“I’m not really Mike Berry, I’m his son,” he quipped after performing Roy Orbison’s Only The Lonely.He entertained the audience with his relaxed, conversational style and an anecdote for nearly every song.He said: “You didn’t get a lot for your seven shillings and sixpence in those days!” He then slipped into a series of tributes to Harry Webb, better known as Cliff Richard, with Livin’ Doll, Travellin’ Light and Move It.The two Berries were backed by The Criterion Allstars featuring Mark Wright on lead guitar, Roger Nicholas (ex-Gidea Park) on bass, “London Jack” on drums and Barbara Hockey on keyboards.The Criterion Allstars will return to Sheppey on Saturday September 16 with John Dymond (Beaky of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich) and Edison Lighthouse on October 28. Terms of Comments We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules.Mike (real name Mike Bourne but chose Berry in tribute to Buddy Holly) recalled: “Chas Hodges from Chas ‘n’ Dave was in my band at the time and we both remember being impressed by The Beatles’ harmonies.” Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein invited both bands back to his house after the show and later instructed Paul Mc Cartnery to run Mike back to his hotel.
Mike, who also played Mr Spooner in the TV sitcom Are You Being Served and Mr Peters in the children’s TVS series Worzel Gummidge, finished with the Buddy Holly song That’ll Be The Day.
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