Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Two for Tuesday: Georgie Fame

A little later today than usual, for which I apologize. I’ve been researching for articles I want to write when the A to Z Challenge is finished.

Clive Powell, a/k/a Georgie Fame, is a jazz and R&B singer and keyboard player who got his start during the British Invasion, and he’s still going strong. He had three #1 songs in England with the only three songs to have made the Top Ten there in the mid- to late-1960’s. His sound was jazzier than most of his British Invasion counterparts; as you’ll see from the videos, his band, The Blue Flames, included a horn section and additional percussion and wasn’t as guitar-heavy as most of the other bands.

The first of his British #1 hits was “Yeh Yeh,” which reached #21 in the US in late 1964. It also made it to #14 in Australia.

His third British #1 was “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde,” which came out in 1967, as did the movie starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. It reached #4 in Australia and #7 in the US, even though it was never part of the movie…

Georgie’s second British #1 hit was 1966’s “Get Away,” which peaked at #40 in Australia and #70 in the US. Also in 1966, he covered Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny,” which peaked at #13 in the UK but didn’t chart elsewhere. After his time with The Blue Flames, he performed frequently with Alan Price (formerly with The Animals), and had a hit with “Rosetta”; it charted at #11 in the UK and #91 in Australia.

Georgie has since played with Van Morrison and Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings. His website states that he has no plans to tour the US anytime soon, but may announce tour dates either as a solo or as a member of the Rhythm Kings “in the future,” so watch his site for further announcements.

Georgie Fame, your Two for Tuesday, April 28, 2015.




from The Sound of One Hand Typing

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