Alan Price

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Alan Price
Birth name Alan Price
Born (1942-04-19) 19 April 1942 (age 72)
Fatfield, Washington, County Durham, England, UK
Genres Rock, Blues rock, Psychedelic rock, Pop
Occupations Musician, songwriter, musical arranger
Instruments keyboards, vocals, bass, guitar
Years active 1961–present
Labels Decca, Parrot, Deram, CBS, Vertigo, Cotillion, Sanctuary, United Artists, Jet, Ariola, Polydor, Warner, Indigo, BGO, AP
Associated acts The Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo, The Alan Price Set, Price and Fame, Alan Price and Friends, The Animals, Eric Burdon, The Electric Blues Company, Bobby Tench, Zoot Money
Notable instruments
Vox Continental, RMI Electra Piano

Alan Price (born 19 April 1942, Fatfield, Washington, County Durham) is an English musician, best known as the original keyboardist for the British band The Animals and for his subsequent solo work.[1]

Price was educated at Jarrow Grammar School, South Tyneside. He is a self-taught musician and was a founding member of the Tyneside group the Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo, which was later renamed The Animals. His organ-playing on songs by The Animals, such as "House of the Rising Sun", "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", and "Bring It On Home To Me" was a key element in the group's success.[1]

After leaving the Animals, Price went on to have success on his own with his own band Alan Price Set and later with Georgie Fame. He introduced the songs of Randy Newman to a wider audience. Later, he appeared on his own television show, as well as achieving success with film scores including winning critical acclaim for his musical contribution to the 1973 film O Lucky Man!, and wrote the score to the stage musical Andy Capp. In addition, he has appeared as an actor in films and television productions.[1][2][3]

Career[edit]

Price formed The Animals in 1962 and left the band in 1965 to form the Alan Price Set, with the line-up of Price, Clive Burrows (baritone saxophone), Steve Gregory (tenor saxophone), John Walters (trumpet), Peter Kirtley (guitar), Rod "Boots" Slade (bass), and "Little" Roy Mills (drums). In the same year, he appeared in the movie Dont Look Back, which was filmed featuring Bob Dylan on tour in the UK.[2]

During 1966, he enjoyed singles success with "I Put A Spell On You", which reached No. 9 in the UK singles chart, and "Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo", which reached No. 11 in the same chart. In 1967 the Randy Newman song "Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear", reached No. 4 in the chart as did and his self penned song, "The House That Jack Built". "Don't Stop the Carnival" followed in 1968 and rose to No. 13 in the UK singles charts.[4]

Price went on to host shows such as the musical Price To Play in the late 1960s, which featured Price performing and introducing the music of guests such as Fleetwood Mac and Jimi Hendrix. His second album, A Price On His Head (1967), featured seven songs by Randy Newman, who was virtually unknown at that time. In August 1967, he appeared with The Animals at the Hippie "Love-in", in the grounds of Woburn Abbey.

A later association with Georgie Fame resulted in "Rosetta", which became a Top 20 hit (1971), reaching No. 11 in the UK Singles Chart.[4] An album followed, Fame and Price, Price and Fame Together. During this period Price and Fame secured a regular slot on The Two Ronnies show produced by BBC Television also appearing on the Morecambe and Wise Show.[2] He recorded the autobiographical album Between Today and Yesterday (1974) from which the single "Jarrow Song" was taken, returning Price to the UK singles chart at number 6.[4]

Price participated in three reunions of The Animals between 1968 and 1984. In July 1983, The Animals started their last world tour. Price's solo performance of "O Lucky Man" was included in their set. In 1984, they broke up for the final time and the album Rip It To Shreds — Greatest Hits Live was released, comprising recordings from their concert at Wembley Stadium in London.

Price recorded two albums with the Electric Blues Company featuring guitarist and vocalist Bobby Tench and keyboardist Zoot Money, the first Covers was recorded in 1994. A Gigster's Life for Me followed in 1996[5] and was recorded as part of Sanctuary's Blues Masters Series.

In 2009 Price was still touring the UK with his own band and others including the Manfreds, Maggie Bell[6] and Bobby Tench.[7] In 2014 he was still performing regularly, including his long-standing monthly slot at The Bull's Head, Barnes in London.

Film, stage and TV[edit]

Price has been closely involved with the work of film director Lindsay Anderson. In 1973, he wrote the music for Anderson's film O Lucky Man!, which he performs on screen in the film and appears as himself in one part of the storyline. In 1987, he wrote the score to Anderson's final film, The Whales of August.

He acted in Alfie Darling, a sequel to the film Alfie, during the course of which he became romantically involved with his co-star, Jill Townsend. He also composed and sang the theme tune to the 1982 film adaptation of The Plague Dogs, "Time and Tide".[2]

In 1981, he composed the score for the musical Andy Capp, based on the eponymous comic strip. Price also wrote the lyrics, together with the actor Trevor Peacock. The play transferred from the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester to London's Aldwych Theatre in September 1982.[8] Price later provided the theme to Thames Television's 1988 sitcom adaptation of Andy Capp in the form of a rewritten "Jarrow Song". Other TV theme work includes a re-recorded version of his 1974 single "Papers", which was used as the theme tune to the successful LWT situation comedy Hot Metal.[9]

In 1992, Anderson included a touching episode in his autobiographical BBC film Is That All There Is?, with a boat trip down the River Thames to scatter Rachel Roberts & Jill Bennett's ashes on the waters while Price accompanied himself and sang the song "Is That All There Is?".

Film appearances[edit]

TV appearances[edit]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions
US AU UK[10]
1965 "Any Day Now"
1966 "I Put a Spell on You" 80 35 9
"Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo" 73 11
"Willow Weep For Me"
1967 "Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear" 49 4
"The House That Jack Built" 45 4
"Shame" 45
1968 "Don't Stop The Carnival" 13
"When I Was a Cowboy"
"Love Story"
1969 "The Trimdon Grange Explosion"
"Falling in Love Again"
1970 "Sunshine and Rain (The Name of the Game)"
1971 "Rosetta" (with Georgie Fame) 91 11
"Follow Me" (with Georgie Fame)
1973 "Don’t Hit Me When I’m Down" (with Georgie Fame)
"Lucky Man!"
"Poor People"
1974 "Jarrow Song" 6
"In Times Like These"
1975 "Mama Divine"
"Papers"
1976 "Goodnight Irene"
"Kissed Away The Night"
1977 "Rainbow's End"
"I Wanna Dance"
"I've Been Hurt"
"This Is Your Lucky Day"
"Meet The People"
"I Almost Lost My Mind" (with Rob Hoeke)
1978 "Just For You" 43
"England My England"
"I Love You Too"
1979 "Baby of Mine" 32
1980 "The House of the Rising Sun"
"Love You True"
"When My Little Girl Is Smiling"
"Beat Out Dat Rhythm On a Drum"
1981 "Love Is a Miracle"
"Down at World's End"
1982 "I Don't Feel No Pain No More"
1986 "Jarrow Song '86"
"Guess Who"
"Papers"
1989 "Changes" 56
"Liberty"
"Fool's In Love"
2001 "Love Is a Miracle"

Albums[edit]

[11]

  • The Price to Play The Alan Price Set (Decca) 1966
  • A Price on His Head (Decca) 1967
  • This Price is Right (Parrot) 1968
  • Fame and Price, Price and Fame: Together! w/Georgie Fame (CBS) 1971
  • O Lucky Man! (Warner Bros.) 1973 — US no. 117[12]
  • Savaloy Dip (Reprise) 1974 - never officially released[13]
  • Between Today and Yesterday (Warner Bros.) 1974 — UK no. 9[4]
  • Metropolitan Man (Polydor) 1975
  • Performing Price Live (Polydor) 1975
  • Shouts Across the Street (Polydor) 1976
  • Alan Price (Polydor) 1977 — US no. 187[12]
  • Two Of A Kind (with Rob Hoeke) - Polydor 1977
  • Rainbow's End (Jet) 1977
  • England My England (Jet) 1978
  • Lucky Day (Jet) 1979
  • Rising Sun (Jet) 1980
  • Andy Capp (Key Records) 1982
  • Geordie Roots & Branches (MWM Productions) 1983
  • A Gigster's Life for Me (Indigo/Sanctuary Blues Masters) 1996
  • A Rock 'N' Roll Night at the Royal Court ... (Edsel) 2001
  • Willow Weep for Me (Magic) 2001
  • Based on a True Story (Apaloosa) 2002
  • Geordie Boy: The Anthology (Castle Music) 2002

Awards[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Unterberger, Richie. "Alan Price autobiography". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Allan Price film and TV appearances". imdb.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  3. ^ "Alan Price TV appearances". tv.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  4. ^ a b c d Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (w19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 438. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ Google News. "Olympic Studios". Google News.com. Retrieved 04-03-2009.  [dead link]
  6. ^ "Flying Music tours". flyingmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  7. ^ Leslie Fran (October 2009). Bobby Tench to play tour with alan Price. Blues In Britain. pp. 18, 19, 20 Vol 1 issue 94. 
  8. ^ "Alan Price Andy Capp credits". guidetomusicaltheatre.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  9. ^ "Alan Price/ITV Hot metal theme". tv-ark.org.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  10. ^ "THE ALAN PRICE DISCOGRAPHY" at alanprice.absoluteelsewhere.net
  11. ^ "Alan Price discography". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  12. ^ a b "Alan Price, Billboard 200 charts". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  13. ^ Thompson, Dave. "Alan Price - Savaloy Dip". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-05. 
  14. ^ music "Alan Price BAFTA Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music (O'Lucky Man)". rateyourmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 

References[edit]

  • Burdon, Eric. I Used to Be an Animal, but I'm All Right Now. Faber and Faber, 1986. ISBN 9780571129522
  • Burdon, Eric (with J. Marshall Craig). Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood: A Memoir. Thunder's Mouth Press, 2001. ISBN 1-56025-330-4

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