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Keith Powell ‎– The Keith Powell Story

Keith Powell  ‎– The Keith Powell Story

A blue-eyed soul singer from Birmingham, Keith Powell released almost a dozen British singles in the mid-'60s without making the charts. Judged against other British soul (as opposed to rock) vocalists of the time, he wasn't bad, with a deep voice and expressive delivery, but unlike Chris Farlowe and John Baldry -- two peers who, at least from the recorded evidence, were not as talented -- he couldn't find hit material. His first three singles (in 1963 and 1964) were recorded for Columbia with his backing group, the Valets, a combo featuring brass and organ, somewhat in the style of a muted Georgie Fame. After moving to Pye in late 1964, the Valets would no longer play on his records; producer John Schroeder steered him toward melodramatic soul ballads with strings, produced in a fashion that recalled Jerry Butler's mid-'60s material. With Pye, Powell released eight singles in 1965-1966, three of which were male-female duets with Billie Davis (who had made the British Top Ten with a cover of the Exciters' "Tell Him"). The results weren't bad, if a bit lugubrious, but were not rewarded by commercial success.

Keith Powell  ‎– The Keith Powell Story

Both sides of his eleven 1963-66 singles (including his duets with Billie Davis), as well as a couple of unreleased tracks. There isn't much similarity between this stuff and the classic British Invasion sound; it has much more of a horn-organ-string feel, with production that is trying to emulate (with pale results) early-'60s American soul and R&B records. Powell was an okay singer, and his records weren't bad, but he wasn't exceptional, and there's little that makes you wonder why he didn't get a hit. "I Should Know Better," athough, is a lost gem of sorts with its swirling organ, pleading vocal, and memorable tune; "Beyond the Hill," a haunting number with a Latin-Euro feel (co-written by Powell), is pretty good too.

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Keith Powell & The Valets - Singles

Keith Powell & The Valets - Singles

Keith Powell lead singer (left 1965)
John Allsebrook bass guitar (left in 1965)
Mal Ford organ, piano
Phil Gaynor saxophone
Mal Ritter drums
Colin Wood guitar (left in 1966)
Steve Horton bass guitar (joined in 1965)
Dave Spencer guitar (joined in 1966)
Keith Powell came from Bordesley Green and being brought up in a showbusiness family, was performing regularly as a singer by the age of 14. His first real group was called "The Ramrods" who started making appearances around Birmingham by about 1960. Keith Powell was a talented singer and performer while also having the good looks to attract a large female following.

With his father Jim as manager, Keith Powell was soon fronting his own group called 'The Jaymen'. Jim Powell was also a well known promoter and head of JCS Productions which brought well known acts from all over the country to play in Birmingham.

Keith Powell saw musical limitations within The Jaymen and left to join another Birmingham group called "The Vikings" to become their lead singer (see Carl Wayne and The Vikings). By 1961, Keith Powell and The Vikings were getting bookings all across the country and the pace was such that Keith Powell, feeling exhaustion, decided to take a few weeks off to rest.

It was during this time that local singer Carl Wayne was brought in as a temporary replacement but ended up staying permanently and with manager Jim's approval the group became known as "Keith Powell, Carl Wayne and The Vikings". Inevitably this arrangement didn't last and because of rivalry, Keith Powell left The Vikings who continued without him.

During the interlude, Keith Powell experimented with songwriting but before long he was fronting a new group named "The Valets" - so called because they had originally assembled to back local singer Bobby Valentine as "Bobby Valentine and The Valettes". Promoters usually ended up misspelling the name to "Valets" so to avoid confusion, the name was abbreviated to "Keith Powell and The Valets".

Keith Powell & The Valets - Singles

Keith Powell & The Valets - Singles

Keith Powell & The Valets - Singles

 1. Keith Powell & The Valets - Come And Join The Party
 2. Keith Powell & The Valets - The Answer Is No!
 3. Keith Powell & The Valets - Tore Up
 4. Keith Powell & The Valets - You Better Let Him Go
 5. Keith Powell & The Valets - I Should Know Better
 6. Keith Powell & The Valets - Too Much Monkey Business
 7. Keith Powell & The Valets - Walking And Crying
 8. Keith Powell & The Valets - New Orleans

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