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AF 3 THE VIPERS
Almost Famous Rock and Roll Artists
The Author..Wayne Jancik
Golden Age Of The 50s
Golden Age Of The 60s
1970s and There After
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“Got a Match”
No. 39 July 7, 1958
THE CUT TO HEAR:
“DONT YOU ROCK ME DADDY-O,”
“NO OTHER BABY” Capitol 3673
No one gets outta here without having an influence on others. Such was the case with John, Paul, Ringo,
and George…and Pete and Stu
The Vipers Skiffle Group
was active for a handful of years in the ’50s.
Formed in 1956 in central London they were initially a three-some. There was Wally, Johnnie, and Jean.
Soon they added a washboard and a bass and were making sounds at the 2i’s Coffee Bar.
Tommy Steele–a wanna be rock’n’roller and Britain’s first teen idol–would often sit-in with them. Within
months they were given the offer to audition for George Martin–soon the famed producer for the Beatles.
Realizing that Skiffle–as a form–was becoming popular recordings were made.
The Vipers second 45 “Don’t You Rock Me Daddy-O” went top ten in Britain. The tune was a variant on “Sail
Away Ladies” a tune popularized in the 20s by the Grand Old Opry’s first star ”The Dixie Dewdrop,” Uncle
Dave Macon. Next out was the tune that caught an ear—either John’s or Paul’s. It was “Maggie Mae,” a dirty
little tune banned by the BBC Radio.
Despite it all…The Vipers for a extended moment in Brit time were second only to Lonnie Donegan–known
in the States primarily for “Does Your Chewing Gum Lose it’s Flavor on the Bed Post Over Night.” But
skiffles days…were soon yesterdays. George Martin was later to comment that the experience he had with
the “informally trained though enthusiastic” noise makers was to assist him when he had to deal with
Ringo, George and the other two Late in the Vipers active days, Hank Marvin, Jet Harris, and Tony Mee
Han were members. The three were to become Cliff Richard’s backup, the Drifters, following this acclaim
by years of success and health as the Shadows, Britian’s answer to the Ventures and Duane Eddy. Of
incidental note, in 1999, Paul McCartney returned to the Vipers’ recordings to cover their “No Other Baby”
for his retro album,
Run Devil Run
COPYRIGHT 1997 Wayne Jancik