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UK Rock Hello Everyone,
I should like to wish you, your families and friends a really great Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.’

My Silent Night Story. In the 60’s I was cast to play one of the lead roles in the American TV movie ‘Story of Silent Night’. The other lead role was to be played by the famous and talented British movie actor, James Mason. I was chosen to play Fr.Joseph Mohr and James Mason was to play Franz Xaver Gruber.
The story of the song ‘Silent Night’ is a very interesting one and many websites exist for those wishing to have more knowledge about the history of the song, check out
Silent NightThe song that has become a message of peace for everyone at Christmas I understand was written in 1816 and first performed in Oberndorf, Austria on Christmas day 1818 by the composer’s Fr.Joseph Mohr and Franz Xaver Gruber.
I travelled from the USA, where I was resident at that time, to Austria along with many of the cast and crew where we were to film the movie totally on location in the Austrian Alps. Silent Night We spent 3 weeks in this wonderful and snow clad location, not only working hard but also having time for the occasional light refreshment.
Once completed the film was transmitted across the entire USA TV network. I can remember that along with the rest of the cast we sang ‘Silent Night’ in the film. Silent Night Over the years the song ‘Silent Night’ has become a Christmas standard and many of the world’s greatest singers have recorded it, Elvis Presley and Bing Crosby being just a couple of them. It really is a wonderful Christmas song and each time I hear it memories of my visit to the Austrian Alps come flooding back.
Silent Night

This month we introduce a new permanent item on the website. A John Leyton Jukebox that each month will feature sound clips from my recordings and that of Peter Williams.
We start in a Christmas vein with a sound clip of Peter’s great guitar version of ‘Silent Night’ available from the shop on his ‘Instrumentally Yours’ CD tribute to Elvis Presley and my as yet unreleased ‘Merry Christmas – I love you’.

Thursday 1st March 2007 – Belvedere Working Mens Club,
66 Gilbert Road, Belvedere, Kent, DA17 5DA.
John Leyton and The Rapiers, The Honeycombs and Wee Willie Harris.
Ticket details TBC.

Papworth Hospital Benefit Concert.
Saturday 21st April 2007 – Wood Green Arena,
Godmanchester, Cambridge.
John Leyton, The Tornados, The Honeycombs, Paul Neon and The Saints plus other artistes to be confirmed.
Ticket Details TBC.

The title of a various artistes compilation CD just released that contains ‘Johnny Remember Me’ and ‘Wild Wind’.
Catalogue Release Number V2TV 1044412.

Always yours.

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