Valentino - King Of The Music

"Valentino is the world's greatest keyboard entertainer" London Evening News


He then headed to London where be was immediately signed up by the Forrester George Agency who managed Ken Dodd, Rosemary Squires, Joe “piano” Henderson, Vince Hill and Eddie Calvert.

He became the very first instrumentalist to appear at the famous Astor Club in Berkley Square where he appeared six times in one year with many acts who went on to become household names including Vince Hill, Jackie Trent, Roger Whittaker and Jerry Dorsey (later to become (Englebert Humperdink). 

Peter Hepple, the Editor of The Stage and Television To-Day (the show business bible) wrote:

 “At the Astor I’ve seen a lot of things in my time - both on and off the stage - but I have never seen an accordionist in cabaret before, either there or anywhere else. Yet last week a young Irishman, Jackie Farn, all but brought the house down with a dazzling display on the old squeezebox. Well, I say squeezebox but I have no doubt that it cost more than my car, as from it, or rather its attendant amplifier, issued musical sounds as diverse as the Mantovani string section, a Hawaiian guitar and the pipes of the Scots Guards”. 

He also became the first male artiste to appear at the famous Raymond Revue Bar in London‘s Soho.  The following years saw him perform in summer seasons for Sir Bernard Delfont at Blackpool, Brighton, Great Yarmouth and Torquay, with Val Doonican, Freddie and the Dreamers, Frank Ifield and Arthur Askey, as well as Sunday concerts for Sir Harold Fielding with Shirley Bassey, Matt Monro, Kathy Kirby, Winifred Atwell, Kenny Ball, Englebert Humperdink, Gracie Fields, The New Seekers and Tom Jones. World tours soon followed with appearances at all the major venues including the London Palladium, Royal Albert Hall, Opera House Blackpool, Royal Festival Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Las Vegas and the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, with such famous entertainers as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr., Bob Hope, Tessie O’Shea, Dusty Springfield, Tommy Cooper, Morcambe and Wise, Liberace and The Beatles.

He worked for The Beatles manager Brian Epstein, doing tours and concerts with Dusty Springfield, The Kinks, Gerry and The Pacemakers and Freddie and the Dreamers. He did tours entertaining American bases in  the UK,  France and Turkey.

Jackie Farn At The Astor Berkley Square

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