Derry Wilkie and Freddie Starr shared the lead vocals in Howie Casey And The Seniors, but the group split in 1962, leaving Wilkie to form his own band, Derry Wilkie And The Pressmen. At the Rialto Ballroom in Liverpool, they recorded ‘Hallelujah I Love Her So’ for the Oriole album, This Is Merseybeat. The recording is fairly placid but Wilkie was a wild performer, climbing up curtains and screaming like Little Richard. He was turned down by Decca Records because he would not keep still in front of the microphone. After the Pressmen folded, he took saxophone player Phil Kenzie and formed Derry Wilkie And The Others, which was managed by Mike Jeffery who also handled - or rather, mishandled - the Animals. He spent some years with Screaming Lord Sutch’s band, being killed by Sutch every night as part of his ‘Jack The Ripper’ routine. When a stunt went wrong, he told Sutch, ‘I can’t help it, man. I’m a singer, not an actor.’ The good-natured Wilkie emigrated to Australia, no doubt continuing his quest to find the perfect group.
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