Thursday, 19 September 2013

Elkie Brooks (music)

photo by Christophe Cohen
I am told that Elkie Brooks' last appearance in Eastbourne was over ten years ago so there is much excitement at the Royal Hippodrome to have booked her there for-one-night-only in October. Accompanied by her band - Brian Badhams, Melvin Duffy, Stevie Jones, Andrew Murray, Lee Noble and Michael Richardson - she will again astound all who hear her sing here.

Perhaps one of the first popular artists to gain fame through a 'reality show', the fifteen year old wannabe, Elaine Bookbinder, entered at Manchester's Palace Theatre with her eyes firmly set on the prize of a national pop package tour. She won. However pop music wasn't really her thing and, although, she was often pushed in that direction, her love of jazz, R'n'B and blues was what won out in the end. Invited by the legend Humphrey Lyttelton to guest as the vocalist with his jazz band in the 1960s, Elkie found her place in the music business. Their friendship endured until his death with the pair often performing and recording together. Flirtations with rock chickdom in the late 1960s and acting in the 1970s were fun but blues and jazz won out in the end and is the music that she still performs today.

Royal Hippodrome, 19th Oct, 19:30.
Tickets £24.50, £23 concessions, available online, by calling 01323 412000, or in person at the Congress Theatre Box Office.

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