Valentino - King Of The Music

"Valentino is the world's greatest keyboard entertainer" London Evening News

Valentino Arrives

Jackie Farn Becomes Valentino

 

He was managed for a while by Eve Taylor who also looked after Val Doonican, Sandie Shaw and Adam Faith. When he signed as a recording artiste for E.M.I. Jackie had a ‘name transplant’ and became known as Valentino. He was “launched” as Valentino when he rode a camel (hired from Chessington Zoo) down London’s Regent Street at mid-day, surrounded by a bevy of exotic dancers, to give a concert at London’s Café Royal accompanied by a 40-piece orchestra in front of invited  show business industry representatives as well as the press. His stunt on the camel brought the whole of London’s traffic to a standstill which resulted in the story appearing on TV channels all around the world and well as all the national newspapers including a half page in the Sun. After his Café Royal concert Peter Hepple (Stage & Television To-Day) wrote “Valentino’s technique is meticulous, his digital dexterity is phenomenal and it is allied with a deep musical feeling which makes his poetic treatment of numbers unforgettable.”    

E.M.I. released two LP’s on Studio Two, both produced by Bob Barratt. The first was called Valentino and featured him playing his own arrangements of classic pieces such as the Warsaw Concerto, Lawrence of Arabia and Aranjuez Mon Amour with a forty piece orchestra and the Mike Samme Singers. There were several conductors on that album including Alan  Ainsworth, Brian Fahey and Johnny Arthey. His second album was called The Cordovox Magic Of Valentino. He then released a Quadraphonic album under the Pye label. The following year he set up his own record company which produced twelve albums. He had massive success which resulted in three gold, three silver and three platinum discs. Over the years he has had many custom-made instruments including his famous four channel Synthaccordion, his Quadraphonic surround sound Elkavox accordion, and his amazing white electric piano, which was custom made for him in Japan by Yamaha.

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