Thanks to the million-selling success he achieved with “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde” in 1967, British vocalist and keyboardist Georgie Fame is often misbranded as yet another pop star who turned to jazz when the hits stopped coming. In fact, Fame’s jazz leanings date to the beginning of his career (“Night Train” was the lead track on his 1964 debut album). He’s toured with the Basie band, recorded with Annie Ross and paid tribute to Mose Allison alongside Ben Sidran and Van Morrison. Allison’s influence on Fame has been tremendous. His loping, drawling style is eerily similar. Indeed, anyone unfamiliar with Fame’s history might, upon hearing Lost in a Lover’s Dream, be easily fooled into thinking he grew up with Allison in Mississippi.
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