Wilde World: Michael Cox & the Hunters

Kim Wilde’s first records were written and produced by her father and brother, Marty and Ricky. The three of them have had a great influence on the music world, as this regular series ‘Wilde World’ shows.

British pop singer and actor Michael James Cox was born on March 19, 1940, in Liverpool. After his four younger sisters wrote to ABC TV demanding that he be given a chance to audition for the pop show ‘Oh Boy!’, he was quickly signed up by producer Jack Good, and made his first appearance on the show in April 1959 singing Ricky Nelson’s “Never Be Anyone Else But You”. Good won him a recording deal with Decca Records, and his first single, ‘Teenage Love’, was written by Marty Wilde – who was also a regular on ‘Oh Boy!’ – and featured Joe Brown on guitar. However, neither this nor its follow-up ‘Too Hot To Handle’ were hits. He eventually did have a hit in 1960 when he recorded a version of Johnny Ferguson’s US hit ‘Angela Jones’.

‘Teenage love’ was recorded with the Hunters, a British instrumental band consisting of Dave Sampson (1941-2014), Norman Sheffield (1941), Henry Stacey (1941), Brian William Parker (1940-2000), David Meikle (1942) and John Rogers (1941-1963).  

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