Joe "Mr Piano" Henderson
Henderson was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He was taught to play the piano by his mother and became a professional at age fifteen, playing in dance bands. After World War II, he began working for the Peter Maurice publishing company. It was there that he met the singer Petula Clark in 1947. In 1949, Henderson introduced Clark to Alan A. Freeman, who, together with her father Leslie, formed the Polygon record label, for which she recorded her earliest hits.
It was around this time that the two became involved romantically. Their relationship lasted a couple of years, professionally culminating in a BBC Radio series in which they performed together. Speculation that the couple planned to marry became rife. However, with the increasing glare of being in the public spotlight, and Clark's growing fame — her career in France was just beginning — Henderson, reportedly not wanting to end up as "Mr. Petula Clark", decided to call the whole thing off. They remained on friendly terms, and, in 1962, he penned a ballad about their break-up, called "There's Nothing More To Say", for Clark's LP In Other Words.
- "Sing It With Joe" (June 1955) — Polygon P 1167 — UK #14
- "Sing It Again With Joe" (September 1955) — Polygon P 1184 — UK #18
- "Trudie" (July 1958) — Pye Nixa N 15147 — UK #14
- "Treble Chance" (October 1959) — Pye 7N 15224 — UK #28
- "Ooh! La! La!" (March 1960) — Pye 7N 15257 — UK #44