they had just had a single out, the song “Do You Love Me” was given to Brian Poole and The Tremeloes instead. Frustratingly for Johnny and the boys it went straight to number one. Nigel remembers another similar ‘oh so near’ experience. “We were set to ap- pear in a film, but once again fate was not kind and our transport broke down. Johnny went on ahead while we waited for the van to be fixed by the time we made it to the studio Johnny had already performed “If I had A Hammer” on his own. Our moment of film glory had gone”.

Nigel Lomas

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