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Original Voice of The Love Affair Steve Ellis & The Norman Beaker Band


Original Voice of The Love Affair Steve Ellis & The Norman Beaker Band
Original Voice of The Love Affair Steve Ellis & The Norman Beaker Band at Darwen!

Young Steve Ellis had no idea he was helping to create the British Mod/Northern Soul genre when The Love Affair burst onto the scene with "Everlasting Love", featuring a teenage singer whose voice was so rare and powerful that the band had hit after hit with songs that have remained as fresh and popular as when they were released, and put them in the same regard as Mod icons The Small Faces and The Who. Though Steve's talent and genius have seen him moving gracefully through various musical styles, his heart stayed with Mod, Soul and R&B. Time and experience have served him well; he delivers his original hits, Soul classics and his own written works with the same strength and passion that defines the spirit of Soul itself. A new album of originals and covers, BOOM! BANG! TWANG! has reunited Steve with his label CBS (SONY), featuring Paul Weller (artist/producer), Mike D'Abo and other esteemed artists. The single "Lonely No More" has reached #23 on the Official Vinyl Album Charts and has become a hit on the Soul and Indie charts. In January 2017 Manchester native Norman Beaker became only one of eight 20th-century British artists to be officially inducted in the American Heritage Society's Blues Hall of Fame®, alongside Jack Bruce, Peter Green, John Mayall, Jeff Beck, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton. It was a long-overdue honour not only to a man who's loyally served the genre for decades, but to the land and town of his birth, as well, and never more honestly earned. Norman is one of those first artists who with such iconic colleagues as Alexis Korner, Graham Bond, the Yardbirds, and The Animals helped to create the unique Blues/Rock/R&B sound that captivated the world. Norman kept its signature sound alive throughout his distinguished career whether playing solo or with a Who's Who of blues, rock and soul from both sides of the Atlantic, including B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Jack Bruce, Van Morrison, Peter Green, Ruby Turner, and Buddy Guy to name a few. He stayed true to those genuine innovative roots that made British R&B a major force, regardless of changing trends, while staying cutting-edge and contemporary. Steve and Norman have worked with many mutual colleagues over the years, including Chris Farlowe, Peter Green, P.P. Arnold, Cliff Bennett, Zoot Money, Dave Berry, Maggie Bell and Madeline Bell. Together Steve and Norman and the Beaker Band, both stalwarts of Britain's first wave of great British artists, will be performing an outstanding collection of Blues, Soul, Rock, Pop and of course some classic Love Affair favourites! For tickets contact Darwen Library Theatre: