Daniel Berry

Daniel Berry


All good singers begin early in life and Daniel Berry is no exception.   In his early years he and his brothers would join in when their Dad got his guitar out and sang his favourites from Jim Reeves, Marty Robins and Hank Williams. With this musical background, aged 12 Daniel got his first band together that he named The Hillbilly Cats. They played a mixture of Rock ’n’ Roll and Country and ended up playing in front of the whole school at their end of term concert. After this minor success they carried on playing for friends and family but when he was 14 they did their first paying gig in a local village hall and it was then that Daniel realised that music was in his blood.  Regretfully, the band split up when he left school but it wasn’t long before he had formed another, this time called the Stetsons who, of course, concentrated on Country music.  They spent quite a while tramping around the pubs and clubs but Daniel wanted more and soon answered an advert for a front man for a band called Yakety Yak. He got the job but this soon came to an end after they played at a club in Southend and the evening ended up with a fight between the local skinheads and the rockers.  They barely escaped with their equipment and selves in one piece. This was not the life he wanted so when approached by a man called John D. Bryant, a songwriter of some note who had had some success with a song called “She’s a Gypsy” which was on the Cliff Richard album “Green Light”, he signed to him.  John persuaded him to leave Country music, arranged a backing band who he called East End and toured Daniel around the country. Things didn’t really work out and he seemed to be going nowhere so  when the contract with John Bryant finished,  Daniel, realising that his roots were still in Country, formed his own outfit called the D.B Band. He was, by this time, also writing his own material, some Country and some Rock-a-Billy. Then fate stepped in, Daniel moved away and it became harder to arrange rehearsals.  Bookings for bands were becoming less due to financial constraints and a few solo bookings started coming his way. Still working full time, Daniel decided at first that he could only play within his own area of South East England but soon, as more and more people became interested, he travelled further afield.  Now, able to sing anything from Traditional Country to Line dance and from Rock ‘n’ Roll to Rock-a-Billy, Daniel is enjoying every moment playing for Clubs all over the country.

 

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