Georgie Fame

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Descriptive "tags": jazz soul 60s mod pop british rnb oldies Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

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 London’s 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’. Fame’s jazzy nasal delivery, reminiscent of Mose Allison, made this record one of the decade’s 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...

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