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Johnny Sandon

Johnny Sandon was born William Francis Beck on 27 May 1941 ın Liverpool. He began singing at the age of 12 and in 1958 he entered Hughie Green’s Opportunity Knocks contest at Liverpool’s Adelphi Hotel.

He was spotted by The Searchers who asked him to join them and as Johnny Sandon & The Searchers, they appeared with The Beatles on several bills at The Cavern in 1961 and 1962.

Sandon then joined The Remo Four, recording two singles with the group – Lies and Yes. He also continued recording for Pye as a solo artist and had three singles released under his own name in 1964 – Sixteen Tons, Donna Means Heartbreak and The Blizzard.

After two years with The Remo Four, Sandon left to concentrate on his solo career. Tommy Quickly became The Remo Four’s new vocalist.

Sandon continued performing across Merseyside until the 1970s when he reverted to his real name Billy Beck and appeared on the club circuit as a comedian. He appeared on the ITV talent show New Faces on 6 November 1976.

Sandon took his own life on 23 December 1996 in Birkenhead, Merseyside. He was just 55 and an unemployed taxi driver at the time of his death.