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09:09 Friday 22 April 2011 

Jazz singer Georgie Fame to perform with his sons

Thursday, May 12
Georgie Fame and Sons
The Firestation

In the swinging 60s Georgie Fame had a string of charting-topping hits that rocked music-lovers the world over, writes Justin Burns.

The 67-year-old rhythm and blues and jazz singer and keyboard player continues to be a popular performer across the globe.

Recent projects have seen him join forces with Van Morrison after being invited to play the Hammond Organ and he has played and sung on practically all of Van’s albums since.

His Windsor gig will see him play in his trio with his sons Tristan and James, augmented by close friends and musical associates. Their debut album Three Line Whip/Will Carling released in May 1994 achieved critical acclaim, along with their second entitled Namedroppin, released in 1997. Since starting his musical career the Lancashire-born musician has released more than 20 albums and he has racked up 14 chart hit singles. It all started in March 1962, when his band Georgie Fame and The Blue Flames became resident at The Flamingo Club in London’s Soho district.

They played all-night dance sessions to packed houses of US Air Force personnel, visiting American musicians and London night-lifers. A string of number one singles followed in the years after including Yeh Yeh, Getaway and The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde. After continuing with the band Georgie then went on to collaborate with some of the music industry’s finest and most famous names.

As a sideman he has accompanied Muddy Waters, Gene Vincent, Eric Clapton, Joan Armatrading and Andy Fairweather-Low. Recent projects have included working with Van, The London Symphony Orchestra and ex-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman.

Georgie continues to play the same trademark Hammond Organ that he has been playing for more than 40 years since 1966 with his sons, band, with orchestras and solo.

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