Blue-eyed soul pioneer James Royal hailed from South Ealing and became a regular performer at the legendary Ealing Club basement bar where so many musicians headed to experience the sounds of the new London R & B movement of the early 1960s.
He’s going to be back there with an all-star backing band on Wednesday 24 July 2019, in a rare UK appearance.
James, a well-kept secret among fans of 60s Mod and blue-eyed soul, cut his teeth at the Ealing Club as Jimmy Royal & The Hawks and went on to enjoy a decade-long career with releases on the Decca, Parlophone, CBS, Carnaby, and Philips labels.
His vocal prowess led to the creation of a number of memorable tracks the best of which were released in May 2017 on RPM Records in the collection Call My Name: Selected Recordings 1964-1970
The 25-track compilation offers a cross- section of James’ recording career, starting with his debut in 1964 and scrolling through his four highly collectable sides for Parlophone and the cream of his prolific output for CBS between 1967 and 1970. Also includes James’ very first vinyl outing on the Ready Steady Win album from 1964 (as Jimmy Royal and The Hawks).
It’s named after James’ most famous song, Call My Name, an uptempo Motown-influenced track which was a hit across Europe and was also belatedly popular on the Northern Soul scene and in Mod Revival clubs.
James now lives in Australia but thanks to a short visit back to London, on Wednesday 24 July at 8pm he’ll be returning to the Red Room for an impromptu performance backed by a terrific line-up of musicians.
Already confirmed on drums is Richard Hudson formerly of the Strawbs; on bass Deep Purple founding member Nick Simper who himself played at the Ealing Club on Wednesdays with the Delta 5, and sax player and amp man Terry Marshall formerly of mid-60s Ealing Club regulars the Soul Messengers is set to complement this venerable line-up.