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The Jets

The Jets are a self contained unit, a three-brother rockabilly band who have been stalwarts of the UK rocking scene for nigh on thirty years and show no signs of letting up. They were lucky enough to be around during the hey-day of the rockabilly revival that enabled them to score a handful of chart hits. They are a multi talented set who can switch between instruments as they play a mixture of rockabilly and doo-wop - and they're equally adept at both. Whilst they have produced nearly a dozen fine albums, it's on their live shows that they really show their class. With their rockabilly beat and the doo-wop singing it's no exaggeration to say that they sound like a sextet. They also have the looks and stage craft to back up their musical prowess, and are as good as anything out there.

Their story starts back in the early 70's when brothers Bob and Ray Cotton formed BRAD with Andy and Dave. They played local gigs around the Northampton area. The Jets as we know them came to full fruition in 1978 when Andy and Dave left the band to be replaced by the youngest Cotton brother Tony. The brothers soon started to make an impression on the recking scene and with help from Roy Williams and Stuart Webster (Wild Wax show) they landed a contract with Soho Records.

Two singles were issued on Soho, Rockabilly Baby/James Dean followed by Sleep Rock'n'Roll/Hey Baby. Not many copies were pressed so they're collectable items nowadays. What the singles may have lacked in volumes shipped, they more than made up for as PR items, as the band were soon signed to Lightnin' Records.

In April and May 1980 they cut their first album at the Becks studios in Wellingborough, Northants. Recorded in the evenings after the boys had returned from work or school, they were joined on some numbers by Johnny Paris (Johnny and the Hurricanes) and Mickey Gallagher and Davey Payne (Ian Dury's Blockheads). Simply titled, "Jets" the album was licensed to the major EMI label. It was the start of a heady decade for the band. The two singles taken off it were Who's That Knocking / I Seen Ya! And Let's Get It On / Hit It On.

It was the second EMI album, 100% Cotton that was to be the breakthrough record. Produced by the inimitable Stuart Colman who was riding high on the charts as producer of Shaky at that time. Within six months of release, three singles from the album had cracked the charts, Yes Tonite Josephine (no. 25), Love Makes The World Go Around (no. 21) and The Honeydripper (no. 58). I can remember seeing them on Top of The Pops and thinking how cool they looked in their matching clothes. To date they've appeared on British television no fewer than sixty times including five appearances on Top of The Pops.

By the middle of the decade they'd enjoyed no fewer than 9 hit singles and although they haven't had one for the last twenty years, they continue to record and tour. They are one of Britain's most respected bands and a ticket for one of their gigs guarantees a good time.

The band's influence is massive, and nowhere more obvious than with the new kids on the block, Bad Boys. Formed in December 1996 at a family get together, they consist of the Jet's sons. Tragically, ten year old Kyle died in February 1998, but the boys have continued in his name and have appeared at a lot of the UK's big festivals with their dads.



THE JETS PLAY IN ZAGREB, CROATIA ON 19.10.2011 (Club Peppermint)


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