Videos | That Was Then ... This is Now
Marty, Kim & Roxanne Wilde
Marty Wilde was among the first generation of British pop stars to emulate American rock'n'roll.
He was performing under the name Reg Patterson at London's Condor Club in 1957 when he was spotted by impresario Larry Parnes. Parnes gave his protégées surnames like Fury, Power, Gentle and Pride etc, hence the change to Wilde. The 'Marty' came from the commended 1955 film Marty.
From mid 1958 to the end of 1959, Wilde was one of the leading British rock singers, along with Tommy Steele and Cliff Richard. Wilde's backing group were called the Wildcats who featured Big Jim Sullivan on lead guitar, and Brian Locking and Brian Bennett (drums) who later joined The Shadows.
He appeared regularly on the BBC Television show 6.5 Special and was the main regular artiste on the Saturday ITV popular music shows Oh, Boy! and Boy Meets Girls. There he met and married Joyce, one of The Vernons Girls who were also show regulars.
He moved partly into all-round entertainment, appearing in musicals such as the West End production of Bye Bye Birdie and films.
He enjoyed success as a songwriter in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He penned the virtual one-hit wonder's The Casuals' "Jesamine", plus Lulu's "I'm A Tiger", and the early Status Quo's "Ice In The Sun".
In the early 1970s, Wilde changed his music style to Glam Rock and became 'Zappo'. He released only a few singles which never charted and reverted back to Marty Wilde shortly after.
Later on, as songwriter and/or record producer, he masterminded a string of 1980s hits for his daughter Kim Wilde working with his son Ricki - including the legendary 'Kids In America'.
Roxanne, herself a touring singer with acts such as Kylie Minogue and older sister Kim, now performs regularly with Marty and in 2020, he released the album Running Together, on which Roxanne sings lead vocals on five of the 15 tracks.
Marty, Kim and Roxanne Wilde all continue to record and perform live.