Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Britain is a country whose old men say "Happy Birthday" to Julie Driscoll whose beauty beguiled them when they were young men

Julie Driscoll, singer and actress, known for her 1960's versions of Bob Dylan's 'This Wheel's on Fire', and Donovan's 'Season of the Witch', which she sang with 'Brian Auger & The Trinity' is 10 days older than me and 64 today.

Things you possible didn't know about Julie, that she :

* as a teen, oversaw 'The Yardbirds Fan Club', where the group's manager encouraged her to begin a performing career of her own.

* in 1963, issued her debut pop single 'Take Me by the Hand' and 2 years later joined the short-lived R&B combo 'Steampacket' alongside Rod Stewart, Long John Baldry and organist Brian Auger.

* next signed on with the 'Brian Auger Trinity', scoring a Top Five UK hit in 1968 with their rendition of Bob Dylan's 'This Wheel's on Fire'.

* with her striking looks and coolly sophisticated vocals earned, was dubbed 'The Face' by the British music press.

* recorded 'Save Me' in 1967 :

* 'Season of the Witch' in 1968 :

* 'Indian Rope Man' in 1969 :

* left Auger for a solo career and debut album 1969 heralded a shift away from pop, enlisting members of the 'Soft Machine' and 'Blossom Toes' to pursue a progressive jazz direction.

* with her 1974 'Sunset Glow', she further explored improvisational vocal techniques in settings ranging from folk to free jazz.

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