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Album Review

The best compilation of Fame's work, finding his R&B-jazz fusion at its most potent (and most commercially successful) on these 20 cuts from the mid-'60s. Like a Mose Allison for the British Invasion, Fame sings and plays with a soulful verve on this set of blue-eyed soul. Includes the #1 British hits "Yeh Yeh" and "Get Away," although "Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde" is missing.

Biography

Born: June 26, 1943 in Leigh, England

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Georgie Fame's swinging, surprisingly credible blend of jazz and American R&B earned him a substantial following in his native U.K., where he scored three number one singles during the '60s. Fame played piano and organ in addition to singing, and was influenced by the likes of Mose Allison, Booker T. & the MG's, and Louis Jordan. Early in his career, he also peppered his repertoire with Jamaican ska and bluebeat tunes, helping to popularize that genre in England; during his later years, he...
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