Georgie Fame (born Clive Powell, 26 June 1943, Leigh) is a British rhythm and blues and jazz singer and keyboard player.
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.
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 UK number one hits with "Yeh Yeh" (1965) and "Get Away" (1966).
Although he enjoyed regular chart success with singles in the late 1960s, 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, 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 Four series on April 25, and April 27, 2008.
Fame frequently plays residences at jazz clubs, such as Ronnie Scott's. He has also played organ on Starclub's album.
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 Morrison albums 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 Armatrading and the band The Verve.
According to Ronan O'Rahilly
, Fame attained a place in broadcasting
history when O'Rahilly, who then managed him, could not get Fame's first record played by the BBC
. When he was also turned down by Radio Luxembourg
, O'Rahilly claims that he announced he would start his own radio station
in order to promote the record. The station supposedly became the offshore pirate radio
station, Radio Caroline
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 title
Viscount 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)
- "Something" (1965)
- "Get Away" (1966)
- "Sunny" (1966)
- "Sitting in the Park" (1966)
- "Because I Love You" (1967)
- "Try My World" (1967)
- "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde" (1968)
- "Peaceful" (1968)
- "Seventh Son" (1969)
- "Rosetta" (1971)
- 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)
- Charleston (2007)
- 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)