JOHN HANNAM INTERVIEWS - INC HANK - JET - MARTY - BOOK
This large glossy softback book contains an interview per page including interviews with Jet Harris, Hank Marvin, Marty Wilde, Joe Brown, Duane Eddy and The Crickets to mention a few. Marty Wilde has written the foreword for this book. A nice easy book to pick up and put down.
John Hannam has been interested in showbusiness and the theatre since the early 50s, when he first discovered Variety, at the Theatre Royal, Portsmouth. That love for the stage and its performers has never been lost. His enthusiasm for the business is as vibrant as ever. He also loves meeting people from all walks of life.
John began writing on showbusiness for local papers on the Isle of Wight, back in the late 50s. By the 70s he had a regular Stage Talk column in the Isle of Wight Weekly Post. He has written for The Stage for nearly 40 years.
He also moved into radio in 1990, as a chat show host for Sony Gold Award winning Isle of Wight Radio, the South Coast station on 107 FM. John Hannam Meets is the longest running radio chat show in the country and is now into its 25th non-stop year. It can now also be heard worldwide via podcasts. Among the thousands of famous guests who have appeared are Sir Cliff Richard, Neil Sedaka, Kate Adie, Ken Dodd, Jeremy Irons, Susan Hampshire, Prince Edward, Victoria Wood, Charlton Heston, Sir John Mills, Bruce Forsyth, Sir Norman Wisdom, Sir Tim Rice, Dame Vera Lynn, Brenda Blethyn, Bradley Walsh, Sir Stirling Moss, Des O’Connor, Virginia McKenna, Honor Blackman, Christopher Biggins, Alan Rickman and Michael York. He was also invited to the set of Coronation Street to interview eight of the cast.
In 2010 Desmond Carrington used some of John’s rare interviews with Matt Monro, Anne Shelton and Malcolm Vaughan on his Radio 2 shows.
In early 2011 Desmond featured 11 more of John’s archive interviews for his new show Desmond Carrington’s Iconic Fifties.
Over the years John has built up a trust and understanding amongst stars, agents, press officers and managements. Those who will readily vouch for him include John Woodvine, Tom O’Connor, Marti Webb, Don Black, Les Reed, Elkie Brooks, Nick Thomas and Roy Hudd. This is his 40th year of interviewing famous people
John chooses his own guests and only interviews them because he really wants to – and not because of a programme controller or features editor. He has strong feelings about private lives being aired in public. He has never worked this way and all his interviews are on a professional-life basis. They are also all in-person.
His first book was I Was A Stage Door Johnny, with a foreword by Bob Monkhouse. His new 2016 book called The John Hannam Interviews, with a Marty Wilde foreword, features the stories of his interviews with pop stars of the 50s, 60s and 70s. Over the past forty years John has interviewed over 4000 famous people.