Original Modfather and Voice of The Love Affair STEVE ELLIS with BLUES HALL OF FAME LEGEND NORMAN BEAKER & THE NORMAN BEAKER BAND
THE GREATEST LEGENDS OF CLASSIC BRITISH R&B UNITE!
50 years after Steve Ellis shot to stardom with the Love Affair hit "Everlasting Love", he's released an album on his old label CBS (SONY) with a new hit taking Soul and Indie charts by storm!
Young Steve Ellis had no idea he was helping to create the British Mod/Northern Soul genre when The Love Affair burst onto the scene with "Everlasting Love", featuring a teenage singer whose voice was so rare and powerful that the band had hit after hit with songs that have remained as fresh and popular as when they were released, and put them in the same regard as Mod icons The Small Faces and The Who. Though Steve's talent and genius have seen him moving gracefully through various musical styles, his heart stayed with Mod, Soul and R&B.
The song that started it all:
Time and experience have served him well; he delivers his original hits, Soul classics and his own written works with the same strength and passion that defines the spirit of Soul itself. A new album of originals and covers, BOOM! BANG! TWANG! has reunited Steve with his label CBS (SONY), featuring Paul Weller (artist/producer), Mike D'Abo and other esteemed artists. The single "Lonely No More" has reached #23 on the Official Vinyl Album Charts and has become a hit on the Soul and Indie charts.
LONELY NO MORE
NORMAN BEAKER: BLUES HALL OF FAME® BRITISH LEGEND
In January 2017 Manchester native Norman Beaker became only one of eight 20th-century British artists to be officially inducted in the American Heritage Society's Blues Hall of Fame®,
alongside Jack Bruce, Peter Green, John Mayall, Jeff Beck, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton.
It was a long-overdue honour not only to a man who's loyally served the genre for decades, but to the land and town of his birth, as well, and never more honestly earned.
Norman is one of those first artists who with such iconic colleagues as Alexis Korner, Graham Bond, the Yardbirds, and The Animals helped to create the unique Blues/Rock/R&B sound that captivated the world.
Norman kept its signature sound alive throughout his distinguished career whether playing solo or with a Who's Who of blues, rock and soul from both sides of the Atlantic, including B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Jack Bruce, Van Morrison, Peter Green, Ruby Turner, and Buddy Guy to name a few. He stayed true to those genuine innovative roots that made British R&B a major force, regardless of changing trends, while staying cutting-edge and contemporary.
The international Blues chart hit, "Only I Got What The Other Guys Want"
"The best R&B band in the UK."--Jack Bruce
Though known primarily as a Bluesman, Norman seamlessly moves among the genres with the ease and grace that characterise his live performances and original songs. The Norman Beaker Band has just released an album to international acclaim, We See Us Later, featuring Steve Ellis as guest artist on the track "Time And Tide", destined to be a Soul/Blues classic.
The Beaker Band's combination of uncompromising reliability, talent, professionalism and humour have made them one of the best-loved acts from the UK to the Continent to Scandinavia. They treat every show as the performance of their lives, whether at a small venue to the Royal Albert Hall.
There weren't many of these gifted first and finest who defined the British Blues/R&B genre...and now sadly there are fewer still. Of these rare national treasures who still remain, none serve the music more faithfully than Norman Beaker, whose guitar, voice and songs are as fresh and powerful as when he began in the Northern clubs of the 60's...and continue as ageless and enduring as his home city itself.
Steve and Norman have worked with many mutual colleagues over the years, including Chris Farlowe, Peter Green, P.P. Arnold, Cliff Bennett, Zoot Money, Dave Berry, Maggie Bell and Madeline Bell.
Together Steve and Norman and the Beaker Band, both stalwarts of Britain's first wave of great British artists, will be performing an outstanding collection of Blues, Soul, Rock, Pop and of course some classic Love Affair favourites!
Steve Ellis Official Site:
Norman Beaker Official Site:
Presented by Mama Bear Enterprises Ltd and Darwen Library Theatre
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The Norman Beaker Band are:
Norman Beaker; Guitar, vocals
John Price; Bass
Steve Gibson; Drums
Nick Steed; Keyboards
Darwen Library Theatre
Knott Street, Darwen, England, United Kingdom