Georgie Fame – Alan Price – In Session for Top Of The Pops – March 24, 1971 – BBC Radio 1 –
A favorite, yet underrated and overlooked (at least in the U.S.) duo Georgie Fame and Alan Price, in session for The BBC’s Top Of The Pops program from March 24, 1971.
Georgie Fame was one of the early practitioners of The British Invasion (except in the States) by way of The Blue Flames, a band which, rock historians will know instantly, as the band Mitch Mitchell (of Jimi Hendrix fame) came to prominence. Alan Price was one of the founders and guiding lights of The Animals before both he and Fame went off in solo directions; both to considerable success.
They crossed paths in the late 1960s and decided to team up as a duo around 1970, not necessarily in the Chad & Jeremy or Peter & Gordon mold but two guys who were cut pretty much from the same musical cloth who collaborated together and the result was several highly regarded and successful albums (again, except in the States), whose music from that collaboration hasn’t aged a bit.
It’s hard to pin down exactly what genre they would be classified as – variously described as hybrid of Jazz and Pop with smatterings of Blues. You can consider them however you want to – but the bottom line is; they were very good and they made some sensational music together. Not earth shattering or Stadium filling, but good, solid honest music, intelligently laid out with an end result being a lasting satisfaction and a positive outlook that translates to timeless.
The collaboration lasted until 1974, but both are still actively performing and recording, working with a wide range of musicians.
Tonight, as a reminder of that collaboration – a somewhat short example of Fame and Price in session as they were in May of 1971.
Not at all bad music to wake up in the morning to – just suggesting.