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PJ Proby (born James Marcus Smith on November 6 1938 in Houston ( Texas )) is an American singer , songwriter and actor . He was in the sixties, a successful singer, especially in Britain , but less so in his homeland. He later starred in musicals including the roles of Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison .

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Career edit ]Edit

Early years edit ]Edit

Although James Marcus Smith was educated at Western Military Academy, a training school for the Army, he chose a career as an actor and singer. He took acting and singing lessons. Under the name Jett Powers took two plates at a small, independent record label . They were songs in the style of Elvis Presley . Proby was heard that he could do perfect after. Presley The sheets did nothing.

Smith befriended Sharon Sheeley, the fiancé of (died in 1960), singer Eddie Cochran . She thought him the stage name PJ Proby (a former friend of hers called so) and arranged for him an audition at Liberty Records . Under the name PJ Proby he recorded three singles for Liberty, which had not been successful. In 1963, he tried it again under the name Orville Woods. At that time there was a strict separation between 'white' and 'black' music. PJ Proby had been assigned to the white music. He hoped that the single Wicked Woman , sung by an unknown, would be turned to "black" radio stations. That's exactly what I did, but did not produce the much desired success.

Meanwhile he was going to write songs, usually under his own name (JM Smith and James Marcus Smith). Numbers of his hand have been recorded by Johnny Burnetteand The Searchers . He also sang demos for things like Elvis Presley and Bobby Vee , as a support for themselves when they were recording the song later.

In Britain edit ]Edit

Sheeley suggested Proby for Jack Good, an American who in Britain had moved there and TV shows made ​​by pop musicians . He invited Proby out to work on a large-scale show "Around The Beatles", in which, besides The Beatles themselves include Cilla Black , Long John Baldry and Millie Small occurred. The show was created by the satellite on May 6, 1964 Telstar broadcast worldwide and the breakthrough of PJ Proby, who performed in the outfit that would make him famous in the near future: aponytail , a shirt with ruffles, a tight velvet pants and shoes buckles. Proby settled in Britain. [1] Later in 1964, followed by The Walker Brothers suit. Gary Walker befriended Proby and was impressed by his success on the other side of the ocean.

Proby signed a contract with Decca Records and released two records: Hold Me and Together . They were both melodic ballads that have been changed beyond recognition by his up-tempo rock songs . The plates both made ​​it to the UK top ten.

Proby's old record label Liberty Records did not accept that Proby was switched to another company. Liberty litigated against Decca and got the rights to Hold Me and Together plus the following plates Proby would make. [1]

So Proby's next album reappeared on Liberty. It was Somewhere , a song from the musical West Side Story . Which he also made ​​the top ten.

When he got into trouble. In early 1965, he broke twice in quick succession during a performance of his tight velvet pants. Thanks to this "obscene behavior" from that moment he was no longer welcome in the TV programs from the BBC and entertainment channel ATV. Did not want to let him perform. Too many theaters Proby's answer was the title of his next single: I Apologise (I apologize). The plate, which only the pirate radio was turned, reached the eleventh place in the UK Singles Chart and agreed Proby's enemies milder. [1]

His next record, Let the Water Run Down and That Means a Lot , showed a steady decline in its popularity see, even though That Means a Lot written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney . The song was recorded by The Beatles, but they were not satisfied with the result and gave it to PJ Proby, whose repertoire it to better fit their idea. However, it did not go beyond a mere 30th place.

With Mary , like Somewhere derived from the musical West Side Story , PJ Proby suddenly was way back in November 1965. The song reached the eighth. The following records, however, remained stuck in the lower echelons of the British charts and did nothing. In early 1967 he scored with Niki Hoeky his first and only hit in the United States (23 in the Billboard Hot 100 ).

Proby's LPs only took the first, I Am PJ Proby , the charts (16 in the UK Albums Chart). Remarkably, the album Three Week Hero of 1969. Which was recorded by a group of session musicians, including some celebrities. So did four musicians who shortly thereafter together Led Zeppelin would form. The background vocals were provided by the The Family Dogg group. On some songs played Clem Cattini , former drummer of The Tornados . With members of the future Led Zeppelin ( Jimmy Page , John Paul Jones and John Bonham ) Proby had moreover not uncommon recordings.

Two songs from the album were released as a single, The Day That Lorraine Came Down even before the album came out. It was not a success. Today I Killed a Man ​​sounds like a song from the American Civil War .The narrator in the song shoot a rebel soldier "- so called the soldiers from the southern states themselves - death. But the song was written by the singer-songwriter duo Roger Cook (born 1940) and Roger Greenaway (born 1938). [2] The crowd of 1969 associated the song immediately with the highly unpopular Vietnam War . However, the single did nothing in Britain or the U.S., but he was an unexpected hit in theNetherlands (eleventh).

Performances in musicals edit ]Edit

After a temporary return to the U.S. in 1966 and many financial problems Proby was in the seventies, back in Britain, performing in musicals . He acted as Cassio in a musical version of Shakespeare's Othello , calledCatch My Soul . In 1977 he played the role of Elvis Presley in Elvis - The Musical . One of the writers was Jack Good, who Proby to England had achieved. Elvis was played by three actors: Tim Whitnall as Elvis in his younger years, Shakin 'Stevens as Elvis during his service and the years he made ​​films, and PJ Proby as Elvis in recent years, with appearances in Las Vegas .

He has also performed in cabarets and nightclubs, and he made ​​occasional plate, but the years he was in the charts, were over. In 1978 he made ​​an LP with the Dutch group Focus and guitarist Eef Albers , Focus con Proby .

In the eighties, he went back to make some more records, with many songs that he himself had written. In 1992 he received during a vacation in Florida a heart attack . He was and went into the next year in the musical one year out of circulation Good Rockin 'Tonite about the life of Jack Good. Proby played it himself. In 1995 he played Roy Orbison in the musical Only the Lonely . In 1996 came Elvis - The Musical on stage again with Proby back into the role of the older Elvis.

In the same year Proby took for the first time in years the British charts (if not higher than number 58) with the plate Yesterday Has Gone , a duet with Marc Almond .

In 1997, Proby played the role of The Godfather in some live productions of Quadrophenia by The Who .

In the early 21st century, Proby toured extensively, especially in the nostalgia circuit. He did a tour in 2001 with The Searchers in 2003 and 2004 by The Troggs and Herman's Hermits . [3] In 2006, he participated in the "Solid Silver Sixties Show.

Later life edit ]Edit

In 2008, Proby 70. Was On the occasion of his birthday, the album was Best Of The EMI Years 1961-1972 out. The EMI Group is the owner of Liberty Records. [4]

Proby now lives in a village in Worcestershire . In 2011 it came to light that he has taken very little to his career as an actor and singer and gets welfare. He was indicted for allegedly concealed. Revenues from performances In March 2012, he was acquitted. [5]

References to Proby edit ]Edit

In the medley Under New Management of The Barron Knights 1966 pop stars take the government of Great Britain over. But: "Unfortunately it would be impossible to fit / PJ Proby in the Government / 'Cause he would cause a split (' PJ Proby unfortunately can not, be included in the government because that would run on a tear off).

In 2002 brought Van Morrison album Down the Road from. One of the songs is called Whatever Happened To PJ Proby? It is a nostalgic look back to the time when artists like PJ Proby, Scott Walker and Screaming Lord Sutch (three are mentioned by name) have created a furore. Screaming Lord Sutch was, moreover, in 1999, three years before the release of the album, deceased. [6]

Discography edit ]Edit

The list of records remains limited here to the records between 1958 and 1981 in the United States and Britain issued. The CDs are a selection.

Singles edit ]Edit

Released Front / Rear Highest ranking
March 1958 Go, Girl, Go / Teenage Quarrel [7] -
September 1959 Loud Perfume / My Troubles [7] -
1961 Try to Forget Her / There Stands the One [8] -
1962 The Other Side Of Town / Watch Me Walk Away -
1963 So Do I / I Can not Take It Like You Can -
1963 Wicked Woman / Darlin ' [9] -
May 1964 Hold Me / The Tips of My Fingers 3 (GB), 9 (NL) [10]
August 1964 Together / Sweet and Tender Romance [11] 8 (GB)
November 1964 Somewhere / Just Like Him 6 (GB), 33 (NL) [12]
February 1965 I Apologise / What's on Your Mind 11 (GB), 39 (NL) [12]
June 1965 Let the Water Run Down / I Do not Want to Hear It Any More 19 (GB)
September 1965 That Means a Lot / My Prayer 30 (GB)
November 1965 Maria / She Cried 8 (GB)
February 1966 You've Come Back / It Is not Necessarily So 25 (GB)
May 1966 You've Got Me Cryin '/ I Need Love -
May 1966 To Make a Big Man Cry / Wicked Woman 34 (GB)
October 1966 I Can not Make It Alone / Sweet Summer Wine 37 (GB)
January 1967 Niki Hoeky / Good Things Are Coming My Way 23 (USA)
June 1967 You Can not Come Home Again / Work With Me Annie -
January 1968 It's Your Day Today / I Apologise Baby 32 (GB)
May 1968 What's Wrong with My World / Why Baby Why -
October 1968 The Day That Lorraine Came Down / Mery Hoppkins Never Had Days Like These [13] -
August 1969 Hanging from Your Loving Tree / Empty Bottles -
October 1969 Today I Killed a Man ​​/ It's Too Good to Last [14] 11 (NL) [15]
August 1970 It's Goodbye / It's Too Good to Last -
1972 We'll Meet Again [16]/ Clown Shoes -
June 1973 Put Your Head On My Shoulder / Mama Married a Preacher -
September 1974 The Champ, Parts 1 & 2 -
March 1976 Somewhere / Together -
October 1981 You've Got It All / Starting All Over Again -
Single (s) with any hit in 

the Dutch Top 40

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appearance

Date of 

entry

Highest 

position

Number of 

weeks

Comments
Somewhere 11-1964 30-01-1965 33 2

EPs edit ]Edit

Released Name Numbers
December 1964 PJ Proby Zing Went the Strings of My Heart / Linda Lu / Answer Me / Stagger Lee
August 1965 Somewhere Hold What You've Got / I Love Therefore I Am / I Apologise / Somewhere
December 1965 Christmas With PJ Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You) / Silent Night / White Christmas / Rain on Snow
February 1966 Proby Again I Can not Make It Alone / Try to Forget Her / Let the Water Run Down / You've Come Back
July 1966 PJ's Hits Hold Me / Together / That Means a Lot / Maria
November 1973 Remember Hold Me / Together / Maria / Somewhere

LPs edit ]Edit

Released Name Numbers
1964 I Am PJ Proby Whatever Will Be Will Be / It's No Good for Me / Rockin 'Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu / The Masquerade Is Over / Glory of Love / I'll Go Crazy / Question / You Do not Love Me No More / Do Worry Baby / Just Call and I'll Be There / Louisiana Man ​​/ Cuttin 'In
1965 PJ Proby My Prayer / I Will / Mission Bell / The Nearness of You / Lonely Weekends / If I Loved You / When I Fall in Love / She Cried / Secret Love / I Will Come to You / Lonely Teardrops / With These Hands
1965 PJ Proby in Town What Kind of Fool Am I / To Make a Big Man Cry / No Other Love / Walk Hand in Hand / People / It Is not Necessarily So / Some Enchanted Evening / Come Back to Me / We Kiss in a Shadow / If I Ruled the World / Maria / I Could Write a Book
1966 Enigma Niki Hoeky / Shake Shake Shake / Reach Out I'll Be There / That's the Tune / Out of Time / Do not Forget about Me / People That's Why / I Wanna Thank You Baby / I'm Twenty-Eight / Angelica / I Can not Make It Alone / You Make Me Feel Like Someone
1967 Phenomenon Just Holding On / Mama told me not to come / Work With Me Annie / Ling Ting Tong / Honey Hush / Straight Up / Butterfly High / She's Looking Good / You Can not Come Home Again / Pretty Girls Everywhere / Good Rockin 'Tonight / Sanctification
1968 Believe It or Not When Love Has Passed You By / I'm Coming Home / Give Me Time / Turn Her Away / Mary in the Morning / It's Your Day Today / I Shall Be Released / Cry Baby / Why Baby Why / I've Got My Eyes on You / I Apologise Baby / Judy in the Junkyard
1969 Three Week Hero Three Week Hero / The Day That Lorraine Came Down / Little Friend / Empty Bottles / Reflections (Of Your Face) / Will not Be Long / Sugar Mama / I Have a Dream / It's Too Good to Last / New Directions / Today I Killed a Man ​​/ Medley: It's So Hard To Be a Nigger , Jim's Blues and George Wallace Is Rollin 'in This Mornin'
1970 California License Caldonia / Daddy's Home / Bop Ting-a-ling / Linda Lu / Hound Dog / Stranded in the Jungle / Tomorrow Night / Mio Amore - I Am Yours, My Love / Stagger Lee / Medley: Blue Moon , Cherry Pie and Silhouettes / Forever My Darling / Rockin 'Pneumonia
1973 I'm Yours They Call the Wind Maria / Draw Me a Circle / Mama Married a Preacher / Mary in the Morning / If I Loved You (re-recorded) / Put Your Head on My Shoulder / Twilight Time / Ecstasy / Only You / Goodbye Sunday / Where / Stay Awhile / I'm Yours
1978 Focus con Proby Wingless / Orion / Night Flight / Eddy / Sneezing Bull / Brother / Tokyo Rose / Max / How Long
1980 The Hero She's Helping Me Get Over You / Handsome Guy / Memories of You / Cinderella's Fool / Is not Gonna Kiss Ya / In a Moment / What Did I Do to You / Like All The Times Before / Tonight / Clown Shoes / A Place for Girls like You / The Life You Offered Me

Compilations (selection) edit ]Edit

Released Name Numbers
1989 The Legendary PJ Proby At His Very Best ... Plus When Love Has Passed You By / I'm Coming Home / Give Me Time / Turn Her Away / Why Baby Why / I've Got My Eyes on You / I Apologise Baby / Somewhere / That Means a Lot / Maria / Rain on Snow / My Prayer / To Make a Big Man Cry / I Can not Make It Alone / What's Wrong with My World / I Apologise / You've Come Back / Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart / The Day That Lorraine Came Down / Today I Killed a Man ​​I Did not Know
1990 The Legendary PJ Proby At His Very Best Vol. 2 Rockin 'Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu / The Masquerade Is Over / I'll Go Crazy / Question / You Do not Love Me No More / Do not Worry Baby / Just Call and I'll Be There / Cuttin' in / Hold Me / Together / Nicky Hoeky / Honey Hush / Butterfly High / She's Looking Good / You Can not Come Home Again / Pretty Girls Everywhere / Hold What You've Got / Sweet Summer Wine / That's The Tune / Work With Me Annie / Mery Hoppkins Never Had Days Like These / Let the Water Run Down / Good Things Are Coming My Way / Hanging from Your Loving Tree / Sanctification
1996 The EP Collection Hold Me / Together / Sweet and Tender Romance / Whatever Will Be Will Be / The Tips of My Fingers / I Love Therefore I Am / That Means a Lot / Maria / Somewhere / She Cried / Lonely Teardrops / My Prayer / Wicked Woman / It's No Good for Me / Rockin 'Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flue / I Can not Make It Alone / Niki Hoeky / Good Things Are Coming My Way / If I Ruled the World / Christmas Song / Silent Night / White Christmas / Try to Forget Her / Linda Lu / Answer Me / Stagger Lee
1998 The Very Best of PJ Proby Somewhere / I Apologise / Let the Water Run Down / No Other Love / Some Enchanted Evening / That Means a Lot / Whatever Will Be Will Be / Mary / Hold Me / Together / Do not Worry Baby / You've Come Back / Sing ! Went the Strings of My Heart / To Make a Big Man Cry / I Can not Make It Alone / You Can not Come Home Again / Question / It's Your Day Today / The Day That Lorraine Came Down / Rockin 'Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu
2005 I Am PJ Proby / PJ Proby [17] Whatever Will Be Will Be / It's No Good for Me / Rockin 'Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu / The Masquerade Is Over / Glory of Love / I'll Go Crazy / Question / You Do not Love Me No More / Do Worry Baby / Just Call and I'll Be There / Louisiana Man ​​/ Cuttin 'In / My Prayer / I Will / Mission Bell / The Nearness of You / Lonely Weekends / If I Loved You / When I Fall in Love / She Cried / Secret Love / I Will Come to You / Lonely Teardrops / With These Hands
2008 Best of the EMI Years: 1961-1972 Try to Forget Her / Hold Me / Cuttin 'In / Somewhere / Just Like Him / Answer Me / What's On Your Mind / I Do not Want to Hear It / My Prayer / Mission Bell / If I Loved You / Maria / Quando Tornera / I Can not Make It Alone / Niki Hoeky / Mama Told Me Not to Come / Give Me Time / I'm Coming Home / And the Sun Will Shine / Delilah / Today I Killed a Man ​​/ Daddy's Home / I'm Ahead If I Can Quit While I'm Behind / Clown Shoes / We'll Meet Again
2011 The Real California License [18] Go, Girl, Go / Teenage Quarrel / I Need Love / You Got Me Crying / Loud Perfume / My Troubles / Wicked Woman / Darlin '/ Rockin' Pneumonia / Linda Lu / Question / Stagger Lee / Zing!Went the Strings of My Heart / Pretty Girls Everywhere / Honey Hush / Tomorrow Night / Stranded in the Jungle / Mio Amore - I Am Yours, My Love / Hound Dog / Forever My Darling / Daddy's Home / Bop Ting-a-ling / Medley : Blue Moon , Cherry Pie and silhouettes / Caldonia / Give Me Time (Demo) / Just in Time (Demo)

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