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.
London’s largest free one-day music festival is happening on
Saturday (11 May) with over 100 bands playing at the 17 venues of the seventh
annual Hanwell Hootie.
Not only are some of our favourite blues and Ealing Eclectic
players appearing – Robert Hokum, Karena K, Terry Marshall, Phil Odgers – but we’ll be there too.
Come and talk to volunteers from the Ealing Club Community
Interest Company at the Viaduct, 221 Uxbridge Road from 4pm
One of the Hootie’s main venues, the Viaduct has a long
musical history: R&B pioneer Cyril Davies played in the pub’s large
upstairs function room and the Bee Gees and Cream were among the many 60s bands
who rehearsed there.
The first Hanwell Hootie took place on 6 April 2013 as a
free event in four pubs to commemorate the unveiling that day of a black plaque
at 147-149 Uxbridge Road, London W7 3ST to mark the birthplace of Marshall
Amplification at 76 Uxbridge Road.
Since then the Hootie has played a major role in the
regeneration of Hanwell – showing how music heritage can help reinvigorate the
present and the future.
Programme booklets are available now at Boston Manor
underground station and the 17 venues.
The London Borough of Ealing is the suburb whose sound has rocked the world!
So says the forthcoming new book, The A-Z of Ealing Rock which tells the story of the place where, thanks to the pioneering players at the Ealing Club and to father-of-loud Jim Marshall, the electric guitar realised its true potential.
The A-Z of Ealing Rock details how this small area of west London played a crucial part in the development of the music made by innovators such as The Rolling Stones, The Who, Queen, Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Blues Incorporated, Alexis Korner, Dusty Springfield, Fleetwood Mac and many more.
Available price £10, The A-Z of Ealing Rock(ISBN 978-1-78926-463-0) has been compiled by Robert Salmons, Alistair Young and Roger Green, to tell you all you need to know about what you need to know about how Ealing, Acton and Hanwell have made their mark on popular music.
Proceeds from the sale of the book will support the Ealing Club Community Interest Company’s work to highlight the music heritage of the Ealing, Acton, Hanwell & Southall are and to stage live music events that will inspire the musicians of the future.