There are many who will remember Birmingham singer Johnny Neal whose professional career began as far back as 1956. He was on several local and national television shows in the 1950s and early 1960s and was also featured on the radio many times.
One of Johnny Neal's earliest bands was called "Johnny and The Houn' Dogs" who were one of the first authentic Rock N' Roll acts in the West Midlands. He later put together a new backing group called "The Starliners" with whom he became very well known locally as well as doing many tours abroad. Johnny Neal and The Starliners went over to Germany in 1962 to perform at Hamburg's legendary Star Club where they shared the stage with The Beatles. In fact, Johnny's great voice and backing band led to Johnny Neal and The Starliners taking over The Beatles position at the club when that group returned to Liverpool to subsequently change forever the face of popular music.
Johnny Neal is still performing today after more than 40 years in the business and I am proud to present his story here - most of it written in his own words. To find out more about Johnny Neal and The Starliners, see the recently updated entry in the Brum Beat MAIN INDEX.