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date: 02 July 2020

Fame, Georgie free

Born 26 June 1943; s of James and Mary Anne Powell; Clive Powell, name changed by impresario Larry Parnes, 1960; m 1971, Nicolette (d 1993); two s

musician, vocalist, songwriter

Education

Leigh Central Co. Secondary Sch., Lancs

Career

Professional musician, 1959–; toured with Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent and Billy Fury, 1960; leader of own band, The Blue Flames, 1962–; toured with Count Basie Orch., 1967 and 1968; rep. UK, Fest. Internat. da Cançao Popular, Brazil, 1967; in partnership with Alan Price, 1970–73; collaborated with Van Morrison, 1988–98; Founder Mem., Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, 1998; hosted own series, BBC Radio 2, 2000; featured guest soloist with all of Europe’s major jazz orchs; has composed and performed music for various feature films, television and radio commercials. Over 30 albums released under own name inc. Poet in New York, 2000 (Prix Billie Holiday, Acad. du Jazz de France); 13 hit singles, incl. 3 Number Ones: Yeh Yeh, 1965; Getaway, 1966; Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde, 1968. Hon. Mem. Swedish Exec. Jazz Soc., 2002

Recreations

aviation, crosswords