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Wee Willie Harris Still Rocking (2012) screening on YouTube

June 2020 · News

Wee Willie HarrisOn June 29th 2020 at 7.30pm, the Celluloid Tapestry channel presents a special guest film from Bob Geoghegan of the Archive Film Agency, the feature length documentary Wee Willie Harris Still Rocking (2012).

You can view it here –

Originally premiered in 2012 at The Cinema Museum in London Wee Willie Harris Still Rocking documents the life of Wee Willie Harris in his own words, lavishly illustrated with photos, home movies and performance footage from his personal archive. Known as ‘Britain’s Wild Man of Rock’, Willie has topped the bill all over the world and performed with such legendary artists as Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent and Sir Cliff Richard. Ian Dury named him on his hit song ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’, and John Lennon and Paul McCartney queued for his autograph.

WWee Willie Harrisillie tells of his early life growing up in Bermondsey, living just round the corner from Tommy Steele; his near fatal wartime experiences during the London blitz; performing in talent contests and being discovered at the famous 2i’s coffee bar in 1957; becoming the first ‘punk rocker’ with his hair dyed shocking pink by a Kennington hairdresser; and becoming a sensation on Britain’s first TV pop programme Six-Five Special, produced by the dynamic Jack Good.

He goes on to talk about being the first British performer to tour extensively around the world, making a living from show business singing rock ‘n’ roll, country and blues, and performing stand-up comedy as part of his act. In Italy he is still known as ‘The Leopardo Man.’