Still in the spotlight, Marty refuses to put his feet up after nearly six decades in the business

Marty Wilde at the Elgiva Chesham
Marty Wilde at the Elgiva Chesham

It’s been nearly 60 years since Marty Wilde first stepped into the spotlight as part of the first wave of home-grown rock and roll stars, but he’s still on the road – and you can catch this amiable living legend at the Elgiva in Chesham at the end of the month.

Marty, father of 1980s chart-topper and celebrity gardener Kim, began his career way back in 1957 and during four years of frantic activity racked up a string of 13 consecutive hits, including Donna, Teenager In Love and Rubber Ball.

As part of the Larry Parnes stable of stars who included Billy Fury and Vince Eager, he found himself transformed from plain Reg Smith into a swaggering, hipshaking chart-topper.

Marty will serve up a string of songs from the period when he arrives at the Elgiva on Friday, January 31 – tickets are £19.50 available from 01494 582900 and www.elgiva.com.