- Georgie Fame
Infobox musical artist
Name = Georgie Fame
| Img_capt =
Img_size = 150px
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Clive Powell
Born = Birth date and age|1943|6|26|df=y
Origin = Leigh,
Vocals, piano, keyboards
rhythm and blues, jazz
Musician, musical director
Associated_acts = Blue FamesGeorgie Fame and the Blue Flames
At sixteen years of age, he entered into a management agreement with
Larry Parnes, who gave artists new names such as Marty Wildeand Billy Fury. Fame was already playing piano for Billy Fury in a backing band called the Blue Flames, which later became billed as "Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames". The band had great success with rhythm and blues.
Fame's greatest success was "
The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde" in 1968, which was a number one hit in the United Kingdom, and No.7 in the United States; Fame also had UKnumber one hits with " Yeh Yeh" (1965) and "Get Away" (1966).
Fame continued playing into the 1970s, having a hit, "Rosetta", in 1971. He suffered from some bad publicity, as a result of being convicted of possessing drugs and then being named as co-respondent in the divorce case of the Marquess of Londonderry.
Georgie Fame recorded "Rosetta" with a close friend,
Alan Price, ex-keyboard player of The Animals, and they worked together extensively for a time. He has also toured as one of the Rhythm Kings, with his friend, Bill Wyman, playing bass.
From the late 1980s, until the 1997 album "
The Healing Game", Fame was a core member of Van Morrison's band, as well as his musical producer, playing keyboards and singing harmony vocals on tracks like "In the Days before Rock 'n' Roll", whilst still recording and touring as an artist in his own right. Morrison refers to Fame in a line: "I don't run into Mr. Clive" on his song, "Don't Go to Nightclubs Anymore" featured on his 2008 album, " Keep It Simple". Fame appears as a special guest on Morrison's television concert show presented by BBC Fourseries on April 25, and April 27, 2008.
Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames were the only act from the UK to be invited to perform with the first Motown Review when it hit London in the mid-1960s.
Fame has also collaborated with some of music world's most successful music names. He played organ on all of the
Van Morrisonalbums between 1989–1997, and served as the musical director as well as starring at Terry Dillon's 60th birthday party on 10th May 2008. Fame was also founding member of Bill Wyman's early band Rhythm Kings and he has also worked with the likes of Count Basie, Alan Price, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Joan Armatradingand the band The Verve. ["Georgie Fame - information on music collaborations including Motown Review http://www.thepoint-online.co.uk/thepoint-702 Retrieved 01/09/07]
Ronan O'Rahilly, Fame attained a place in broadcastinghistory when O'Rahilly, who then managed him, could not get Fame's first record played by the BBC. [ [http://www.offshoreechos.com/Caroline%2060/Radio%20Caroline%20-%20The%2060s%20Chapter%2004.htm Radio Caroline Story - the 60s] OFFSHORE ECHOS] When he was also turned down by Radio Luxembourg, O'Rahilly claims that he announced he would start his own radio stationin order to promote the record. [ [http://www.radiocaroline.co.uk/history2.asp Don't Get Mad, Get Even] History of Radio Caroline] The station supposedly became the offshore pirate radiostation, Radio Caroline. [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A2939411 The Offshore Radio Revolution in Britain 1964 - 2004] Created: 31 August 2004 - Published by the H2G2 ]
In 1972, Fame married Nicolette, Marchioness of Londonderry, the former wife of the 9th Marquess. Lady Londonderry, née Nicolette Harrison, already had given birth to one of Fame's children during marriage to the marquess; the child, James, bore the
courtesy titleViscount Castlereagh and was believed to be heir to the marquessate. When tests determined that the child was actually Fame's, the Londonderrys divorced. The couple had one son after their marriage, Tristan. Nicolette Fame died on August 13 1993, after jumping off the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
*"Do the Dog" (1963)
*"Green Onions" (1964)
*"Bend a Little" (1964)
Yeh Yeh" (1964)
*"In the Meantime" (1965)
*"Like We Used to Be" (1965)
*"Get Away" (1966)
*"Sitting in the Park" (1966)
*"Because I Love You" (1967)
*"Try My World" (1967)
The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde" (1968)
*"Seventh Son" (1969)
*"Rhythm and Blues at the Flamingo " (1964)
*"Fame at Last!" (1965)
*"Sweet Things" (1966)
*"The Two Faces of Fame" (1967)
*"The Third Face of Fame" (1968)
*"Seventh Son" (1969)
*"Georgie Does His Thing with Strings" (1970)
*"Fame and Price, Price and Fame: Together!" (1971)
*"All Me Own Work" (1972)
*"Georgie Fame" (1973)
*"Going Home" (1974)
*"Right Now" (1979)
*"Closing the Gap" (1980)
*"In Hoagland" (1981)
*"No Worries" (1988)
*"Cool Cat Blues" (1989)
*"Three Line Whip" (1994)
*"The Blues and Me" (1996)
*"Name Droppin': Live at Ronnie Scott's, Vol. 1" (1997)
*"Walkin' Wounded: Live at Ronnie Scott's, Vol. 2" (1998)
*"Poet in New York" (2000)
*"Sound Venture" (1966)
*"Hall of Fame" (1967)
*"Fame Again" (1979)
*"On the Right Track: Beat, Ballad and Blues (1992)
*"The Very Best of Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames" (1998)
*"Funny How Time Slips Away" (2001)
*"Somebody Stole My Thunder: 1967-1971" (2007)
* [http://www.geocities.com/mikegriffiths6/thegeorgiefamediscography.html The Georgie Fame Discography]
* [http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/georgiefame/ Georgie Fame Yahoo! Group]
* [http://georgie-fame.blogspot.com/ Georgie Fame Blog]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBv-MoFA6Cc Price and Fame]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.