Chris Farlowe has today’s almost forgotten track

Chris Farlowe was recognised by many as one of the finest voices of English pop…after attracting attention as front man for a band called The Thunderbirds, he was signed as a solo act to Immediate Records, owned by Andrew Loog Oldham, manager of the Rolling Stones, which gave him Jagger and Richards involvement…they gave him this Stones tune to use as his breakthrough single, and, if you listen carefully you should have no problem determining who the backing vocalists are…sadly, apart from some chart success in Britain, he was destined to remain a domestic thing…after that short heyday was over, he became vocalist for a number of different bands, most notably Atomic Rooster, but international stardom, even with his early assistance, was never to be.


Greg Simpson

Greg Simpson firmly believes his career in the music industry officially began on March 14, 1965 when a band gave him ten dollars as commission for helping them find a gig. He hasn’t looked back since then and looks forward to celebrating his fiftieth in 2015 with an enormous party paid for by the hundreds of dollars he’s made since then.

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Published on January 11, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson


January 11, 2018 - 11:22 pm

Rocker Rich

I’m still getting my arms around the idea of Chris Farlowe in Atomic Rooster. Huh? Sort of on a par of Bryan Ferry fronting Black Sabbath (which thankfully never happened). I saw Rooster on its Death Walks Behind You tour. Dark, dark vibe with Vincent Crane (RIP) the grand master of ominous-sounding keyboards.

Back in the early day, Farlowe renamed himself Little Joe Cook to attract blues fans. Ditto pre-Rolling Stone Brian Jones who went by Elmo Lewis. Funny how both fell into Andrew Oldham’s orbit. Farlowe’s Out Of Time still, IMHO, the best-ever Stones cover.

January 12, 2018 - 7:25 am


Chris still sounds great; he helped out on Van Morrison’s recent Roll With The Punches CD. A very understated Jeff Beck also featured on that release.

January 12, 2018 - 10:32 am

Greg Simpson

Thanks Rich and Al…regarding Atomic Rooster Rich, I highly recommend you search YouTube for Atomic Rooster, looking for Chris’ photo to help guide you…he starts a song then when Crane launches into a solo calmly eats a sandwich until it’s time to go back to the mic…guaranteed chuckle giver…

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