Jess Conrad  

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Jess is one of the most versatile artists to emerge from the 60's From his early success as a pop star Jess went on to become an accomplished actor and has appeared in many films, musicals and TV shows, as well as continuing to present his individual style of cabaret act.

He started his showbiz life as a Repertory Actor with the famous 'Charles Danville Company' and played seasons in Barnsley and Derby before being discovered by Jack Good because he looked like a pop star, who immediately put him on TV starring in the original 'Oh Boy' shows He became a teenage idol, a pop star with many hit records on the Decca label including 'Mystery Girl', 'Cherry Pie', 'Pretty Jenny' and 'This Pullover' which found a second lease of life in 1979 as Kenny Everett's favourite worst record!

Voted England's 'Most Popular Singer' in the 1961 new musical express poll, Jess played the London Palladium, Wembly Pool and Concert Tours throughout the world with his friends and fellow rock stars of that era including Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Brenda Lee, and England's Billy Fury, Marty Wilde and Johnny Kidd.

In the early 70's he made the transition from Pop Singer to Musical Star playing Jesus in H,M, Tennent's 'Godspell', for which he received rave reviews, and creating the part of Joseph and in Bill Kenwright's production of 'Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat', which played two seasons in the West End of London and broke box office records in Blackpool during the summer of 1982.

He has appeared in many films, musicals and television shows as well as continuing to present a very individual style of cabaret act in his special 'Sixties Celebration' show Recent television appearances include; 'The Des O'Connor Show', 'Jim Davidson Special', 'Rock Gospel Gala' I 'Pebble Mill', 'Big Break', 'Paul Daniels Christmas Show' etc and in TV series such as Phillip Bailley in 'Crossroads', Mr Warpole of Sports in , 'Are You Being Served' and Raymond Starr in 'The Body in the Library' I and a Miss Marple series which has been shown all over the world, Jess is very honoured to have appeared in 12 Royal Variety Shows.

Theatre work includes playing 'Conway Terl' in the nation-wide tour of 'Leave Him to Heaven', 'Seagulls Over Sorento', 'Sweet Charity' 'Boeing Boeing' and Eric in , A Slice of Saturday Night' in London's West End, He also played Jesus in Rick Wakeman's The Gospells at Gloucester Cathedral and on national tour, Jess has stared in over 20 pantomimes including 'Cinderella' at the Dominion Theatre appearing as Price Charming and the West End musical romp 'Sinderella',

A keen sportsman, Jess is the player manager of the show business Football Team and plays golf for the Variety Club of Great Britain. He is a member of the Grand Order of Water Rats and he as been raising money for a host of worthwhile charities since the early sixties,

March 1999