Fan to miss rocker’s return to Morecambe 55 years on

Mike Berry, who saw 1950s chart star Charlie Gracie in Morecambe 55 years ago - but can't get a ticket to see him return to town tonight.
Mike Berry, who saw 1950s chart star Charlie Gracie in Morecambe 55 years ago - but can't get a ticket to see him return to town tonight.
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In 1958 an American rockabilly star wowed fans at the Winter Gardens as 19-year-old music fan Mike Berry watched in awe.

Fifty-five years on, rock icon Charlie Gracie – now 77 years young – will return to Morecambe for the first time since that night.

But sadly, this time Mike won’t get to see him.

Tickets for Charlie’s gig at the Midland tonight (October 22) have completely sold out, meaning Mike just missed out on re-living his youth.

“I went to every Sunday night show at the Winter Gardens back then,” said Mike, from Morecambe.

“I saw David Whitfield, Ronnie Hilton, Tommy Steele and I was sitting in the second row for Charlie Gracie. He was such a small guy but with a wonderful voice. He gave my friend his autograph at the stage door.

“Then when I saw a poster saying he was coming back I couldn’t believe it, but I rang up and there were no tickets left.

“It’s disappointing but the promoter says he’ll be coming back again. I’ll make sure I get to see him next time.”

Gracie, from Philadelphia, had five UK Top 20 hits in 1957. His biggest, ‘Wanderin’ Eyes’, reached number six. He appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and American Bandstand, and counted Paul McCartney and George Harrison among the admirers of his guitar technique.