|Genres:||Pop / Rock R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||jazz soul 60s mod pop british oldies rnb|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||Allmusic BBC Music Lyrics VIAF Wikipedia|
Clive Powell, 26 June 1943, Leigh, Lancashire, England. Entrepreneur Larry Parnes gave the name to this talented organist during the early 60s following a recommendation from songwriter Lionel Bart. Parnes already had a Power, a Wilde, an Eager and a Fury. All he now needed was Fame. It took a number of years before Fame and his band the Blue Flames had commercial success, although he was a major force in the popularizing of early R&B, bluebeat and ska at Londons famous Flamingo club. The seminal Rhythm And Blues At The Flamingo was released in January 1964. Chart success came later that year with a UK number 1, Yeh, Yeh. Fames jazzy nasal delivery, reminiscent of Mose Allison, made this record one of the decades classic songs. He continued with another 11 hits, including two further UK chart toppers, Getaway and The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde, the latter of which was his only US Top 10 single. Even the...