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Mark Wynter

An English actor and former singer, who had four Top 20 singles in the 1960s, including "Venus in Blue Jeans" and "Go Away Little Girl". He enjoyed a lengthy career from 1960 to 1968 as a pop singer and teen idol, but developed later into an actor in film, musicals and plays.

With his early musical career on a proper footing, Terry Lewis decided to change his name to lessen the confusion with the American comedian, Jerry Lewis. His manager suggested Wynter sounded more commercial, and the complete name change was later made official by deed poll.

He was entered as one of the contenders for the UK's place in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961, with "Dream Girl", but finished fourth behind The Allisons.

His cover version of the American hit by Jimmy Clanton - "Venus in Blue Jeans" (1962) - was his biggest success.

In 1968 Wynter escorted a dazed young girl away from a burning BOAC aircraft, flight 712, upon which he had been a passenger.

By the early 1970s Wynter had traded in pop stardom for a stage career in the West End of London.

Wynter played the leading role in Conduct Unbecoming for more than a year at the Queen's Theatre in London, and for six months in Australia. He appeared with Julia McKenzie in On the Twentieth Century, and in Charley's Aunt.

Winter toured Australia but was unfortunate with his timing with his success came in just prior to the Liverpool sound and left him some what in no mans land.

Wynter was still working actively and successfully in theatre throughout the English speaking world well into the 1990s.

Although his Decca singles output is scattered in the CD catalogue, in 2000 Castle Communications released Go Away Little Girl: The Pye Anthology, a double album compiling his complete output for the label.

In 2007, Wynter toured the UK in a number of plays and musicals.

He now lives in Sussex, and tours the country with an Agatha Christie theatre company.

Singles1960: "Image of a Girl" / "Glory of Love" (UK #11)
1960: "Kickin' Up the Leaves" (Bart) / "That's What I Thought" (UK #24)
1961: "Dream Girl" / "Two Little Girls" (UK #27)
1961: "Exclusively Yours" / "Warm and Willing" (UK #32)
1961: "Girl for Ev'ry Day" / "The Best Time for Love"
1962: "Heaven's Plan" / "In Your Heart"
1962: "Angel Talk" / "I Love Her Still"
1962: "Venus in Blue Jeans" (Greenfield/Keller) / "Please Come Back to Me" (UK #4)
1962: "Go Away Little Girl" / "That Kinda Talk" (UK #6)
1963: "Aladdin's Lamp" / "It Can Happen Any Day"
1963: "Shy Girl" / "Because of You" (UK #28)
1963: "Running to You" / "Don't Cry"
1963: "It's Almost Tomorrow" / "Music to Midnight" (UK #12)
1964: "The Boy You're Kissin'" / "I Learned a Lot from You"
1964: "Only You (And You Alone)" / "It's Love You Want" (Wynter) (UK #38)
1964: "Answer Me" / "I Wish You Everything"
1964: "Love Hurts" / "Can't Help Forgiving You" (DeShannon/Sheeley)
1964: "Forever and a Day" / "And I Love Her"
1965: "Can I Get to Know You Better" / "Am I Living a Dream" (Wynter)
1965: "Someday You'll Want Me to Want You" / "Here Comes"

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