In a casual glance through
a ‘Do It Yourself’ book lies
Johnny Gentle’s rise to fame.
Working as a ships carpenter on board
a luxury liner he borrowed the book through
a friend. In it he found an article describing
how to make a guitar. It took him 3 months
to complete the instrument. Having made
it he learned to play it. As the ship
steamed through torrid nights in the Pacific
Ocean 20 -year old Johnny sang for his
own pleasure. Eavesdropping passengers
would say: “Turn professional young
man you’ll go a long way.”
Johnny made a private recording and asked
'Larry Parnes' to hear it. Larry signed
the pleasant voiced singer immediately.
Not satisfied with merely making his own
guitar, Johnny wrote his own songs and
music. He composed his first recording
“Wendy” backed with “Boys
and Girls” while still on the seas.
Johnny is a native of Liverpool. His
father was a machinist and he was aged
twenty with intent, dark eyes and a mop
of dark hair. His main interests are playing
the guitar and composing.
are scouring the country for an obscure
1962 record by Darren Young, called I’ve
just fallen for someone". Parlophone
Also available on John Barry's 'Play
It Again' label 'The Hits and the Misses'.
Because Darren Young is really Johnny
Gentle who toured Scotland in 1960 with
The Beatles as his backing band!
The song was written while they were
on tour and Gentle claims part of the
song was penned by John Lennon who never
received a credit. It was released two
months before the Beatles own debut 'Love