Ian Whitcomb

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

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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