|Genres:||Pop / Rock Vocals|
|Tags:||female vocalists pop 70s singer-songwriter elkie brooks|
|Decades:||1970s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||BBC Music Official Homepage Wikipedia|
Elaine Bookbinder, 25 February 1946, Salford, Manchester, England. Brooks began her career as Manchesters answer to Brenda Lee before touring the UK during the early 60s with the Eric Delaney Band. At that time her brother Tony Mansfield, was already finding great success as a member of Billy J. Kramer And The Dakotas. Brooks own early records included sympathetic versions of Hello Stranger and The Way You Do The Things You Do, first recorded, respectively, by Barbara Lewis and the Temptations, but the singer was unable to secure a deserved commercial breakthrough. In 1970, she joined Dada, a 12-piece jazz rock act that also featured Robert Palmer (vocals) and Pete Gage (guitar). These three artists subsequently formed the core of Vinegar Joe, a highly popular soul rock act that completed three powerful albums during the early 70s.
The band was dissolved in 1974, following which Brooks embarked...