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Born Terry Perkins in Newport, Isle of Wight, Craig Douglas was one
of nine children and counts among them three sets of twins. He segued
into show business at 15 years of age when he won a local talent contest
(first prize £5) and had a hit with "A Teenager in Love" (No 13) before recording the classic million-selling No 1 "Only Sixteen" in 1959. This song topped the British charts for six weeks and triggered off a veritable explosion of hits for Craig. Among them were "Pretty Blue Eyes" (No 4), "The Heart of
a Teenage Girl" (No 10), "A Hundred Pounds of Clay" (which was at one
stage banned by the BBC), "Time", "When My Little Girl is Smiling" and
"Our Favourite Melodies". The last four hits all, amazingly, reached No 9!
Craig also charted with "Oh Lonesome Me" (No 15) and went on to sell well
over 5 million records.
The advent of the Beatles (who had once been Craig's backing band in a
concert at Liverpool Empire in 1962) shifted the focus of British recording
to groups who performed their own material and saw Craig move into film, television and theatre engagements. Craig has also worked with world stars like Nat King Cole, Lena Horne and Neil Sedaka.
Craig has worked all over the world and even performed for American troops in the Philippines on their way back from Vietnam. His cabaret shows have included dates in South Africa, Kenya, Hong Kong and Singapore. He is now often seen at concert halls, theatres, on cruise ships and performing regularly at holiday venues all over the UK. He also performed in a bull-ring in Spain in 2001.
Craig appeared with Helen Shapiro in their hit touring show from 1988 until her retirement in 2002. Way back in 1962 Craig and Helen appeared together in the film "It's Trad, Dad" as the juvenile leads!
Among his many fans is Coronation Street's Liz Dawn (Vera Duckworth) who asked Craig to sing at her 60's birthday party. Craig has recently completed a highly successful Solid Silver Sixties tour with Showaddywaddy, John Leyton and Freddy Cannon