Posted on Sep 16, 2019
The Vipers - originally known as the Vipers Skiffle Group - were seminal in the development not only of Trad Jazz in the UK, but were also to provide a training ground for some of the most influential Rock 'n' Roll performers of the day.
Formed in the Spring of 1956 by Wally Whyton (later to find fame as a presenter of children's TV shows), Johnny Martin, and Jean Van Den Bosch, they were to include in their ranks over the years such as Tommy Steele, Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch, and many others.
The Vipers were given their first break by George Martin, legendary producer of The Beatles.
Skiffle is a genre long forgotten, but still worth revisiting: The Vipers sound as fresh today as they did back in the halcyon days of the 1950s coffee bars....
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