The DeeJays

60’s Pop

This group focused entirely on a career in Sweden and was not well known elsewhere

always klick on pic’s.

London, England

Years Active c.1962-c.1968


Info! The DeeJays (Swe.)

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Johnny Vallons & The Deejays was a British r'n'b group whose history got started already in the late 1950s. However, after a few years' activity, they haven't got basically anywhere in the UK. The Deejays' recording career began not until in 1963, and that happened as far as in Sweden, as a result of band interchange, which was practiced between England and the Scandinavian countries. The man who made this trade possible was Swe-Disc record company's Roland Ferneborg, whose group the Spotnicks had just finished a tour in England. Besides a bunch of gigs, the Deejays also signed with Swe-Disc, and recorded there five 45s and an album between 1963-1965.

The Sweden trip was planned to last just a couple of months, but it actually took over a year. Johnny Vallons had a wife waiting at home, so it was unavoidable that sooner or later he had to come back in England. After Vallons had left the group, also the other members returned but just to find themselves a new vocalist, who was to be John Murray, who used to sing with Erle Morgan's father's dance-orchestra. In 1965, the re-formulated Deejays landed again to Sweden, and the new record deal with Polydor gave them immediately a hit "Long Tall Shorty". They also did a cover of Don & Dewey's "Farmer John", but it got beaten up by the earlier version of the Hep Stars, which broke the Swedish charts big time (in Finland, "Farmer John" was better known by the frantic interpretation of Andy Einiö & the Islanders). During 1965-1968, altogether 21 singles and 2 albums were released in Sweden, and excepting two 45s made in London ("Coming On Strong" and "Surrender"), all of them were also recorded there. 6 of their songs went to the Swedish Top 10.

In 1966 the Deejays got their biggest commercial success "Dum Dum", which was undoubtedly to changing their style from traditional r'n'b towards to pop music. During the time in Sweden, both Erle Morgan and John Murray had got married, and Murray's wife, who was British, longed back to England. In 1967 Murray left the group, and he was replaced by Swedish Clive Sands (Sarstedt). Also Erle Morgan and his Swedish wife had difficulties in being a musician and a husband at the same time, so he decided to quit as well (although he stayed in Sweden, and continued later playing with Jörgen Edman and the Beatmakers). After the central members had resigned, the Deejays eventually broke up in 1968.

Coming On Strong - 1965

Dum Dum (Marble Breaks and Iron Bends) - 1966

Bam-Bam - 1967

Deejays, a British pop group formed in 1962 in London. Members were initially Johnny Vallons (song), Pete Chapman (guitar), Buzz Nelson (bass), and Derek Skinner (drums). Both Vallons and Skinner left the group before 1964. They were replaced by John Murray (vocals) and Erle Morgan (drums). This group invested entirely in a career in Sweden and did not become much known elsewhere. 

Deejays broke through 1965 with "Long Tall Shorty" (second on the Swedish ”Tio i Top (Top ten)" list), and in the same year also had "Blackeyed Woman" as ten. Other successful songs were "Dum Dum", which was Drafi Deutscher's "Marble Breaks And Iron Bends "with another title, #one at the ”Top Ten list" 1966;" Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah ", #seven at the ”Top Ten list" 1966 and" Bombom ", #eight at the ”Top Ten list" and Baby Talk, another #one at the ”Top Ten list" 1967. 

Clive Sands (Robin Sarstedt) replaced John Murray on song 1966. Deejays was dissolved in 1968. The drummer Erle Morgan settled for good in Sweden, and still lives (2018) in Märsta outside Stockholm.   Read the original text [in sweish] here >>> The DeeJays

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