Georgie FAME & The Blue Flames – Get Away With 1966

Georgie FAME & The Blue Flames – Get Away With 1966
2000 Issue.

Jazz

Georgie Fame (b. June 26, 1943) is a British rhythm and blues and jazz singer and keyboard player whose real name is Clive Powell.
Fame was born in Leigh in Lancashire. At sixteen years of age he entered into a management agreement with Larry Parnes, who gave artists new names such as Marty Wilde and 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. Their greatest success was “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde” in 1968, which was a number-one hit in the United Kingdom and in the United States; they also had UK number-one hits with “Yeh Yeh” (1965) and “Get Away” (1966). Although he enjoyed regular chart success with singles in the late 60s, it was a peculiar quirk of chart statistics that his only three Top 10 hits all made number one.
Fame continued playing into the 1970s, enjoying a hit with Alan Price (ex-keyboard player of The Animals), “Rosetta”, in 1971. 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 he 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.
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The Very Best of Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames is a good budget-line British collection that features many of Fame’s ’60s hits, including the infectious “Yeh Yeh.” Although it’s far from a comprehensive retrospective, the collection nevertheless is a basic sampler that functions as a nice overview in lieu of the out-of-print Beat Classics.
By Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide.
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Unique 14 Track Anthology of the Recording Heyday of the British Blues/Jazz Oriented Rocking Keyboardist (And Longtime Associate of Van Morrison) who Created a Major Chart Hit with “Yeh Yeh”. He Followed with a Plethora of Albums and Great Renditions of Booker T and the Mg’s “Green Onions”, “Let the Good Times Roll”, “Baby Please Don’t Go” and Many More. This Volume is a Great Budget Collection of his Best.
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Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames were one of a dozen or so bands who were nurtured at The Flamingo Club in London, in the late 1960s. At a time when American classic R&B (James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, early Ray Charles) was available only as expensive imports through a very few record stores, Flamingo artists introduced the music to British audiences. (Note that the Beatles had followed a similar path a few years earlier, introducing British listeners to Tamla-Motown, which also had been unavailable in the UK.) Even bands such as The Who included some R&B in their repertoire during this period; so did Rod Stewart (who appeared a few times at The Flamingo). But the R&B never really broke out of the club scene. Bands such as Zoot Money and Herbie Goins and the Night Timers remained obscure. Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames were the only Flamingo regulars who enjoyed any real national success, and they did it by diluting the R&B with a more pop-flavored product. Thus we have a strange crossbreed: British pop and American R&B that was already out of date when Georgie Fame started playing it. Personally I like the mix–but my nostalgia for that period (when I was a regular at the Flamingo) colors my judgment.
By Charles Platt.
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01. Yeh Yeh    2:48  6,406
02. Green Onions    2:12  1,082
03. Let the Good Times Roll    2:58
04. Sitting in the Park    3:21  276
05. Funny How Time Slips Away    3:30
06. Shop Around    3:39  233
07. Baby Please Don’t Go    2:54  249
08. Get Away    2:33  455
09. Eso Beso    2:44  224
10. In The Meantime    2:34  1,122
11. Sunny    2:35  263
12. Ride Your Pony    2:38  184
13. Night Train    4:30  231
14. I Love The Life I Live    3:21
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