Mike Berry (born Michael Hubert Bourne, 24 September 1942)[1] is an English singer and actor. He is known for his top ten hits "Don't You Think It's Time" (1963) and "The Sunshine of Your Smile" (1980) in a singing career spanning nearly 60 years. He subsequently became an actor in the 1970s, best known for his appearances as Mr. Spooner on the British sitcom Are You Being Served?

Mike Berry
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Michael Hubert Bourne

(1942-09-24) 24 September 1942 (age 77)
Years active1960–present

Early lifeEdit

Berry was born in Northampton. His parents grew up in Rhodesia but met in England and his mother was an amateur actress and singer. Six months after his birth his mother moved with him to North Wales for two years. The family then moved to Stoke Newington where he attended William Pattern Primary School and passed his eleven plus exam, winning a scholarship to Hackney Downs Grocers' School. He left the school aged 16 without qualifications to become an apprentice compositor.[1][2]


Berry was a fan of skiffle and rock and roll music as a teenager and he formed his own skiffle group called "The Rebels" and then introduced electric guitars as "Kenny Lord and the Statesmen." Joe Meek became their manager and producer, and he signed up a group called the Stormers as his new back-up band, naming the new group "Mike Berry and the Outlaws."[1][2]

He had three hits in the 1960s in the UK Singles Chart, his most successful being "Don't You Think It's Time", reaching No.6 in January 1963. His "Tribute To Buddy Holly" is also noted for having been banned by the BBC for being "morbid."[3] The hit singles were all produced by Joe Meek.

In the mid-1970s he returned to the charts in the Netherlands and Belgium, as pirate radio station Radio Mi Amigo played his new record material, released on Dutch record label Pink Elephant Records. "Don't Be Cruel" made No. 14 in the Dutch Nationale Hitparade in May 1975.[4] His next record, a remake of his 1960 debut song "Tribute to Buddy Holly", hit No. 2 in October of that same year.[4] In 1977, "I'm A Rocker," released on Flemish record label Scramble Records (owned by Radio Mi Amigo DJ Norbert), failed to chart.

In 1980, he had a chart success in the UK, with "The Sunshine of Your Smile," a cover version of a romantic song which was produced by Chas Hodges; this had originally been written before the First World War and recorded by Jessie Broughton in about 1915. In 1985, his song "Everyone's A Wally" was included as the b-side to the video game by Mikro-Gen of the same name. His most recent CD was About Time Too!, recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with The Crickets.

In 1988, Berry co-wrote "This is the Kiss" with Mel Simpson which was chosen to be among the final eight songs in "A Song for Europe" (the UK selection vehicle for the Eurovision Song Contest) performed by Two-Che. The song placed second with 73,785 televotes.

In 2016, Berry auditioned for the fifth series of The Voice but was not successful.[5]

In 2017, Berry went on a UK tour with The Solid Gold Rock'n'Roll Show, which also featured Eden Kane, Marty Wilde, Mark Wynter and the Wildcats.[6] In 2019, he toured again with The Solid Gold Rock'n'Roll Show, alongside Marty Wilde, Charlie Gracie, Nancy Ann Lee (Little Miss Sixties) and the Wildcats.[7]

Acting careerEdit

In the 1970s Berry developed a career as an actor and he appeared in many television commercials and in 1979 he was cast as the father (Mr. Peters) of the two children in the TV version of the Worzel Gummidge books, along with Jon Pertwee and Una Stubbs. His character, Bert Spooner, replaced Trevor Bannister's Mr. Lucas in Are You Being Served? in 1981, and stayed until the end of the show's run in 1985. Upon the death of Nicholas Smith in December 2015, he is the lone surviving actor from the show who played a major recurring character. Berry also starred in a series of commercials for Blue Riband in the eighties.[8] His most recent film work was acting in Julie and the Cadillacs (1999).


His brother is the actor, performer and activist Bette Bourne.



  • "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" / "My Baby Doll" (with The OutlawsDecca 11314 – 1961)
  • "Tribute to Buddy Holly" / "What's the Matter" (with The Outlaws – HMV 912 – 1961) - UK No. 24
  • "It's Just a Matter of Time" / "Little Boy Blue" (with The Admirals (Outlaws) – HMV 979 – 1962)
  • "Every Little Kiss" / "How Many Times" (HMV 1042 – 1962)
  • "Don't You Think it's Time" / "Loneliness" (with The Outlaws – HMV 1105 – 1962) - UK No. 6
  • "My Little Baby" / "You'll Do It You'll Fall in Love" (with The Outlaws – HMV 1142 – 1963) - UK No. 34
  • "It Really Doesn't Matter" / "Try a Little Bit Harder" (HMV 1194 – 1963)
  • "Intro" / "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" (Graham Dean / The Innocents - Columbia 1536 – 1963)
  • "My Little Baby" / "More Than I Can Say" (with The Innocents – Columbia 1536 – 1963)
  • "La Bamba" / "Don't You Think it's Time" (with The Innocents – Columbia 1536 – 1963)
  • "On My Mind" / "This Little Girl" (with The Innocents – HMV 1257 – 1964)
  • "Lovesick" / "Letters of Love" (with The Innocents – HMV 1284 – 1964)
  • "Who Will It Be" / "Talk" (with The Innocents – HMV 1314 – 1964)
  • "Two Lovers" / "Don't Try to Stand in My Way" (HMV 1362 – 1964)
  • "That's All I Ever Want from You" / "She Didn't Care" (HMV 1449 – 1965)
  • "It Comes and Goes" / "Gonna Fall in Love" (HMV 1484 – 1965)
  • "Warm Baby" / "Just Thought I´d Phone" (HMV 1530 – 1966)
  • "Raining in My Heart" / "Eyes" (Polydor 56182 – 1967)
  • "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat" / "Alice" (D-Metronome – 1967)
  • "Don't Be Cruel" / "It's All Over" (Pink Elephant Records - 1975)
  • "Tribute to Buddy Holly" (remake) / "Dial My Up" (Pink Elephant Records - 1975)
  • "I'm a Rocker" / "It's a Hard Hard Hard World" (Scramble Records - 1977)
  • "Don't Ever Change" (Polydor - 1978)
  • "The Sunshine of Your Smile" (Polydor - 1980) - UK No. 9
  • "If I Could Only Make You Care" (Polydor - 1980) - UK No. 37
  • "Memories" (Polydor - 1981) - UK No. 55
  • "Diana" (Polydor - 1981)
  • "What'll I Do" (Polydor - 1982)
  • "Everyone's a Wally" (B-side to cassette release of computer game - 1985)
  • "Hi There Darlin'! Merry Christmas" (Mr. Bert Spooner with instrumental accompaniment by Mike Berry & The Outlaws - Rollercoaster Records - 2007)[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Mike Berry's Biography - From 1942 to the present day". Mikeberry.net. 24 September 1942. Archived from the original on 21 October 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Interview With Mike Berry From Are You Being Served?". SciFiAndTvTalk.typepad.com. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 55. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ a b Steffen Hung (15 August 2011). "Mike Berry - Peggy Sue". Dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
  5. ^ Methven, Nicola (9 February 2016). "Are You Being Served? star Mike Berry tries his luck on The Voice". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  6. ^ "The Solid Gold Rock n Roll Show 2017 Tickets - Tour Dates & Tickets - ATG Tickets". Atgtickets.com. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  7. ^ "The Solid Gold Rock n Roll Show 2019 Our Shows". flyingmusic.com. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Sounds of the 60s - Joe Meek - BBC Radio 2". BBC. Retrieved 10 November 2017.

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