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The 11-year-old who busks on Market Street and dreams of being 'the next Johnny Marr'

It was grabbing the mic and belting out karaoke to AC/DC at a family party that first sparked John's passion for music. He quickly fell in love with singing, learned to play the guitar and by just nine-years-old, was already playing his first paid gig at a cafe in Eccles.

Now, at 11-years-old, Salford lad John Denton is often seen strumming to his own tunes along Manchester's bustling Market Street. The youngster - who has most recently been shortlisted for a national songwriter award - pitches up on the cobbled road, kitted out with guitar, mic and amp, before capturing the attention of shoppers.

With dreams of being the next Johnny Marr, John is already well on his way to stardom. What started out as a hobby at home has seen him earn compliments from the likes of Matt Helders' dad, recognition from top producers and even a retweet from global pop icon Lady GaGa.

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"I'd love to be the next Johnny Marr and just keep going to see where music can take me," the 11-year-old musician told the Manchester Evening News. "It all started when my dad took me to a birthday party for one of his friends, and there was a karaoke machine. People were singing Highway to Hell by AC/DC.

"I went home and just listened to them over and over and it all came from there. I started singing, took guitar lessons and then did my first gig at a coffee shop in Eccles when I was nine, where I also sang two of my own songs."

The love of performing his own songs quickly moved from cafes and bars across Salford to one of Manchester's busiest streets. Lined with shops and seeing swathes of commuters, shoppers and tourists every day, 11-year-old John has now become a familiar face.

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It was grabbing the mic and belting out karaoke to AC/DC at a family party that first sparked John's passion for music. He quickly fell in love with singing, learned to play the guitar and by just nine-years-old, was already playing his first paid gig at a cafe in Eccles.
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There’s no love lost between Morrissey and former the Smiths bandmate Johnny Marr, as the ex-frontman has asked Johnny to stop talking about him in interviews.Despite the pair’s long history together, playing in one of the UK’s most iconic bands, touring the world and producing two albums that hit number one in the charts, in recent years things have soured, to say the least.Morrissey, now arguably better known for his controversial comments than his music, has issued an open letter to Johnny calling for him to stop mentioning his name in interviews as he ‘knows nothing’ about him.In a wide-ranging letter posted to his official website, the How Soon Is Now singer began by saying it was ‘not a rant or a hysterical bombast’, rather a ‘polite and calmly measured request’.‘Would you please stop mentioning my name in your interviews?’He asked guitarist Johnny to instead focus on his ‘own career, your own unstoppable solo achievements and your own music’, and to ‘leave me out of it’.The former chart-topper, 62, went on to say that Johnny simply doesn’t know him: ‘You know nothing of my life, my intentions, my thoughts, my feelings.‘Yet you talk as if you were my personal psychiatrist with consistent and uninterrupted access to my instincts.’Morrissey wrote that the pair have not been friends for 35 years now – ‘many lifetimes ago’.When he and Johnny first met, he says, they were both unknowns, and ‘helped each other become whatever it is we are today.’‘Can you not just leave it at that? Must you persistently… blame me for everything… from the 2007 Solomon Islands tsunami to the dribble on your grandma’s chin?’Morrissey went on to take a dig at Johnny as he said the guitarist ‘found me inspirational enough to make music with me
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