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Johnny Kay, Rock'n'Roll Guitarist - The Audiophile Man
He joined Bill Haley as a young member of the Comets and was thrust straight into the limelight, in the lead guitar role. Paul Rigby talks to Johnny Kay about his early days as a developing musician, his time rocking around the clock…and Mexico This interview has been drawn from my archives. I thought that the timing of its republication was apt because I’ve recently received a couple of Bill Haley-related 10” albums from the German audiophile outfit, Bear Family and I’m soon to post a review of the new Bill Haley biography, written by his son, Bill Haley Jr. During my 30 years as a journalist I seem to have accidentally developed a specialist sideline. I’ve done hundreds – thousands, perhaps, I’ve lost count – of interviews. Some of the interviewees were famous people, others were known only by their peers in their own industry. The one thing that I quickly learned was just how different people were which meant that each and every interview had to be approached in a bespoke manner. That realisation often occurred in the first couple of minutes of the interview. During that time, I had to often change my approach and alter my …