Chris Farlowe's first taste of real musical success occurred in 1957 while he was still John Deighton, and leader of the 'John Henry Skiffle Group'. Skiffle was then at its height and the group had won the All-England Skiffle Championship. However, the skiffle craze was replaced by the growing interest in Rock'n'Roll and the newly named Chris formed the Thunderbirds.
With a voice that was already rounded and mature the new group with its R&B sound soon became a very popular musical attraction in London and they obtained residence at the Flamingo Club in Soho.
Despite several attempts from 1962, none of his record releases had any great success until through his friendship with the group he obtained the song 'Out Of Time' from the Rolling Stones. With production by Mick Jagger, the record shot to the top of the UK chart. Several modest hits were to follow although Farlowe's vocal style was probably too far from the mainstream for most record buyers.
All of Chris Farlowe's EP releases are very difficult to find. This one, which happens to be Immediate's first outing on that format (bearing the number IMEP 001), is perhaps a little easier to seek out than some others. The presence of a version of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" perhaps exposes his association with the Rolling Stones.
|The Thunderbirds became a consistently popular R&B act despite frequent changes in personnel, although most of Chris Farlowe's recordings were done with session musicians. Despite the popularity of the group, Chris Farlowe changed his musical allegiances several times during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Perhaps this has prevented him from staying long enough in the public conscience to establish a niche. His magnificent voice should have given him greater success on record than he has enjoyed, but even to this day he remains a popular and respected stage act.|
|Decca F11536||1962||Air Travel/ Why Did You Break My Heart|
|Columbia DB7120||1963||I Remember/ Push Push|
|Columbia DB7237||1964||Girl Trouble/ Itty Bitty Pieces|
|Columbia DB7311||1964||Just A Dream/ What You Gonna Do|
|Columbia DB7379||1964||Hey Hey Hey Hey/ Hound Dog|
|Columbia DB7983||1966||Just A Dream/ Hey Hey Hey Hey|
|Immediate IM016||1965||The Fool/ Treat Her Good|
|Immediate IM023||1966||Don't Just Look At Me/ Think||#37|
|Immediate IM035||1966||Out Of Time/ Baby Make It Soon||#1|
|Immediate IM038||1967||Ride On Baby/ Headlines||#31|
|Immediate IM041||1967||My Way Of Giving/ You're So Good To Me||#48|
|Immediate IM049||1967||Yesterday's Papers/ Life Is But Nothing|
|Immediate IM056||1967||Moanin'/ What Have I Been Doin'||#46|
|Immediate IM065||1967||Handbags And Gladrags/ Everyone Makes A Mistake||#33|
|Immediate IM066||1968||The Last Goodbye/ Paperman Fly In The Sky|
|Immediate IM071||1968||Paint It Black/ I Just Need Your Lovin'|
|Immediate IM074||1969||Dawn/ April Was The Month|
|Immediate IM078||1969||Out Of Time/ Ride On Baby|
|Decca DFE8665||1965||"Chris Farlowe"|
|Air Travel/Why Did You Break My Heart/Just A Dream/Funny Kind Of Love|
|Immediate IMEP001||1965||"Farlowe In The Midnight Hour"||#6|
|In The Midnight Hour/Mr. Pitiful/(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction/Who Can I Turn To?|
|Immediate IMEP004||1966||"Chris Farlowe"|
|Out Of Time/Ride On Baby/Headlines/Think|
|Island IEP709||1966||"Stormy Monday"|
|Stormy Monday/She's Alright/Voodoo|
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