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by Jenny Darren and the Ladykillers

Amazing, Kicking, Driving Vocals, Classic Rock at its best.
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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1. Ladykiller (feat. Graham Oliver)
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2. Heartbreaker (Acoustic Version) [feat. Tom Leary]
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3. Ode to Billie Joe (feat. Robin George)
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4. Selfish (feat. Robin George)
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5. Rock & Roller (feat. Tony Williams)
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6. Lady Marmalade (feat. Bob Skeat)
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7. I May Go Wrong (feat. Bill Hunt)
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8. Papa Was a Rolling Stone Free (feat. Graham Oliver & Clive Poole)
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9. Dreamboat (feat. Muddy Manninen)
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10. Ride Like the Wind (feat. Graham Oliver & Bill Hunt)
4:48 $0.99
11. Heartbreaker (feat. Tony Williams)
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12. Hey Joe (feat. Bob Skeat)
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13. I Only Want to Be with You (feat. Patsy Gamble)
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14. Dreamboat 2 (feat. Andy Hawkins)
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Jenny Darren (/Jenny Wren/Jennifer Harley/;) is a British Classic rock singer -song writer, as well as an author &
poet. The success of her late 1970's support slot with AC/DC, together with the album's City Lights (1976) Jenny Darren
(1977) & the last of the Gill/Wade songwriting trilogy, secured a recording deal with Dick James Music (DJM)
releasing Jenny Darren Two in 1980 (known as the pink album) At the time being one of only a handful of female
vocalists world wide in the Classic rock genre. Darren later ventured into more melodic rock with the pink album. Then
moving into jazz from the mid 1980's onwards. Darren has made eight albums to date. Inclusive of her early years with
the Second City Sound, a Birmingham cabaret band, who (allegedly) had the first keyboard synthesiser in the UK,
patented & played by Ken Freeman, who featured on the original sound track of the War of the Worlds.

Born in the West Midlands, & raised by her adopted parents, Darren wrote her first song at the age of eleven, &
joined her first band at the same age. During senior school, she toured locally with the Roving Saracens, as one of four
singers (Darren being the youngest) At this time Darren met Manchester Evening News journalist Richard Jaffa, who
became her Manager for three years, before he was called to do his Barrister Law degree. Jenny was just fourteen
years old when she signed a two singles deal with Nathan Joseph's Folk Label – 'Transatlantic records', with notables
such as long John Baldry. Working a minimum of two nights a week with alternate pop & jazz outfits. After which, she
became a backing vocalist for Clifford T. Ward, a Kidderminster songwriter/ singer. With all this given
experience, she soon learned her trade. Being taken to see jazz Artiste's such as, Ella Fitzgerald, Dakota Staton, &
Oscar Peterson. After leaving school at the end of her fifth form year, Darren went professional, joining the Second City Sound for a period of four years, recording the Love is Blue Album, plus two singles. One being a remake of Ike & Tina Turner's
River deep & Mountain High, with the B side (Julie) penned by group Bassist-Bill Gilbert. The other, a piano & string
spectacular of the classical piece -The Dream of Olwyn, with a vocal harmony song as the B side -A touch of Velvet,
a sting of brass. At the time the group were managed by Harry Gunn, a Manchester Agent. At the end of the four
year stint, London Agents Phil & Dorothy Solomons came on board, subsequently to manage Jenny's solo career.

Two years went by treading the boards, then... her rock career beckoned. Firstly, with the Lancashire rock band –
Stoney End (Who went on to become Shabby Tiger) Then in stepped 'Hot Chocolate's' Manager, Peter Walsh, who
pursued a recording deal with Decca records. The track Be my Baby was recorded with Producer Mike Moran,
combined with the B side, How soon hello becomes Goodbye, from the Italian film 'ill Silencioux' (The silent
ones). Time moved on, & Jenny met up with songwriter producers Geoff Gill & Cliff Wade, who worked at Strawberry (10
CC's studio's) in Stockport, Cheshire. Jenny was pulled in to do backing vocals on some tracks they had written. This
was the beginning of the rock career that was to take off with a jolt! The next four years were spent touring the UK &
Europe. Along the way, there were three Jenny Darren Bands over this period. TV slots & tours followed; AC/DC, a
'Rock goes to College' appearance supporting Be Bop de Luxe, Reading & Knebworth Festivals amongst many
others. After four years Darren signed directly to DJM, with Father & son – Dick & Stephen James becoming her joint
Managers. A new Band was to follow. Ex England prog keyboard player, Robert Webb, Andy Richards on second
Keyboard (Frankie goes to Hollywood) Chas Kronk (The Strawbs) on bass, Chris West (Stomu Yomashta) on guitar.
Luis Jardim on percussion, Nicko McBrain, drums (Iron Maiden) The Band recorded one album (Jenny Darren 2 –
The pink album) due to internal problems, the band played two gigs only. A live recording still survives from The
Fulcrum Hall, Slough.
This was the time that Jenny came off the road and also halted her recording career. Rock was no longer an option, & after a passage of time away from it, she embarked on a jazz career. Although live jazz
recordings have been completed along the way, little has been released in the jazz vein. Two unreleased albums too,
have not (so far) seen the light of day. In the twilight years, Jenny pursued a career as a vocal coach & involved herself
in other areas of music.... pop/blues/musical theatre etc. Even being the singing voice of Helen Mirren, in the channel
4 two part series of Painted Lady. More Jazz singing was to follow, & then a long break.

The Ladykillers: The Ladykillers have taken three forms since the first recording of the ''Ladykillers'' album. The first being the
very first studio Band. The hard core members being: Andy Hawkins, Kev Moore, Clive Poole. The other players
included were guests. Graham Oliver (Saxo-guitar) Tony Williams (Guitar-Jaki Graham) Tom Leary (Fiddle-
Lindisfarne) Robin George (Guitar-Roy Wood/The Move/ Magnum) Pete Way (Bass-UFO) Chris Slade (Drums-AC/
DC) by courtesy of Robin George. Nicko McBrain (Drums- Iron Maiden) who was the drummer in Darren's Band when
the song (Ode to Billy Joe) was recorded. As also were Robert Webb (England-Keys) Andy Richards (Keys-Frankie
Goes to Hollywood) Chas Kronk (Strawbs-Bass) Chris West (Stomu Yamashta -guitar)& Luis Jardim (percussion)
The second phase of the Ladykillers began when a new video was made. Musicians Muddy Manninen (Guitar-
Wishbone Ash) & Bob Skeat (Bass-Wishbone Ash) together with Bill Hunt (Keys-Roy Wood/ELO) & on (Drums- Martin
Magic Johnson- Jo Harman Band) Together with the owner of ''The Two Rivers Studios', Ian Horley on (Second Guitar)
where the video was recorded. The third & last phase was finalised in January of this year, when Jenny happened to spot drummer Rupert James Irving playing with a local band. After contacting him, he introduced her (To what are now the other Ladykiller Band members) J Evans (guitar) Jo Ward (Keys) & Alun Roberts (bass) The NEW Gigging/Touring Ladykillers are an excellent Band of musicians, having played in many other great Bands themselves over the years.
Jenny will be touring the & gigging the album from mid year, until almost the the end of 2017.

N.B. Jenny Darren has made eight albums to date, & over
twenty five singles.



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