Harmonica ace returns

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Top harmonica virtuoso Johnny Stafford is tuning up for a return to the Derbyshire town where he lived for ten years.

Johnny will be performing at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, on the afternoon of Friday, June 10.

He will be playing in a show called Twice Brightly, in which the headline act is Tammy Jones who had a hit record of Let Me Try Again in the seventies.

Johnny started his career with the famous Morton Fraser Harmonica Rascals appearing many times with them on television and radio. He went on to enjoy a solo career touring the world playing in theatres, concerts and on cruise ships.

He said: “I lived in Chesterfield for ten years, in Sherbourne Avenue, Newbold, and played in a Sunday show at the Pomegranate round about 1982.

“I have very happy memories of the town, in fact I was living there when my first LP on EMI came out. I had run short of copies so I went into Hudsons music shop in the town and bought a copy of my own record. The photo on the back of the LP was not a very good likeness, I was a little younger on it, and they didn`t realise it was me! I walked out of the shop without saying a word, very deflated!

“However, the disappointment was overcome shortly afterwards when Gloria, my wife, was at a keep-fit class somewhere local, and surprise, surprise, one of the tracks was used for a keep fit routine. When Gloria explained who she was they said `You mean you are married to `THE `Johnny Stafford. This put my ego back on track.”

Johnny has produced many recordings for companies such as EMI, including Moon River, and he was asked by Lionel Bart to record his song ‘Sparrows Can’t Sing’.

Twice Brightly (The Magical Days of Variety) includes performances from comedian Ronnie The Squire Hayward, singer Mavis Lane and compere Mike Pannell.

The Pomegranate performance is at 2.15pm on Friday. Tickets cost £10; to book, call (01246) 345222 or www.chesterfieldvenues.co.uk.