Johnny and the Jailbirds were formed at the end of 1973 when I moved from Charlton South East London to Wellingborough,
Northamptonshire. An advert was placed in the local newspaper to recruit musicians interested in forming a Rock 'n' Roll Band.
The response was immediate and after a few rehearsals and the first gig in a local village club Johnny and the Jailbirds were born.
It wasn't long before the band had gained a huge following on the Rock 'n' Roll circuit in the UK and abroad. Record companies were becoming very interested in this
new band with "Charly" Records signing "Johnny and the Jailbirds" in 1979. One of the main turning points in the bands' career was the arrival of lead guitarist and songwriter Richie Ball.Johnny had now found a new partner to write the many songs that were produced in those early years including the eight
that appeared on our first album "OUT ON BAIL", the most well known of which appeared in the French Rock 'n' Roll charts "Eileen" and "Too Much Wine". The album was a great success and it seemed that every European Teddy Boy had it in his collection.
Johnny and the Jailbirds were rockin' around Europe for just over seven years, and were established as one of the Great British Rock 'n' Roll Bands.
The band reformed again in 2000 with a great new CD "Rockin' The Blues Away" and only wanted to record again if all the songs on the album were self written.
This album contained "Roll On (Clickety Clack)" and to this day is still a hugely popular song which has been recorded by many including recently by the Sister of "Jerry Lee Lewis", "Linda Gail Lewis" on her latest Album "Gas Station Flowers" Go to video page to hear the song by "Johnny and the Jailbirds"
Now the band is back with a new line up, and in Late February 2014 are to record a new C.D. with 14 new songs written by Johnny Red to be recorded on "Foot Tappin Records" The new band members are, Drums, Billy Sloane, Paul James Lead Guitar, Krzys, Piano, Slap Bass, Garry Tyrrell Lynch, and of course Johnny Red.