Ian Whitcomb

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: 60s vocal male british rnb british invasion all iron leg Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Biography

10 July 1941, Woking, Surrey, England. This former Dorset public schoolboy enjoyed fleeting success in North America when the continent’s fascination with UK pop peaked in 1964. While a student, at Dublin’s Trinity College in Eire, he fronted Bluesville who recorded ‘Soho’, a harmonica-led instrumental. During a summer holiday in the states, he secured the US release of ‘Soho’ through Zoom, a Capitol Records subsidiary. To the rest of Bluesville’s consternation, only Whitcomb’s name was printed on the record label. His follow-up - an arrangement of the skiffle standard, ‘This Sporting Life’ - slipped briefly into the Hot 100. During a session for the next a-side, the intended ‘No Tears For Johnny’, a Hal Shaper protest song, was rejected in favour of an off-the-cuff blues shuffle topped by Whitcomb’s stammering falsetto. Titled ‘You Turn Me On’, it missed at home but, thanks to saturation...

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