De Engelse zanger en toetsenist Georgie Fame wordt morgen 75 jaar. Op bovenstaande foto uit 1966 ziet men hem samen met bassist Rick Brown tijdens een optreden in het Amsterdamse Concertgebouw.

Georgie Fame was born as Clive Powell in Leigh, Lancashire. He took piano lessons from the age of seven and on leaving Leigh Central County Secondary School at 15 he played piano for a band called the Dominoes in the evenings.
At sixteen years of age, Fame went to London and, on the recommendation of Lionel Bart, entered into a management agreement with Larry Parnes, who had given new stage names to such artists as Marty Wilde and Billy Fury. Fame later recalled that Parnes had given him an ultimatum over his forced change of name: “It was very much against my will but he said, ‘If you don’t use my name, I won’t use you in the show'”.
Over the following year Fame toured the UK playing beside Wilde, Joe Brown, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and others. Fame played piano for Billy Fury in his backing band, the Blue Flames. When the backing band got the sack at the end of 1961, the band were re-billed as “Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames” in the Flamingo Club, where the band had a three-year residency. Fame later recalled: “It was a great place to play, a midnight to 6 a.m. thing on Fridays and Saturdays, and it was full of American GIs who came in from their bases for the weekend. They brought records with them and one of them gave me Green Onions by Booker T & the MG’s. I had been playing piano up to that point but I bought a Hammond organ the next day.”
Fame was also one of the first white artists to be influenced by the ska music he heard in Jamaican cafes in and around Ladbroke Grove. De manager van Georgie Fame in die tijd was Ronan O’Rahilly, geboren in Ierland en wonend in Londen. Voor Ronan lukte het niet om de platen van Georgie Fame gedraaid te krijgen bij de BBC of bij Radio Luxembourg. Dit was uiteindelijk voor hem de aanleiding tot het oprichten van een eigen zeezender: Radio Caroline. Fame subsequently enjoyed regular chart success with singles, having three Top 10 hits, which all made number one in the UK Singles Chart: “Yeh, Yeh” in 1964, “Get Away” in 1966 and “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde” in 1967.
Fame continued playing into the 1970s, having a hit, “Rosetta”, with his close friend Alan Price, ex-keyboard player of the Animals, in 1971, and they worked together extensively for a time. Fame has collaborated with other successful popular musicians. He has been a core member of Van Morrison’s band and has also worked with Count Basie, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Joan Armatrading. He was also founding member of his friend Bill Wyman’s band The Rhythm Kings.

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