Johnny Kidd had a great stage act besides his pirate regalia which included an eye patch and colourful trousers… From “Larry Parnes presents: Your Lucky Stars” – 1964 souvenir programme]
Johnny and The Copycats were teenagers when they played central Scotland in 1964 with Johnny Kidd & the Pirates [January 22nd, 24th, and the 25th of 1964]. They enjoyed doing gigs with the Pirates and as with their audience, appreciated their style. They were a high energy beat band with stage presence and were as exciting to watch as well as to listen to. It’s no wonder that they influenced so many other bands to follow. Surprisingly, “Johnny Kidd had no album release during during his band’s existence (but almost did), and then one solitary UK compilation in the dozen years following his death.” http://www.johnnykidd.co.uk/ Audio CD available at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Very-Best-Johnny-Kidd-Pirates/dp/B001AI92V4
“Whether he was an influence on Adam Ant is open to conjecture, but Johnny Kidd was the first performer in British pop music to don the panto gear. An early skiffle convert. he formed his own band, The Five Nutters, while still a teenager. When rock ‘n’roll kicked in, his interest in Lonnie Donegan et al dipped somewhat and he sought a new image–that of seventeenth-century buccaneer Captain William Kidd. The look presaged a name change, too, and had immediate appeal, particularly to HMV , who issued the first Johnny Kidd single, the excellent ‘Please Don’t Touch” in May 1959. It’s Top Thirty placing was a solid but not earth-shattering start, but the label’s next move–to sack the band and bring in experienced hands–was less effective, a series of covers by and large failing to dent the listings. Kidd’s co-written ‘Shakin’ All Over’ (1960, though, was a genuine ‘moment’ in pop-music history and is rightly viewed as the classic British pre-Beatles rock ‘n’ roll record; this infectious stop/start rocker duly took Kidd–now with The Pirates, including top guitarists Alan Caddy and Joe Moretti–to number one that summer. From this, the only direction for a working unit on the label payroll to go was likely to be downwards, and tunes that disappointingly pushed this distinctive band into a ‘Merseybeat’ direction were largely misses (1963’s ‘I’ll Never Get Over You’ a notable exception). Kidd was a hard-worker, however, and he and his group would still kick up something of a storm on their exhaustive live schedule, with occasional support from The Who–a band that has consistently cited him as an influence.”
Excerpt taken from the book “The Encyclopedia Of Dead Rock Stars (Heroin, Handguns, And Ham Sandwiches)” by Jeremy Simmons.
Unfortunately, there isn’t any video footage of Johnny Kidd and The Pirates available though they were on early music programs including Record Round-up [Jul’59], Lunch Box [Jul’59], Disc Break, and Wham! [Apr1960]. http://www.adiebarrett.co.uk/johnnykidd/timeline/timeline-1959.htm
The Pirates also did a gig at Elgin Town Hall on January 23, 1964. At the time, they performed several of their recordings including Please Don’t Touch, Shakin’ All Over, Shot of Rhythm & Blues, I’ll Never Get Over You, and Hungry For Love. Sadly, Johnny Kidd was killed in 1966 though his memory lives on through the music…
Other Pirate tunes include a great version of Some Other Guy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ah5mRSX3AA https://app.box.com/shared/5do1ab0ox3 which they recorded 31st January 1963, six months before the Beatles’ version which features Paul doing a similar arrangement https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nisU8XDl-dM.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcDjfhmQC6c My Babe/Pirates 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKC4sxHKPjM I Can Tell/Pirates 
https://app.box.com/shared/2f70dv8p3b Shakin’ All Over/Pirates 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqZqzAPSeJ4 Documentary of Johnny Kidd/Pirates
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umLinZQYrD8 So What/Pirates
Bios of Johnny Kidd and The Pirates
“The Pirates claim to be England’s first rock band, and it’s hard to dispute that, considering they got their start as Johnny Kidd & the Pirates in 1959, preceding the Beatles and the Stones.” Note: This is disputable as Alex Harvey, Cliff Richard and The Shadows who were regulars on Oh Boy! [1958-59] , and others were developing their “beat” sound at the time. Johnny Kidd and The Pirates performance was said to be ground breaking for performance besides the many memorable rock tunes written by Johnny over a short career cut short by an accident that took his life at aged 30.
“They [The Pirates] served up a combination of rockabilly, electric blues and R&B, but the audience was not quite ready. However, Kidd did stake his claim to fame by writing “Shakin’ All Over,” later covered by the Yardbirds, the Guess Who, and others. The group disbanded after Kidd’s death in 1966, but re-formed with the remaining original members to make this album, Out of Our Skulls, featuring a combination of new material and their early hits.”
Pirates records: http://www.7inchrecords.com/Discography/BeatGroups/JohnnyKidd/johnnykidd.asp Biography: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/johnny-kidd-mn0000241458/biography http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Kidd_%26_the_Pirates Biography: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqZqzAPSeJ4